Sunday, September 18, 2011

A fun surprise - I'm in a magazine! A quilt for my soldier

The other day at guild meeting, one of the gals stood up for "Sew & Tell", held up her new Oct/Nov issue of Quilter's Newsletter and said, "We have a celebrity in our midst!" Then she opened the page to an article about the AccuQuilt Barn Quilt Design Unveiling party last June, and there's my little picture on page 14, telling the crowd about my 2nd place design-- inspired by my son currently serving in Afghanistan with his combat engineer unit, and that I called it A Soldier's Star.

With AccuQuilt CEO Steve Nabity
and National Sales Mgr. Linda Pumphrey

It's not the greatest picture, I was kind-of emotional as the audience cheered for my son, what a moment, what a day!

I plan to make the design into a full-size quilt for my soldier, and had actually submitted a proposal to teach it as a class at next year's Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake. Well, I just received word that they accepted the class! Their theme for the Show is "Star-Spangled", and this is the perfect hands-on class for the event. AccuQuilt has offered to provide several Go! Cutters and dies for the class too! Oh, I can't wait! HMQS also accepted my Carpenter's Star and Tree Skirt classes as well!

I can hardly believe the journey that his military service has taken in both my son's life and mine too. I can't do much more than pray for our boys, but I can quilt. Now I need to get busy and get his quilt finished in time for his return home. It can't be soon enough.
And if you happen to drive past the AccuQuilt headquarters in Fremont, Nebraska, you'll see a 6-ft billboard of A Soldier's Star mounted on the side of their building.

See what Quilters around the world have to say about it HERE.


  1. What a wonderful story! He's a lucky guy to have you in his corner! Congratulations on your design and being chosen to teach the classes. The design is beautiful and I'm sure you will breeze quickly through the rest of the blocks!

  2. Congratulations! I pray your son will be home SOON!

  3. That's awesome Deonn. You're on your way to stardom!

  4. Congratulations! Way to go, Deonn!!! You must be thrilled. Great design and I love the passion behind its creation. Hugs to you and prayers for the safe return of your son.

  5. I am SO HAPPY for you! Congratulations!!!

  6. That's really wonderful, Deonn. Your son will be getting a great gift. Congrats on all the HMQS class acceptances too.

  7. Hi, Deonn! How wonderful that you have found a way to honor and hold up your son! I'm over from the Ghastlies blog.


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