Ran’s Retirement Quilt Finished!

8 08 2017

Hubby retired from active Army service as a chaplain two years ago. My daughter and I thought the perfect way to mark such a momentous occasion was to make him a quilt. So, we made a deal. She would construct the top, and I would quilt it on my longarm.

Trinity is a fan of the “Carpenter’s Star” patchwork design. She constructed the star around a U.S. flag and used pieces of several types of the camouflage uniforms Ran wore during his 30 years of service to make the star. The patchwork star blocks surrounding the central medallion measure 16″ square and are made with various Americana prints. Completing the quilt is an outer Piano Key border of “cheater” striped fabric. This fabric was a gift from Ran’s mother several years ago meaning three generations had a hand in making this gift.

Trinity artfully placed flags and printed Scripture verses within the pieced back.

I enhanced the star points with quilted feathers. And a simple continuous curve design securely holds all the camouflage triangles in place. I bound the quilt with blue-on-blue polka dot fabric leftover from the backing. Click on either photo to better view the quilting designs.

A belated congratulations to you, Ran! We know this quilt will warm you figuratively as well as literally each time you snooze in its comfort.

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13 responses

8 08 2017
Jennifer L Johnston

What a a beautiful treasure for your husband!

9 08 2017
abydolinger

Thanks, Jennifer. I guess you’ll have to plan a retirement quilt for your hubby in a few years. Lol!

8 08 2017
Mary Ed Williams

Such a wonderful, special quilt. And thank him for his service to our country.

9 08 2017
abydolinger

Thank you, Tanya!

8 08 2017
Tanya Hockensmith

What a wonderful gift for your husband, Aby! It’s so wonderful that three generations have a part in this beautiful quilt. Thank your husband for his service for me and thank you for yours during his many years serving our country.

8 08 2017
Pam Bonstead

Incredibly beautiful and fraught with meaning! The best tribute possible to Ran’s faithful service to our country and his fellow soldiers and his brothers and sisters in Christ!

9 08 2017
abydolinger

Thank you, Pam! Having Scripture verses on the back makes the quilt even more special.

9 08 2017
darladolinger

How beautiful and moving this quilt is, everything in it says love. Darla

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9 08 2017
abydolinger

Thank you, Darla. The quilt keeps us toasty!

9 08 2017
Lori Brewer-Quiltingneeds.com

Beautiful and so sweet.

9 08 2017
abydolinger

Thank you, Lori!

9 08 2017
DebM

That’s AWEsome! Wonderful job to you both and congratulations to Ran!

9 08 2017
abydolinger

Thanks for the kudos and congratulations!

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