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Letters from families

Sometimes we make the quilts, imagine where they will go and then we are on to the next one. Recently we got two letters that reminded me that the quilts can do so much more for families. We have posted both letters on our website but I thought it would be important to share with you here as well. A wife wrote to talk about the quilt her husband was given when he was injured near Kandahar. She said that,…

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I believe in miracles

Lately we have had a dramatic upswing in quilt requests. We try to honor all requests. It became quite frightening to realize that we had given out over two hundred quilts recently and as usual, there is a slump right before the holidays. We had a reserve of less than twenty quilts. On Thursday November 3rd I had the honor of speaking to the Stray Threads quilting group in Woodinville. Some other people from sewing groups in the area also…

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continuity and change

Lately I have been thinking about continuity. One example is people count on me to let them know what is going on with American Hero Quilts. It feel as though I have nothing new to say on that score. It feels like the same things happen year after year. This started me thinking about what I should be writing and the thought that I have to do better. The thing that really got me thinking is the demise of one…

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Spring is here?

Yesterday was the first day of spring. It was hard to tell that given the soggy state of affairs here in the Pacific Northwest. We have had the most wonderful visitors here in the last two weeks. Two weeks ago Sam and Betsy came to pick up the last quilt for the Capt. Joseph house. Betsy lost her son during the Iraq war and we initially made contact when we sent her a bereavement quilt. Betsy had a B&B but…

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Happy New Year

I have been remiss in not updating this blog more often. It seems that time just gets away from me. I wanted to take the time to thank all our volunteers for all your hard work quilting and the monetary donations, people have been so generous with their time and money. You are all the reason we can keep going. We are getting very close to 22,000 quilts, it is hard to believe. At our fund raiser this year Capt.…

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It is nearly October

Thanks to all the lovely folks who shared their stories about how they started quilting. I had hoped you would share with everyone but I did enjoy the stories. Summer was a bit too hot for us. Very difficult to put a quilt on one’s lap and sew on the binding when it is 90+ degrees. While we are sad to see the flowers fade I admit that I am so very glad to have the temperatures falling. The fires…

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Musings by Sue

Quilting is such an interesting pursuit. It can be a solitary experience or a group activity. It is the same here. Sometimes people come here to work or to deliver or pick up quilts and supplies. It is wonderful to meet so many of you. I treasure the friendships, your kindness and support. It is so moving see how many folks want to do something special for our service men and women. Quilters are wonderful generous people. I started quilting…

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Hi, I am Sally.

Hi, I am Sally.  Some of you might know me already but for those of you who don’t, I am the gal that often packs up or unpacks boxes, gets your quilt tops to the quilter, organizes binding efforts or does the really boring stuff like data entry.  I am a jack of all trades here at Maury Park Road, or more accurately an enthusiastic catch all.  My favorite activity is definitely picture day; it is so fun to see…

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New website and recent visitor

Clark has been very busy putting together this new website. The old one was done by a wonderful Marine mom over ten years ago. When Clark took over it was difficult to add pictures, comments etc. Having everything in one place and putting together a cleaner website was our first priority. You will have to let us know what you think. On March 4th we had the most exciting visitor. Capt. David Collins who was the Executive Officer at the…

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