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Thread: I was volunteered! Help!

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    Super Member Bluelady's Avatar
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    I was volunteered! Help!

    My (ex)DIL decided to make cot quilts for her husbands troop over in Afghanistan. 15 in all. She has made 2 quilts in her life. She thought she could whip them out. (when I visited her in TN last April I made a quilt for her new baby (one of my granddaughters by choice) and yes, I did "whip it out" in two evenings. She got the wrong idea from that I think!

    I told her I would help her out and do a couple of them for her. HA! She sent me a list of 9 of the boys' names and their favorite color.
    I have finished two of the tops, hope to get them quilted and bound by next week, and maybe another top finished. But I work full time and it is rather difficult to balance work and quilting. She wants to send them overseas within two weeks.
    I am hoping someone can help me out, either with some blocks or with maybe even a finished quilt.
    The quilts need to be about 45 x 65, so nine inch blocks would be perfect.
    I still need to make a couple green quilts, a couple black quilts and a couple green quilts and a red quilt. I will post pics of the tops I have done so far, once I find my camera.

    Thank you for any help you can give. I will repay with RAKs, PIFs, and send you fat quarters for your help.
    Last edited by Bluelady; 11-08-2012 at 10:25 AM.

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    Wow, she really doesn't have a clue how much time is involved in making quilts does she? Even if you were not working full time and sewed all day long, it would be difficult to put together 9 quilts in 2 weeks.

    Greens I can help you with, would scrappy 4 patches be ok? I'll have to check and make sure I have enough non-flowery type fabrics. PM me with address and details.

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    You are such a wonderful person to do this. I so wish I could help out! I have a deadline of two weeks for a project myself or I would love to help!! Please let me know if there is anything else you ever need help with.

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    How about unvolunteering yourself?

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    Thank you Charity-crafter. Yes, two weeks is a bit crazy! I think she will soon discover that herself. Experience will be the best teacher for her. I just hope she wants to continue quilting after this!

    And Jamie, thank you for the thought and good luck with your project too!

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    Oh wow that is such a thoughtful thing to do, I am a military wife and I know how much the boys appreciate things like that, if only you were able to see the looks on their faces I bet it would make it all worth it...I would love to help out too but also have a couple projects I am behind on and have deadlines I wish you the best, keep your head up, those soldiers will love them soo much, you will have touched each ones heart and I bet they will keep it forever!
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    I still have some black, red and white left over from a quilt I just made - If I change out the white to a red and made simple nine patch would that do? PM me with your address and I'll get one started this afternoon.
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    Sorry, I can't help, but I would also post this in the donations section:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/free-offers-donations-f18/
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    This seems way overwhelming! But as a veteran and military spouse, I know it'll be appreciated!! The colors are tough for me-especially greens, but I am way closer than you so I could like get a couple done and mailed from here in that time frame. Plus since I'm at an APO address here, I can mail them for free to them! I could put off my current projects to get 1 or 2 done. Please let me know if I can help at all. Even if I only make 1, it's one less for you to be stressed over. Please forward names and addresses if you decide to let me help. God bless!! Just pop me a PM about this.
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    Last edited by Quilt-T; 11-08-2012 at 12:07 PM.

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    If she thinks you are doing 9, that leaves 6 for her to do. Unless she has grabbed someone to do some of her 6, meeting the deadline will probably be more of a problem for her than it is for you.

    Will she learn a lesson from this? I wonder.

    You are blessed to have such generous members of the board helping you with your 9.

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    i PMd you..... time is too short - i'll supply the fabric too to save time - let me know.
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    Nice of you to help and get others to help you. I would have had to back out. I love making quilts and make one after another but, I pace myself, only working a couple hours a night and weekends while doing my laundry and housework. I work full time also.
    I'm sure they will be appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    How about unvolunteering yourself?
    Oh no. It wouldn't be fair to have a couple of the boys get a quilt and a bunch of them not get one. I appreciate their sacrifice and their bravery and hope I can help brighten their days

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    i PMd you..... time is too short - i'll supply the fabric too to save time - let me know.
    Thank you thank you! I will happily repay you with much yardage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daylesewblessed View Post
    If she thinks you are doing 9, that leaves 6 for her to do. Unless she has grabbed someone to do some of her 6, meeting the deadline will probably be more of a problem for her than it is for you.

    Will she learn a lesson from this? I wonder.

    You are blessed to have such generous members of the board helping you with your 9.

    Dayle
    Yes. This board is a blessing and I so thank every one who is helping. It will mean a lot to the boys. Thank goodness it is only 15 and not a couple hundred!

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    Hope she can get them to Afghanistan. Our church made scarfs for the troops but they were not able to send them because they couldn't be colors and the troops are issued scarfs.

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    I have one made up in blue and brown, however it does have some tiny flowers in it. If you want it let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady View Post
    Thank you Charity-crafter. Yes, two weeks is a bit crazy! I think she will soon discover that herself. Experience will be the best teacher for her. I just hope she wants to continue quilting after this!

    And Jamie, thank you for the thought and good luck with your project too!
    My guess would be she has passed the entire project off on others and won't learn a thing from this except others will cover her spur of the moment ideas.
    And it is a wonderful project to be involved in with better planning. I think many have already paced themselves with their own projects with no time to spare.
    I am also wondering about the mailing because our post office is already having a problem with mail not coming in from one place until 10 A.M. to be sorted and delivered and we are barely getting our mail before closing.
    Please tell her you can only complete half and let her find another person or two. It should be a fun project with little stress for everyone.
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    I have sent you a PM. I will volunteer to help.

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    I think with all her volunteers to help it could be done is about a month, 2 weeks is going to be stressing the OP greatly. But I'm sewing my 4 patch scrappys this morning and hope to get them in the mail this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

    I hadn't thought about her DIL having to do the other 6, if she's a new quilter she may not be doing intricate blocks, maybe just big squares.

    Do you plan to quilt or tie these?

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    I wish I could help but I am so busy working. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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    I think its wonderful of everyone here to pitch in and help. I wish I could as well. But being a new quilter it would take me longer than 2 weeks to finish one. And unfortunately I have very little stash. But its growing. I am so thankful for all that our troops do for us, and this is such a little thing in giving back to them. Hopefully next time I will be able to help out.
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    Wow! My first thought when I read your post was to stick to your offer to make 2 quilts and teach your DIL an important lesson. Then my compassion kicked in, considering my son is serving in the Army too. Ssssoooo - - - I could make a green quilt (and a blue one too, if you need a blue one) - probably YBR pattern.

    I really like Quilt-T's offer with an APO address.

    I understand RAK, but what is PIF???

    Let me know if you still need my help.

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    Do you need just the tops or completely finished?? Didn't think to ask in my other post.

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    I have a patriotic jelly roll that I've been wondering what to do with. If you think it would work, I'd be glad to do one and use that. As the mom of 2 military guys, I know how much they appreciate things like this. I could do a 9 patch and use solid red for other patches, maybe. Just let me know and I'll get right on it!

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