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Thread: soldier quilt - advice needed

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    soldier quilt - advice needed

    A friend of mine asked me to make a quilt for her son - headed for his first posting after boot camp. He'll be in the states until February then head to Afghanistan (current plan, anyway). She requested camo, but I opted (with her permission) to downplay the camo - and not to try to find an official Army camo - because my Marine Corps son-in-law did NOT want more camo in his world when he was active duty. I'm planning on putting flannel on the back because of the bulk that occurs when you use batting - thinking of stuffing in a duffle bag. I've prewashed the flannel and include a pic of it here.

    So - those of you who have made soldier quilts or who have family members who are deployed - is the flannel/no batting okay? This is not meant to be a bed quilt, but it would work for one. It's a generous throw - it's on a double bed in the pic - 63 X 79"

    What about a label on the back? Name, US Army, 2012 --- yes, no? add a sentiment? from Mom and Dad?
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    beautiful!

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    Whatever you do, it is a gorgeous quilt. He will love it. Good colors too. Beautiful colors!

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    I have not... but I am interested in the answers that you get back

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    Very nice. He will love it.
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    however you finish it, it will be fine, but I would put a label on it
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    I made a quilt for my husband. He's retired Army and I used some of his old patches. He was a Tank Commander, so my label was titled something to that effect. Maybe if you know what his title is, you can use that for a label. I would think the flannel would work because of it being thin. That or using a bed sheet instead of batting/flannel. I am sure you will come up with something.

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    Since he's just starting out I don't want to use anything specific since it will change. I really like the way the flannel feels and am very pleased with the one I found so ... think I'm going with that. Unfortunately ... I lack 6" having enough for the backing. Grrrrrrrr. And don't know if it came this way or picked up something in my washer, but there are some faint black streaks on the flannel fabric. Double Grrrrr. So I'm going to Walmart when I think someone will be in the fabric dept to see if the rest of the bolt has these light marks on it. If it does I'll return what I have and buy more - with that extra 6" added! Thanks for your input!
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    TYour quilt is very nice and will be appreciated very much. My son was deployed to Afghanistan and said he really liked the warmth of the quilt because where he was stationed it was really cold in the winter. In my opinion the label should say how proud the parents are of their son and thank him for protecting our country.

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    Great quilt. I agree with Grandma Peg about the label. Sandy 64

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