First up this is Terry. I asked her if she would mind making a couple of Aussie laundry bags that I can put with Wounded Warrior Quilts when I send them. Correct me if I am wrong (anyone in the know) but from what I have learned the injured are taken by military aircraft to Germany, accompanied by a medevac nurse who carries their quilt (so proud to know that) and a small amount of money to buy any necessities. Once in Germany I believe they receive a backpack from the RSL filled with small essentials like toiletries etc but that is it. I figure a laundry bag could come in handy if for nothing else but to put their quilt in for travel back to Australia when they are able. This is one of two bags that Terry has made and delivered to me today.
We worked hard today. Pam was the binding queen machining the binding on to two newly quilted quilts and hand sewing it on one of them.
Keryn (L) and Kiwi Karen (R) put borders on quilts tops made from BOMS and pieced the backings so that they could go off with the quilter, Stephanie.
Terry and Carolyn did more piecing and bordering. What a Godsend all these ladies are! They worked like trojans!
And Stephanie, who is the only one I did not get a photo of, brought along 20 quilts that she has collected from me and quilted over the last few weeks. Do you remember me saying how important it is that the quilt tops be pressed well and how I won't send them to a quilter unless they are pressed flat, backing pressed the whole bit. Well Stephanie said that made the quilts so much more enjoyable to work with as well as the fact that they are all the same size etc. So please ladies keep steam pressing those seams well before you send them to me if you can.
This pictures shows 20 quilts boxed and ready to be addressed. Each one has a number on it which corresponds to a photo I took and emailed to myself so tomorrow Caroline and I can go through the list and allocate them, address them and get them in the mail. I have to send letters with them as I always include the story of each quilt - who had a hand in making it, who donated the fabric if appropriate - I figure it is nice for the recipient to know and I have to give credit where credit is due!
You will see most of these quilts on this week's Quilts of the Week.
Here is a question for you - and those of you on Facebook will already know the answer so don't yell it out! LOL What sort of cookies do you bake for a sewing day to make quilts for those serving primarily in Afghanistan?
You will have to wait till the end of the post to find out!
Now here are the thank you messages I mentioned.
For Kiwi Karen (and her two dogs and cat)