Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Another Apron Angel

Today I received a check from Ally in Tennessee. With her gracious donation to this cause, I can go ahead and pack more boxes to send overseas. I'm totally in awe and humbled by the support that continues to come my way--in all forms.
This is proof that when you're heading down the right path the road is wide open ahead. Thanks, Ally! I'll get more photos posted of the latest batch of aprons and blankets soon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

First Aprons Arrive!

This is Captain Tammy Lanning giving the first batch of aprons to the woman in charge of the cooking classes! Evelyn jumped right in and got hers mailed off. The cooking teacher was thrilled! Within a few days they should be receiving many more! Great job, everyone, and thanks so much for your help!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Almost to My Original Goal!

I received a package of fabric today from Michelle W. in Iowa with enough pieces to make 6-7 aprons! That should take me right up to the original goal of 50 aprons! That's what Tammy predicted they would need right away.

I WILL still be making aprons along with baby blanket and the latest request for scarves. So if you still have a yard or two of extra fabric laying around, I'd love to turn it into an apron! Who knows how many they will really need until the classes get going and the vocational center opens the end of this summer.

I had no idea I would be able to reach this goal so quickly, and I could not have done it without everyone listed to the right. Even have the postage money to ship off the last of those aprons. I'll be working on Michelle's fabric over the next few days and should (hopefully) get a picture posted this weekend.

I'm overwhelmed and in awe of the generosity of all of you. I can't thank you enough for helping me to pull this off!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Update from Afghanistan

I received a few emails from Cpt. Tammy this morning. The main thing I wanted to let you know is not to be concerned with what design is on the aprons or blankets, if it's farm animals, cars, bears with angel wings, fairies, etc. She said they aren't that strict in the area they're in, and will be so grateful to receive anything. She said to use whatever we have access to.

I'll be posting more of this information on http://www.susanround.com/

Also, Tammy suggested the idea of making scarves for the Afghani women and young girls. Of course! I'll let you all know when I get the answers on "What size?" and "Knitted and crocheted, too?" I'm looking through the donated fabrics with a whole new eye. Whatever is the same on both sides is going through my serger with the rolled hem foot on! Anything from sheer, flannel, silk, wool, cotton, polyester can be used.

UPDATE: I just received word from Tammy that the scarf given to her measures 36" X 72" and can be made from lace, silk, all colors (even though darker ones launder better). You can use white, black, plaids, paisleys and any color you want. She didn't mention the size scarves for the young girls. I'll let you know when I hear more.

Basically we're talking about two yards of fabric with about 5-6" cut off along the selvedge and hemmed. Hmm. I guess I was expecting smaller. I did check out a few sites regarding Afghani womens clothing and there were several different sizes of scarves ranging from 3-4" wide to 22" wide by 72".

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Unused Craft & Sewing Kits for our Women Troops

As I have been receiving donated fabric, sometimes I get printed fabric panels, or small sewing projects. I am forwarding them to a fellow online quilter and she will put together kits for our crafty women soldiers.

I've asked her if she minded that I post her information here so if anyone has any unused sewing/craft kits you can send them directly to her. I've collected several new preprinted panels for wallhangings, dolls, vests, and a few felt & sequin Christmas stocking kits opened, but all materials still untouched.

Fran also belongs to the HeartStrings Quilt Project and StashBuster group, as I am. She is volunteering her time with a wonderful organization called Operation Care Packages. Her email is: fbenson59@yahoo.com

I also have Fran's mailing address if you want to contact me privately for it. She lives in Illinois. She will need Christmas kits mailed in July so the women have time to finish them before the holidays.


Monday, June 8, 2009


No worries about how I'm going to mail the aprons and blankets! I just received a very generous check from Naomi C. in Graham, Washington. This should be enough to mail three separate boxes. I am so humbled and now very, very anxious to get my first box filled to the top and in the mail.

Bless you, Naomi, for helping in this way. You have guaranteed delivery of many aprons and blankets. I'll never forget your kindness and support for this project.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fabric Angels

I have received very generous boxes of fabric from Susan, Evelyn, Pat and Debbie. The fun was as I pulled each yardage of fabric out, each one looked just like a pretty apron. The various colors and prints are going to be absolutely perfect. I can't wait to get them cut out and going!

Thanks, friends, for your kindness and support for this project.

Mary Jane and Her Apron Angels

I just heard from Mary Jane in Michigan after the ladies at her church made aprons last week. 13 aprons, and 8 more to be finished this week! We're more than halfway to the original goal, and I've got happy tears. Bless you, Michigan angels, for joining me with this effort.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Apron Goal for Now

I just received an email from Cpt. Lanning. She has seen the apron photograph and is so excited to show the woman who heads up the Women's Center. She thinks the first goal of 50 aprons will be a wonderful start. If any more aprons are received, they will be stored at the center ready for the next group of "students" when the vocational school opens later this year. Of course, there can't be enough baby blankets and small quilts for their next winter season.

I have also included her direct mailing address so you may send your items directly to her, thus avoiding a double mailing to me then overseas. She wanted me to be sure to let all of you know how grateful she is, and how excited she is to be able to present these to the Afghani women. I will send you her exact words on a post shortly. Tammy said that "anything" will be so appreciated as many of these women still live in mud houses.