Quilts of Valor

Once again, it’s time for the National Quilts of Valor Sew Day on Saturday, 7 February. I’ll be sewing here all by my lonesome, but that’s OK. I do my best work that way. Most productive work, anyway!

For those of you want to participate in Quilts of Valor, but aren’t up to piecing a whole top, there is a great alternative. My friends at Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) are collecting QOV blocks (to be made into tops later). Last year, they collected over 4,500 blocks. Think of it: four thousand, five hundred blocks! That is one big pile of quilts.

If you want to make blocks, please take a look at the patterns MQX chose from the designs of Candace West for the MQX donations.

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Wonderful, aren’t they? You can find her instructions for the blocks here. (While you’re at it, please take a few minutes to look around the MQX site. If you’re in New England, you must go to MQX in April. Yes, must. I had the pleasure of appraising at MQX-Midwest in Springfield, Illinois, this past September, and could go on for hours about what a wonderful show it was, and such a terrific group of people!)

I already have one entire top cut out to make and send to QOVF after it’s quilted and bound, but you can bet I will spend the rest of the day making blocks to send to New Hampshire. How about you? Think you can make a couple of blocks too? Just think how many they could get if we all made just two. Two!

(And by the way, I will be counting these blocks toward my goal of 350 blocks this year!)

Go. Sew. Make a block. And send it in. Please?