Last year, I posted about the first and only (as far as I could remember) ship I quilled for my husband during his first deployment to Iraq.  Click here to read that post.  Lo and behold, I came across this little gem, which, as it turns out, is the REAL original ship I quilled for my husband.  I had completely forgotten about it, and here I was so pleased when I came across the other ship to think that was my first attempt at a ship.  Too funny!  This one is much more accurate, and much more what  I would expect.  My husband helped me remember (upon seeing the 1st ship) that I quilled him the 2nd ship because my skills had improved since the first one and I wanted to be sure he had a much nicer quilled ship to display.  Here it is… a bit smashed and worn from rattling around in a shoebox full of stuff for the last 4 years, but I present to you the real first ship:


Stormy Seas

We’ve recently moved from Texas to Kentucky so my husband could further pursue his education.  He has been deployed to Iraq two times in the last three years with the army, so we are thrilled to finally be settled here for a little while with no deployments on the horizon!  As we were unpacking, I came across a card I had quilled and sent to him at the beginning of his first deployment in 2007 (it’s looking really good for all it’s been through, plus I am pretty sure I had forgotten all about it until we came across it a couple days ago).  I made the card for him because I was brand new to quilling and he wanted to see a sample of my work, and I wanted to give a nod to one of his “heroes” (for lack of a better term), Peter Marshall, who always had paintings of a ship on stormy seas hanging in his office.  I chuckled when I saw it because that really was my intention—to quill a ship on a stormy sea—yet there is clearly a sun and a pleasant blue sky.  Hmm.  The water is a little rough though, I suppose.  (Side note: If you don’t know who Peter Marshall is, the movie  A Man Called Peter is a good introduction, plus watching it is just plain good for the heart.)  Anyway… it’s not the greatest photo—I just saw the card, grabbed my cell phone and took the picture.  And I now have Styx “Come Sail Away” stuck in my head… so, yeah, the “stormy” thing just isn’t landing.  Oh well.