I work on a six week plan. I allow two, maximum three weeks to get the quilt completed and in the mail and then another two or three weeks for the quilt to actually travel to its destination via snail mail.
Generally, when I put out a call for a volunteer I get more takers than I need and I usually operate on a first "in best dressed rule". Having said that though, if I know someone is really keen and has missed out on a couple of opportunities then they might get first option the third time. Also, if I know of a quilt that is well under way which I think might be suitable for the request I might email the quilter and ask if they are interested in completing it in time to fill the request.
Maybe I need a better name for this one but as yet I haven't come up with one. If you have completed a quilt, or even have it at flimsy or quilt top stage, it would be great if you could email me a picture so that I can file it away in the Quilts in Waiting File.
Here is a quilt top that Kylie is working on and has let me know about.
And here is the gorgeous May BOM quilt that Pip made and which I mentioned last night.
These are the three quilts that are currently on standby in Kandahar.
They need to be sent in plastic bags that can be vacuum sealed as the Chaplain said the dust gets into everything and we don't want the quilts dusty and dirty before they are even handed to their recipient.
I also try to keep three quilts ready in Australia so that they can replace any that are used as soon as we get word of their need. The quilts will be sent direct to the Chaplain who passes them on to the hospital for storage.
These two, the first by Liz
and the second by Linda, are currently in my WWQ in Waiting File.
And here is another option - if you don't have time to sew a while WWQ or quilt top but still want to be part of making such a special quilt - here is an easier option.
Send me an 8 inch block (7 1/2" with seam allowance makes it ") in Aussie fabric or red white and blue and I will combine them into WWQs.
Here are six completed by Teresa from America which I received just yesterday. Does anyone else feel like making some? Just let me know!
I think that is enough to digest for now - class dismissed!
Till next time..................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!