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    To Honor my Muslim Doctor

    I would like to make a wall hanging to honor my Muslim cardiologist. I know not to put pictures on it, but I don't know if an Amish-style quilt would be appropriate. Can anybody help me with a suggestion?
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    I googled Muslim art patterns and these came up
    http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=e...w=1256&bih=851 maybe you could find a similar quilt pattern
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    Well, an Amish-style quilt would be as relevant or appropriate as giving one to your Catholic or Jewish or Sikh doctor.

    Meaning, unless they have some knowledge of the style, it will just be a pattern.

    If you're trying to make a nice quilt as a gift and that's the style you've chosen, then fine.
    If you're trying to make a religious connection, um, there isn't one.

    If you want to make a quilt that intentionally has a religious connection, you could make him the equivalent of a cross wall hanging, which would be the crescent and star symbols.

    Since he's a cardiologist, doing something with hearts would not be out of place, or in this case, kitschy.

    Or making one with the symbol for MD
    http://www.carstickers.com/proddetail.php?prod=3060

    I'm in the process of making a quilt for my mother's former aide, who took loving, devoted and compassionate care of her for a couple of years, for which I will be forever grateful
    But because of her background, and I didn't want to do something in-you-face religious-wise, I decided to reference some of the famous complex Islamic tiling patterns found in her native country of Morocco.
    It's a queen-size quilt.
    Luckily, she's only 23, and like a little sister, so I have plenty of time to work this out.

    But your doctor could be Swedish for all I know so that wouldn't work. ;-)

    If he were Catholic or Baptist or Methodist, would you feel comfortable giving him a cross quilt?
    Then make one with the star and crescent
    http://www.religionfacts.com/islam/symbols.htm

    Or go with the MD symbol.

    Or just make some nice stars in nice colors, writing on the label how grateful you are for his care.

    Personally, I think I'd go with the MD symbol.
    I don't like to get into other people's religious life, even when it's my own.
    You can really jazz it up with colors, great fabrics, quilting, etc. and not make it so clinical.
    Nice and compact at ~24" square.
    And done.
    This would be something that can easily hang in his office, and it's still very relevant and personal.
    Last edited by MTS; 11-22-2012 at 02:17 AM.

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    While a couple of those patterns would lend themselves to being quilt patterns, I would be inclined to take any FQ of a good quality geometric pattern and applique Initials onto it. (Maybe Dr M , to whatever.) Writing is a significant part of Islamic art. Some standard patterns, such as snail's trail/monkey wrench or Lone Star would work just fine, IMHO. However, unless the element of surprise is important to you, you might ask your doctor.

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    I thnk maybe something with hearts and the medical symbol. I'd stay away from personal things.

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    Whatever you make he is going to like it. I was born and raised in Bosnia, a country with Muslim majority but half of my friends were not practicing their religion. If you know that he is a practicing Muslim I would stay away from depicting animals and people, but that being said most of the quilt patterns do not depict animals or people. Go with what your heart tells you.

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    One book that has interesting geometric patterns sort of similar to the complex tile work of some Islamic art is Quilt Designs from Decorative Floor Tiles by Christine Porter. She also shows you how to draft patterns from any interesting pattern of tiling you may happen across.

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    Hmmm ... there are so many facets and differences in Islam beliefs that you might risk choosing the wrong one. Some the patterns - such as seen on the quilts of the Egyptian Tent Makers - seem innocuous enough but if you choose a design that is known to signify a specific Mosque, region, sect ... it might offend. I would certainly stay away from any of the designs that use words (and many do) - unless you had a translation and unless you knew that what it said would not offend (again ... it might be the wrong sect).

    If I were you I would choose something that is a gift from YOU, something that signifies who YOU are - but at the same time will not offend. Something that you can both embrace. Some people are actually offended when someone not of their faith attempts to depict their faith.

    The medical symbol is a good (and I think safe) choice, but you may not wish to applique. In that case ... perhaps a mariners compass or a lone star. Stars can have so many meanings to different peoples (most of them good) and different variations are usually looked upon as that - variations - with no ill consequences.
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    Look at this site I found on FlickR. It is a group of Muslim quilters sharing their work. It might lead you to a contact who could share direct info with you. What a nice idea you have! http://www.flickr.com/groups/muslimquiltersworldwide/

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    How about a nice thank you note?

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    This design from the first link sent to you would be both easy and suitable.

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    I googled Muslim quilt patterns:

    http://www.listia.com/auction/428472...ian-knot-quilt

    There more sites given there, too.

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    Florals are always good.

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    I think I would say away from anything religious. He may not want to advertise his Muslim faith since it can be an issue with some people. Other than that I would think any quilt pattern would be OK. He probably wouldn't know one pattern from another anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matraina View Post
    I googled Muslim quilt patterns:

    http://www.listia.com/auction/428472...ian-knot-quilt

    There more sites given there, too.
    That one is really pretty...
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    I wouldn't put anything to do with faith on the quilt. Do something like a wall hanging that is log cabin with a heart design. I've seen that wall hanging quite a bit and think it would be appropriate. But I'd stay away from religion completely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    How about a nice thank you note?
    i go with bearisgray, just send him a thank you note, that's what I did with the doctor that did my complicated surgery. I look at it like this - doctors chose their profession, they take an oath, he was paid in full and I owe him nothing more than a thank you.

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    Any pattern is good, you can add some words in Arabic like "Allah", "Mohammad", or "Salam" (Peace). If you go on google and type " allah in English " they give you the Arabic image of the word which you could applique or may be even with piecing. If you google " Mohammad in Arabic writing " you get the symbol that might be easier to copy or duplicate as is " peace in Arabic ". However, even using these terms in English would be great, as are anything mosaic in design. I think what are you are planning to do is awesome and it will be most appreciated. Best wishes to you as well.

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    Thank you so much for your replies. He has been much more than the "usual doctor" and has several Arabic "signs" in his office which I have not asked to be translated. Other than that, I want him to have a special gift.

    I like the medical symbol and the heart symbols both and may incorporate something like that. OTOH, I love the complicated tile patterns. Again, my objective in asking is to know the appropriateness of the subject.

    I am an ordained minister and love when people give me faith related items, coffee cups, etc. for my office.
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    Personally, I think something NON-RELIGIOUS would be more appropaiate, something that would reflect you, not his religion. Maybe a bargello? Or a favorite quilt block of yours, set on point with borders? Just a thought - - -

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    Anything flowery or geometric would be appropriate.
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    Id say stick with a simple geometric pattern in soothing colors.

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    I like the bargello idea, too. Also a tile quilt. I just want something to reflect my appreciation.
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    You might do a block that looks like an ekg. Maybe embroidery an ekg complex. That would be cool. If you could get a copy of one of your own ekg's and copy it onto a block.

    I work in a cardiology practice. We had a pt that I made a card for, I used a copy of one of his own ekg's and die cut Christmas ornaments for the front of the card. It turned out really neat.

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