“I am proud to submit my version of a starburst quilt, made by me for the family of a U.S. soldier lost in Baghdad, Iraq, on June 6, 2007. In this rendition of the starburst, the large center star represents Matthew. The medium-sized stars represent his surviving parents, grandparents and siblings, and the smallest stars represent all of Matthew’s nieces and nephews.
In the second photo, I show the other side of the same quilt, revealing my idea for the other pattern which represents Matthew and his siblings in the full-sized stars; the full-sized stars are surrounded by ‘half-stars’, representing the broken lives of his parents and siblings, upon receiving the news of his death.
I am most proud that my quilt was received with gracious smiles and warmth. This holiday photo was sent back to me, which shows me his family treasures the quilt. They’re holding the quilt during a family holiday get together in 2014.
I designed both sides of the quilt after watching videos and looking at books in which quilting instructors provided tips and tricks for making the stars that I incorporated into the quilt patterns.”