Thursday, April 3, 2014

Operation: Quilts for the Brave

Our Armed Forces have given so much and over the  past decade we have seen sacrifices from all branches. Here locally in St. Tammany Parish, our National Guard unit has recently been deployed in Afghanistan and is scheduled to return this fall.

Carol Miller and quilters from across the border in Mississippi surprised the 131 members of Bravo 155th in Poplarville a few years ago and we are going to do it again with the Covington, LA National Guard.

As they step back onto Louisiana soil, our goal is to wrap every one of the 168 soldiers with full-sized quilts of Red, White and Blue.

We are already underway and ask anyone reading this blog post to donate either a block (or more) or an entire quilt. The restrictions for this project are relatively few.

1. Every finished quilt must measure at least 60" x 72" and larger is fine.
2. You may use any pattern you like and the colors, RED, WHITE and BLUE. Yellow may be used as it is the color of Welcome and if you use florals at all, please keep it at a minimum.
3. Please use low-loft batting.
4. Include a label listing the piecer and quilter so the recipient knows who made their quilt.
5. LAST but NOT LEAST, please try to keep it a surprise...

As time goes by, we will post the progress both here and in our newsletter.

Drop by the shop to see examples of quilts and get ideas for making one (or more).  "Many hands make light work" and we have great ideas for making these men and women feel welcomed back home.

 Here are two!!!!

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