Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Making Neck Coolers for the Troops

My quilt guild Thimble Pleasures holds a comfort sew a few times a year. The Comfort Committee's purpose is to make items that will bring comfort to people who are ill, experiencing a loss or serving our country.
Below is my friend Susan making Neck Coolers for troops. What is extra nice about this is she was making 44 of them for her husbands troops now serving in Afghanistan. He was deployed in June and will be gone for about a year.
The coolest thing is they are filled with these little crystals florists use to keep plants wet. We filled four chambers with an 1/8th of a teaspoon.
Once they are soaked they expand and retain the water for a number of days. When the dry they go right back to their crystal form. The can be soaked again whenever needed. AMAZING!
The fabric we used was donated by The Charlton Sewing Center in Charlton, MA. The owner Cathy Racine is so generous! We made about 90 neck coolers that day and hopefully they will help keep our soldiers cool.
We also made these little Christmas tree decorations for the troops.

This is the prep for the trees, like a well oiled machine, the group worked together to make several of these.
Here is an example of one of the comfort quilts we distribute to people in need of a little comfort.

The comfort committee puts kits together for guild members to take home and finish. We keep a supply of quilts on hand. I have requested several quilts over the years for friends and neighbors, it's a way to feel like I have really helped them.

I brought my serger and we made some pillow cases for the troops as well. There is a terrific effort happening here if you would like to help out!

There are loads of ways to help our men and woman serving our country, have you found a way to help?


Kris said...

Kathleen - I love the neck coolers for the troops. Is there someplace we can donate some coolers? Thanks for all your good work!!

Barbara said...

My sewing krew has also made the neck coolers - they are always appreciated too. But what I would love to have is the directions for that precious tree - how cute and small to send over. Is there any chance of you sharing how you made them ?

Quilt Inspiration said...

Hi Kathleen,

We are really enjoying your excellent blog. Your photos are wonderful, and your ideas are spectacular !

We have been sewing pillowcases for the troops on active duty, as well as those in V.A. hospitals. And, we think that the neck coolers are a fabulous project Thanks so much for all that you do for those who serve our country !

Best wishes,

Marina and Daryl at Quilt Inspiration