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Thread: I was volunteered! Help!

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    Oh, boy! Now in really anxious to know how he liked it!! I am so glad that it got there. I know that they usually take around 10-14 days from APO to APO, so that's normal timing. Maybe I should have held off mailing a little longer so that it didn't arrive so much sooner than the others did? Hindsight?!?! Come on with the pictures!!!!!

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    I think Walter is holding them til they all get there to be handed out all at once. I just heard my box arrived yesterday, so there is only one more big box to get there, the one Aly mailed out. My box was sent Priority and it took almost three weeks. So Aly's box with all the others should arrive by Friday we hope!

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    Okay. Three boxes have arrived. Aly had to send two boxes, and we know one has arrived. (Walter, her husband, had to open it.. mainly because he knew there would be cookies in one of the boxes too) Aly reminded Walter that we must have pictures! Once the last box arrives, (or on Christmas Day) Walter will hand out the quilts. I am soo excited! I can't wait to see the pictures.

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    Man, I was so excited to see something new here! I am excited as if it were Christmas here for me-lol! Come on box!!!

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    tick, tock, tick, tock, have been sitting on my hands in anticipation and only took them out to type this message..........well, maybe for a few other things, but waiting!!!!!
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    Just got word! They have all arrived!! Walter will pass out all the quilts on Christmas Day, or sooner depending on when seems like the best time. He has said they will be quite busy the next 48 hours, so I know it won't be over the weekend. I will send pictures as soon as I get them!!

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    YAY, YAY,YAY,YAY,YAY,YAY,YAY..............!!!!!!! no, I'm not excited.......just love Christmas!
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    i just heard from "Bluelady" - and don't want to steal her thunder --- but all the packages have arrived !!!!! WOO HOO !!!!!! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    You might make it if you make them like the Linus quilts I do. I make the front out of a continuious piece of cloth and the back out of flannel. I layer the top and back face to face and lay that on top of the batting. I then sew, actually serge, around three sides and then turn the whole thing like a pillowcase. I pin baste the whole sandwhich together and tuck in the open ends. I then machine quilt it in a big decorative stitch about 4 inches apart all over. You could use a patriotic print, a bright plaid or a sports type one for the front and plain solid color flannel on the backs. If the top fabric isn't wide enough just sew wide borders on it till it is big enough. If they are going to end up in a combat zone laundering will be a problem and the important thing is them knowing someone cares.
    Perhaps someone on this board would be willing to collect and ship such quilts to the troops for us. I would be more than willing to donate a couple.

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    Well, I know they all got their quilts and were very touched to get them. They all send their sincere thanks for remembering them at Christmas time. But.. so far no pictures have been sent. I am not happy with this fact, but Aly tells me there is a lot going on there. I ask her daily if we can just get a couple pictures! I will keep you posted.

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    I was hoping to hear anything! I saw the post and got so happy. Wind is out of my sails. Just glad that they are happy!!

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    Thanks, Bluelady, I appreciate the update. While pictures would be nice, what they are doing over there is more important - we can wait, knowing they have received our gifts, and hoping they are all well. thanks again for the opportunity to participate in this gift!
    We are here to learn how to live in heaven - I'm still learning.

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    I agree...my son also is in the service and I made him a quilt and he loved it and used it for the bunk beds, but....asked if I could make him one that is longer so it covered his head to toes... I wish I had done that for his first quilt...but than again...it gave me an excuse to make him another one and this time I let him design it...he now has a Cat in the Hat quilt...Yup...grown men like fun quilts too...
    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    I've been thinking about this thread since I first read it. Why would anyone make a blanket 65" long for an adult male? I'm 5'4" and it would be too short for me. I want a bit under my feet and enough to pull up around my shoulders.

    Who comes up with these measurements"? Even 6' would be short for most men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady View Post
    Well, I know they all got their quilts and were very touched to get them. They all send their sincere thanks for remembering them at Christmas time. But.. so far no pictures have been sent. I am not happy with this fact, but Aly tells me there is a lot going on there. I ask her daily if we can just get a couple pictures! I will keep you posted.
    My SIL was in Afghanistan for a year. It's so dangerous over there they probably don't have much down time. Plus, these are young guys. The thought of a picture doesn't occur to them. When my SIL was there I sent care packages to a couple of guys and never heard anything back. I asked my daughter about it and she said I wouldn't hear back.

    Thank you for what you did. I'm not sure how I missed the original thread back in November. My daughter was in the Army too and I know much it means to them.

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    Thanks "Bluelady".....just knowing all the quilts got there is the wonderful part...the photos..well, for me - that was just to have a face to go with the name. i just want them all to stay safe and come home soon....knowing we were thinking of them with love. Happy New Year All Y'all !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    Ha~ I just saw this on "what's new" and have only read the initial post, then noticed it was from Nov. My thought was since you offered to help with a couple, send her the 2 you finished and return the list with 9 names-crossing out the 2 you made quilts for and send them back to her.
    But since this is almost 2 months old I guess I'll post the comment and look at the latter comments.

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    Just read the last few postings. You may never get a picture. I often send packages through some of the support groups and one of the instructions is that you may not ever hear back from them. They are busy, usually in life threatening situations, and with limited down time. You of course have a connection to them, whereas my involvement was as a stranger, and my preference is that if they only have time for one letter I would rather it be to their family member. Another thing I have learned is a lot of those in Afghanistan are in remote places and some have little or no px and may not have much resources for taking a picture. If your (ex) dil sent a disposable camera with a padded, self addressed, stamped envelope you might get pic. I know their letters are postage free but a camera in an envelope might be a package and don't know for sure if those would be postage free. Suggest it to her maybe you'd get some pic.

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    Thank you Starshine...i think we are all very much aware that we cannot begin to understand the conditions these brave guys are facing. Our hope for a photo was merely as a connection to them - a face to put with a name - i have thought of the 3 fellows by name every day since i got involved and wished them safe. But this was all about them, not us - and one of the reasons that i put my recipients names and a message on each quilt - but didn't sign it. So if we don't get a photo - we don't ...as i said earlier - they got our gifts - each made for one of them personally - and that's all that really mattered. Happy New Year.
    Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most.

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    Just thought I would let you know that I have asked numerous times for photos. I have quit asking. Only a few of the soldiers have cameras in their phones and it is hard to get any pictures from them. I have heard they loved them and are using the quilts, but it doesn't look like we will get any photos. I have heard from others who have done this with other units, that you are lucky to get photos back. Should I ever get a photo, I will post it! Love to you all and thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug View Post
    I agree...my son also is in the service and I made him a quilt and he loved it and used it for the bunk beds, but....asked if I could make him one that is longer so it covered his head to toes... I wish I had done that for his first quilt...but than again...it gave me an excuse to make him another one and this time I let him design it...he now has a Cat in the Hat quilt...Yup...grown men like fun quilts too...
    Yep, it seems like for these guys they'd want a reasonably long one and not very wide because it is a bunk bed/cot. But the dimensions were given to the group. Do you think that it didn't really matter too much about the dimensions?

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