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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Not Yet...Spring

First let me say we didn't get anywhere near what other areas close by got. Some high winds and tornadoes accompanied the storm that passed through last Friday. But the disaster teams on all of the local stations were doing everything in their power to disrupt regular programming. I guess it is expected. Thankfully we have a Verizon, DVR, Netflix and Amazon Prime so for us it is a simple matter of changing channels or services. Our satellite neighbors, not so much. It was a pretty severe storm in some areas but in the local stations viewing area it was a world wide catastrophe. Welcome to Virginia. It's weather, it's raining, the wind is blowing, some hail and we have been alerted via our smart phones of hazardous conditions. Do we really need 5 hours of weather coverage?

I will say that as far as the longarming goes, March went out like a lion. Finally got all the cylinders working and was able to get some quilting done. 

T-Quilts for an auction at an upcoming motorcycle event hosted by Salty Dawgs.

Naturally some Quilts of Valor

As a longarmer here is something I really love to see. When I get a quilt, without borders, the piecer has taken the extra time to sew along the quilt tops edge. This really helps when loaded to prevent seams from separating.

Had a few clients pass through as well in March. 

This month we will be setting up a Not Forgotten QOV booth provided by one of our gracious supporters, Events Management Group, EMG, for the 31st Annual Spring Craft Market, April 28-29-30 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. As always we will have a Raffle Quilt. It was on the longarm yesterday and will be heading to the binder today or tomorrow. If you are in the area please stop by the booth and say hi. EMG has been a huge supporter of Not Forgotten since day one. Our successes and work for QOVF is a direct result of the support we get from our sponsors like EMG, and an unselfish group of QOVF volunteers that are the foundation and backbone of Not Forgotten QOV. Elaine and I are sincerely grateful to them all. 

I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought I'd share it here. It was posted by the absolutely finest Innova Dealer on the planet. Virginia Longarm. Okay I'm a little biased. Does it show? 
Let me just add, regardless of direction, "good" being preferred every time, please, pretty please with sugar and molasses, make your seams 1/2" and press them open. 

I'm often asked, "Why do you QOV?" 
It was 50 years ago this month that I returned from Vietnam. That just happens too be how old this photo is. I QOV because no one, not one living soul that takes the Enlistment Oath, serves and protects the freedoms that we enjoy, places themselves in harm's way, ever again goes without a grateful, sincere and heartfelt thanks for standing at any given time with 1% of the population. (Only 1% of the U.S. population that is eligible to serve is actually on active duty at any given time. During WWII it was 9%, it has never been that high since.) Yes I am in that 99% group that will NEVER FORGET.  

So here comes April, let the Dog Days of Summer be not far behind. 

Quilt till you wilt...we do. 

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