In the basket of materials I was given were t-shirts, mens white vests, bandanas, football jerseys, sports shorts - a whole lot of materials that you would perhaps never dream would go so well together into a quilt. I mixed all the different materials together in their color groups and they look amazing.
The family requested a large bold patriotic design and for the quilts to be similar.
(The quilt design is adapted from the Stars & Strips pattern found on McCalls Quilting.
The entire quilt from the front to the back to the binding is made from the clothing. The project did take me a longer longer than I had planned. But I think it was utterly worth it. The firefighter was an owner in a local bar - so the back of the quilts are styled in the way that you might find signs and registration plates tacked on a sports bar wall. Scattered - but with a purpose. A large proportion of the backs are made from his bandanas - cut into quarters and sewn on point.
Various badges and emblems from the t-shirts are also sewn to the front of the quilts.
Also - my favorite part of the quilts is the denim horseshoes - taken from the pockets of his jeans.
The stars and stripes section of the quilt fit perfectly on a queen sized bed.
And of course some matching pillows which have his football jersey number on the back.
And while I enjoyed taking these quilts for a photo shoot at my local fire station with some not too shabby firemen - I have to admit that I got rather teary when I was sewing on the labels for these quilts. A wonderful family man - a man who saved and protected - lost all too soon.