If you look at my favorite blogs you will find Mended Wings. The story is told by a Mother in Western Pennsylvania. I live not far from Butler, Pa. I first became aware of this family on TV and in the local newspapers.
Since 2002 I have been a member of an on line quilting/sewing group. The members have a lot of fun and share a lot of quilting information along with family stories and daily life. These women are never more supportive then when one of us has a Quilting need to fulfill for someone needing comfort at a terrible time in their life.
This morning I posted to the message board, "Could anyone help me with blocks in Red, White & Blue for this 19 year old injured in Afghan? I want to make a quilt for him." I copied the Mended Wings link to my post and got busy with my day.
A few hours later I stopped by my computer to see if anyone had responded to my post. My screen name is Holee....HOLEE SMOLEE! My Pm's were clogged with over 50 replies! All offering to make a quilt block for Kevin!
Within a few hours the group had taken the family in and were posting about Kevin, Leslie (mom) and Breezy (sis) like the names were familiar and the blog was a family letter for all to keep up on Kevin's progress.
Quilt blocks will be sent to my home in Pennsylvania from coast to coast and border to border. So many "Mom's" will take a seat behind their sewing machine to design a quilt block for Kevin that I will sew into a quilt top.
A longarm quilter is a special person. She has a huge, expensive machine that turns a quilt top into a work of art. Another wonderful lady on the message board stepped up to the plate and offered to quilt Kevin's top on her longarm. The Quilt top, once sewn together, will leave my house and go to her home in Flordia.
I also got an offer from another wonderful lady in Texas to hand deliver the Quilt to Leslie if they are still in Texas when it is finished!
Before the sun set tonight I was delighted to find a picture posted by our Quiltbea, her blog is also listed, of the 2 blocks she has already sewn together today for Kevin! Thank you Quiltbea for two terrific blocks!
As the blocks come to my house I will take photo's and post them here for everyone to see. We want the Kammerdiener Family to know so many of us "Mom's" are thinking of your family and putting a lot of love into these blocks for Kevin. Along with the offers of quilt blocks came many who will keep Kevin in their prayers and his family too.