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Jumping on the Binky Brigade

One of my favorite features in QUILT Magazine is the article called Quilting Friends.  In the next issue of QUILT (Aug/Sept) our Quilting Friends will be featuring the Binky Brigade.  Angela Parker, a military woman and also a young mother, was inspired to start this organization when she noticed how much her little son, Cash, loved his soft 15″ square binky.  She thought about the babies overseas in Iraq and realized that they, too, would love to have one.  From this thought, the Binky Brigade was born as a friendship gesture for our military to distribute these tiny comforting quilts to babies in a war-torn country.

Each year our church does something special around Mother’s Day with the women in our congregation. The Binky Brigade movement inspired us to organize an old fashion sewing bee and picnic with 35 ladies of all ages.   Our goal was to make baby binkies

for not only the Binkie Brigade, but also the local pregnancy support center.  Sewing from 9:30 until noon, we stitched a total of 106 binkies!  I loved seeing the very young girls, as well as grandmothers, making  sweet memories as they sewed these bright and adorable squares! One side of the binky had a soft fabric like flannel. Small loops of ribbon were also added (since everyone knows how much babies love a silk tab to rub!)

Maybe you have a group of ladies who would like to do the same thing and stitch up a bit of affection in a binky for babies in Iraq.  See the next issue of QUILT Magazine (on sale mid-June) to get the details on the Binky Brigade or go to www.binkybrigade.org I have attached some photos of our fun event.

Debbie

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