by toogie 14 May 2022

Hi Cuties!

My group was to give 10 quilts to veterans Thursday but 2 guys couldn’t make it. Here are the eight, turned to show their quilts, that did attend.
These are the two tops I pieced, Lynn quilted and Martha sewing the binding on one bc I didn’t know if I could after my accident. I just love sewing for the veterans and I love them!
The guy on right is being deployed to Romania because he is still active duty. I met the second guy from the lefts wife and we were like two peas in a pod. She was born in Poland, raised in Germany in Stuggart where our son was born. She hugged me several times before they left and invited us to come for coffee when in town. This was just a guy I met at Sams and introduced myself and told him about QOV program and we would like to present him with a quilt. People are so interesting! Have a nice day or night! Toogie

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by airyfairy 20 May 2022

Such beautiful quilts. You are a remarkable woman Toogie.

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toogie by toogie 20 May 2022

I am sitting here by myself and really don't know how to express my feelings. I guess I'm embarrassed when someone makes a comment like this. I'm just me. Nothing remarkable or special about me. I do appreciate that you like the quilts, thank you. Love any post about Josh and glad he's doing well.

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by hightechgrammy 16 May 2022

They are all so beautiful! l really love your Ohio Star on the bottom quilt. You are pretty amazing, you know.

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toogie by toogie 17 May 2022

Nothing amazing about me, I'm just a plain jane Toogie-lol
I have a few of those stars left to go in another quilt. I guess I made too many...I do like working with panels. One of the other ladies in my group, brought me 3 panel Thursday, that she has had for awhile but said I could use for us a QOV. My list is growing. I need to get back in the swing of things. My 2nd therapy session tomorrow.

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by pennyhal2 16 May 2022

Oh dear, this made me so tearful! I admire your group and the good you do!

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toogie by toogie 16 May 2022

You should see about joining a group in your area. I know you would be blessed!

toogie by toogie 16 May 2022

Have you decided about your quilt? I liked your fabrics and the fabric with figs. The first time I’ve seen figs on fabric. My sister and I can’t get enough of raw or canned figs-lol Our trees are too small but we are offered to go to some friends and pick when they get all they want. Their tree is huge and usually call us the first part of July. My sister asks can we go ‘graze’ at the friends tree? Lol
I told her cows graze, but as high calorie as they are we may soon look like cows!-lol

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by mariagiannina 15 May 2022

They are beautiful Toogie!
It's very rewarding to make charity quilts, I do that too.

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toogie by toogie 15 May 2022

Share some of your pictures with us! Please! I need ideas-lol
Thank you and it does warm my heart. I love to meet people.

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by peafarm 15 May 2022

What a great service. I know they will treasure these forever. Your heart is full.

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toogie by toogie 15 May 2022

It does my heart good to meet these veterans and their wives. We also have a few women veterans, but not as many of course, as the men. I enjoy talking to them afterward.

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by dlonnahawkins 15 May 2022

Beautiful, Toogie. I am currently with a group that is through a church in town about 13 miles from me. They give to people going thru hospice, or hospitalizations. I too would like to do more for our Veterans. I am married to one, have 2 grandsons (one still active duty), Uncles, nephews, Daddy and brother.... all Veterans from different wars. Oh, and son-in-law that is 100% disabled.
Your group is doing something wonderful.

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toogie by toogie 15 May 2022

If you want to join a group that quilts for the veterans go to QOV and search for a group in your area or email me your place and I’ll search for a group to see if there’s one in your area. Or you could get the group you’re already in to join. That would be awesome!
I can’t tell you how rewarding it felt to see my husband receive his quilt and then for me to join. You can’t help but love the veterans for all they sacrificed for us. Presenting them with quilts to comfort and remind them we DO appreciate what they did for us and our country, is our way of thanking them for their service.
Your group sounds wonderful. I hope they would also want to join the QOV program. Go to their website and just read about it. Our group is about 20 miles from me. We meet 2 times a month. One time we work on QOV and the next meeting we work on CASA, quilts for our policemen to give when they have to remove a child from the home, or our own personal quilts.
Thank all your men from me for their service.

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by 02kar Moderator 15 May 2022

Beautiful quilts for people who deserve such works of art. You 3 woman are an incredible, generous and loving team. I'm glad you got to meet at least one of the wives and the 2 of you struck up a great conversation.

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toogie by toogie 15 May 2022

K, her and I talked so much we missed any refreshments.-lol her husband got his and came back and ate while we talked. He then asked about the restroom, went and came back and we were still yaking. Then our group started cleaning up. Everyone else had eating, visited and left except this couple. They have been married almost 60 years! I remember her saying about 1964, so I’m not sure if they were dating or married that year. She said her girlfriend spoke and understood enough English to get by but she didn’t. Ida said her and her husband first communicated by drawing on napkins. I said The language of love!-lol
Ida in Germany is not pronounced like we do. They say like Eda with the E sound instead of the I sound.

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by dragonflyer 15 May 2022

They are beautiful, Toogie...what a great remembrance for these great veterans...

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toogie by toogie 15 May 2022

I just love seeing them altogether! They are all so different. There are two here that used the same pattern but in different color fabrics and sashing are different. Also one is set on point. I like seeing what others quilters come up with to make the same pattern unique. Yes, the guys and wives all seem to appreciate the quilts and the presentation. The receive the quilt, a case to put it in or put a pillow in, a certificate and a copy of the presentation speech in case they want to review what was said. It’s a beautiful presentation if you’ve never been to one.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 14 May 2022

You gals are amazing. Our vets deserve everything. Thank you for donating all your time to create these beautiful quilts.

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toogie by toogie 15 May 2022

What we do is nothing compared to their experiences, but we try to let them know how much they are deserving of this and so much more.
After the presentation our announcer asked if any would like to share any of their experiences with us. Some guys will talk about where they were deployed, some say if they retired after so many years and some rather not speak which is okay and very understanding. Some experiences are better forgotten. Then you have a few that will lighten the mood with a funny experience. We will never know exactly what it was like for them but we do appreciate their willingness to serve and those that pay the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. Whatever we do seems so small but we do out of respect and love.

crafter2243 by crafter2243 15 May 2022

True my father had nightmares a lot.

toogie by toogie 18 May 2022

So horrible for him and so sad too, not only for him, but his family that knew.

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