First, the winners:
Thank you to everyone who visited yesterday during Day 3 of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I was so moved by your comments I selected not just one winner but two! Congratulations to:
Send me your mailing addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org and your issue and Old Glory will be on their way to your mailbox and sewing machine. If you weren’t one of the lucky winners you can still buy your own copy of the special issue by going to the 100 Blocks website.
Thank you for sharing stories of veterans in your families, and the mention of two special organizations: Quilts of Valor and Soldiers Angels.
I profiled Quilts of Valor in my latest email newsletter as I was so impressed with their mission. They organize quilters to make tops for wounded soldiers, then match you with a longarm quilter who beautifully quilts it. They ask you to document the making of the quilt with a journal, make a casing, and sign the quilt. I heard from many of you who plan to use Old Glory in your Quilts of Valor.
Soldiers Angels is a tremendous organization that offers an incredible number of ways to support our soldiers. Here are just a few ways:
- adopting a soldier
- baking homemade treats
- making blankets
- letter writing
And that’s just a sample. You really need to visit their website to see all the ways we can serve our troops. This war has been so hard on so few in our country – I know I will be sitting down with my own family and discussing how we would like to support a soldier through Soldiers Angels.
Now the Call for Blocks:
I would like to make a Quilt of Valor for a wounded soldier from the Old Glory blocks, so here’s the call. Make your own Old Glory block (you will need the issue for instructions), sign it with your name, city, and state, and I’ll put together in a quilt. I’ll make sure it gets beautiful longarm quilting, will make a journal (if you’d like to include your own letter or note please do). Send me a message at email@example.com telling me you’ll be making the block, and I’ll send you the mailing address. Deadline for blocks: Dec. 11. Quilts of Valor has long been on my heart, and it will be so meaningful for a soldier to receive a message of support and love from a group. Thank You!