Kris Kratovil HONORs her military son with quilt

By Tim Huether

One of Kris Kratovil’s talents is quilting and another is being a mom, more specific, the mom of a young military soldier, Lane Kratovil. Kris combined those talents to create a unique work of art, a quilt she calls HONOR.

Lane enlisted in the National Guard Labor Day weekend of 2017 and she wanted to do something special, make him a quilt that would have meaning to him.

Kris is a completely self-taught quilter. She does work for Badlands Quilting, putting tops together so they can be ready to be quilted.

Putting her creative mind to work, she decided to use a photo of Lane in uniform saluting the American flag that her daughter, Taylor, had taken for his senior photos, for the design of the quilt.

“It took a lot of planning, a lot of time,” said Kris as she explained the process in putting together the quilt. “The flag is to scale, with each star about 2 inches wide and paper pieced. The stars alone took over 20 hours of work to put together.”

She was planning to make it a surprise Christmas present for this year, but he came home one weekend and walked in unexpectedly and saw it...and loved it.

“The quilt work is at Badlands Quilting for the quilting part,” said Kris. “I don’t have a long arm, the equipment needed do the quilting across the quilt, so they are doing that part.”

Several others saw the design she created and encouraged her to put it out there for others to create, so she applied for a copyright for the pattern and received the notice it has an official copyright. 

(See p. 1, 11-6-2019 edition for full text)

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