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The Quilt-in-a-Day Forum is very friendly and active.  Today, I have 4 projects ready to mail.  The first is a package to be mailed to a member in the Netherlands/Germany who asked for donations of small items for a Christmas Market booth her church is hosting.  They have adopted an Afghanistan family, bought a lot for a house and are trying to raise money for the house, furnishings, etc.  My contribution was 5 small wallets from a Lazy Girl Designs pattern.  These are nice to hold credit cards, license, cash, etc., and I keep one in each purse so I can grab it quickly and not have to haul a big purse through quilt shops, antique malls and stores.  They only measure about 3-1/4 x 4-1/2 and are easy to slip in a pocket.

My daughter, Nancy, wanted to contribute something, too, and gave me four small, delicate, exquisite doilies she had crocheted.   These are tiny 6-1/2 to 8-1/2″ pieces in very thin thread.  You can read her story about the two colorful doilies and the source of the thread on her blog, Salmagundi Express.

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The second project was a call for a donation of a block or two for a family in Nashville.  The mother had a baby and the father in Iraq received the e-mail and saw the baby’s picture, then was killed by a roadside bomb.  One of the members wanted to make a quilt for the baby but after so many forum members said they would like to take part, she will be receiving enough blocks to make the baby quilt as well as a large quilt for the mother and for the soldier’s parents.

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The third project is for a teacher in Iowa who wanted to include handmade pillowcases with the toiletry items her class had collected for an Iraq veterans’ hospital.  I made three cases out of flannel.

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 The fourth project is not a donation, but rather a fall block swap where we were asked to use autumn fabrics and to have the block pattern be something that would relate to us or our lives.  I chose a block called “8 Hands Around” from Quilter’s Cache to represent the many years my husband I enjoyed square dancing.  We met at a singles square dance and had 24 wonderful years of a second-time-around marriage before he passed away of Alzheimers in 2004.  This square is for David.

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