March 3, 2008

Quilts for The Military

For some time I've wanted to help honor our military personnel. So on January 28 the following note was posted on the Heartstrings yahoo email group. She said: "A few weeks ago I pulled out the blocks from our summer block swap in anticipation of my son coming home from Iraq I started a quilt for him. The Family Rediness Coordinator from his unit explained that single soldiers come back from deployment to sterile looking rooms in the barracks, therefore upon arrival they like to make the rooms nice for the soldiers and they are allowed to have personal bedding. Most parents will adopt their own soldier and send bedding that will be put on the bed including comforters etc. I am making my son a quilt. Because not every soldier has family or one that is in a position to provide one I am looking for r/w/b twin quilts for those who don't get adopted. I am expecting to be in Savannah end of March to meet them. I will be using Heartstring labels on all of the quilts whether they are string quilts or not. These 140 guys have passed the one year mark and it will be 15 months by the time they get back! (This is infantry so all guys) "

I thought about her comments and decided I could make a difference and in my own small way show my support for our military. I received the red, white and blue string quilt (blocks by Lynn, pieced by Fran) and scrappy log cabin (pieced by Marlene) ....















I emailed her back offering to long arm quilt using the Stars & Loops pantograph by Linda Taylor. (I'm not a freehander and love pantographs.) I started on 2/29 quilting and binding the quilts. On the log cabin quilt I quilted in a few words in the large stars. I'm so happy to say THE QUILTS ARE DONE and ready to mail. I know their lives are changed forever and I hope that in some small way I've helped to make a difference.















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Thank you for all you've done for our Country and for protecting me, my family and everyone.

10 comments:

Irene said...

You did a wonderful job on these and I love the writing you put in them. It's too bad that these quilts are needed, but as long as they are, it's nice to know we can hopefully add some comfort to these young lives.

Jen said...

Wonderful job!!! Hmmm, I wonder if I can crank out a quilt for this and have it to them in time for the end of march. I'll have to think on that...I've got a lot going this month.

Just me-Jerri said...

just a sidenote.......if you do not have one cranked by March. Another batch of 3id soldiers will be returning sometime between Dec 2008 and January 2009. The saddest thing to see is these soldiers returning home and not be greeted by some friend or family member. At least they may have a loving quilt on their bed. Thank you from the wife of a deployed hubby.

Mary said...

They look GREAT! I love pantographs too and these are perfect. Thank you so much!

Here We Go Again said...

you have know idea how much it means to the single soldiers returning to have this! my dh is active duty and heading back over soon. he was with the 172nd and when they returned after 16 months it was a sight to see! our frg made things and had them in their rooms for them. we now have guys asking "hey if I come back please it will be great to look forward to all the stuff we had last time.
anyway THANK YOU for all the quilts to sew!

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Sandy, these are wonderful! I quilt for Quilts of Valor, and as you know, it's very satisfying to do something for our young men and women in harm's way. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I can't say thank you enough for helping me. I love everything about them especially so many warm hearts and love will touch the soldier receiving them. The little touches make them unbelieveable.

Fran

Just me-Jerri said...

little did i know that the quilts you made would be coming to me to hold for Fran when I commented earlier. I cannot wait to see them in person!
I also am the one whose husband is from Paden City. Thank you for your efforts for our heroes. They will greatly appreciate and cherish their quilts!

Dave Reid said...

Sandy!! WOW!!! As one of your 'old' classmates from YOHI in Japan, and also a retired, two tour Vietnam veteran (like so many of our classmates), what an AWESOME thing you've done!! As my kids would say "Cool Beans!!"

randallallen said...

Way to go Sandy. I'm proud of you.

Randy Allen
Viet. Vet.