Quilts Of Valor Knows No Distance

Neither time nor miles separates a veteran from the Quilt of Valor (QOV).

I recently reconnected with Diane Duplissis, a friend and former co-worker.  Retired from the Air Force, Diane now calls Colorado Springs home.

Pieces & Patches quilt shop sponsors a monthly Quilt of Valor sew day.  Anyone with an interest can join the fun and come and sew on a QOV. Anne Mixon, the SC Coordinator, sponsors an annual QOV retreat at White Oak Conference Center. We are a determined group striving to recognize every veteran.

Several months ago I was at the Sew Day, sharing on what we are working, who it is for, where did you buy the fabric. I was sewing on the quilt for Diane and mentioned my dilemma of having the quilt presented to someone 1,600 miles away. Just didn’t want to box it and mail it.

Mimi Jones relayed that her brother lives in Colorado Springs. She could drive through on her way to Idaho Falls and present the quilt on my behalf. WHAT did you just say? That you would travel way off your route to present this QOV?

May 11, 2016 was the day. Diane met Mimi for a late lunch. And Mimi wrapped Diane in her Quilt of Valor and thanked her for her service.

Neither time nor miles separates a veteran from the quilt of valor.





Most importantly, paws of thanks to the Columbia (SC) Longarm Group for their generous donations of batting to the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Project.  I’m halfway through cutting batting from the latest acquisition – in preparation for the Sew Day for Kennel Quilts on June 25th at Pawmetto Lifeline – and with three bags to go, your “scraps” will go far to help our furry friends.

Be felanthropic by joining a larger effort helping our animal friends by sewing a small kennel quilt.  Bring yourself and your sewing machine to Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, 29212, on June 25th at 1:00 PM.  All the batting and fabric will be cut and ready to sew.  No experience necessary, we will teach you how to sew a kennel quilt.  Even if you can’t be here all afternoon, any time you can spend with us is appreciated.

Kennel Quilts are used for cats and small dogs.  You can read more about the project here.

Happy Birthday Supergirl!

DSC_0033Happy Birthday to my Catseopeia.  You are a supergirl because you are fighting kidney disease.  There are few people who thought you would be around to celebrate your first birthday.  I love you kitten.

Thanks to Chris and Dr. Shawn Verbrick at The Cat Clinic for helping me take care of you.

Orphan Block Kennel Quilts


When all else fails, make a kennel quilt.

I can’t remember when I purchased Accent on Angles, by Susan Purney Mark, or when I started making Jelly Beans.  Other than a huge stash of black and white fabrics, I’m not even sure where the inspiration came from.

Ten of the Jelly Beans blocks are done and I’ve lost interest in completing this quilt.  The blocks finish at 12 1/2″, the length for a kennel quilt.  A couple of strips are needed to bring the width to 18 1/2″.   Add a colorful fabric to the reverse and voila, you have a kennel quilt ready for a shelter in need.

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