By the time this posts, this quilt will have been presented to Mike. I'll be posting pictures of the retirement banquet, parade and ceremony in a week or so, after we have returned home.
For now I can finally show you what I was working on part of last month but couldn't talk about. And you'll now know why I was so frantic about getting my hand healed so I could sew. The piecing on this quilt was actually done the week I was supposed to be in the splint. I had spent two or three weeks previous to that designing the printed squares. It then took about three days to quilt after my hand was feeling up to it.
The other pictures are candid shots spanning his career. I used two rolls of Blumenthal Crafter's Image printer fabric to print all the pictures and emblems.
The words under the eagle in the center are a quote from Aristole that he has used as his email signature for many years.."We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit". It very nicely sums up his approach to leadership throughout his Army career.
The flags along the bottom are the countries in which he deployed. The other pics are candid shots throughout his career.
The backing is the same soldier fabric that surrounds the eagle. I really like that print even though Mike was Intelligence and not Cavalry. It just reminds me of Ft. Huachuca where he has spent so much time.
I hope I'll have some good pictures of the recipient with his quilt to share later.