UFO’s and QOV’s

Progress is made in the UFO Category!  One of my UFO’s is to publish my UFO list on the blog as a method for accountability!   But that’s for another posting. 😉   (P.S. For those not familiar with a quilter’s life,  UFO is the “affectionate” abbreviation for Unfinished Object.) Today, I’m unveiling my two-color Red & White Drunkard’s Path quilt.


Any of you who see our demonstrations at shows know that I have a plethora of Drunkard’s Path units.  Most of these I donate to a wonderful organization, Quilts of Valor, where they are transformed into quilts for our country’s wounded soldiers.

A suggested label for QOV quilts:  This quilt was made for you out of appreciation, admiration and respect for your service to our country. With heroes such as yourself, America will continue to be the best in the world. We salute you and hope this quilt brings you comfort and cheer when you need it.

“They also serve, who only stand and wait.” QOV has national and local volunteers.  Please Google or Bing “Quilts of Valor” and choose the best way to make your very personalized contribution, whether it is piecing, quilting, administering or donating to this incredible organization.   (I just took a detour to see where that came from:  Quotation from the great English poet John Milton (1608-74). After going blind, Milton wrote the poem “On His Blindness”. In the sonnet’s last line, he reflects that even with his disability he has a place in the world, and thus the universal message is that each of us has a unique place and way to serve.)

But I digress.

Red & White Quilt

Who hasn’t always wanted a red & white quilt?  This one was inspired by a similar quilt seen at the Dallas Quilt Show about three years ago.  It was quilted by the famous north Texas quilter, Richard Larson, who made the white fabric look like whipped cream.  Beautiful.  And this was the first time I took the time to add piping to the edges before binding…in fact, a DOUBLE piping of red and white.  Thanks, Susan Cleveland for your inspiration and tool for cutting the Piping Hot bindings, and thanks Luanne Leeson for your patient instruction and extra pair of hands in applying the binding.

Luanne Leeson - Helper Extraordinaire


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2 responses to “UFO’s and QOV’s

  1. luanne

    Loved the picture.

  2. Congratulations on your worthwhile project. All profits from my $100 exhibit rental fees and books, “Thanking Our Troops–God Bless America Touring Quilts” go to groups like yours. Please send me your mailing address and email and I’ll mail you a free book and hopefully a donation soon.

    Hope you’ll enter this 22″ Contest so you can tell the nation about your work:

    2010 Patriotic Quilt Contest to Benefit Soldiers

    Judy Howard of Buckboard Quilts announces the 2010 Patriotic Quilt Contest with deadline of March 31. These 22” quilts will tour for 18 months with the other 220 “God Bless America Touring Quilts” and then be auctioned.

    All profits from Judy’s book, Thanking Our Troops—God Bless America Touring Quilts, $100 exhibit rental fees (free to military and veteran groups) and auction proceeds will go to non-profits who make quilts for wounded soldiers and families of the fallen. Corporate prizes will be announced. Artists receive a free copy of Thanking our Troops for entering.

    Quilt photos and quilt artists’ names will be posted on blogs, websites and http://heavenlypatchwork.com/patriotic_quilt_exhibits_and_programs.htm , along with entry and rental forms, corporate prize winners, calendar of exhibits and book-ordering information.

    Theme of quilts is patriotic, stars and stripes, “Thanking our Troops” or Biblically inspired to promote love of God and Country. No Entry Fees.

    Finished quilt size is 22” x 22” with a 4” sleeve or 4” loops sewn along the upper back for displaying on rod, plus four tabs along the upper edge for pinning onto draped racks to protect quilt.

    Please also attach securely along the bottom of quilt (that can be folded back) an 18”wide by 5”high story label that includes the quilt title, artist’s name, contact info if desired, Artist’s Statement with heart-warming story of what inspired him/her to make the quilt. Label can be typed or photo transferred onto fabric, quilted and coordinated as part of quilt art, or just typed on thick paper and laminated or put in plastic covering and attached. Story label can be a free advertising billboard as it tours to sell artist’s quilts, patterns, services or to promote charity quilting group, soliciting volunteers or donations.

    Mail quilts with signed entry forms to 12101 N. MacArthur #137 Oklahoma City, OK 73162.

    Thanks for quilting for this worthwhile cause—raising money for quilts for wounded warriors and families of the fallen—those most in need of the touch of God’s love and comfort quilts represent. Reserve this $100 exhibit for your next show by contacting Judy Howard, 405-751-3885, BuckboardQuilts@cox.net.

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