Valor Quilt Bee is an online, ongoing, EASY-GOING quilting bee to coordinate far-flung individual contributions of blocks for Quilts of Valor tops. These quilts are presented to U.S. servicemembers who have been injured/afflicted on deployment. It is open to everyone who wants to participate. Join the FUN! (To be added to the group, just leave a comment on any posting if your email is turned on in blog land, otherwise send email to: )

November 6, 2011

A November addition

I've been wanting to try this block out for a while now, so while I was making one for a swap, I ran an extra through for the Valor collection. Loved it!

October 20, 2011

More Blocks :D

Guess what? I won the BOM drawing at our guild meeting, so now we have 9 more blocks to add to our growing collection!

This adds several blocks each for both a white-base selection and repro-base selection.

October 16, 2011

My October block

I made an extra BOM for our guild's monthly drawing. The block is "Burgoyne Surrounded"

October 9, 2011

Gorgeous Block from BamaBee

BamaBee sent THE MOST gorgeous block this week. I'm going to make sure it gets partnered with things that really showcase it.  :D

June 12, 2011

Late May Fourth Week

In May I was overwhelmed with graduation events for daughter #2, moving daughter #1 back home for the summer, and finishing my own semester's crazy writing work. My service sewing was all taken up with sewing quilts and totes for Bama Bound Quilts. (Please check them out - this is an incredible grassroots organization that is helping some of the children who lost EVERYTHING in the terrible tornadoes that they had a few weeks ago.

I did finally make this block to add to our collection in the name of May's Fourth Week. It should make a happy friend for another block in similar fabrics.

April 29, 2011

April Fourth Week

Hope y'all don't mind, but this month's "Fourth Week" got hi-jacked.

It's my finals week, and I only have so much sewing time available. In response to a call for relief to tornado-torn Alabama, I dedicated sewing time to this other charity project. (Sure would be great if you could pass the word along on your own blog for the Bama Bound project.)

~*~*~ Straight from my personal blog ~*~*~

Bama Bound Quilts has asked for baby/children's quilts for tornado relief in Alabama. (Can you pass the link along on your blog?)

My brain was on overload, anyway, so I put my books down and went to my long-term UFO pile, where I saw a promising cheerful piece peeking out. . .

Pulled it out and found that it's almost queen-sized, but just a boring 12" checkerboard (albeit with a really cute purple floral fabric). 

Hmm, but these scraps of brights coordinate well (although the colors are all off thru the camara's eye). . . 

Frogged it and rearranged a couple pieces to yield two baby quilts and a cuddle blankie size.

Got my daughter to trace out flowers on fusible web, while I cut and fused. . . And now she's very sweetly pin-basting all three for me:

I'm going to do the quilting simultaneously with stitching the flowers down. Due to time, I'm just going to do a simple straight stitching about a 1/8th inch in since the edges are fused on. Think I'll use white shiny thread and do spirals in the big centers. Will do a meander on the rest of the quilt. 

Not sure if I'll have issues at the machine. I didn't have backing fabrics to go with this, no time to go to JoAnn's (an hour away), but I did have pretty purple fleece (which I think kids would find comforting, anyway) and a piece of pre-quilted pink flannel. I've never worked with these with quilting before, so I'm hoping the machine doesn't care.  :D   Wish me luck!

P.S. This camera really has issues these days  :/     It just can't read colors properly anymore.

April 23, 2011

Just Made It!

Whew! ::wiping forehead::

I just put together block 3 and block 4 for my answer to Michelle's Lent challenge to make four different blocks for the Valor Quilt Bee.

I don't do Lent - it's not part of my religion - but I respect what folks around me do for it, and Michelle's challenge was a worthy one. Little did I know how very challenging it would be! I mean, I regularly do quilt work, so how hard could it be to make 4 blocks instead of 1 in 6 weeks' time?

Well, Life exploded for our family, and I do have my master's coursework, so finding the time for even just three extra blocks really has been a bear. I really considered asking to be excused - almost all my other BOMs got shelved for April - but I set the books down this morning and did these two beauties up.  :)  Feels good.

April 14, 2011

4th Week March Makeup, a Lent-challenge block, and donations

I didn't abandon you guys!!  Last month was blasted away for our family between 3 different spring break weeks and a serious medical event. I apologize for not being able to do March's 4th Week on time, but that is fixed today. 

I wanted something simple but cute, and this fun blue with the heart roosters lent itself well to an easy block. 

I got eight 6" blocks from 3 sets of strips. These blocks are PERFECT for beginners or quilters pressed for time. Just cut 1 1/2" strips the width of the fabric, sew three strips together side-to-side, cut them into sections every 3 1/2", and sew those patches together like this:

They can easily be adapted to other sizes, and you can sandwich fabrics like I did or use three different ones altogether.

I also hadn't been able to work on Michelle's 4-block Lent challenge until today, so I'm happy I was able to get another block done, too. This one is a 12-incher. The design would be a lot more apparent if one of my fabrics had been less busy, but we'll find a place for it in a grouping that has more subtle, water-colory, gardenish blocks.

The other fun thing to share is that we got some donations today from my local quilt guild!  Betty brought me a sack filled with what we're now calling Scraps of Valor:

And Ginger brought me odd-ball blocks from the guild's Quilts of Valor program to use at 
Valor Quilt Bee. The guild's program is set up to use only 12" blocks or a full-top pattern, so these would be more difficult for her to incorporate. They're perfect for us, though! 
Check them out:

March 24, 2011

Stars and Stripes Sampler Book

I just got my Stars and Stripes Sampler Book in the mail this week. I am always looking for patriotic quilt blocks for the valor bee. I was not disappointed! It is full of different blocks and techniques perfect for QOV.
The only thing about these blocks is that they will have to be manipulated to meet the size requirements for the bee.
But for a wealth of ideas, patterns and on sale to boot... I think it was a great investment. Check it out at

March 17, 2011

BOM: March 2011

March 2011 Block of the Month:
Origami Bow Tie Block

Click on the post title or on the link for a tutorial.

Sneak peek of April 2011 Block of the Month: Star of Valor

March 16, 2011

Quilting with a Purpose: QOV BOM

The online quilting bee is buzzing right along. For those quilters looking for a service project, why not try making QOV a block of the month project. A block and tutorial will be posted each month for those interested.

BOM not your thing? If you are making your own QOVF top, make an extra square for the online bee. If you only have a little time, take an hour here and there to make a simple block and send it in. Any and all submissions are greatly appreciated.

March 11, 2011

Making a Button for our Bee Blog :)

You know, people are so sharing on the Web! Found a nice blog tutorial on making buttons, so I've fixed one up for this Bee. Won't you be kind enough to post it on your own blog?

You'll find the HTML right over there on the side bar. ~~~>
Just go into your blog's designer, choose to add a gadget (aka "widget"), select HTML/Javascript, and paste that HTML code into that gadget. Save, and - Voila! Your blog sucks our button image onto your page and links to the Valor Quilt Bee!  Pretty darn cool. Always wondered how people got those nifty buttons on their blogs. . .

March 9, 2011

4 in 40 Challenge

Today is the first day of Lent. Lent is a time for fasting, prayer, contemplation and service. I have a challenge for you in the service area. I challenge the readers and followers of this blog to complete 4 different blocks for the online valor bee during the 40 days of Lent. For more information, check out my blog at

March 5, 2011

URL updated

This blog bee's URL was changed to coordinate with the name, which has undoubtedly created a few glitches. I'll be working on those ASAP when they show up.

Do apologize for the inconvenience, but decided after some comments that the inconvenience of the change would be worth the removal of some confusion. It is certainly easier to take care of it now than it would be later with many more followers. 

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

March 3, 2011

Star of Valor Block

Hey, y'all. BamaBee here.

Check out this block. I call it a "Star of Valor." I designed this 12 inch block using a pattern I modified from one that I saw on Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting. The star is a 12 inch lone star. The star is surrounded by squares and quarter-square triangles to finish the block. If you would like to know how to piece a block like this, check out the 1400 series of LOQ.

I chose red, white and blue fabric. The white fabric appears solid, but it actually has a tiny triangle pattern.

I hope to make this block this weekend. I will take photos and write down the directions as I go. I will post them along with a photo of the finished block.

Happy Quilting!