Today marks an anniversary that I don't care to celebrate, however, I think it is important. Do you know where you were 10 years ago today? My daughter and I were living at Fort Bliss (El Paso) Texas and my husband was in Kuwait. Ten years ago today began the war in Iraq.
My husband was over there with a Patriot Missile unit and remained in Kuwait, however, Saddam sent a few missiles their way, and they weren't able to intercept every one of them, but luckily no one was hurt.
I can clearly remember taking my daughter to hockey practice. As I sat waiting, I saw the other parents--Dads--hanging out and chatting away about their "regular" life and not even seeming to care that we were "at war." I was sitting there thinking about my husband and all of our troops and friends who were now at risk and worrying. At that time it really hit me how different military life is from civilian.
But maybe you are wondering if this has anything to do with quilting? Well, despite the fact that I use my husband's absences to plunge into some major quilting projects, there is something I wanted to share. While the war was getting underway, I got a package in the mail from a dear Army/quilter friend. She is big into "Dear Jane." She had made me 18 paper-pieced Dear Jane blocks in patriotic colors. I loved them! It was such a thoughtful gift! I couldn't think of how best to arrange them or put them together, so I put them away. I would come across them every one in a while and try to think of "the perfect" way to arrange them, but I never got a brainwave. Then a few years ago, I saw a picture of a quilt with an arrangement that I thought would work, so I book-marked it on my computer. Finally a year ago, I pulled out those lovely blocks again and decided it was time to make them into a quilt. The quilt I wanted to emulate had some great alternate blocks with a strong diagonal. I drafted out a block in the size that I needed and set about making them. I loved that I could get an arrangement using all 18 of the blocks--that was one of the things that had prevented me from putting them together immediately. Sixteen or 20 blocks would be easy to do, but 18 was a bit trickier.
I got the quilt together easily once I had a plan. I even layered it and got it quilted and finished! I love the way it turned out. The blocks finish at 5 inches, by the way.
I've had this completed for a year, but it was just now when I was looking at the photo that I see a big mistake. Can you spot it?
Have a great day!