Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Just One Star

Make sure to stop on over on Moda's blog for Lissa's post about Just One Star. This was a brainstorm between Lissa and Susan at Moda to compliment the Quilts Of Valor Under Our Wings program and a wonderful assist of Polly's and my favorite charity - Semper Fi Fund.

Moda has simplified and fine tuned this great cause to make it easier for all of us to participate. If we all make Just One Star, we will easily achieve our goal. Yep, just piece one star block from this tutorial and send it in to Moda at:

United Notions/Moda Fabrics
Attn: Just One Star Project
13800 Hutton
Dallas, TX 75234

Submit your block before May 1st and the busy bees at Moda will trim your block and include it in one of the 100 quilts to be presented to wounded soldiers and their families.

Ask your friends in your guilds and sewing groups to make Just One Star. We'll have those 100 quilts in no time!

All of our Thanks,

Polly and Laurie

26 comments:

Carol said...

What a wonderful project...I'm off to make my star right now. Thanks so much!

Hotquilts said...

Great project and the quilts will be well loved.

Sharon said...

Great idea, I just linked your site to a very short blog. I'll be making my stars this week!

rickbarbara said...

I'll get mine made ASAP. Thanks for the opportunity to help. Barbara from Calif.

Meg said...

This is fantastic. May we submit more than one block?

Wendy P said...

That is really exciting - and SO EASY! I posted the link on my facebook page and emailed a whole bunch of others. They will get the word out, and I will definitely be sending in some stars.

The daughter of a retired Sgt. Major. Semper Fi!

Vicky said...

I will definitely get involved with this. After all, it's for the Semper Fi Fund! Thanks, Laurie and Polly, for the inspiration!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Great, GREAT project. My hubby is second in command of his Marine Corps League unit and they are working steadily to add to the Wounded Warriors Fund. Last year they were able to purchase several airline tickets for a mom whose son was have many many surgeries at Walter Reed for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. After the dinner where they presented her the tickets, he tried to tell me about the presentation ceremony and the mothers acceptance, it was a complete surprise to her. My big, burly,gruff 60 year old Semper Fi guy was completely overcome with emotion. Yes, a wonderful project indeed. Big Hugs...

Debbie said...

How wonderful! I will be sending a star block off to Moda to help with the project. Thanks to you for the link.

kshackabq said...

This is wonderful! I'm printing the pattern to pass around and emailing my quilting friends to get started. Thanks for the wonderful project and way to participate.

Valerie Z said...

A wonderful opportunity to get involved! I sent emails to family members right away to participate! Stars are cut ready to sew! Is the quilt pattern you are showing available anywhere? Thank you for "reminding" us we can all help!

Irishgirlsews said...

Hi Laurie,
I would be honored to participate, I do have a question, can we use any fabric or do we need to use your Moda line???? Thanks so much and I have emailed my quilting friends who will also be making some I'm sure.
Thanks again for such a worthy cause,
Wendy

Minick and Simpson said...

Everyone,

Thank you for the response!!

Yes, you may make more than one block and you can use any fabric. Just try to use a red or a blue for the star and a cream for the background. Thanks again.

Laurie

Nancy said...

I'm looking forward to making a star or two for this wonderful project. I just wanted to comment that there is no mention of the block size. From just looking at your pattern directions, it appears to be a 12 1/2" unfinished block. Maybe that should be mentioned so that all the blocks will be the same size.

laurie said...

Nancy,

Just follow the steps on the tutorial and send in your block UNTRIMMED and Moda will take care of the rest. Thanks for asking.

Laurie

Jacque. said...

Laurie and Polly. I was so moved by this post! My LQS owner and I are both excited about this project and will be making plans to get her shop customers involved. YAY! This is such a worthy project!

Karen L. said...

I am on board for this project! However, I am concerned because someone noted that we should "never, never, never give a Veteran a quilt that looks like a flag". Apparently it has to do with PTSD and being given a flag to lay over them reminds them of being in a coffin draped with a flag. Don't know how pertinent or accurate this is but I wondered if anyone knew more about this. Thanks!

laurie said...

Karen L.,

PTSD is a horrible diagnosis to deal with and we feel terrible that someone's PTSD has manifested in this way. Flags, per se are NOT a trigger for PTSD, but they might be for a particular individual. In all of our dealings with veterans and military personnel, we have not run across this. Actually, all of the feedback has been positive. We are so sorry that a flaglike quilt could upset someone, particularly a veteran, as it is the last thing we would want to do. All Quilts of Valor are flaglike in some way and ours maybe the most. It was designed and made with great reverence to veterans and in keeping with the traditions of folk art. When they are presented to wounded veterans and their families, we will consult their care-givers in reference to this concern.

Laurie Simpson

Karen L. said...

Laurie,

Thanks so much for the quick response to my post. I really wanted to participate in this event and especially like the design but sure did not want to cause more problems for someone who already has more than they should. I was not sure if this was true but, as you suggested, it could be a problem for a few individuals. So glad to hear that all the feedback has been positive. It's great that you will be "heads up" on this, just in case. I recently saw photos of a transport taking wounded to another location and it brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat to see all the wounded wrapped in quilts!! I participated in making blocks for Veteran quilts a while ago and am happy and honored to do so again. It's the least I can do for them. Thanks again for addressing this issue.

happy zombie said...

Could I love you guys any more than I already did??!!! Just found out today that I can!

I'm gushing with emotion over your Just One Star project. I'm going to hop on it this very minute. I'm even going to use some of my coveted Prairie Paisley scraps - for extra sprinkles of love in my blocks.

happy zombie said...

I just want to add... that not only am I a veteran, but I'm a service connected disabled veteran and have spent a lot of time in the VA medical system. From my own personal experience - that anything connect with the US flag amongst veterans is 100% loved, honored and cherished. All the more I love this project and the Just One Star quilt.

Carolyn said...

Hi. I understand to leave the block untrimmed, but I was wondering what size my finished, untrimmed block should be? I want to know what I'm aiming for! Thanks!

laurie said...

Carolyn,

I'll post a tutorial in the next day or so. Thanks for asking.

Laurie

Carolyn said...

Some of the people who I've shared this with were wondering if there would be a way where we could see the progress? Either with a total number of blocks (that one I'm really curious about) and/or see pictures of the finished quilts. I know that creates extra work on your end, but I'm really curious!

Jeanne said...

I read about your tutorial on 1 Choice 4 Quilts and ran (with my fingers) here and am I glad I did. You sure have made it simple to make and I am excited. Thanks from your new follower Jeanne @ The Learning Curve http://jeannegwin.blogspot.com

Christie said...

Hi, wonderful project! Do we sign with both names or just one?

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