Our Afghan Quilt Project


What started in the beginning of November as a phone call between our publisher, Kristi, and her deployed husband Jason, turned into a month-long project in our office. Our goal was to create 29 quilts to ship to Jason's unit!

These soldiers were cold!  Government issued sleeping bags are short.  Especially for these six-foot-plus soldiers who are stationed in the mountains of Afghanistan, where daytime temperatures hover in the 40s, dropping into the 20s at night.  

After some discussion, we decided the best solution was of course, quilts—large ones!  We figured they needed to be a generous 72 x 90 inches to provide the warmth needed. We also needed to make these quilts quickly, and easy to care for and light enough for the soldiers to pack. We raided the flannel inventory in our quilt shop, and added to it with our personal stashes. We went to work cutting a lot of 6 1/2 inch squares and brick shapes. Soon after the blocks were distributed, employees completed all of the quilt tops. 

We had show and tell every morning when quilt tops came in, each one unique in color and design!  

We decided to back the quilts with fleece for warmth. When our friends at Fabri-Quilt  heard about our project, they graciously donated some of the fleece backing, and our friends at YLI donated thread for quilting. 

We realized quilting these quilts was going to be a big job. So with a little help from our friend Heidi Kaisand at APQS, who put the word out, we had quilters volunteering from all across the states. What a wonderful dilemma!  

A very special thank you to the first of those many volunteers, Jane and Dave Brown, and Maria Davis. They quilted 14 of our quilts and bound 4.




The rest were all quilted and bound by our staff on their lunch breaks, before work, and at home—all on their own time. Cutting parties were organized, and we shared laughter in the sewing area where our sewing specialist, Cindy is shown here with scissors and rotary cutter in hand!





Even our accountant, Kim, got in the act of cutting binding before she left on maternity leave!





During this process, Tiffiny, our Customer Service Manager and a beginning quilter, has quickly blossomed into a full-fledged quilter. We're so proud!











And hey! Who let Kristi loose on that machine? We're trying to convert her, but with two little ones at home and her husband Jason deployed, but we'll let her off the hook—for now!  










Each quilt was labeled with a soldier's name,and the quilts were sent off before our deadline. They arrived a week later in Afghanistan to welcoming hands. We want to thank our parent company, New Track Media, for picking up the shipping costs.








Here are some of Red Bulls with their quilts. Hey- who's the extra guy? He's an American-born Afghan there to help out the unit!

We hope these quilts keep you warm and safe, and thank you for serving to protect the freedom we are so thankful for!

The Fons & Porter Team



Nana said:

They all look so happy.  Thanks for sharing the pic and thanks for being so generous to our troops.

# January 5, 2011 9:48 AM

Marge (AKA Dimples) said:

Thanks to all of you for doing this for our guys and gals overseas.  I am sure each of them loves their little piece of home.  

# January 13, 2011 12:23 PM

jmTIDIKIS@bellsouth.net said:

I am so glad be a subscriber of a company that would be so generous and caring of our troops.  Thank you. Judi

# January 18, 2011 4:33 PM

Kari Wempe said:

That is amazing!  I wonder when they get to come home, if they will give some young child or elderly person their quilt... kind of paying it forward. I am sure it would be hard to part with.  Congratulations to all who supported this effort. Truly the American Way!

# January 18, 2011 4:52 PM

vrwright4510@att.net said:

Thank you for your generous love in action....and it was so appreciated! LOL

# January 18, 2011 8:16 PM

Diane said:

I had no idea that the soldiers were cold at night in Afganistan.  I wonder if more could be done on a national level to provide more quilts.  I believe I have heard of quilt making for soldiers has been done before.  Does anyone have any information about this?

# January 18, 2011 9:02 PM


Absolutely heartwarming.

# January 18, 2011 9:03 PM

Rose Bohn said:

You are all wonderful.  I know you will be richly blessed for the blessing you've given to those courageous soldiers who are on foreign soil.  

God Bless and keep you quilting for years and years to come!

Rose Bohn

# January 19, 2011 12:20 PM

shellouu said:

What a wonderful and warm way to help our soldiers!  Thank you!

# January 19, 2011 11:02 PM

Bobbi said:

So what is the next project for our soldiers?  I'd like to get in on that action!  These quilts are just wonderful.

# January 20, 2011 12:04 PM

Marlette0613 said:

How sad that our military aren't issued proper effective equipment. It's bad enough to be deployed in dangerous areas but having to be cold 24/7 is not good for a lot of reasons.

Thank goodness for quilters! I agree with a previous quilter's comment: Isn't there a national effort doing this? If not, let's get one going!

# January 20, 2011 10:24 PM