First, thanks so much for all the smart, thoughtful responses to my last post. In addition to the great comments, I’ve gotten a flurry of lovely emails from LYS owners and employees, and from more experienced designers who were generous enough to share their wisdom. And they’ve all reaffirmed for me that we need to continue to have some serious conversations about copyright, licensing, and use.
In crafty news, my dear friend Michael turned 30 in February, and I went to Minneapolis for the party (a riot grrrl-themed queer dance party, which, yes please — I broke out my homemade L7 shirt for the occasion).
Michael has been a really excellent friend for a lot of years, and was an excellent roommate for some of them, too. We’ve been through some Real Shit together. So, in honor of his awesomeness, I made my first Real Quilt for the occasion.
I bought a pattern, but was itching to get started before it arrived. So, foolishly, I looked at a finished quilt and figured out what kinds of squares it used, then made those kinds of squares. NOTE TO SELF: NEXT TIME, WAIT FOR THE PATTERN — it has much quicker, smarter, more efficient instructions for how to cut and piece this thing.
After I pieced the top together, I took an embarrassingly long time to just sit back and admire it, and force others to admire it (friends, visitors, the mail carrier). I used a lot of different fabrics, including manymany scraps from my stash, and some excellent jelly rolls I bought from Starlit Nest. But most of the squares include Heather Ross Mendocino fabrics that I’ve collected here and there, which feature sea creatures, merpeople, and fish. AND THEY ARE SO FREAKING CUTE.
fishies! and squiddies!
I’d planned to quilt the thing with plain straight lines, as I had done with the few teensy quilt-like things I’d made before. But someone I live with (who’s never sewn a stitch in his life) suggested that I quilt it in a wave pattern, and I couldn’t get that idea out of my head.
So I did a bit of reading about free motion machine quilting, hit up my more experienced quilter friends for advice, made up some little quilt sandwiches, and practiced for about 30 minutes before I started in on the quilt itself.
And I think the waves turned out okay!
Just add a handmade label (with a little embroidered lobster, obvs)
And it’s done! The whole thing is a good width for a full size bed, but a bit short. If I had it to do over, I’d add another row of squares along the top or bottom edge.
Aaaaand here’s the finished thing, awkwardly displayed on my crooked front porch.
Happy Birthday, Michael!