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    Senior Member dgrindey's Avatar
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    Red face quilt ideas

    My son will be retiring from the Calif. Highway Patrol in September 2012 (he's only 50) and going on to another career. I want to make him a quilt for his retirement and have some ideas. I was just wondering if anyone had ever done a quilt for a CHP Officer's retirement. My ideas are a picture memory quilt or a quilt made of his ties and uniforms. I would surely appreciate some comments. Thank you.
    Donna G.
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    Would you have enough difference in colors if you just use the ties and uniforms? Not done a quilt for CHP, but think that a picture memory quilt would be appreciated. Can't wait to see what you do. BrendaK
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    I'm heading more towards a picture memory quilt. He has been in the car, on a motorcycle, and now he is a major accident investigator. When on the motorcycle he would be one of the CHP to escort important people so we have pictures of him with a couple of Presidents and some foreign dignataries.
    Donna from Calif.

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    Sounds like you have some material for a great memory quilt. They are always a big hit.

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    Do the jackets have any emblems or logos on them? You could incorporate them into blocks. I did a quilt for a firefighter and used logos and embroidery designs taken from the front and backs of the jackets. Also, transferred a photo to fabric for a photo transfer block. Also used his name and number from the jackets.

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    How does/did he feel about being Highway Patrol people being referred to as "bears" ?

    If he thought it was okay, you could use them as a joke -

    If he was not amused, then don't.

    Maybe you could find fabric with all sorts of road symbols on it.

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    I am not sure how many points are in the stars on his badge, but may be use that as a theme , and some of the fabrics, and patches from his old uniforms. Also his badge number, maybe the route numbers of the highways he patroled over the years.

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    What about attic windows to highlight the photos and the embellishments from the uniform in the border?

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