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    Quote Originally Posted by eyes View Post
    The soldiers are given the bedding they need in the barricks and it must be used so it is all the same just as their uniforms. Be happy they are allowed to have a small quilt on their cot to remind them they are not forgotten by their families and friends back home. Love is not measured in the length of the quilt.
    My mistake. I assumed all along the quilts were meant to be used for warmth. I had no idea they were only expressions of love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    My mistake. I assumed all along the quilts were meant to be used for warmth. I had no idea they were only expressions of love.
    Can't help it - have decided to jump into the middle of this - there is no such this as "only" expressions of love.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    DONE!!! (well, except for the label.....) and it won't win any awards at Paducah, but that's gotta be the fastest finish time on a quilt for me. It will be in the mail tomorrow!
    I love the colors and think it is a beautiful quilt. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    So all the other families who have sent real quilts to their soldiers have had to give them up? Why make a quilt that only covers a portion of a cot? I read between the lines. If 6' hangs over, then the cot is smaller than 6'
    Please don't try to read between the lines. Because there is nothing there to read. I am sorry that you must put your own spin on this, but the fact is the military has set guidelines on "personal" items.Take it up with your congressman if it displeases you. Please don't try to denigrate what we are doing here. What we are trying to do is provide some cheer from home for these boys. The quilts, though considered lap size, ARE real quilts. They will help provide warmth as side benefit, but more importantly they provide a moral boost.
    I can't tell you how much I appreciate the love and help from the generous souls here on the board who are helping to provide these quilts in the spirit of support and love for our troops who are in harm's way.
    Thank you again and God Bless you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    DONE!!! (well, except for the label.....) and it won't win any awards at Paducah, but that's gotta be the fastest finish time on a quilt for me. It will be in the mail tomorrow!
    It looks wonderful!!!! Thank you so much! It will truly brighten up PFC Hulbig's day!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-T View Post
    Scratch my last post. I had brain drain and counted wrong. Right now w/o borders it is 50x60--DUH! So I'm thinking to add just top and bottom borders to get to the 65" or maybe I'll take it up to 70 w/ 5" top and bottom borders? Not too sure. I really hope he likes this!!!
    LOL.. 50 x 60 would fine too! It would still be a wonderful size to fit over his bed and provide a spot of color and caring. I am sure he will love it.
    Thank you again so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    DONE!!! (well, except for the label.....) and it won't win any awards at Paducah, but that's gotta be the fastest finish time on a quilt for me. It will be in the mail tomorrow!
    I like it! I can't see it up close, but it looks like it would be very cheery in a dreary place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady View Post
    Please don't try to read between the lines. Because there is nothing there to read. I am sorry that you must put your own spin on this, but the fact is the military has set guidelines on "personal" items.Take it up with your congressman if it displeases you. Please don't try to denigrate what we are doing here. What we are trying to do is provide some cheer from home for these boys. The quilts, though considered lap size, ARE real quilts. They will help provide warmth as side benefit, but more importantly they provide a moral boost.
    I can't tell you how much I appreciate the love and help from the generous souls here on the board who are helping to provide these quilts in the spirit of support and love for our troops who are in harm's way.
    Thank you again and God Bless you.
    I second it!!!
    Linda Lee

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    Thanks for that! I was going for a nice look instead of just strips and my math got mixed up a bit-lol! Still working on it tonight after work. Hoping to be done and off to get quilted Wednesday. Love doing this!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady View Post
    LOL.. 50 x 60 would fine too! It would still be a wonderful size to fit over his bed and provide a spot of color and caring. I am sure he will love it.
    Thank you again so much!

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    Done... need to wash .. couldn't keep the cats away while sewing !! Should be in the mail tomorrow. Name:  black 1 done.jpg
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    These done too...Name:  black 2 done.jpg
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    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    Wow, PenniF - three done? I was pushed to get ONE done. Aren't you glad to be a part of this effort?
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    All three quilts are just beautiful!!!
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    Confession time -- my DH and i work for the same company - we are the only employees - he is overseas on business for the past week.... so it is very quiet here in the office....so......i brought my machine and supplies to the office and sewed / worked / sewed /worked.....then took it home each night and sewed.....shshsh.....don't tell anyone !!!!! Of course...now i REALLY need to get my house cleaned before our holiday guests arrive on Sunday !!!!
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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Size:  1.13 MBThis is my top before sending it of to LA. Hope to get it back by Monday or Tuesday to bind, label, wash and mail. There is a bottom border, but this is the only pic I took before I took it to the shop to be quilted. I hope he likes it! So happy I got to do this!!

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    Penni! I am so amazed at how quickly you got those done!!! Thank you so much! They look awesome! I wonder if my boss would let me quilt at work?
    Thank you thank you!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt-T View Post
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Size:  1.13 MBThis is my top before sending it of to LA. Hope to get it back by Monday or Tuesday to bind, label, wash and mail. There is a bottom border, but this is the only pic I took before I took it to the shop to be quilted. I hope he likes it! So happy I got to do this!!
    Quilt-T, that is beautiful! I know PFC Metzgar will love it! I am so glad you posted a picture for us all to see. I can't thank you enough!

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    My DIL has received the first two quilts mailed, from Paulswalia and from Kauailover. She says they are amazing!
    Wow.. thank you so much! There is no way we could have gotten this done with out you. She has made it very clear to her husband that we MUST have pictures of the quilts and the soldiers!

    A HUGE thank you again from her and from me!

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    I considered taking a pic with my quilt and sending it along with the quilt. I can't wait to get it done and in the mail. Thanks for getting the address to me so I can mail it straight there. Should be in the mail to him by midweek!

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    We plan to mail the rest of the group out to the boys by mid/late next week also. It looks like my DIL will have received all of them by then! *crossing fingers*!!
    And I think sending a picture of you with the quilt is a fun idea!

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    Ok...now for some quilt trials and tribulations.... and a little giggle...
    1 - my tilted star quilt was supposed to be 5 x 6 blocks - of course then with the half blocks all around to complete the "star" which would then have meant just one small border = done. But one of my cats had another idea - and while i was out of the room, apparently knocked one the the 5 block strips behind my sewing table. Sewing fast of course - so i'm seeing all the strips gone/done - must be done with center blocks, right? Put on the top and bottom half blocks strips - went to put on the side strips - and they were 1 row too long. ??? Found the missing strip - then had to chose, rip out 2 rows or just keep going and add more borders....it got the extra borders !!
    2. The wolf quilt --- i sewed one entire lengthwise row together right side to wrong side .... had to rip out and resew - then did the same dang thing with one of the lengthwise borders !!! had to rip it out and do again. Seriously...i don't think i will EVER sew anything together without checking twice that the fabric is right side to right side.
    3. The star quilt .... i bought a spool of "Signature" variagated blue thread at JoAnns last weekend cuz i had my coupon and nothing really that was non-sale item that i needed - and thought it would work for the blue quilt. I have not bought this brand before - so maybe i messed up and it's for some special machine or something....but half way throught the quilting, the thread literally started dropping off the spool - i don't know how do discribe it well - but it was like an entired layer of the thread would just fall off the spool. It was crazy - i had to sew really slowly - and about every 2 minutes, stop and hand rewind the thread back on the spool.
    And finally - i never could have imagined how hard it is to sew black quilting on black fabric !!!! These old eyes were crossing, i can tell you !!

    I've said it privately - but i want to THANK YOU -- Bluelady for bringing this together - and to all of the wonderful folks who participated with your work - and everyone who added their blessings. Having the opportunity to be part of this is something i won't ever forget - ""the kindness and generousity of "strangers" " - it's amazing.
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    Mine is already in the mail. I wrote in a PM that this is the first time I've used the Warm Wishes pattern (I love it!) so I didn't know the red would show up so much - I wish I had put the navy blue in the center of the bars to make it more predominant. Oh, well - live and learn. The backing is blue. He can put the backing rightside up if he likes that better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady View Post
    My DIL has received the first two quilts mailed, from Paulswalia and from Kauailover. She says they are amazing!
    Wow.. thank you so much! There is no way we could have gotten this done with out you. She has made it very clear to her husband that we MUST have pictures of the quilts and the soldiers!
    A HUGE thank you again from her and from me!
    Thanks for letting me know it arrived! And thanks for letting me be a part of this effort. It will be a Veteran's day weekend that I will remember forever as the weekend I made a quilt that went to a soldier
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy T. View Post
    Mine is already in the mail. I wrote in a PM that this is the first time I've used the Warm Wishes pattern (I love it!) so I didn't know the red would show up so much - I wish I had put the navy blue in the center of the bars to make it more predominant. Oh, well - live and learn. The backing is blue. He can put the backing rightside up if he likes that better!
    He is going to love it it. It is beautiful!

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    Thanks everyone, for posting the pictures of the quilts you send. If you do this again (with a little more time to spare, I'd love to help out, esp. if I could mail the quilt to Germany and have it sent from there.)

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