AMB Mystery BOM Quilt Block 7- Growing Season: Quilts of Valor Foundation

A child of a New York area Coast Guard service member waves the American Flag while marching in New York City's Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2013. The Parade honors all eras and branches of military service, with special recognition given this year to the history of American Women in Uniform. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Harclerode)

A child of a New York area Coast Guard service member waves the American Flag while marching in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, 2013. The Parade honors all eras and branches of military service, with special recognition given this year to the history of American Women in Uniform. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Robert Harclerode)

In honor of our nation’s veterans, we’ve dedicated this Mystery Block challenge in part to the Quilts of Valor foundation. Founder Catherine Roberts began QOV while her son was deployed in Iraq in 2003. She dreamed one night of a soldier deep in despair who receives comfort from a quilt, and immediately went to work turning that dream into reality. She organized volunteers to piece and quilt. They shared her vision that quilts made for veterans should not be shoddy “charity quilts” but beautiful gifts of thanks and comfort. As of September this year, 145,572 service members and veterans have received quilts!
To support this wonderful cause, we designed a version of the Mystery Quilt that will meet QOV size guidelines. We will post the finishing instructions for this version, which you can make in any colors you choose, at the end of the challenge next February. We hope some of our quilters will choose to donate their quilts! Even if you’d like to hold onto your Mystery Block quilt or donate it to another cause, please consider the QOV mission for your next charitable quilting project! Please visit the QOV website to find out the specifics of donating your quilt, including the required label designating it a Quilt of Valor.

If you’re just tuning into the Our Land Mystery BOM here on the Works, please find all 7 blocks in the links below:

Find Block 7 “Growing Season” here.

Find Block 6 “Canyonlands” here.

Find Block 5 “Amongst The Trees” here.

Find Block 4 “The Mountains Are Calling” here.

Find Block 3 “In Every Desert Hides a Well” here.

Find Block 2 “The Most Perfect Hill” here.

Find Block 1 “View From the Shore” here.

For a chance to win some great prizes, be sure to share photos of your finished Block 7 on Instagram with the tag #AMBmystery, or email your picture to: info at Clothworks dot com .

 

Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Jason!

Toni and her sonHere’s to another very special veteran, as we honor them for their service with a Quilt of Valor made from love by Clothworks and friends!  Pictured above, at left, is the magnificent Toni B., Quilting Queen and Sample Room Extraordinaire here at the Works.  She is presenting the 2nd and final quilt made from blocks constructed during the Everything Blue Block Hop to her son, Jason, pictured at the right.  Jason most recently completed 12 years with the military, serving in the following countries:  Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  We’re not permitted to disclose Jason’s job description as it is labeled classified, but his mother speaks highly of his brilliant mind!  From Toni’s description, it’s quite natural for Jason to carry on a heavy conversation about chemistry, physics, and all sorts of science-related stuff!  I don’t know about you, but most of those subjects are way over my head– so I’m in total awe!!  Jason, we salute you for your all of your hard work and commitment to serving the USA!!  Thank you and we hope you enjoy the quilt!!

And…. a big thanks to all the folks who had a hand in making these quilts made from designer Marsha McCloskey’s gorgeous line, Everything Blue!  Everything Blue was such a popular line of fabric, Marsha has designed a follow-up collection called Everything Blue II.   Keep your eyes peeled for this fabric collection to pop up at a local quilt shop.  Many, many thanks to Toni B., along with retired Clothworks employee Bonnie, for all of their countless hours and hard work in designing the layout and piecing all of the block hop blocks together- with sashing, cornerstones, and borders- for both quilts! Also–much thanks to Loretta Orsborn for her fabulous quilting!

With all that being said….Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fabulous followers of The Works!  We wish you safe travels and a wonderful time with family & friends!

Quilts of Valor: We Salute You, Michael!

Michael

It might be a week after Veteran’s Day, but it’s never too late to salute and honor the veterans in our lives.  You may remember from last year, the crew here at Clothworks working on a few quilt projects constructed from Marsha McCloskey’s Everything Blue collection.  Most of us in the office and a few talented bloggers we know, contributed enough quilt blocks during the Everything Blue Block Hop that were transformed into 2 large quilts.  The Red, White, & Blue color scheme of these quilts took on a patriotic mood, and it was only appropriate to donate them to a veteran.  Since there are a few members of the Clothworks team that have a special veteran in their lives, we couldn’t look any further from them.

Pictured above from left to right is our lovely Susan (who works in Customer Service/ Order Entry at Clothworks), her husband Michael (Vietnam Veteran), and Ted (CEO of Clothworks).  We presented 1 of the 2 Quilts of Valor we made to Michael.  Michael served as a Medical/Dental Specialist at Camp Kue Army Hospital in Okinawa from 1970-1973.  We salute Michael and hope this quilt will serve as a reminder of our appreciation for his service!

Stay tuned soon in a separate post as we salute another special veteran with the other Quilts of Valor Quilt we completed.