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Thread: Warrior Games-Quilts Needed for Wounded Soldiers

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    First, to any of you who know how to request this, could this request kept on the first page?

    Quilters: We need your help! We need 200 quilts by the end of April. Yep, I said 200 in about 6 weeks. In May, over 200 Wounded Warriors will arrive in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the Inaugural Warrior Games. We have been requested to supply 200 quilts, so that every warrior will know that we care.

    Sizes needed are listed below.

    If you wish to donate a UFO that's Great!! There is a website for long armers who have graciously volunteered to do the quilting at no cost.

    Many of you have heard of the good things that my friend Alycia Carmin is doing for the wounded soldiers at Fort Carson Army Hospital in Colorado. Her ‘No Soldier Forgotten’ project has provided hundreds and hundreds of quilts to injured military men and women. She has also become involved with the World War II Quilts of Valor project, which provides quilts to soldiers from our nation’s greatest generation. I am sincerely grateful to her for her amazing generosity with our nation’s heroes, both young and old.

    Alycia’s got a new project going on and she could use a little help with it. In May, over 200 veterans from all service branches of the military will be converging on Colorado Springs to compete in the inaugural Warrior Games, a joint effort between the US Department of Defense and the US Olympic Committee. The Warrior Games will provide an opportunity for wounded vets who wish to participate in adaptive sports and compete at a national level. Alycia has been asked to provide 200 (!) Quilts of Valor to this event in order that each and every competitor can be given a quilt as a small token of thanks from a grateful nation. Now, I have no doubt at all that Alycia’s secret identity is Superwoman (she not only coordinates all of these projects, but she’s also got 3 boys and a ranch to keep track of and, if you ask me, only Superwoman could keep up a! schedule like that!) but even Superwoman would have a heck of a time pulling 200 quilts out of thin air in less than two months. If you’ve got some spare time on your hands, could you please consider lending Alycia a hand? If you’re interested, you can


    through her blog at http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/
    or send her an email at:
    [email protected]

    2010 Inaugeral Warrior Games QOV's

    2010 Warrior Games –
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    In May of 2010 over 200 Wounded Warriors will come to Colorado Springs to Compete in the Inaugural Warrior Games. This is the first year they are holding the games, and they are inviting military from all service branches.
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    http://www.army.mil/-news/2010/01/13...-get-involved/
    http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/0...games_010610w/
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    These are some press releases to let you know more about what the games are. This way I don’t say the same thing – and get it wrong.
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    I have been asked to help coordinate the delivery of 200 Quilts of Valor to this event, to get one out to each service member competing in the games. Wouldn’t this be really cool? I mean – we sometimes have to work really hard to get QOV’s to the appropriate soldiers, and get thru the proper channels. Yet this time, they want us, and are working with us to get our quilts to these soldiers.
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    I know many of you are already involved in QOV, and have heard from me about our Warriors in Transition unit, and here I am back again. I am hoping you still want to listen. This is a great opportunity to show service members from all branches, wounded service members – that we, as a grateful nation, are appreciative of what they have done. That we are proud of them for the progress and accomplishments they have made, even through their injuries, and that we would like to offer them our thanks.
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    So I am asking again – for you to get involved. I am asking for you to help make this a possibility for these service members. I, of course, will be quilting away as best I can to offer quilts to this project as well. Our chaplains are excited to see that we are willing to extend our beautiful creations to these participants in the Warrior Games.
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    Here are the Requirements:
    Quilt Size – Minimum 50 x 60, Maximum 72 x 90
    Machine Quilted preferably – either by Long-arm, or DSM
    Need to be to me by May 1st 2010
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    How to get involved:
    · First – if you can provide a completed quilt – AWESOME!! Send it on and then watch for it on my blog.
    · Second – do you have a top that you think would fit the bill but need it quilted? You can go to www.qovf.org and request a Long Armer and they will set you up with a Longarm Volunteer. Please include the backing, binding and top and send it on. When the volunteer LA’er is finished they can send it on to me, and we will bind it and get it ready. Wouldn’t this be a good way to get some of your UFO’s finished and provide comfort and honor to a wounded soldier? And then of course – watch for it on my blog.
    · Third – Start talking this up to all of your quilting friends. Maybe they have been looking for a project to get involved with – and this is it!
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    If you are looking for some quilting patterns that will make up a nice Quilt of Valor – I have 3 on my blog.
    http://www.quiltygirl.com/QuiltPatte...p%20secret.pdf
    http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/sea...%20Project%202
    These are some from other sites that I just LOVE:
    http://www.maryquilts.com/new-patriotic-rail-fence/
    http://www.maryquilts.com/new-strings-rwb-rails/

    Thank you SO much for listening and I hope to hear from you soon!
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    P.S Please click on the email me link at the side to get my address.
    Labels: Warrior Games Quilts of Valor

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    I have a QOV quilt just finished, but it needs a label. I would love to send it to you for the Warrior Games. I just need to know where to send it, and what you would like on the label.

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    actually, I need you to send Alycia an email for the address. She is the one coordinating this effort. I got involved because I have the membership to the board. Her email address is: [email protected]

    The label is up to you. You can do the normal name of the quilt, date, and your name. You could dedicate it to someone you care about, or dedicate it to a branch of the military (my father was in the army, so I might want to dedicate my quilt to the army) or dedicate it to the Wounded Warriors. Totally your choice.

    Thank you so much for your efforts and your generosity.
    Casa2Manana
    aka Vicky :D

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    being a mom of 2 soldiers myself, I'm sure they all are greatful to have such people looking after them.
    I will get with her and see if I can help as well

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    That would be GREAT!!

    Thank you so much!
    Vicky

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    A bit of a short notice for me - upcoming things going on here. But I will make a note of this posting just in case I can clear some things off my "to do list" as this really is a great project.

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    Thanks, Rein, I think this is a bit of short notice for all of us - which is what prompted me to ask for assistance. Any help we can get will be greatly appreciated.
    CasaManana
    aka Vicky

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    Hi all -
    Thanks to Vicky I am now logged on to the quilting boards. Wow what a group! I am so thankful to those of you who have emailed to send in Quilts of Valor for the Warrior Games in May. This is AWESOME!.

    A few questions have been asked of me:
    1. Sizes? Minimum 50 x 60 - largest 72 x 90
    2. Colors? Most of the olympians will be men, but there will be women as well - so maybe think generic?

    3. What is Quilts of Valor? It is the coolest group of quilters in the world, making quilts for those who have been wounded in the military. We have also done some special projects - such as WWII vets.

    You can read more at www.qovf.org and you can watch for your quilts at alyciaquilts.blogspot.com

    Thanks SO much!!
    Alycia

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyciaC
    Hi all -
    Thanks to Vicky I am now logged on to the quilting boards. Wow what a group! I am so thankful to those of you who have emailed to send in Quilts of Valor for the Warrior Games in May. This is AWESOME!.

    A few questions have been asked of me:
    1. Sizes? Minimum 50 x 60 - largest 72 x 90
    2. Colors? Most of the olympians will be men, but there will be women as well - so maybe think generic?

    3. What is Quilts of Valor? It is the coolest group of quilters in the world, making quilts for those who have been wounded in the military. We have also done some special projects - such as WWII vets.

    You can read more at www.qovf.org and you can watch for your quilts at alyciaquilts.blogspot.com

    Thanks SO much!!
    Alycia
    thanks for the info.

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    Our local Veterans Hospital has asked my guild (and we have asked surrounding guilds) for 50 quilts. I am in the middle of making a black, off white and red bears paw for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BZ quilting
    Our local Veterans Hospital has asked for 50 quilts. I am in the middle of making a black, off white and red bears paw for them.
    That is awesome that you are doing this. These quilts really do mean a lot to the servicepeople. They can really feel the love when they snuggle up with them.

    Thanks to you and your guild for doing that!
    Alycia

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    I fear I have nothing of the proper size in the works to participate this time as I do most of my piecing and quilting by hand. Will however keep the Quilts of Valor organization in mind for future projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6
    I do most of my piecing and quilting by hand. Will however keep the Quilts of Valor organization in mind for future projects.
    Wow - you are awesome! If you ever want to - the organization does have volunteer long arm quilters that will machine quilt the quilts for free.... just a thought.

    I am impressed that you do it all by hand - what a beautiful thing!

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    Ok Alycia, you have two coming your way. I hope they work for you.

    fence rail quilt
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    My Patriotic Design
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    close up of Liberty block
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    Quote Originally Posted by seasaw2mch
    Ok Alycia, you have two coming your way. I hope they work for you.
    those are awesome quilts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seasaw2mch
    Ok Alycia, you have two coming your way. I hope they work for you.
    Oh those are gorgeous!! Thank you So much!! I sure appreciate it.

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    A lot of Quilts have started arriving for the Warrior Games Event. I have been posting them on my blog as fast as I can. ... http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com

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    Ohh got to check them out!

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