Saturday, May 27, 2006

Kathi's retirement quilt

My sister Kathi's husband is about to retire from the military, and Kathi has worked hard with Family Readiness for many years. As a parting gift, the 351st Civil Affairs Command in Mountain View gave her a beautiful quilt.

Here is the explanation she was given with the quilt: This quilt is given to you because of the friendship we all feel for you. The fabrics in the quilt are representative of the countries in the Pacific theater. The color purple represents Civil Affairs. The stars on the quilt represent your husband’s rank, and the diamonds in between the stars symbolize your worth as a friend. The dragons on the back of the quilt represent your leadership of the 351st Family Readiness Group that you organized 10 years ago, which was a wonderful vehicle for supporting the troops deployed to Bosnia and their families. The white Kutani Crane is a symbol of longevity and good fortune, which is what we wish for you. With friendship and best wishes, The 351st Family Readiness Group.

A lovely tribute, isn't it?

Here is the back of the quilt:

Fortunately, the back is every bit as beautiful as the front! Kathi has it on her bed with the back side on top. When she gets some purple pillows to coordinate with the front, she'll be able to reverse it and use whichever side strikes her fancy. Here's the quilt on the bed:

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