A couple of final words about quilts. Over the December January break we have relaxed a bit and allowed longer for quilts to be made but now that we are getting back into a normal routine we really need to try and get back to a four week turn around. if someone requests a quilt on 1 March, and we take four weeks to get the quilt into the mail then that is around 28 March. If the quilt then takes 2 weeks to get to its recipient it is not too bad but if it takes 4 weeks which is highly likely that is almost two months and I think that is long enough to wait. That is just another reason to use simple patterns.
Finally please don't take it personally if you get an email from me (such as lots of you have received today) asking for an update or progress report on your current quilt. I do that to make sure there are no issues I need to know about - no unforeseen circumstances that have prevented you from completing the request. We have had all sorts of "life experiences" happen over the last 12 months and we will no doubt have a few more this year. If there is a problem I need to know about it as soon as possible so I can maybe do something to help (and that usually means relieving the pressure on you) and still get a quilt to the recipient in a timely manner.
Also please don't take it personally if you get an email from me checking that the quilt/laundry bag has actually made it in the mail. I never assume it has actually been posted til I have had confirmation. I have learned the hard way that that confirmation is essential.
And just before I go - to amplify what I said about the importance of laundry bags in my post on Sunday read this email that Melissa received today.
Dear amazing Melissa,Your beautiful and thoughtful present made me feel very special. Thank you so much for all your hard work, I absolutely adore the laundry bag! I will cherish it and will always remember the stranger who made a gift just for me and brought my kids here :)
Your little Holly sounds just adorable, I hope she knows what a wonderful mum she has. I know how hard it is to work with little ones, there's no easy answer but things do get easier when you have a routine established.
I never thought that I would do anything like this but I know of the dangers and I'm here because I want to support the young men who have given up a chance of a normal life because of the scars they carry from the job.
They are the real heroes.
Gifts like yours are like medals of honor.
Thank you :)