On Sunday, February 12, the Quilt of Valor group, Patriotic Piecemakers, had another presentation for veterans. Twelve men and women who served our country in various branches of the military were given a quilt to say “Thank you for your service”. The quilts were in a wide array of patterns and were gratefully accepted. See the quilts below:
Community Quilts work days are the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 9 am until 3 pm at the OPQG facility, 2738 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO.
We invite everyone to join in for all or part of the day.
The Community Quilts Group is comprised of friendly, energetic and generous members who graciously give their time and talents to provide quilts for those in need in our community.
You can help….
If you are unable to join us there are lots of ways to help provide comfort to people in need….
- Make a Block of the Month – these blocks are used to make quilts. Anyone can make the blocks that are used in the quilts via the Block of the Month activity. (See the BOM under Community Quilts.)
- Take home a kit and stitch up a quilt top……
- Take home a quilt to bind……
- Take a quilt top to quilt (batting and backing included)…….
If you have a GO! Cutter, this group is for you. Swap dies, cut to your heart’s content, share ideas, and ‘show and tell’ at meetings held quarterly at OPQG. We now have 30 members! The meeting dates are on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am. The 2017 dates are January 11, April 12, July 12, and October 12.
Requirements to join……
- You must own your own Accuquilt GO! Cutter. Any model is OK.
- You must be willing to share your cutting dies with others within the group.
- Recommended – you have your own cutting mats in various sizes to take advantage of sharing dies.
- If you damage a cutting die owned by someone else, you will be expected to replace it or make restitution to the owner.
All GO! Cutters remain with the owners unless prior arrangements have been made with another group member exclusively. The group does not make precuts for sale. Sales are made at individual’s sole discretion and are the responsibility of that person.
Contact Marilynn Bilyeu, email@example.com, for more information
The GO!Cutter group had their first quarterly meeting of 2017 this week. Take a look at their show and tell projects:
Whether using the go-cutter to create more fun projects, or showing us some of her work, Glenda is one of our group members enjoying this fun group.
Yevonne and Lona had some quilts to share that showcase just a portion of their work. They said they often work together to get to a finished project.
Community Quilts co-chairman, Connie Bradford, contacted the Springfield Police Department to see if a squad car could stop by the OPQG building for some pictures. The SPD publicity person thought it was news worthy and contacted the local TV stations. They arrived to interview and make news clips….our Squad Car Quilts Project got famous! Because of the TV publicity, Community Quilts received donations of fabric and finished quilts to further their efforts.
We are the Patriotic Piecemakers of the OPQG. We strive to remember our military combat veterans with a Quilt of Valor. Officially, we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10 am until 4 pm, but you don’t need to attend meetings to be part of our group. You can sew blocks and/or quilts for a deserving veteran and drop them off at the guild. Contact Connie Bradford for more information at 827-0866 or EMTReaper239@att.net.
Patriotic Piecemakers presents quilts twice a year, in June and November. While all patriotic quilts made by OPQG members are donated, the Quilts of Valor donation quilts must meet certain quidelines for presentation to combat veterans. These guidelines come from both the QOV national organization and OPQG Patriotic Piecemakers committee:
- The quilt top should be 62 x 72 inches or slightly larger. A uniform size is desirable for the quilt presentation ceremonies.
- Only cotton fabric, thread, and batting may be used for quilts. Exposure to chemical agents while in service causes some veterans extreme sensitivity to polyester and other synthetics.
- Piecing a quilt that resembles or replicates the American flag is NOT permitted. Fabrics having American flags printed on them are permitted.
- Wash and dry the completed quilt with unscented laundry products to eliminate odors and allergens.
- Labels for Quilts of Valor will be provided for quilts. Please do not apply a label.
- Do not include political or religious themed fabrics or motifs.
Let us keep up the hard work to provide our veterans with a quilt to say “Thank You” for all they give and do so unselfishly.
This applique group was formed for anyone interested in learning applique. We invite those beginning or experienced in applique to join us. Members are at all different skill levels, from beginners to advanced. The meetings are focused on teaching various techniques and applying them by practice.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month (unless notified otherwise) at 9:30 AM at 2738 S. Campbell in the Village Shopping Center.
If you need more information or have questions, please contact one of the following members as they are sharing the chairman role. You can find their contact information by logging into “Member’s Login” on the home page.
- February, March, and April – Janice Woodring
- May, June, and July – Marilyn Bilyeu
- August, September, and October – Nancy Hill
- November and December – Diane Williams
- January – Diane Williams
This is a group for OPQG members interested in taking a journey into Art Quilts.
On the 3rd Saturday of each month members explore unusual fibers, new art products, and create original art quilts. This group is encouraged to test the waters and spread their wings with new projects.
Join us at the guild on South Campbell on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
Information on meeting topics, supplies and speakers are sent via e-mail.
The EQ Group meets on the first Monday of each month from 1 pm to 3 pm. If you own the “Electric Quilt” software, we will help you learn to use all of the features. Information about meetings and/or date changes are sent via e-mail and the guild newsletter.
To Join contact Maureen Ashlock Mash41RN@yahoo.com
Operation Squad Car is the ‘brain child’ of Connie Bradford. During one of her meditation sessions on the sidewalk in front of the guild, Connie encountered a Springfield police officer. She had an idea. If there was a small quilt in the police car, a child in stressful situations could be comforted. The policeman was very receptive to the idea. Now Community Quilts has launched Operation Squad Car.
If you would like to help with this project, it would be greatly appreciated. There are approximately 60 Springfield police cars so that is a lot of quilts! We are looking for small quilts suitable for children. You can make your favorite quilt pattern. Flannel scraps made into a rag quilt or a whole cloth kid print would work too. Or if you are out of ideas, this quilt can be made in a couple of hours. It is cut WOF and sewed in strips. Here is the pattern Favorite Donation Quilt thanks to MaryQuilts.com.