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: )

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!