Today we had a special quilt presentation for the first friend I met when we moved to Wayne County, TN.
Captain Robert Rains. We met when I went to volunteer at the Historian's Office. He is the county's Historian.
Bob is on the left - his son is in the red shirt.
Bob has recently been diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer. He is off to Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville to see what his options are. He is 87 and served in the Korean War. Update - the doctors said he is in great shop and if he agrees to the treatments they will operate. Haven't heard if he is going to take the chemo treatments.
The presentation was a surprise with lots of friends and family in attendance.
Bob did tell me that he didn't want or expect a Vet quilt since I had given him a quilt the year before when he was in the hospital with pneumonia. I felt that I couldn't be the one to instigate the presentation so I turned it over to my friend Anne.
Bob has lived his whole life in Wayne County, except during the war and when he went to Memphis to the university.
He was a teacher, coach, principal. Most people call him Mr. Rains or Coach Rains as that is what they grew up calling him. I am so blessed to know him as Bob, my friend.
This quilt was a group project. I cut out the kit, my friend Lavonne pieced it, I quilted it and Anne put on the binding. I think this is my favorite quilt we have made so far and I was saving it to present to Bob at the Veteran's Day celebration.
We only have about 5 tops left to make so the end is in sight.