Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Blocks have been coming in by the bunches. Last count over 15,000. Thank you to each and everyone of you. Here are a few pictures of the process.

Each package has been opened and sorted. The maker is being logged into a database.

Each of the blocks is pressed and trimmed. Thank goodness for the Martelli Roundabout. It was easy to trim 2 sides, rotate the mat and trim the other two sides. There are 3 pieces to this-cutting mat, rotating gripper and ironing mat.
(verbiage from their site describing the product- This 16” diameter cutting mat and turntable combination allows you to use the entire mat as a cutting surface. Cut right up to the extreme outside edge with no tipping or plastic pieces to get in the way. 30 stainless steel ball bearings mean great durability and no maintenance.  Three-piece set combines the turn-table base, the cutting mat, and our table-top ironing pad.)
Quilt squares and fabric were sent to staff here at moda, volunteers, quilt shops, and quilt guilds. Then it all happened, completed quilt tops newly quilt came pouring in. They were trimmed and prepared for binding.
Each quilt has a just one star label sewn into the binding.

Thank goodness for Moda's pre-made bias tape. Ask for moda's binding, QB2 at your favorite quilt store.
 It works beautifully. Can you imagine making over 27,000 inches of binding?
That was what was needed to complete just 100 of the quilts.

And my sewing secret is the Juki sewing machine. It is a industrial home machine. It doesn't do anything fancy....just frontwards and backwards..........but really fast.
 Check back with us to see some of the finished quilts and read some of the stories that were sent in.

A great big hug and thank you to everyone that has had a part of the process.


  1. It makes me so proud to be part of this great effort. And, how easy was it! Thanks for all the work you all are organizing and doing to comfort our wounded soldiers.

  2. You did a grand job of putting these together, thanks for the opportunity to help.

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to send a little love to our soldiers! 15,000 blocks is amazing!!

  4. All you ladies are amazing, the soldiers have a lot of caring women looking after them!!!