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Old 01-21-2012, 10:01 AM   #659
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OMG! I currently have 16 blocks (with the addition of 6 blocks by Gayle in NM), and you're adding ...... HOLY COW. I definitely will get several quilts out of all these wonderful blocks! This is really great! I'm loving all the places I've got blocks from so far, and having such beautiful blocks to use. I will definitely post pictures when I get the tops done. I have a feeling, it will take more than 1 weekend retreat, but that's ok.
THIS IS GREAT!!!!

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Old 01-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #660
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I received the blocks from MaxandGeorgia today so I have 42 blocks now! Every block I've gotten is beautiful! Gonna be a fun weekend! Thank you all so much for contributing and well wishes!

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Old 01-23-2012, 05:41 PM   #661
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I received the blocks from MaxandGeorgia today so I have 42 blocks now! Every block I've gotten is beautiful! Gonna be a fun weekend! Thank you all so much for contributing and well wishes!

Kay
That is absolutely wonderful !
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #662
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Kay, this seems to have grown beyond what you expected. Will you have help for setting and readying the quilt tops? How many blocks are in a quilt per your instructions? Your invitation to make Valor blocks certainly touched an untapped chord among my friends. They are still talking about the project ~G
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:10 PM   #663
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I'll have "advice" this weekend, I'm sure, and maybe help. I'm not concerned about getting them done. I can do the quilts several ways: all star blocks I've collected, blocks in between star blocks, blocks set on point, etc. I have limited sizes to use and have to stay within those parameters so I'm sure I'll get several quilts out of these blocks. The quilts have to stay less than twin size per the Quilts of Valor web site. It will be a good exercise for me - I'm not always good at figuring out the best color schemes, etc. I sometimes avoid buying the prepackaged quilt when I'm taking a class so I force myself to pull from my stash and buy fabric to go with in order to get the experience of chosing colors. I'm sure I will continue to do Quilts of Valor in the future. There are groups all over the country that are doing Quilts of Valor and many quilt shops that participate. If your group is interested, you could check it out on their web site and maybe find one near you to work with. My local quilt shop has a group that meets monthy to make quilts for this (although I haven't participated in it yet).

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Old 01-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #664
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Quilts of Valor

Hey, Ladies! Here are the 3 Quilts of Valor I completed at the retreat this weekend. I used all 42 squares that were sent to me, and added a few more from friends and myself. I'm quite pleased at the way they turned out, except I need to rework the side borders of #3. Not happy with the waves - I think I got them too long, and those darned half square triangles are bias and tend to stretch! I made pillowcases to match fabric in each one, and made the bindings too. I still need to piece the backings. My design team (other 5 quilters at the retreat who helped me design each quilt and were NOT afraid to pitch in advice, criticism, and squares) wouldn't let me take their pictures for you. Anyway, I hope you like them, and thanks to all who contributed once again. If you still want to contribute, feel free to PM me and send me squares. We will be continuing to make them at retreats in the future.

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Old 01-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #665
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Kay, you and your friends did a great job of pulling these squares together into 3 beautiful Quilts of Valor that will give comfort and thanks.

I wouldn't worry about changing the side borders of Quilt #3. The waves you see are probably more noticeable to you than to any of us. As the quilt is washed and used a few times, it will take on its own character and shape of the person it is comforting.

Thank you again for giving us a way to help.

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Awesome job Kay! You've created three unique and lovely settings for these collections of blocks donated by so many. I'm certain that the recipients will feel the love and appreciation of their service that these quilts represent.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:45 AM   #667
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Kay, the quilts are wonderful! You have an eye for color and design--these quilts are your proof I'm relieved that you had friends at your retreat to assist because this was a BIG undertaking. Thanks again for getting so many involved in such a worthy project. This will bring warmth and comfort to deserving recipients. ~Georgia
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:41 PM   #668
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Thanks. My co-quilters helped me with arrangement and colors. I did the work, or rather the absolute fun of putting them together. We were all pleased at the end of the weekend. I was amazed that squares from so many different people and places went together so well. It was much easier than I had thought it would be. We sorted by background to start with, then went with arrangement on the design wall, and found sashing, and borders for each quilt, one at a time. Six squares came out of the stash of someone else who was collecting for QOV and I added 1 for the second quilt. The first and third quilts are all donations by mail to me. Thank you all again for the donations. Now to the backings.... and what shall I put on the labels? HMMM...

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Kay,

The Quilts of Valor are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for doing this. I wish I would've had time to contribute. You did a great job.

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Here is the label I made for each QOV. It took me awhile of reading back thru this thread to find the name we had picked! The backings are done also, so they are ready for me to drop off at the quilt shop Thursday nite when I have class next ( and show them off).
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This is a small wallhanging I completed not long ago. The flags are old postcards that have been copied onto fabric. The website, www.oldeamericaantiques.com has a ton of different old postcard fabric pieces in all different subjects. This was a kit I bought at a quilt shop but there are all kinds of patterns on the website. There are many old state postcards also.
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This was my sister's Christmas present.
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kay, the quilts are so fine. thanks to the ladies who sent the blocks. amazing how they all look so good together.
your label is so touching, just the right words.
is this something that is going to be ongoing? i hope so it might get me quilting again.
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Wow, Kay - will you adopt me as another sister? I LOVE the quilt you made for your sister for Christmas. You do such wonderful work, and have such great eye for color and arrangement! I agree with Pat - the labels are perfect! Liga
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