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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 I have attached some photos of our fun event.



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  • Becky Shumaker says:

    Posted May 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks so much for doing the article on the Binky Brigade. My daughter, Angela, came to me and asked if I would help her start this organization. While I am not a great quilter or sewer, I loved the idea and readily agreed to do anything I could to help her. She recently received the shipment of blankets from your group and left some with me to sew the hearts on. I can’t express how grateful we are to you for the generous donation. We want to get them ready and mailed as soon as possible.

    Again, please thank everyone involved.

    Becky Shumaker

  • Clara O'Dell says:

    Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:46 am

    My friend saw the article and emailed a bunch of us. Each year we go on a sewing retreat so we are going to spend some of our time making
    some blankets up.
    My 8 year old granddaugher also likes to make blankets so what a great way to teach her to give back.
    What a great thing you are doing.

  • neoma rudolph says:

    Posted June 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    What a good feeling to know onehalf a yard of two fabrics makes two binkies.Have enough for 20 now.Gone shopping now……..neoma

  • Judy Stewart says:

    Posted July 7, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    We have a Project Linus group but lots of flannels and need a project for those who aren’t quilters…this is perfect….thank you thank you

    Does anyone know, with the scaling back of our US role in Iraq, is it still a needed item and are they still able to be passed along?

  • Gerry Kainrath says:

    Posted September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    I have made 15 binky blankets, but I have lost the address of where to send them to.
    Could you please email me with the address?
    Thank you in advance,

  • QUILT Magazine says:

    Posted September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    The address to send your blankets to is: The Binky Brigade, c/o Angela Parker, 4315 Hike Circle, Bellevue, NE 68123

    Keep Quilting!

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