Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Best Memorial Day

First off - the winner of the states game:
Congrats to Liz A. The # 1 State for quilts was Colorado at 225
Second was Illinois at 93
Third was Washington at 62
So Liz email me your addy and I will get a little something in the mail to you!! For some of the other states: TX was 18, MN was 9, NE was 9, OH was 14, AZ was 14, and WI was 41...Not too bad huh? You all amaze me - and I am so tickled to be able to get these quilts in the hands of the soldiers.....
Which leads me to the Best Memorial day!
Deployment Number 2 : 166 quilts were handed out! It was wet and rainy and yet they still showed up for Morning Formation. The first picture is them starting to break from formation...and head over to see me ;-)
We kept the quilts inside the van, so they didn't get wet... it was just misty and a little rainy at times.
Remember when I told you that sometimes one door closes but another is opened? Well this was the first door. And I am learning to follow where the doors lead. A lot of the soldiers have a hard time making it to a "formal" presentation, either because of injuries, or doctor appts, or other things going on. This delivery allowed us to come to the soldiers - it made it very easy on them and was way cool.
The soldiers were very surprised. They had no clue anyone would want to do this for them, and they were so grateful for all of your hard work! There were some very serious smiles going on!
I have pictures pinned on the pillowcases, of the quilts, and as the soldier took the quilt I was able to tell them where most of them came from. And sometimes a little bit about the quilter. They were really excited to learn who made the quilt for them.
So again - let me thank you!! Thank you Thank you Thank you - there are 166 more happy soldiers in the world today. Soldiers that are feeling the love!! Ya'all have done a good thing!!


Anonymous said...

Alycia, you rock!!!! thank you for all your efforts.

Lori in South Dakota said...

I love to hear when you hand them out, and seeing pictures is wonderful. Thanks for the hard work!

Vicki W said...

That's fantastic!

Jef DM said...

Thank you SO MUCH for the update!!!!! I love seeing the pictures of the soldiers. Thank you for all your hard work! I appreciate it.

Mary Johnson said...

I knew you would find good homes for all of them....thanks for sharing the moment and the photos with us!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Wow, thank you for getting these quilts to the soldiers who need them. I'm glad yesterday was "The Best Memorial Day." I love to hear of you getting them to the soldiers who so deserve them and I love, love, love to see pictures. Once again, thanks for everything you've done over the past year to make this program such a success.

Kim said...

Congratulations...job well done!
You are an inspiration!
I'm gonna keep sewing QOV's until the last solider is home :0)

Happy Sewing

Sherrill said...

Oh my gosh! What a fantastic report. I'm just ashamed that you've only received 18 quilts from TX. MUST GET BUSY NOW!! lol

Jeanne said...

Alycia, this is so wonderful to see!
The photos on the pillowcases are a terrific idea. Thank you for all you do and for sharing the deliveries.

Anonymous said...

Alycia, Thank you again for your tireless work!!!! You are just amazing and I know how much all of the recipients appreciated what you gave them and all of us piecers and quilters appreciate being given the chance to help you on this amazing quest you have undertaken!!!! Thanks also for letting us all be a part of your mission through your blog!!!
Jackie Dudek

Quilter Kathy said...

Congratulations on all your efforts...it's amazing what you have accomplished!

Kim said...

Debby gave me four completed blocks from her stash and I just copied her blocks and continued the top in my stash... ( answering comment from my blog :0) ) She is a gifted quilter and quilt maker......she just turned 40 and has been teaching this old dog new tricks for years.
I think you can get to her blog through mine.

Anonymous said...

Alycia, that is SO COOL! I love the big smile on the one guy's face.... I am so happy we were all able to help you with this! Thanks for the updates!

BTW - you want to try an apron? LOL....What would Wrangler man and the boys think of that one.....LOL? Probably same thing my family...what in the world are you doing? Have you lost your mind?

Take care!

Bari B - MO

Anonymous said...

Love those pictures! We just sent 4 quilts for the 3/8 Marines drive for 1,200 quilts. I really had a had time letting go of the box of quilts at the post office. I suppose that's normal...?