Featured Quilter with an Amazing Story on Veteran’s Day

Today my featured quilter,
Debbie D., a new resident of  Franklin County, Virginia, has an amazing story to tell.

Debbie was a winner of my Operation: Support Our Troops pattern in a Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine contest. I entered my block and was thrilled that it appeared in the magazine which claims to feature “100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers”.
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During the contest, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine asks designers to give donations as gifts for quilters, readers, and magazine subscribers.

During the contest, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Magazine asked designers to make gift donations for the quilters, readers, and magazine subscribers. The magazine also gives away many prizes. This gives great pleasure and excitement for everyone to enjoy.

Debbie says, “I discovered you because I won the 100 Blocks prize from Quiltmaker which included your Operation: Support Our Troops pattern. Thanks for donating that. I fully plan on making at least one quilt to donate. It is absolutely the nicest flag pattern I’ve seen! My dad just recently passed at 91 and was a fighter pilot in WWII. My son served also so I know how important it is to give back when I can.”

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Debbie made the quilt with Stonehenge fabric that she found online. She enjoyed every minute of the process and was pleased with the end result. When making the quilt, Debbie explained, “It absolutely helped me remain close to my dad who loved seeing all my creations.”

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When Debbie’s quilt was near completion, she approached Quilts of Valor’s (QOV) about their criteria but the quilt was too small. Through extensive contact with QOV, Carly from webfabrics.net, and myself, she decided to donate the quilt to Veteran’s Hospital in Northport, New York, on the first anniversary of her dad’s passing. Debbie commented, “It was very cathartic to do this. The woman who accepted the quilt was overly gracious and thankful. I left there feeling very warm and fuzzy.”

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Debbie said, “One of the first pieces of mail I received in my new Franklin County, Virginia, home was a lovely letter from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. While the letter was over the top in thanking me, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t include a few words from the recipient.”

Another four months went by when she received the most heart-warming email from the veteran who received the quilt. By the time she finished reading, Debbie was in tears. Right then and there, Debbie knew she was going to make at least one more quilt and probably several others.

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The recipient of Debbie’s quilt wrote,

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Featured Quilter: Sandra Behne’s Epic 812 Block (and counting), 35 Quilt Project

I am so excited about today’s blog post! My childhood friend and schoolmate is involved in an “epic Quilts of Valor” project. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Sandra Behne completes the first of thirty-five quilts.  The blocks are still coming in.

Sandra Behne completes the first of thirty-five quilts.

A lot of folks think of Memorial Day as a good time for a cookout or to enjoy having the day off, but in reality there is more to the history of Memorial Day. According to the US Departments of Veteran’s Affairs and the Memorial Day History, three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)—established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. To read more history, click here.

I personally wish to express my appreciation to all of the veterans and our activity military men and women out there. It is because of you that we Americans have our freedom today and for that I am truly grateful.

Sandra Behne lives in Ballinger, Texas. What started out as a simple gesture to make two or three quilts has snowballed into a blessed avalanche. She asked one of the administrators of her “Just Us Quilters”  Facebook Group, if she could host a block contribution to gather nine patch blocks—that she would transform into Disappearing Nine Patch star quilts for QOV. She had no idea how great the response would be.  In just over a month she has collected 812 blocks!  These blocks were stitched by female and male quilters from all over the United States as well as Canada and Australia.  Continue reading

Featured Quilter: Mary Ellen

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

Mary Ellen has attended my quilting retreats since 2010.  She is my right hand woman and I appreciate her help!  She travels from Maryland to Southwest Virginia for the event.  She spends a considerable amount of time on charity quilts.  You would enjoy her quilting blog: QuiltMouse.

MEF portrait - Page 005Mary Ellen shows off her quilt that appeared in “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7” magazine (May 2013).   She is a tester for “Quiltmakers 100 Blocks” magazine.  Awesome job Mary Ellen!

Vol7-100Blocks-CoverMary Ellen’s quilt appeared in “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 7” magazine (May 2013).

MEF portrait - Page 001At my Spring 2014 Quilt Retreat, Mary Ellen made a travel pillowcase to match her quilt.  For a Tutorial to make this pillowcase which appeared on my Blog – Click Here.

MEF landscape - Page 001What a great idea!  Mary Ellen uses beads with the same letter on the pattern piece to identify the correct fabric for each pattern piece.

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MEF landscape - Page 005Adorable bunny treat bags, just in time for Easter.  Mary Ellen stashes commemorative Easter eggs from the White House inside of her bunnies.

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Featured Quilter: Debbie

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

Debbie has attended my quilting retreats since 2010. She is a longarm quilter and produces many amazing and intricate quilts. She makes so many beautiful bags and totes that I call her “the bag lady”. When I can’t think of a name for my patterns, she always thinks of something clever! She has named two of my patterns.

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Debbie landscape - Page 001Debbie worked on this quilt during my past quilting retreat and showed us the finished product at this retreat.

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Featured Quilter: JoAnna

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

JoAnna first attended my quilting retreat in 2010 where she completed her first two quilts!

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Featured Quilter: Cindy

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

IMG_20140425_063918The Quilting Queens have arrived!  Debbie, Cindy and JoAnna traveled together from the Richmond area.

Cindy has attended my quilting retreats since 2010 and loves the retreat!  She traveled with two other friends from the Richmond area.  I saw seven different projects appear from her “magic bag of quilt tricks” during the retreat. Cindy portrait - Page 001

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Cindy Landscape - Page 002Cindy has worked on this quilt for years and finally finished it!

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Featured Quilter: Della

During the month of April 2014, I’m featuring the talented quilters who attended Camelia’s Quilting Retreat.  You will see firsthand the spectacular quilts and other projects completed.  It is amazing how much the ladies accomplish during the four-day quilting retreat!

It was Della’s first time to attend my retreat and she traveled from the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia.  She accomplished a lot of quilting in a short time. She worked on an amazing “labor of love” quilt and finally finished it!

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Della tells the story behind her awesome “labor of love” quilt, “My best friend lost her foot in a lawnmower accident.  Emmaus remodeled her house to be more accessible for her.  I made the blocks and laid them at the door of any place her friends gathered.  As I was sewing the blocks together I kept thinking Love for Vickie never ends. Then it occurred to me that God’s love for all of us never ends.”

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Della portrait - Page 002Impressive “Storm at Sea” in batiks.

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Della - Page 002Della’s buffalo landscape quilt is absolutely spectacular!

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