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Sunday, July 4, 2010

The 4th of July

It's the 4th of July
and that means family, food and fun
and fabric

...and since it IS the 4th of July...

this month's giveaway is courtesy of
the men and women that tirelessly
defend our freedom

leave a name of someone you know
or a family member
that has served our nation
to be entered in the giveaway.
(regardless of the politics)

it's two yards of 54" wide cotton Hawaiian
red+white+blue
We're a bit patriotic in my neighborhood.
We even have an historic armed forces radio announcer on our block!
so
celebrate
the 4th of July
with just a moment of thanks
(regardless of the politics)
for the
red+white+blue

natalie.
b e y o n d   t h e   r e e f




119 comments:

mascanlon said...

My Dad, Tom Trant was a sailor in WW2. Looking forward to saying Hi at LB show.

Jorie said...

I actually served four years of active duty in the Army, with a one year deployment to Iraq. My hubs did 5 years active duty, and has since been in the National Guard in Texas for 2 years. (He even just came in 2nd place for the NCO of the year for the regional competition. He already won NCO of the year for the state of Texas!) He also has served two tours in Iraq, a combined total of 27 months over there before he was even 23 years old! (He had his 19th, 21st, and 22nd birthday over there!)

My whole family is rather military affiliated. My mother served 3 years in the army, my stepdad retired after 24 years, my uncle is still in the air force (I think he is at about 15 years), my great uncle served in the Air Force, as did both of his sons. The hubby's brother is preparing for his second deployment with the army, his uncle served in the Army in Vietnam, and his cousin just got out of active duty after 6 years of service. My sister is also married to a Marine.

We love our country, and thank you for taking the time to honor those who serve! It really does mean alot more to soldiers and veterans than people think!

Kathryn said...

My father was in Patton's troops as part of the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. Like many veterans of that war, he is no longer alive, except in the memory of those who loved him. My mother was an Army nurse who cared for those who were in the stateside veteran's hospitals in Chicago and New York. Kathie L in Allentown

Jan said...

My husband was in the US Navy, and retired from LAPD.

kaiolohiakids said...

My dad, Henry Dolim, was a pilot in the old Army Air Corps (now Air Force) durig WWII. He would be 97 now-but died in 2008.

Marcia said...

Grandfathers Frank Glattli, Sr. and N.C. Wright. Uncles Andrew Glattli, Walter Rike (multiple decorations), Arthur Glattli, Roy Holton, Jerry Paul. Cousins Kyle Rike, Quint Paul, Eugenia Glattli, Donna Gale Glattli. Know I missed some as doing this quickly. Bless them.

Quilting_Chris said...

My grandfather was in the Army in WWI, my Dad was in the Navy WWII. My brother was in the Army and my husband was in the Coast Guard for Vietnam. I am thankful to everyone who serves to protect my freedoms.

Ali said...

My best friend's husband was in Afghanistan for 18 months a few years ago. Luckily he hasn't had to go back!

Hooptee said...

my grandfather was in the air force. I don't know his rank or anything, he doesn't talk about it much. Happy Independence Day!

Carol said...

My nephew David is currently serving I'm the US Army.

Angie said...

My husband was on active duty for more than 10 years. He is now in the Army reserve. In our family, we have 5 or 6 who served in the Navy. 1 in the marines. and 3 in the Army.

shelia said...

My brother Dallas Adams, air force. Died in a plane crash about 15 years ago.

Thanks for honoring those who serve and have served!

Willa said...

My dad served. He was in Quartermaster Corps and did not go overseas. My husband served during Vietnam. My brother served and was stationed in Germany. My son in law served in Korea.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

My father in law served in World War II, I believe in France. He does not talk about his war years. He is a gentle man. Thanks so much for honoring those who have served our country.

ledamewood said...

My grandfather served in WWI; my father served in WWII; my stepson served in the first Gulf War; and my son is in the AirForce. I love this country.

amber said...

My husband is in the Af. I have 2 bro in laws in the army one in the AF and one in the Navy

Mama Spark said...

My dad, Richard Olson and our close friend Matthew Koetting.

Melissa said...

Both of my grandfathers, My Uncle Mike, and My Cousin James. Thanks guys.

Susan said...

My grandfather served in the U.S. Army during WWI and my father served in the Navy for 30 years where he saw action in the Korean War.

Patty said...

My brother Glen Stinn is in Afghanastan at this time.

lovemyabbie@gmail.com said...

I have 2 cousins in Iraq now, Christopher & Andy, My grandpa and husbands grandpa served in WWII, my uncle was in the airforce for Vietnam & Korea. I'm sure there are more that I've missed

Mrs. Darling said...

My dad served in vietnam and then went back and served 28 more years in the navy. He taught me what it was like to care for and be involved in how your country developed.

Thanks Dad!

And thanks. natalie, for the giveaway!

deserae said...

My dad, Barry, served in the gulf war.

Whitney said...

My beautiful and Brave Sister-in-law just left 2 weeks ago to serve our county in Iraq. It was the saddest thing to watch her say good bye to my brother when they've only been married 4 months. I'm so grateful for everyone who has sacraficed everything to serve our country. Im Proud to be an American.

Abbybeth said...

My boyfriend is currently a naval officer stationed in Hawaii and my grandfather served in the Navy during WWII.

Michele said...

My Pop served as a MP in France during WWII. Thanks to everyone who has served their country.

Mom on the Move! said...

My husband's current spending his fourth summer in the middle east - one in Kuwait, three in Iraq (thankfully, not in a row). My brother-in-law is in the 'Stan (again...). We have a cousin who's been too many times... uncles that were in Vietnam... grandfathers who were in WWII.

We are pretty patriotic over here too ;-)

Thanks for the give away!

Amber H. said...

My favorite uncle served in the Navy during the Vietnam war and last I heard he was in the Texas National Guard (might be retired out now, not sure) and my father in law served in the Marine corps during the Vietnam War as well.

My maternal grandfather also served in the Navy, but I'm unsure when, he passed away about 10 years ago, and I never really knew him growing up. But I've seen his naval yearbook!

lips said...

My father in law was a paratrooper in WWII. My father in the Army for the Korean War. Thanks Colleen

Hollie said...

My cousin is a civilian working at the Pentagon for the Navy. She actually lost a majority of her department in 9-11 and we would have lost her too, but someone asked her to switch shifts.

free indeed said...

Our son in law served a year in Iraq; came home with stomach problems ended up he had colon cancer with the symptoms starting while he was over there and he was told it was probably stress! Oh well, it would be hard to know for sure, but he's doing fine now and has been cancer free for a year after the surgery....

omashee aka Barb said...

Oh, my goodness! We are a military family. My dad and mom both served in WWII. (mom's nine brothers & a sister also served) DH's dad served in WWII. DH is retired USAF. I did a stint in the AF Reserves. All three sons have served, one just retired from the Coasties. Eldest grandaughert's BF is in Afghanistan. There are plenty more in our circle of friends & family.
Love this patriotic Hawaiian fabric! thanks for the opportunity

Melissa said...

We are military family too. Starting with Grandpa during WWll on a sub. My husband is a disabled Navy vet, my brother and brother-in-law are ex-Air Force and dad was Army. My son even spent 4 years in the Air Force JROTC!

Nancy Sue said...

My brother Steven Bevis, served several duties in the Air Force as an inflight medic in the war. Now, fortunately, he is home with his family! May we all have our servicemen and servicewomen home soon!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Deci said...

Well, in honor of our Independence, I will name my ancestors who served during the American Revolution: John Worland, Solomon Hardy, Peter Gideon, John Sisson, John Wasson. I am a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Leah said...

Both of my grandfathers, my brother in-law, and two of my cousins.
lbroadstreet@tds.net

Jeannette said...

My Grandfather was in the Navy JC Gourley.

Sarah Marie said...

Grandfather, father, uncles, cousins and close friends. They are all my heros!

The One and Only said...

My dad was in the Army oh so many years ago, my Grandpa was in the Navy and my Uncle Gee is in the Air Force....He's actually getting deployed to Maryland in late August for 6 months....I actually came thisclose to being in the Marines, but was PMR (permanetly medically rejected) due to migraines so i actually tutored a couple of guys to pass their ASVAB test.....

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My husband served in the Army for four years and was in Viet Nam for two years.

Katie Bishop said...

My cousin Meghan!!MC! What a great giveaway!

Lisa said...

Thank you for honoring our men and women in the military. My grandfather was in the Navy, my great uncle was a Navy Seal, two cousins in the Army 82nd Airborne. Additionally, my colleague at work is ret. Marine and his wife is serving now. The sacrifices of these men and women and their beloved families is astounding. Thanks again.

momto2wasd said...

My boyfriend was in the Coast Guard for 26 years. My dad Frank was a Marine. My step-dad Skip was in the Navy, as was my grandfather Dick. I don't know a lot about the military even though the majority of significant men in my life were a part of it. I also have a friend Loretta who was in the military.

Freda said...

My husband is active duty Coast Guard, my brother in law is active duty coast guard and my other brother in law is active duty air force currently serving overseas. Thanks for your giveaway!

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance to win. I served in the Air Force for 8 years and my husband served 21 years.

Nancy said...

My dad, Clyde McElwee, served in the army during WW2. What a nice way to honor the military.

SGreen said...

My middle brother is in the Army National Guard in MO and served a year in Iraq. My great uncle was in WWII and survived fighting in the Pacific. What a great giveaway!!

Crystal Hendrix said...

Well my father served in the Vietnam war and then my bil is in the Utah National Guard.

I recently made a quilt for the Moda Bake Shop and I dedicated it to the armed forces that support our nation! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

A good friends husband was in Iraq for a while, and my great uncle was in WWII.
steeplechaser29 (at) yahoo (*) com

Heather said...

My Grandpa served in WWII, he set up the power lines throughout France

Heather said...

My Grandpa served in WWII, he set up powerlines throughout France

Heather said...

My Grandpa served in WWII, he set up power lines throughout France.

Heather said...

Sorry I did that 3 times. I was having some difficulties. LOL

9patchnurse said...

My grandfather, Col. William Howard.

stitchsister said...

I know so many former and currently military personnel. Here are two: My boss's husband Dave is currently serving in Afghanistan and will be there for about 9 more months; my father-in-law Jim was a career Coast Guard officer.

Thank you for offering this contest! What a nice idea. I am making a patriotic quilt in my quilting bee and this fabric would be lovely for the backing.

Carrie P. said...

I am here via Jaybird quilts and hope it is alright for me to play along. My dad was a Marine. I have pictures of him in his uniform but he never talked about his time of service. But I am still proud of him.

Camberly said...

Both my grandfathers and now two of my uncles are in the airforce.

Eileen said...

my hubby retired after 20 years in the army. we enjoyed travelling around the country and some of the world during that time.

renae said...

My Dad, my Mom, my Sister, both of my grandfathers, my step-grandfather, one of my aunts, six of my uncles, and at least two of my cousins...

Peaceful Piecer said...

My Daddy, Jesse McDaniel served in the Navy ww2

Sinta Renee said...

Husband: Vietnam, special unit; Uncle is a Col.; Brother Afganistan; Nephew Marine Iraq, reinlisted Navy; Husbands father: retired Navy. Bless them all!
I just wanted to say that I love Jaybird's pattern made with your fabrics.

Karyli said...

My dad just returned from duty in Iraq. My little brother also served in Iraq a year before. Many others in my family have also made us proud and free. We are all blessed.
Thanks for the give away.

Nancy said...

My son Gabriel served in Afghanistan 2 years ago, and is supposed to back next July.

choosinggrowth said...

My uncle Denny served in Vietnam as a priest and soldier.

Pivot said...

My son, John Coleman, served in both Iraq and Afghanistan

Jacque said...

My Dad was in the Army, WWII, I had one brother in the Navy, one in the Army, one brother-in-law Navy and one Army. My son served 5 years with the Coast Guard.

thanks for a chance at your give-away.

Jacque

Lindsey said...

My dad served in the Army during the Korean War.

cakegirl said...

My nephew, Josh, is currently in the Marines

mom2three said...

My Father-in-Law was in the Army, as was my Godfather. Both served in Germany.

Dani said...

Lets see...I have my oldest brother who retired from the Navy after 20 years, my other brother who was in the Army until he blew out a knee, my dad who was in the Navy for several years and then did reserves for several more, and my nephew just graduated boot camp this month for the Army....gotta love our troops!!!!

Denise :) said...

I served for six years in the US Navy. My uncle and several cousins served in the Navy as well. I'm a Daughter of the American Revolution, so I've got relatives (great-greats) that served in our earliest armed forces!! We're a patriotic family, and I've never taken for granted the lives that were given on behalf of our country's freedoms. :)

Gena said...

Both of my grandfathers were in the military. My paternal grandfather was killed in WWII. My ex-husband was a Marine, and his father was the most highly decorated soldier from Mississippi during Vietnam. My uncle was a Marine, my other Uncle was in the Army and two of my cousins served (and retired from) the Navy, one of which has a son that is currently in the Marine Corp.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Gena

webmailaddress2 said...

A number of my classmates have served in the military before coming back to school, and several more will be giving their time after they graduate to serve as well.

Erica said...

My father-in-law, William Ford, served proudly for 30+ years in the Navy. This fabric would go perfectly in the quilt that I have planned to make him.

Danielle said...

My grandfather, Don Marley, was a sailor in WW2. I love the pic on this post.

Lindsay said...

My two "cousins" both toured in Afghanistan with the airforce.

Thanks to all of those who have served; past, present and future.

SteffiD said...

More men in my family HAVE served in the forces than haven't. My brother, Gary, was a marine. My Uncle, Neil, was in the airforce. Bill was in the Navy, while my grandfather, Harvey, was a sergent in the Army during WWII. I have a few friends that are in the forces as well.

Smeeker082 said...

Both my Grandfathers served in the Army in the Korean War. My stepdad served in the Army in Vietnam. My Uncle served in the Air Force in Desert Storm. And I did 6 years in the Army National Guard. We love our country!

Karen said...

My Dad served 3 tours in Vietnam, which was such a hard thing for our family of 6 children=never knowing if he was coming back. I have so much respect for anyone that serves our country!

Sally said...

I'm really not sure if this giveaway is over yet or not, but I wanted to comment, anyway. I love the fabric, for sure! I have multiple ancestors that have fought for our country...my great-grandfather "fought" (I do not really know his function)in WW1, my grandfather "fought" in WW2 and my father went to Vietnam. I never really heard any of my grandparents talk about any of their experiences, and I think I've only ever heard my dad speak of Vietnam once...

Megan said...

My brother, Randall, is currently in the Navy Reserves, and my father and grandfather all served. My beloved cousins, David and Joel (brothers), both have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, (one just got home; one is leaving next February for his 2nd tour).

Jodi Peterman said...

My father, Marion Webster, was a soldier in Vietnam, my father in law, Troy Peterman, and my grandfather, Roy Ingersoll, were sailors. Another granfather, Foster Knight, was in the military but I can't remember which branch but I do know that he typed in his job because he always comments about how knowing how to type kept him from having to be on the front lines so that is making me think he may have been in the army, but I am not sure. I need to ask him as he is in his 90's and still sharp as they come.

Christine said...

My husband Bill McClellan is active duty military...has been now for 20 plus years. My Dad, Stepdad, Mom,and Grandpa are all retired military. All of us are Air Force. I'm a military wife and an Air Force bratt. my list of people in the military would be huge because almost everyone I know or am friends with is military! LOL!
I'd like to thank them all for serving this country!

supermedic said...

my brother michael church 20 years plus in marine corp, dad vic church marine in vietnam and friends son adam mcatee in army currently

prsd4tim2 said...

My dad (US Army) served in Europe in WW2. My father-in law (career US Air Force)served in WW2, Korea, and Viet Nam. And my husband (US Army and US Coast Guard) retired after 23 years, served in Viet Nam and taught countless Naval Aviators to fly. Alas, no Marines in the family, but countless friends. Thanks to all who serve and all those who wait for those who serve. God bless!

Kathi said...

My DH was an Army Nurse for 22 years (and as the Enabler, I consider that I did 22 years as well!) My in-laws met and married as young officers during WWII (they had to hide the marriage so that she could continue in the service.) My dad typed his way through the Korean war (Hey- service is service!) My son served in the Army during the Bosnian conflict. My son-in-law is currently stationed in Iraq- his 3rd tour.

Corky said...

My husband's family are all Navy, even his mom, but he was army. Yeah for being different. He served during Vietnam, but was stationed in Germany doing inventory as a Sergeant. Thank God for our service people who are willing to serve for our freedoms and human rights everywhere. (at least I hope that's what they are fighting for!)

Kimmer said...

My dad is retired Air Force (and is a retired police officer as well), my brother was in the Navy for 7+ years and is currently a police officer in Maine. God bless America!

piecemealquilts said...

My dad's side of the family has always been involved in the military, including my brother (National Guard, built roads in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm), my Dad (food inspector in Germany in the late 60's), my uncle (set up dental services for the Army for 30 years), my cousins (one served in the Army in Iraq, weather service, one in the Navy, firefighter), my Dad's cousin (Green Beret in Vietnam) and his wife (Army nurse, who at 60+ has reenlisted and is working in San Diego), their daughter (Army) whose husband, also in the military, was killed in service just a short time ago. Oh - can't forget my grandfather, who served in the cavalry with a wonderful horse named Marley.

Debb said...

My Dad was in the army and many of my Uncles were also...

Kim said...

My dad served in the Korean conflict.

Deborah said...

I'm married to LtCol Brian Haviland, USMC, currently stationed in Hawaii and supporting various aircraft for multiple operations around the globe.

Mini MNM's said...

My husband, Marc Fickas, served 18 months in Afghanistan. He is in the Army Reserves now until next March. He won't be deployed again due to his injuries he obtained while he was in Afghanistan.
babyfickas@gmail.com

Dani said...

Big military family here :). Both my husband and I are active duty Navy. My father retires from the Navy in September. My FIL served in Vietnam as a Marine. My uncle and two cousins are army (my uncle and one of my cousins just got back from Iraq). My grandfather served in the Navy in WWII and my other grandfather was Army (stationed all around the world). Thanks for a chance to honor the men and women of the military :)

Carla said...

Thank you for this. I had 4 uncles and my FIL who served. There are also 3 cousins who served. I always thank a service member when ever I see them.

DD Lindsey said...

My Dad and my brother (both named Don Gowan) served in the US Army. Every time I see a soldier in their uniform, I just wanna shake their hand or hug them, or just salute them. Thanks for letting us say "thank you".

Vesuviusmama said...

My step-father, Mike Buxton, served our country in Vietnam, as did my "Uncle Ted". My father, Craig Williams, also served in the armed services. They all bore scars from their service, both those you can see and those you can't, and I am eternally grateful for their selfless sacrifice to serve our country.

WeeBonnieBabes said...

Hello,
My name is Lia Baker and I know too many men and women in the armed forces to list. I am a born and raised Navy brat, there for I have been surrounded by these outstanding men and women my whole life. My grandfather, Petty Officer Carl Gagliardi (20 yrs), my father, Commander Kenneth Gagliardi (24 yrs), husband, Petty Officer Brandon Baker (Currently serving) are my most loved service members. My biggest hero in the military is Capt. Matthew Freeman who was a close friend of my family. This past year he gave his life fighting for his country in Afganistan. If anyone has a minute please google his name and read his story. Matt is an amazing man who deserves to be remembered forever.

Dj said...

Father - Army
Father-in-Law - Army
Husband - Army
Me - Air Force (I had to be different!)

Aimee said...

My brother-in-law, Tim Johnson (marines), has been to Iraq/Afghanistan three times and will be deployed in February for his fourth and serves our country as a career. My great-uncle, Louis Hobbs(army), served during WWII and was one of the most wonderful men I knew! My father-in-law, Millard Humphrey (navy), fought in Vietnam and also made defending our freedom his career and then went on after retirement to serve us as a teacher from which he also is now retired. And last, but not least, my brother served us in the navy during operation Desert Storm.

Anonymous said...

My father just retired in May after 36 years of service in the Army. My husband served 6 years in the AirForce. My sister served 4 years in the Army, My grandfather faught in the Korea war,

Julie Swenson said...

Both of my grandfathers. Great fabric By the way.

Jennifer said...

One grandfather in army, one in navy, my dad in army, my brother in Marines.

Doodlebug + Friends said...

Where do I start? My whole family, it seems, serves. Cousins, grandparents, aunts & uncles -- on my side of the family and my husbands.

The most important serviceman in my life was my brother. Josh served in Iraq during 2002-2003 and developed cancer shortly after returning. He passed away this past October.

That Hawaiian patriotic fabric would be a perfect way to make a tribute quilt for his widow. Josh always enjoyed wearing Hawaiian shirts.

Micki said...

My nephew served in the army in Iraq. He is now home and safe. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!
Micki

Dee said...

My father-in-law was 20 years retired navy, my husband was 4 years Navy - Viet Nam, and my son was 4 years Navy. As well as My father was in the military as well as two brothers and two brothers in law. God Bless them and what they have done to serve our country.

Pam said...

My stepfather is retired airforce, my dad and 2 of his brothers were navy and one a marine. My grandfather on my mom's side was navy and on the one on my dad's side was a green beret who went to "teach them to fight" in Vietnam. He died of lung cancer when I was a kid but he told us about it once. It was hard for my grandparents to talk about it though.

Sandy said...

My beautiful friend Katie has 2 wonderful sons that are in the Army. One is currently on his 4th trip to Iraq and the other has been to Iraq 3 times and is on his way to Korea. I don't think that we tell our men and women in the military often enough just how much they are appreciated.

Kathleen C. said...

There are so many wonderful stories here, and so many dedicated men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.
My brother in law was in Vietnam, a frightening time, and he was in the Army for 20 years.
So many of us older quilters had uncles who served in WWII; I will always remember what they did for us.
Thanks very much.

Mama Bear said...

My Brother-in-Law is a deployed Marine. I'm grateful everyday for his service. My Uncle and Grandfather were in the Navy. My Grandfather fought in the Korean War.

Anonymous said...

My dad was a signalman in the Navy during WWI, I have a friend in the National Guard who has served in Iraq 1 1/2 years ago and is heading to Afghanistan this winter. Susan R

CherrySprinkle said...

My great grandfather served in WW1, my grandfather served in WW2. I have a cousin awaiting deployment.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

My dad was in the Air Force, my Father-in-law was in the Navy during the World War II

bobbie23nc said...

My husband served in Vietnam and continues to work for the government today.

Pam said...

My great grandfather joined the army shortly after emigrating to the US from Holland in 1862. He was taken prisoner 9 months later and died of starvation in a POW camp living his wife a widow with 7 children.

Bietje said...

As I live in the Netherlands, just along the German border. In WW2 part of my family were on the Dutch side, and other parts on the German side. This was not only in my family, but in lots of families.
At international familygatherings the war was no subject of conversation for years, to keep the good mood.

kJm said...

my cousin served during Desert Storm & my great grandfather in WW2

bestjlb said...

The husband of a young friend of mine has served several tours in Iraq and Afganistan. My father-in-law served in WWII. Brave men.

DutchQuilter said...

My brother served in the Army and two of my nephews were in the Navy.
Thanks to everyone who serves!