A few years ago, Heidi made me this hanging flag quilt. On 9/11, it was not possible to buy flags. The stores were all out of any flags. I pulled out my special flag made by Heidi, and hung it in my front window. People who saw it, wanted to know where I got it. Thanks Heidi.
This flag has a story to go with it, and she attached it to the back. The story is true.
This quilt is a reproduction of one made during the Civil War by Palmara Mitchell of Missouri. At the time, Missouri was at odds with Kansas, and even though both were Union states, Missouri was full of Confederate sympathizers. One day, Union Soldiers came by the Mitchell house and asked who their loyalty belonged to. The Mitchells didn't tell the soldiers they were from Kentucky and Tennessee. Still the soldiers refused to believe their loyalty was with the Union because they didn't have the Stars and Stripes displayed. The soldiers told Palmara and her family that if the flag was not displayed when they came back, the soldiers would burn the farm.
So Palmara went to her scrap bag and cut up several strips of turkey red, bright blue and white fabric and made this flag. It took her about three hours of hand sewing, and by the time the soldiers returned, the flag was finished. She had saved the farm.
The quilt now resides in the Collection of West and Historical Museum in Missouri.
On Monday, after returning from our trip, I was told by my doctor that I have breast cancer. On July 13th, I will meet with the surgeon. My doctor says it should be a lumpectomy and as it stands now, I should be able to have radiation then take a pill for five years. When they do the surgery, they will shoot dye in and then they will know if it is worse than the tests show now. I am praying that I will be able to have radiation not chemo, but have to wait and see.