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Quilting Community AQS News

AQ Contributing Editor’s Quilt Banner in Baghdad

by Christine Brown

“Having two younger brothers who served during the Vietnam conflict, those in the military have always been close to my heart,” explains Iris Frank, contributing editor for ”American Quilter“ magazine and a member of the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association, Santa Cruz, California. Last year, Iris “adopted” a soldier (, Sergeant Trey Andrew Smith. He is stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, serving in the First Calvary. Sergeant Smith is married, the father of two little boys, and is counting the days until he is homeward bound for a leave in January. This is his third tour of duty in the Middle East and he just re-enlisted for another six years.

In one of his December care packages, Iris sent a quilted Christmas tree banner. After SSG Smith received it, he e-mailed, “I hung it in the Company Operations area.” Later he reported, “I’ve had many compliments on the Christmas tree. The Unit says ‘Thank You’ and sends its best to you and your family on this holiday season.”

Then, Christmas Eve afternoon Iris received a delivery of fresh flowers (which she says is always a thrill!). She was deeply touched to read: “Thank you for all your support. Yellow roses are the traditional roses of the First Cavalry Division. Thanks from all of us here. Live the Legend 1st Cav” and opened the box to discover a beautiful miniature yellow rose bush in full bloom. Needless to say, it will be a prized addition to her rose garden!

Photo legend: (L to R) Staff Sergeant Trey Smith, Sergeant First Class Raynalda Hendrix, and Chaplain’s Assistant Staff Sergeant Shawn Kelley. Trey added, “SSG Kelley made his mark on the brigade and as an outstanding craftsman took the opportunity to make plaques for all of our fallen soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom II and Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08. He is a remarkable individual and you can see in the photo he began growing a mustache after we passed our one-year mark (until we come home). He will be able to shave soon. Just a little information on a great colleague.”