Top cover

[UPDATE: I almost forgot! Yes, the new moon was seen, signaling the start of the month of Ramadan.]

Nineteen more bundles today. 19 bundles, and a new pair of running shoes. It’s true — I’ve become a woman. Who knew I would be so excited to get fabric and yarn in the mail, and a great new pair of shoes?

Anyway, the news of the day — besides the 19(!) boxes that arrived — was that I picked up some top cover for this project. In other-than-Army-speak, that means I informed my boss and he acknowledged that he now knows I am doing this. He also (jokingly?) acknowledged that I am just slightly off my rocker.

What are you trying to do, he asked, single-handedly defeat the insurgency in this province?

No, sir, I responded. Three provinces, and I have a lot of help.

Why did I have to let the cat out of the bag? This may well involve helicopters. No, there won’t be bundles thrown from low flying helicopters, but probably some flights to move stuff to others provinces here in the north. I can hide bundles in my room, but I can’t really hide a request for air support.

Before I go, I just wanted to acknowledge two special groups who are playing a key role in this project. The first are those of you out there who are translating this into other languages, and spreading the word that way. Here’s Norwegian (I love your blog, BTW), and here’s French (I love your blog, BTW) as two examples (and here and here for translated versions).

Lastly, I’d like to give a big shout out to all the IBOL Kittehs out there who are working overtime, inspecting all these boxes before they go into the mail. This entire thing would not be possible without your support. You are an all-too-often unsung hero, working out of sight, kneading bundles of fabric, layering them in cat fur for extra protection on the long trip here, and, I’m told, sometimes throwing up on them because, hey, you’re cats and that’s what cats do. So, here’s to you, IBOL Kittehs — thanks for doing what you do.

~package inspected and approved by Sam~

~package inspected and approved by Sam~


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17 Responses to “Top cover”

  1. Lynne Says:


  2. jacquie Says:

    fabulous! i thought it would be hard to fill one box…i’m on box #3…just talked to my mom and then she talked to her friends…it seems they all have secret closets filled with sewing things they’re not using. i think i need more boxes.

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Gee, I had no idea the Army sent the mail over there in a station wagon! Gee, I envisioned some giant plane, not the family car! (just teasing). Nineteen boxes, that’s so cool… no reply needed.

  4. IBOL Guy Says:

    I tried to turn it in, as part of the whole cash for clunkers program — no dice. Something about it being government property or something….

  5. cecile Says:

    I think more are coming, maybe you will need a boat…

  6. Solsisters Says:

    My daughter is really enjoying hearing about your adventures and seeing the pics of the kittehs! You have quite a gift for words, Art!

  7. Solsisters Says:


    This bird is gonna be trailing strings and buttons all over Iraq!×300.jpg

  8. Susan Slesinger Says:

    Please can you let me know what the requirements are to send something and what you need. I couldn’t find it easily on the blog.

  9. Happy Zombie Says:

    “Three provinces, and I have a lot of help.”

    I LOVE THAT! I probably have my proverbs all mixed up… Footsteps in the sand, one IBOL at time. I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes.

    Love watching this grow and grow, thanks for the updates and photos – and most of all… thank you for the opportunity!

  10. SuzAnn Says:

    Can we clone you???

  11. AwtemNymf Says:

    Hey IBOL Art –
    I just sent off 2 boxes full! I’m happy to help! I may have more.
    Good Luck!

  12. IBOL Guy Says:

    SuzAnn, no need for the cloning — there are 500,000 others just like me. I’m just a soldier, not unlike so many others. OK, maybe a little different, but not really. Some aren’t so humored by the IBOL Kittehs. Which I am working to rectify.

  13. Solsisters Says:

    Actually this is Krystal’s mom visiting at her house and packing more boxes. We toured three quilt stores today, busy with our own economic surge…restashing! We shared your blog address at each store and got a lot of interested responses. I think you are going to need a fleet of Galaxy-class helicopters before all your quilty and crafty supporters are done with you!

  14. quiltdivajulie Says:

    I LOVE HOW IBOL IS LEAPING AHEAD ~ and I think you’ve found a real calling in life, Mr. IBOL Guy!! You’ve tapped into our need to DO something and given us (a worldly us, even) a means to make something positive happen. You and your 500,000 comrades…

    Helicopters? Woo hoo! You’re in the big time now!

    (LOVE your answer to your boss!)

  15. IBOL Guy Says:

    Well, it’s not like I have to rent the helicopters, or come up with the cash for them. I just need to get the right high-ranking person to say, “Yep, let’s do this” and poof, I’ll have space on flights. Most of the things I am doing on IBOL through work are things I can handle through the Federation of Field Grades — peers. But helicopters? Yeah, that takes a bit more than a handshake.

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