When I found out our beloved organist and music director was retiring, I immediately tried to figure out how to honor him with a quilt. I did some searching around and landed on this jewel from the Soar Above blog. It was perfect! I simplified it in some ways and lightened up the fabric because I wanted members to be able to write messages to him. This also meant mostly quilting in the ditch.
I have a BA in music, so the details on this were very important to me. I went that mile and made sure the keyboard was accurate in regards to the key placement. I also got our lead choir member to help, and together we took pictures of his organ setup, including his actual hymnals, his clock, glasses, duster, and his shoes. I printed those pictures out on fabric and appliqued them onto the organ setup.
On his last Sunday, I presented it to him in front of the church, and his reaction is one that I’m mighty proud to have on film.
I used more blue on the back (in case it was needed for more messages) as well as basic music fabric. It was hard to find music fabric that wasn’t cutesy, but I did! I like the contrast of the differing wood panels.