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.

MEF portrait - Page 003Block from the Fat Quarter Shop “Wishes Quilt Along” in support of the Make A Wish Foundation.

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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MEF landscape - Page 004Joan and Mary Ellen sorting through fabric squares for a patriotic quilt. Continue reading