Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day quilt from Crafty Resolutions...

Christina from Crafty Resolutions submitted this amazing Veteran's Day quilt. I love the story of this quilt!  I also love Christina's blog, everything is so "pretty,"  the photos are great! She makes some pretty great quilts too, go check it out...I think this is such a special personal quilt, made from Uniforms from this Active duty family. I will let Christina share the story...

Today is Veteran’s Day, and I wanted to share with you the story of a quilt I made a couple of years ago. This quilt is not perfect, and it showing signs of “love”, but it is one that means a lot to me.

In 2011, I received the news that I was going to be sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea for 12 months. Because of the location, this included the painful realization that I couldn’t take my family with me. I had been separated from them before, but never for such a long time. Leaving them for any amount of time is always difficult, but a year seemed like an eternity. It makes me want to cry just thinking about how it felt to know I would have to leave my then 1, 5, and 11 year old. I love being in the Air Force and I knew that extended absences from the family are part of the job, but I think every service member experiences the fear that their family will forget about them, or the bond will not be as strong once they return.  I knew that I needed to remain level-headed for my children, and find a way to adjust to life temporarily without them.

Before I left, my husband bought me a sewing machine for Mother’s Day. I decided that I was going to spend my year doing something I’d always wanted—learning how to quilt. In Korea, quilting helped me in so many ways. More specifically, it kept my mind busy and focused on something other than my heartache. When I wasn’t working, I was sitting at my sewing machine, reading quilting blogs, or watching video tutorials to learn everything I could. That year I made 11 quilts, and today I wanted to share with you the one I made for the oldest of my three children, Trevor.
The quilt was made with uniforms that belong to my husband and me, and they have been worn in locations all over the world—from Iraq to Europe to North Dakota. Two of the camouflage patterns on the uniforms have been retired, so I like to think of it as a piece of Air Force history.  I wanted the style of the quilt to be simple and modern and chose to make a chevron pattern that resembles the rank we wear on our sleeves. And now that I have a little more experience (and my eye is a little more critical) I see that the chevrons aren’t exactly symmetrical, the binding is imperfect, and if I had to do it again I would’ve probably chosen to quilt it differently; but it still one of the most meaningful quilts I have created.

Trevor was born into a military life, and has sacrificed just as much for his country as his father and I have. He has had to constantly change schools, leave old friends, make new friends, and say goodbye to his parents over-and-over again. He is a trooper. To show my appreciation for him and everything he has done, I made him the quilt to say “thank you”.  Because when one member of the family enlists in the military, the entire family joins with them. They too have to make sacrifices, and experience their own hardships, and uncertainties. They impatiently wait for you, just as much as you look forward to seeing them again.

Once “our” year was over, and I returned home again, I was overwhelmed by all the hugs, kisses, and tears. My fears that our bond wouldn’t be a strong dissolved. Within a few days life fell back into its normal crazy routine, and I was amazed at how quickly my children adapted to life with “mom” again. For Veteran’s Day we honor those who have served to protect our nation; however, as a member of the armed forces myself, I think this day should also honor those loved ones that provide us with unconditional love and support, give us the strength we need go on, and are waiting for us to come home again. 






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16 comments:

Wyse Acres said...

Beautiful Quilt and I love what it stands for! It inspires me to do something with my husbands old uniforms! I can assure you that you were close in your families thoughts while you were away. My husband and daughter were certainly in mine! Special thanks to you and your husband for your service!

BLONDEDESIGN said...

I really like this, it gives me more of an idea on what to do for my nephew! x

Carol Stearns said...

I love this and your story. LlTC USAF retired!

Krista said...

Cristina...what a beautiful story. I love the quilt and I know how much it means to Trevor. You have an amazing family, and they are always there for you. What a great way to honor their service.

Krista said...

Cristina...what a beautiful story. I love the quilt and I know how much it means to Trevor. You have an amazing family, and they are always there for you. What a great way to honor their service.

Colleen said...

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

GO STARS! said...

Wow! A lovely story and meaningful quilt. Making lemonade out of lemons. Thanks for sharing and for your service.

Pickles Quilting said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! I love the pattern and the fact that you used your uniforms. I am a firm believer that quilts like this are truly one of a kind and hold more meaning than you can ever begin to describe to us. Thank you for everything that your family has done for us! Thank you for the story and the pictures!

RobotMomSews said...

WOW! This post gave me goose bumps. Thank you for sharing this awesome quilt and for giving so much of yourself and your family for our country!

Barbe said...

what a wonderful story,truly touched me, my husband is an Air Force 'brat' and grew up with his dad a pilot. he changed schools, provinces and friends many times growing up, living a life few of us can imagine. we are Canadian but it doesn't matter the country we reside in, i thank you and your husband for your service, and your strength to protect peace and democracy with yours and your family's sacrifice.

Hilary said...

This is a beautiful post and a wonderful quilt!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

oh, wow! what a special quilt. thanks for featuring it!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Rita@ Pinpricked Fingers said...

A lovely quilt and a lovely tribute! Thank you, all, so much for your service.

Lauren Deel said...

What a wonderful story! I have tears in my eyes as I read this. Thank you so much for your service. My husband is in the Army, so there is so much in this story that resonates with me.

I think the quilt is phenomenal. I love that you used your and your husband's uniforms (with all the places they've been!). And I love how the chevron blocks look so much like the rank symbol! The chevron quilting is perfect, too. It's so hip these days, and yet when paired with your uniforms that have been retired... well, let's just say I'm in awe at all this artistry!

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

Fantastic story! I think the quilt is beautiful and a treasure! Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Such a true to heart story for me as my hubby is in the Army. Yes the whole family really does sign up with the active duty family member! We go through it all together and I wouldn't have it any other way! Thank you Heather and Megan for posting this for Christina. Christina you are an amazing,wonderfully made woman! Thank you for serving and sacrificing!