I don’t know the wife/mom who will receive this quilt, but I’m sending her a piece of my heart. Her husband, MSgt Jared Van Aalst, was killed in Afganistan in August 2010. As I have worked on making this for her, I have prayed for her, her children, and his parents. At times, the prayers are silent because I can’t begin to understand her grief. So the emotional connection to this quilt is strong. Now I pray that these pieces of cloth and thread will bring a tiny measure of comfort to her.
The eagle is important as a military/national symbol. The eagle is also mentioned in the Bible verse, Isaiah 40:31 “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”. (NIV) I pray she will “soar on wings like eagles.” May she be aware of God’s support as she places her hope in God.
I was asked to make this quilt by my son and his wife. They have friends in the military and those friends were friends with this couple. They were aware of a Quilt of Valor my husband and I made for a wounded soldier that lives down the street. So they asked if I would make a quilt for this soldier’s wife. Both my husband and I worked on this one too.
Stars machine pieced from “Simple Stars Beautiful Quilts” by Debbie Maddy, eagle raw edge applique (drawing “Soaring Eagles” by caryl Bryer Fallert), Sew Fine thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting.
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