Antother surprised face -- tears of surprise and ,"I can't believe it"!
Kathy's center was an applique piece that she received from Rhonda in a swap years ago. Rhonda placed the first round on--the red zigzag with cream background. The flag border by Melissa Picha has the pledge of Alligence embroidered on the flags--so creative. The third round with stars in the corners is the work of Cheryl McInnis. Next, Debbie Stanley placed more Stars and stripes. I knew that I wanted some blue in the last border and I knew I wanted to repeat Rhonds zigzag. What I didn't want to add a small border strip to make my border fit. So I opted for scrapy pieced corners so I could adjust the size. Scrappy so I could use all the beautiful blues and backgrounds that she had included in her box. This left empty centers---a perfect place for words. I have known Kathy for almost 30 years. Her son Josh and my oldest son, Clint went to school together and played to gether as children. I know how proud she is of Josh's military career. He is her hero. A few appliqued stars and ---------Wa La! The last quilt is finished.
I hated that we had neglected to honor Kathy's oldest son, Heath, who is a firefighter. Kathy plans to make a matching quilt for Heath and present them to her son's next Christmas. Such a great idea.