Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Visual Reminder

Tonight, as I was combing through my emails I came across one from another QOV group sharing. It is always touching to see what others are doing to further the QOVF cause. There are several videos from this group posted, including the introduction and presentation, but this one post really hit home for me, so I thought I would pass it along. Check it out here. I think part of what touched me is the song that plays along with the pictures. You decide for yourself.

Thank you QOVGermany for sharing this with us - it is a great reminder that our freedom is not free and there are real faces behind it.

~ Renee

Monday, March 26, 2012

Some Ground Work

I am so excited!! I met with Susan Gordon, the Region 8 coordinator this afternoon and she gave me so many great ideas, I am sure my head is going to explode before I can get them out.

This may be a good time to get the ground work laid. Check out he QOVF Bare Bones Requirements. This will give you the Do's and Don't for the QOV. It's nice that we have these guidelines to follow, making our work easy. No need to memorize this, I will have a sheet printed to hand out.

One question I had for Susan was, "do we need to make the quilts in red, white and blue?". Short answer, no. After my conversation with Susan, I believe if we stick with the patriotic theme, our quilts will be placed more quickly, but certainly they can be made from most anything that fits the Bare Bones Requirements. Freedom Quilters is about getting the quilts finished and covering our warriors.

Quilts are not the only way to help. There is a call for wheelchair bags and quilt presentation cases.

Every QOV quilt has a presentation case to go along with it. It is nothing more than a pillow case. I do have the pattern for the "magic" pillow case, which is super quick and easy. If you have never made one, now is your chance. This is one of those patterns that makes you look like a rock star.

Wheelchair bags are a great way to help our warriors keep their paperwork together when being transported in the wheelchair. I have an example of a bag that works well, but not pattern for it. If you have something that you think would work, bring it to the next meeting and we can give it a try.

There are more ideas in my book to share, but I am hoping that you will bring some ideas to the next meeting. We want to make this group flexible and fun. Quilters have so many great ideas and love to share, so please become a part of Freedom Quilters so we can cover our warriors.

So what's next? Come to our first meeting on April 28th at 9:30 am. Bring your sewing machine. Any fabric donations will be gratefully accepted.

I am excited to get going, I hope you are too!
~ Renee

Friday, March 16, 2012

I am so happy you found us. Freedom Quilters QOV is a brand new quilting group. 
We have been blessed with a quilt shop that is graciously hosting us. Cottontail Quilts in Kennesaw GA. Cottontail Quilts has recently opened and if you have not had the opportunity to stop in and visit with them, try and make some time. They are sure to become one of the premier shops in our area. Robin Jones has skillfully stocked her shop with many "must haves". Her and her staff are ready and willing to help you with all your quilting need. So, when I asked her about helping QOV, she was more than happy to open her shop for us. 
We are very happy to be working with the Quilts of Valor Foundation to help further their cause. Many of us have been personally touched by the affects of war in one way or another. Come and show your support on our first sewing day. Due to the upcoming Big Shanty event in Kennesaw, we have had to change our regular sewing day from April 21st to the 28th. Please be sure to mark your calendar and come and join us for a fun filled, no stress day of quilting for those who have and are serving us in a very personal way.
I look forward to quilting with you!
~ Renee