Category Archives: Soldiers Quilt

Come Fly with Me! …. Dolly Donations … and …


The time has come!

It is time to say “Goodbye Betina …. Goodbye Alfredo”

Here they are ….. on the first stage of their journey …..

to be posted …..

“well, are we going then – to the post office?”

(Bella is always ready for ANYTHING!)

“yes, in a minute!”

THEN on they go to California ….

from there they will be sent off to Haiti after the 1st November

to arrive …. ?  I don’t know when!

But I hope there are two friends there to love them

and that Betina and Alfredo ….. in the words of Jimmy Durante …..

Make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy;
Make just one heart the heart you sing to.
One smile that cheers you,
One face that lights when it nears you,

Make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy,
And you will be happy, too. …………….

That is just how I feel about Dolly Donations,

if Betina and Alfredo make just two someones happy ……

then I will be happy too!

I send a BIG THANKYOU to Sarah at Dolly Donations

for the privilege, and opportunity  she has given me to share in her vision. :0)

also ready to post away ….

a new Soldier Quilt

this makes me happy too.

Soldier Quilt to go!


A new Soldier Quilt to go. This one is mainly blue, green, black and white, again in strings – with a few lighthouses, boats and puffins. :0)  I love stringing along!

The back is polar fleece in bottle green.  I hope it is acceptable. I feel it is a privilege to be able to make and give such a small token of appreciation to those from whom so much that has been given.

Soldier Quilts To Go!


I am so happy to now have two quilts Ready to Go!

Whilst waiting to photo the first one, the second came along and was finished in time to post them both together  :0)

When I was growing up a favourite  record my Dad often played was “The Deck of Cards”  by T. Texas Tyler.

I have never forgotten this “story” and Googled to find the words – I am printing them to send along with every quilt I make.

It starts like this:

“The Cards” is set during World War II, where a group of Army soldiers, on a long hike during a campaign in southern Italy, had arrived and camped near a town named Cassino. While Scripture is being read, one boy who has only a deck of playing cards, pulls them out and spreads them in front of him. He is immediately spotted by a sergeant, who orders the soldier to put them away (thinking he’s playing cards in church). The soldier is then arrested and taken before the Provost Marshall to be punished.

The Provost Marshal demands an explanation, to which the soldier explains the significance of each card:

Ace: The one true God
Deuce: The Old Testament and New Testament in the Bible
Trey/Three: The Holy Trinity;  the Father,  the Son,  and the Holy Spirit/Ghost ………..”

The spoken word listened to over and over again is very memorable.

Another song my Dad loved was “There’s Always Room At Our House” by Guy Mitchell – singing of sharing hospitality.

My two sailor uncles used to sing “Clink Clink another Drink”  by Spick Jones and The City Slickers – but I think I’ll just include The Deck of Cards with my Quilts!

I was surprised that you can actually buy all of these “Oldies” on iTunes!

Soldiers Quilt


What a privilege it has been to be able to make such a quilt!  I don’t know who will receive it, but I hope that he likes it.

As I look at the different fabrics (I can’t count how many)  I see handbags and quilts that I have made in the past. What makes up this quilt are the tiny strips of fabric that I had left in my “bits basket.” This kind of patching is known as “Strings.” There are many inspiring blogs with tutorials on how to piece these together – either paper backing or thin fabric backing.  I prefer to use a fabric backing as I don’t fancy taring off all the paper bits. Click on HeartStrings button for tutorials and String ideas.

Apparently String Quilting has a history going back to the early 1900’s in America.  I found some interesting comments:

“When quilters combined their scraps into a string quilt, it may have been nothing special to them. Yet, the quilts dazzle the eyes of outsiders and art collectors who see them as wall art today. When the country was enduring the Great Depression, women combined their scraps into string quilts, which were seen as utilitarian and still are.

The common thread in string and selvedge edge quilts, is that their popularity came about at the time of an economic downturn or a War, or both. The materials used in each were throw-aways being put to use, as a quilt or decoration for women’s homes, and they were there for the taking.

Women did then as they do now — they got creative and sewed together the fabrics they had, including scraps.”

That could relate to modern times!

An Old Fashioned String Quilt from the 1920-30’s

Wanda Pintar's string quilt

My own quilt is waiting for a photo – then posting off without delay!

Soldier Quilt news


Threads and Patches

Here is a link from Sally at Threads and Patches and a course she is running soon –

Making a Soldier’s quilt Course

Quilts for Soldiers Sat and Sun 13th and 14th Feb 2010 10am - 4pm

Sally says:-

“Join us to make quilts for soldiers returning from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

We shall make quilts using donated fabrics. Brenda who organises this then takes the

quilts to the military hospital to be given to wounded soldiers.

We will get you started on a quilt you can make fairly quickly, and plan a date for their

return for distribution at the hospital.”

If you would like more details about the Threads and Patches shop and workshops go to:

My own quilt top is finished – now need some wadding and a backing so I can start to quilt.

Soldier’s Quilt


Here is the progress so far…

I am really excited to be able to make  this Soldier’s Quilt – which as can be seen is just in the beginning stages.  I am using scraps in a string quilt and will post its progress in the next few weeks.  It is a privilege to be able to be involved and I am pleased with how it is turning out, if you are interested you can find out more on the Charity link at

String Quilts are a great way to use up heaps of small bits and are so original – for inspiration take a look at