Paramedic Quilt

The first thing you need to know about my brother-in-law is that he is a fantastic fellow.  The second thing you need to know is that he is a paramedic (and former firefighter).  The third thing you need to know is that he is incredibly tall.  If I’m correct, I think he’s around 6’7″.  So when he wanted to know if I would make him an extra long quilt for his bed at the station, I agreed.

He asked for a Star of Life pattern which meant only one thing – reverse applique.  I’d never done it before, but that didn’t matter too much.  It was a quick study with the help of a projector. I simply traced it on to the blue fabric, cut out the snake design, placed white fabric behind it, and then I used a close-set zig zag stitch to bring it all together.

One unexpected perk of this quilt was my choice to use a white fabric with a nice sheen for the white base.  I don’t remember why I had that huge cut of satin(?), but I decided to use it up for this quilt.  My sister ordered some ambulance fabric that wasn’t too cutesy and had it sent to me.  I used that fabric to add length to the quilt, especially as it needed to be extra long to suit my extra tall brother-in-law.

The next detail is my favorite.  I added a red border to make sure it had a nice hang on the sides, and somewhere in there I thought about quilting in a heartbeat pattern in the red border!  I had to make sure my research was solid on this because the last thing I wanted to do was quilt in a cardiac arrest into this man’s quilt.  The rhythm ended up being easy enough, and I loved how it turned out.

 

 

Related blogs and posts:

A Paramedic’s Notebook

A Medic’s Mind

Perceptions and Perspectives of a Paramedic

 

 

Author: Quest Quilts

Just your average citizen who loves literature and quilts and has an uncommon proclivity for both.

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