I just finished this block to mail to Dawn. It’s a monkey wrench pattern in patriotic colors. I read about her and her son Sterling on our about.com:Quilting forum. She wanted to make a quilt for her son to take with him to Iraq. I couldn’t resist sending in a block to be included in his quilt. My brother is a Marine who served in Iraq. I’ll drop it in the mail tomorrow.
Here is a close up of the fabric so you can see it has stars on it. They look like polka dots in the first photo.
Here is the original message. I encourage everyone to follow the link and contribute:
Dawn (MilitaryMom) has a 20 year old son, Sterling, who is returning in August to Iraq for his second tour of duty there.
I am quoting Deb in WNY who is quoting Dawn:
“My dream is to make a quilt for him that covers him in loving thoughts and prayers from all over the country. I know that I am not the only mother of a Marine or soldier and I would gladly contribute blocks to anyone else who would like to make a quilt of love. Nights get very cold in Iraq even though the days are 120 degrees plus.
I will never be able to tell you all what this means to me and Sterling will be so very grateful. Thank you all for already having sent emails offering blocks. I plan on making this a tied quilt so that I can get it out to him before he deploys. He will be home for 2 weeks in mid July (we hope) so maybe I can get them all together by then.”
Dawn would like 10″ blocks (10.5″ unfinished), in a patriotic theme with the maker signing it, telling the city, state and date. She didn’t give me an exact date when she would like the blocks to her, but if she is to complete the quilt by mid July, it needs to be pretty soon.
I think this is a great thing for us to be doing, a quilt block is nothing compared to what these men and women are doing for us.
God Bless Our Troops!!