The "All Fired Up" quilt was a quick one--and it had to be. A friend got a devastating cancer diagnosis last Friday morning and began chemo that evening. He has been a firefighter for over 30 years! I saw the fireman fabrics at my LQS Saturday and knew that it was just meant to be. I delivered the quilt Tuesday to an emotional reception, on both sides.
I didn't get very good pics because I finished it at night and was in a rush the next morning to deliver it. Cancer is a terrible disease. My friends have hardly even gotten over the shock of the diagnosis and are already in the thick of treatment. They're trying to keep it together for their 3 young children, but there's only so much a person can do. A quilt is a small thing in the face of all that. But I'm a quilter, and that's what we do.
There are 3 focus fabrics, all from the "All Fired Up" Line from Dan Morris for RJR Fabrics. I used The Anna Quilt from Jibberish Designs to show off the large prints and mixed them with 3 neutrals-- a textured black, a tie-dye looking fiery red print and a wood grain.
The top came together in about 4 hours. Another hour to baste. Then 4 more hours to quilt with a loose stipple and machine bind. I feel like I have reached a new milestone on quilting with this one, a
finished bed-size quilt in 2 days (I worked Sunday, so it doesn't count)
is a record for me. Now I know that I can speed quilt when I need to!
I hand sewed a piece of the focus panel onto the back and signed it with a fabric marker. Before I even got the binding on I drove around town to a few friends of ours to get their signatures as well. I gifted the quilt along with a set of fabric markers so that every one who comes to visit can add their well wishes.
I promised the fireman's wife that when all this is over I will make them a nice quilt for their home, so there is no need to worry about this one getting "dirty". I hope that it winds up dirty and stained and washed until it falls apart! I am sorry for the need for a chemo quilt, but grateful to be able to provide some comfort. Because I'm a quilter and that's what we do.
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.