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.

 

 

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A Paramedic’s Notebook

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Pipe Organ Quilt

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.

hymns and clock
The keyboard is accurate!

 

 

 

 

 

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Awa on the Road

 

A quilt for me…

As I made quilt after quilt for others, I thought long and hard about what would be in mine once I decided to make it. The occasion came when I wanted to do my first craft show and needed a backdrop. I made myself a queen size quilt of all the different fandoms I had since I was little.

For backing and the sashing intersections, I chose a magenta fabric that was pretty bold and balanced it out with simple black.

Some of the shirts I already had on hand, some were gifts, some had been worn for years, and some were never worn. I had some especially made at the local screen printing place for this quilt.

At every craft show I do, it’s the biggest draw to my booth, and I learn a lot about folks based on which shirt they’re drawn to.

Fandoms include: Dr. Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rainbow Brite, Jane Austen, Wicked, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Firefly, The Last Unicorn, The Princess Bride, My Little Pony, Star Trek, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, DC and Marvel comics, Shakespeare, The Neverending Story, She-Ra, Studio Ghibli, Edward Gorey, Downton Abbey, Daria, Muppets, Jurassic Park, Duck Tales, and Lewis Carroll.

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