We usually cram a lot into our weekends but last weekend was one for the record books! After our visit to the Christmas gift show in Seattle, we headed over the West Seattle bridge, past the docks (the ships in port made me think of the movie Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks is a shoe-in for the Oscar!) and the Vashon ferry.
Driving onto the ferry is always exciting, it's a mini-vacation on wheels and water! Vashon Island is a short trip, about 20 minutes. Roundtrip for car, driver and one passenger was $18.00...it used to be much, much cheaper! It was a typical Seattle November day...gray skies with a chance of rain...but while on the ferry the sun tried to make an appearance, which means the weathermen up here would classify last Saturday as a "partly sunny" day!
I've posted many times over the years about American Hero Quilts (AHQ). My quilt group has been lucky enough to be associated with this charity and it's founder, Sue Nebeker, for a long time. Sue began making quilts for returning wounded soldiers and Marines back in 2002...and since then AHQ has given away over 14,000 quilts. Just think about that, AHQ is not the only charity that gives quilts to our wounded warriers, there are many others, but AHQ has given over 14,000 by themselves! It's quite a sobering thought. Sue Nebeker and her merry band of quilters, who are from all over the country, have worked tirelessly to make sure everyone who is injured is wrapped in a red, white and blue quilt upon their return, with a label that says, "You are our Hero, Thank You!"
The mister and I went to Vashon Island, to the VFW Hall, to give AHQ a check from our quilt group and a quilt top two of our members made. The tea was lovely, beautiful china on each table and the most delicious looking and tasting food! Around the room there were beautiful quilts on display and I'd like to show them to you!
Are you a long-arm quilter who could donate a bit a time? Are you someone who wouldn't mind piecing a quilt top? Do you have extra batting you know you'll never use? Sue could use your help! Dozens of women around the country work on the quilts - some piece, some machine quilt, some sew on bindings...it's takes a village of quilters to get one of these beauties ready! How about joining Sue's village? Details on how you can help are at the bottom of this post.
Sorry, this is a bit fuzzy! Must have had too many crumpets! Maybe you're not a quilter, maybe you can't thread a needle...you can still help!! And Sue really needs our help! It costs a small fortune to ship quilts around the country to be quilted...how about sending Sue a check for $10.00...that's how much it costs to send a quilt top to Alabama and $10.00 will cover the postage for a quilt to be sent to South Dakota to be bound. $10.00 isn't a lot...if you live in Seattle it's 2 grande lattes for Pete's sake!! Do me a favor, empty out your change jar and send Sue a check today...think of it as a way of showing thanks for all of those men and women who daily put their lives on the line for our freedoms.
Maybe the mister took this picture, surely I didn't! What's that you say? You don't want to write a check? No problem, you can send AHQ $10 cash donation through PayPal!! (Cash is needed to purchase fabric, backing and thread - all monies received go torwards the quilts, no one makes a penny from this!) and AHQ is a 501 (c)(3) charity so your donation is tax deductible...hurry and take advantage of that before the government gets rids of all deductions - you know that's coming!
There, that's better - nice and clear and what a beautiful quilt it is! The statistics from the Iraq-Afghanistan war are staggering...for every soldier/Marine killed there are at least 6 extremely serious injuries and while our government talks about withdrawing troops that isn't likely to happen for a very long time. Unfortunately, we still have men and women being injured, and this is one small way we can tell them we appreciate their sacrifice. Supporting our troops is the American thing to do! Buy one less can of cranberry sauce and donate $10...it's the right thing to do!
Maybe I should take up drinking? My pictures would imply I already have - at least I'd have an excuse! The quilts we saw at the VFW Hall were not just "best ones"...all of the quilts Sue receives are wonderful. And the letters she receives from the recipients of these quilts are enough to make the cold-black-heart of an old Marine weep...as the mister did when he read one of those letters...miracles do happen - who knew he could cry?!?
Maybe I should issue a "squint advisory" because if you squint the pictures seem to come into focus! I don't know how much money was raised at the AHQ Tea, but I do not it's not enough. There was a good turnout at the Tea but a lot of people are just war-weary...they are tired of hearing about it, tired of helping. That's why I'm writing about this today - Sue needs our help - she needs an influx of $$$ to keep AHQ going...If every one of my followers donated $10 - well, you know I can't do math but I'm smart enough to know that would be a HUGE amount of money! Enough to keep AHQ in business for a long time!
American Hero Quilt Standards
Quilts should be made from 100% good quality cotton
Quilts should be approximately 63x87 inches. We find that many of the soldiers need the extra length and width to keep warm.
The quilts should be red, white and blue fabric.
Backs should be 100% cotton and 10 inches larger on each side. For example: If the quilt top measures 63x87 inches, the back should be 73x97 inches.
Please don't use beige or white fabrics on the back. Many of our injured soldiers have open wounds which can cause stains.
Binding should be cut 2 1/2 inches wide, at least 300 inches in length, and sewn diagonally rather than straight across.
Below is where you send your donation, and where you can call to get information on how you or your quilt group can help:
American Hero Quilts
6716 SW Maury Park Road
Vashon, WA 98070