The basic top will be sewn together and quilted with homework stars (something I do on Quilts of Valor to signify a job well done -- teacher in me). Then I am going to do needle-turn applique stars with all of his duty stations and job assignments on larger off-white stars and then the more memorable operations like Desert Shield, Desert Storm, etc. on smaller stars. If needed I will then go back an do a button hole stitch to help highlight the stars, but I decided that I did not want to do machine applique because I might want to add something else before his actual retirement. The quilt will be 40 x 60. The label on the back will list all the places we have lived during his service.