This is where I keep all the prepped and ready to go Quilts of Valor.
They are empty....;-(
I worked on a top secret mission today on post, and won't be able to completely tell you about it until next week - but listen up folks!
OUR QUILTS OF VALOR ARE A HOT COMMODITY!!!
So - I might have told you that I got a new Chaplain? If not, I am sorry - but I have a new Chaplain in our unit. This unit is the Warriors in Transition Battalion. oh - at Fort Carson Mountain Post in Colorado
It can house up to 775 wounded soldiers at one time. This unit seems to be in transition all of the time. I mean it, all the time!
but this Chaplain -
He is genius!! Not only that, he totally, totally, gets the importance and the mission of our quilts. This is not to say the other weren't on our side, they were. This is just to say , this Chaplain has the *fire*. He is fresh from Afghanistan too, so he has a heart for these guys ( and gals)
So, in the time that he has been here, we have checked in with many of the soldiers, and got them covered with a Quilt of Valor, a hug, and a Thank you, and... as of today.... as of this very moment...
I HAVE A WAITING LIST!!!
I can not believe this - we ( this specifically means YOU!) have done such a HUGE job in getting all these wounded covered, but there are more of them! Chaplain says this unit has had the biggest transitioning amount of soldiers that they have seen, in the past 3 months. Most of the soldiers stay there for a minimum of 6 months, but all of a sudden a lot of them have been tranisitioning out - either back to combat or to post jobs, or civilian jobs. And even more are coming in!
When I got home today - Look what was waiting for me on my doorstep. Seriously, I cried! There are 12 Quilts of Valor in those boxes and I am so tickled. They will be on their way immediately ... well after I take pictures, so I can brag on them...
Even so, that does not fill my Wait list...
Why am I telling you all this - to beg... seriously... to beg!
I have 6 quilts waiting to be bound, those will be done quickly... they are needed.
I have also been quilting, and decided that this month, I am going to have to kick it up a notch, to get more quilts ready to bind.
But, back to the begging... if you have ever thought of making a Quilt of Valor, or have one in process ( and no destination in mind), would you consider making one, or finishing up the one in process? I am trying very hard to finish up all the tops my groups have made, so I am really begging for finished quilts, ones that are ready to be delivered.
I know that nationally the Quilt of Valor organization is having shortages as well, so any help is appreciated.
What are the requirements of a Quilt of Valor?
- Minimum size of 55 x 65, Maximum size of 72 x 90
- made of 100% Cotton fabrics ( flannel is perfectly fine -especially here in colorado) (batting does not have to be cotton)
- Long arm or machine quilted, not tied
- Has a pillowcase/presentation case ( now I have you covered here - the Pueblo West Quilters are awesome pillowcase makers and have sent me great ones)
- Washed in cold water, no detergents or smelly *things*
Thank you Thank you Thank you for all of your past help, future help, and great thoughts!! If you need my address , feel free to email me ( there is a link on my profile) or to AlyciaQuilts @ Gmail.com
*updates: 1. No the quilts do not have to be all Patriotic colors (grin)
2. Here is a link to a free pattern: