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Thread: Quilts in the War Zone

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    Senior Member MomtoBostonTerriers's Avatar
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    This morning I opened the front page of the Washington Post online edition as I always do. The Post had a photo essay of medical evacuations from Bagram Air Base, just outside Kabul, Afghanistan. In many of the photos showing wounded service men awaiting air transport to Germany, the guys were covered with colorful quilts! Made me think of all of you quilters who do this work for our guys and gals in the military. The photos on Washington Post don't stay very long, but I will provide the link here just in case you are able to catch the article.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...rtslot#photo=6

    God bless you quilters who send reminders of love to our military personnel. God bless our troops!

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    Thanks for the link, I will check it out!

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    Wow! That is wonderful. Thank you so much for sending that link. It is great to see that the quilts are getting used by the soldiers. Thanks again.

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    Those are hard clips to watch but the quilts add some comfort for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thankyou for this link. It brought tears,I am glad these photos are being shown to the public least they forget that we are free because of these young men and women who give so unselfishly!

    NEVER FORGET.....

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    Thanks for a reminder that our passion for quilting can provide some comfort to others in need. Thanks to all the quilters who selflessly donate their time and effort for such great causes.

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    That is awesome!

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    What an emotional thing to see. My thanks to all those young soldiers for their service , and to all you quilters who provided the quilots . What a wonderful thing!!

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    Thank you for sharing. We just started an American Legion Auxiliary here about 6 months ago and were able to collect 57 boxes of goodies to send to our troops in Afghanistan. Included in those boxes were homemade fleece hats and lots of other stuff to let our guys know we appreciate what they are doing. Have discovered many projects we can sew things for to send .. one of those being to send to those in the hospitals.

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    Very moving photos.

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    Thank you for sharing that link. My heart aches after looking at those pictures of our wounded soldiers. It was wonderful to see the soldiers covered in quilts and blankets made with loving hands though.

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    I am glad this link has been posted. It shows that there realy is a need for mor Quilts of Valor. It is the goal for the organization for each and every service member gets a quilt. I sure hope this helps more people to make em and ship em out to the great members of our armed forces.

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    Thank you, "Mom," for posting this link. I have sent it on to my nonquilting friends so they can more fully understand the deep symbolic message each quilt carries and how valuable our contribution of handiwork is. Pictures speak more than a thousand words.

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    This can really get to the heart and proof that our quilts did get to OUR men. Thank you for posting this.

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    How wonderful to see the men wrapped in the fruits of our labors. To know that some soldier somewhere is benefiting because we took the time to stitch pieces of fabric together then send it on to a group devoted to getting it to these men for their use. It humbles me and yet fills me with pride at the same time. Like the little girl telling her daddy when he complimented the dinner, "And I helped."
    If these photos don't stir all quilters to participation in some kind of program, I will be amazed. Thank you so much for sharing this link. I am a better person today because of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    Those are hard clips to watch but the quilts add some comfort for sure. Thanks for sharing.
    I totally agree, especially about being hard to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    How wonderful to see the men wrapped in the fruits of our labors. To know that some soldier somewhere is benefiting because we took the time to stitch pieces of fabric together then send it on to a group devoted to getting it to these men for their use. It humbles me and yet fills me with pride at the same time. Like the little girl telling her daddy when he complimented the dinner, "And I helped."
    If these photos don't stir all quilters to participation in some kind of program, I will be amazed. Thank you so much for sharing this link. I am a better person today because of it.
    I feel the same way, thank you for providing the link,God Bless Our Troops.

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    Oh My!! Those pictures say it all.... :D:D:D

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    Yes, the quilts are very prominent in a lot of the pictures. And I noticed a big pile of them waiting for new owners.

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    big lump and lots of tears here. I pray everyday for our kids!

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    what a beautiful sight to see. brought me to tears. GOD BLESS EACH OF THEM

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    Thank you for the link. God bless our service men and women.

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    Alot of groups donate quilts to the injured and KIA families. So i figured they were covered by lots of loving and generous quilters..
    when my son was on the front lines, he asked for a quilt.
    (said he wanted to be wrapped in his moms arms and night)

    so i started by making him one and it snowballed to others in his group/flight/platoon,whatever you call them..both of his deployments, i made quilts,although with the second deployment, he wanted one in fleece..with the help of fellow quilter friends here at home.
    There is a group that i know of that does the same thing..
    "QWL"-Quilts with Love program. They tie alot of them.
    but a wonderful thing to do..the pictures he took of his little room and bed, looked a little like home!
    bless all the people that are able to help out in this ways and other ways too! thanks for sharing the link!

    sorry the picture is so small..he is holding the corner of his quilt up..

    He wrote on the "thank you card" "Keeping us warm,keeping you free"
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    Thanks for the link. My nephew is in Afghanistan and we worry about him constantly. He requested a fleece blanket. I sent him one I made with camo fleece and I embroidered an outline of the state of Texas and put his monogram in the center. He loves it, but I think I'll make him a quilt too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PattyH
    Thanks for the link. My nephew is in Afghanistan and we worry about him constantly. He requested a fleece blanket. I sent him one I made with camo fleece and I embroidered an outline of the state of Texas and put his monogram in the center. He loves it, but I think I'll make him a quilt too.

    the fleece one i made, i put a 12 "pocket/flap" in the bottom to put his feet in! i also made him a 3 pillow cases to match..out of fleece..he said the laundry goes out and may not come back for a week or two..

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