QOV & AccuQuilt Come Together
AccuQuilt’s live event, Hometown Heroes, featured special guests with inspirational stories of a sense of pride in their country and quilting.
It also featured information on Quilts of Valor (QOV), their mission to cover service members/veterans touched by war with the comfort and healing of quilts, as well as how to get involved.
Melissa Matthews from QOV joined up with our team for this event and shared the heartwarming story behind the founding of the organization.
She also shared samples of QOV quilts that had been made using AccuQuilt GO! products.
The QOV website offers free quilt and block patterns that are available for volunteers to use - although quilters are not limited to these designs.
QOV Block Pattern to Donate
One of the free block patterns available on the site to donate to the cause, called Courage, was designed by Persimmon Quilts. This pattern creates a block that will be 12.5” x 12.5”, finishing at 12” in the completed quilt.
While the pattern on the website features traditional cutting methods, this stunning block can be created quickly and accurately using this fabric die cutter pattern. Simply use Shapes #3, #5, and #7 from the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Finished Block!
Courage is great for scraps! So gather up your reds, whites, and blues.
Making Courage with AccuQuilt
To die-cut this block, you will need four of Shape #3 in white and four in blue.
Pro Tip: Save time by cutting these pieces with right sides together.
Fan fold the fabric once across the die and cut for a total of four sets, ready to sew.
For Shape #5, you will need to cut four in white, eight in blue, and twelve in red. You’ll be sewing four of the red triangles to white ones for the four corner half-square triangle blocks.
Shape #7 is a parallelogram, and it’s a directional shape. That means that you will need to fan fold your fabric across the die to cut four sets (eight pieces).
You will be sewing a red Shape #5 and a blue Shape #5 onto the long side of each parallelogram.
Be sure to follow the pattern for the direction of Shape #7 and color placement of the triangles.
Once your units are completed, follow the block instructions to complete them.
You’ll find that die cutting will help you complete this block so quickly and accurately, that you’ll be finished with a quilt to donate to this organization in no time at all!
Recently, QOV sent out the call to local chapters to design and write a new pattern along with submitting a picture of the quilt.
Seven participating chapters were awarded money to help provide materials to continue making and donating quilts.
All seven quilts will be presented to author Janice Lynn and Hallmark Publishing to select a Grand Prize Winner. The selected pattern will be included in her upcoming story - Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope.
The winner will be revealed with the book’s release this fall!
Other quilters were asked to vote on their favorite, and the Hope Challenge – Viewer’s Choice award winner selected was Patty Ozga for Stars over Texas QOF with Hattie’s Trail by the Sea.
This stunning quilt is a clever combination of three classic quilt blocks – Hattie’s Choice, Snail’s Trail, and Storm at Sea. As we like to say here at AccuQuilt - there’s a die for that!
You can get this look by combining the GO! Hattie’s Choice with the GO! Snail’s Trail-8” Finished. The eye-catching sashing is created with Shape #1 from the GO! Qube Mix & Match-8” and Shapes #13 and #14 from the GO! Qube Companion Set Angles-8”.
For more information on how you can get involved with Quilts of Valor, or to see more of their patterns, be sure to check their website.
Are you involved with QOV? We would love to see pictures of projects you’ve made for them using your GO! system posted and shared on our Facebook page!