I'm part of the Quilting Gallery Quilting Bloggers ring, and they have a weekly themed quilt contest. I entered this week; the theme is Veterans' Quilts. I uploaded one photo and a 300-character story, but I'm expounding upon it here.
I began this quilt around 2003 and the start of the Iraq War. I hadn't any special intention for it, really. A friend was being deployed and I just began sewing. His deployment was eventually canceled and I still had a quilt top I wasn't sure what to do with. I thought about finishing it and raffling it as a fundraiser for something military-related. But then I left my ex-husband and all my sewing room was packed up for years while I moved from tiny apartment to tiny apartment to tiny house, and then eventually here to Virginia.
It was the first quilt top I gave to Star City Stitchery to stitch. Laura there quilted a star design into it, which you can see from this picture: