Buddy, can you spare a block?

One block. One simple block. A big block. Can you make one? Of course you can. It’s for such a good cause.

Who will you make a block for? The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Auxiliary folks in Temple, Texas, are collecting blocks that they’ll sort, color-coordinate, and sew into quilts. They’re making these quilts for a fundraiser with which to bless a local care facility in September. Just think, if quilters all around the country (the world?) were to send in blocks. Wow!  What a pile of quilts that would be!

Chapter 23-5 of the CVMA has “adopted” the William R. Courtney Veterans Home, in Temple, Texas, by holding a variety of fundraisers, and even providing gifts to the residents at Christmas. (This article tells about last year’s events.) Their motto is “Vets helping vets.”

Here’s what Diane Trujillo, XO of the Chapter Auxiliary had to say: “…each year we do as much as we can to support our local vets. We took on a project of helping at the veterans nursing home in Temple two years ago and by Sept 2013 we were able to buy the home two 60″ flat screen smart TVs and a BluRay DVD player…the Auxiliary bought Christmas bags and had the children decorate them with Christmas things. We filled the bags with personal essentials. In addition to that we were able to make lap blankets for each lady in the home (19) at that time. We all took our families and delivered all of these items…It is so heart warming to see the smiles on the veterans’ faces when we remind them that they are special too and that they are our heroes. ”

Isn’t that wonderful? I think so too!

Here’s what you need to do: Complete one 10″ x 10″ block (finished size), any pattern, any color. Quilt it, finish it envelope-style, and pop it in an envelope. If you’d like, you can even sign your block with your name, city, and state (use colorfast, lightfast ink!) They do prefer low-loft poly batting.

Then send it to:
Diane “Sauce” Trujillo
CVMA 23-5 Auxiliary XO
687 County Road 4932
Kempner, TX 76539

It’s as simple as that! Here are photos of a couple of samples Diane sent me:

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If you have questions, please email Diane directly.

The CVMA is “an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say “Thank You.” and “Welcome Home.” Our membership is comprised of Full Members ( those with verified combat service ) and Supporter Members ( those who have non-combat military service, and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans ). We have members from nearly all 50 states and living abroad. Many members continue to serve in our Armed Forces, with several serving in combat areas now.”

Just in case you’re wondering, I have no affiliation with this group at all, but I am a quilter, and I know just how kind quilters can be. I, like many of you, also have a soft spot for our country’s military veterans. This is a great way we can say “thanks,” for all they’ve done for US.

Can you spare a block? Two? Sure you can! And please comment below (maybe with city and state?) so Diane and her crew will have an idea of where all the blocks are coming from! Wonder if they can get some from every state? I’ll be back later this weekend to show you the blocks I make. Now, go! Make a block!