Veterans Day : Honoring the Fallen: Brent Adams who my grandson is named after

Years ago, some recruiter roped my son in to joining the PA. National Guard at one of those high school assemblies.  I was dismayed and quite against it!  But I was told not to worry, it was just for college money, etc.

Yet when it came time for the basic initiation it was real army!  That scared me a bit but I was told not to was just for basic training and just for college money, etc.

( It WAS real army…while he was there at basic training one of his best friends died in a tragic car accident and he could not come home. )

And later still.. it was real army again, because he had to go to Iraq. I envisioned the PA. National Guard ‘saving’ us in a blizzard, not being sent to Iraq. When my son was in Ar Ramadi, the headlines had something horrible going on there on a daily basis. I would sit at work, in my office, a nervous wreck, until I would see that he was online, available for chat, and still alive. Sometimes he would NOT be available and I would have to follow the news to figure out why…usually someone had died that day and they were not able to get online, and I’d just wait to find out if it was him. There were so many that died over time….

It was an awful time and how did people in the old days ( before the internet and chat and emails and constant news updates ) ever manage the worry and wondering and relying on letters sent in the mail.

There were many deaths in my son’s brigade and one day this gentleman died. Oh, he’d been to my home on several occasions…he was a good friend to my son. He was a wonderful person and loved by all of his comrades.

Quoting my son Scott  ” His name is Sergeant First Class Brent Adams. Brent was my platoon/motor sergeant during my combat tour in Iraq. On 12/01/2005, he lost his life to an insurgent rocket …attack on his truck during a convoy in Ramadi, Iraq. I was supposed to be the driver of that truck, but Brent took my place at the last minute so that I could get some rest from a 24 hour mission in which I hit an IED the night before. This mans selfless service and sacrifice is the reason I am alive today. Rest In Peace, brother. I am forever grateful and forever in your debt. Happy Memorial Day.”

My grandson is named after this hero that we will never forget.

Thank you to all veterans who have served and are serving now. Thank you to all of the family members who suffer through this time alongside of them.  



Beauties from the Local Quilt Show

I attended the Martha Washington Quilters Guild Quilt show on Saturday. There were so many beautiful quilts. Even if a person does not quilt themself, I think that most people like quilts, so I hope that this will be of interest. Or if you are like me, and you can only manage to sew simple quilts thus far, some of these will be a source of inspiration for the future.

The Martha Washington Quilter’s Guild ( of Washington, Pa. ) was established in 1980. Their show is only held every two years. I have been looking forward to it for ages. When you think that some of the quilts that were on display there took three years or more to make, you can understand why they only put on the show as a biennial event.

The show was held in the Church of the Covenant, in Washington, Pa. This is a very large and stately Presbyterian Church.

” The heritage of The Church of the Covenant had its beginnings in Washington, Pennsylvania when the First Presbyterian Church of Washington (established in 1793) outgrew its facilities in 1860 ”   ( taken from their website…more history is there if you are interested )   or at Wikepedia, the source of the photo below.


After viewing the show, I went up into the darkened sanctuary and took a few photos, hoping that they would turn out, as the stained glass windows are so lovely and the architecture of the church is very interesting.

Church of the Covenant Sanctuary

When I walked in to the show, which cost 5.00, there was also the opportunity to win a guild quilt. How lovely…of course I paid the 3.00 for the raffle. Here it is: Titled ” Gift Wrap”: Machine Pieced, Hand Appliqued, and Custom Machine Quilted.

raffle quilt

Here is a collage of some long views of the show. The quilt on the bottom right is comprised of  six inch blocks, a mixture of perfect piecing and applique, hand quilted, and over three years in the making.

Quilt show larger views collage

The first quilts in the display were two hand quilted ones…a Wholecloth from a printed kit by Yvonne Brenner and a Signature quilt by Betty Hrutkay.

Whole Cloth and Signature Quilt

Here is another quilt by Betty Hrutkay : Hand applique and Hand Quilted:

Flower Basket Hand Applique and Quilting

Another example of hand quilting:

Pastel Traveling Quilt Info Tag

Unless you have your eyes right up to the quilt you cannot see the applique stitches on this.

10 years in the making

10 years in the making applique and hand quilting

Another hand quilting example from Betty Hrutkay called “Olivia’s Keepsake’ and this sampler of pieced and appliqued blocks called “Millenium” by Linda Petre was also hand quilted.

Millenium plus another hand quilt collage

Falling Leaves:

Falling Leaves Hand quilted

I wanted to focus on a few quilts that I knew to be hand-quilted ( above ) for Kathys Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday.

For the remainder of the post, I’ll show photos of more quilts. I did not take photos of all of them, and some did not turn out so well, but I think the following should be alright. I thought you’d enjoy the title of this one :

Quilt from Hell Tag

Quilt from Hell

Pic 1

Collage 1

Collage 2

Collage 3

collage 6

There were many more quilts in this show…I  stopped taking pictures at around the 3rd row, as they were smaller…table runners and banners and such, and I just needed to put the camera down. :)  Many of the ladies had several entries. You could see that perhaps they hand quilted one or two themselves, and sent out a few more to a long arm quilter. The scope of work and accomplishment and sheer talent was amazing and an inspiration.

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