the truman show

So those fabrics that I picked up with my mom ended up sitting for a few weeks before I got my act together.  (during that time I was in a car accident too – not my fault! – and my car was totaled. sheesh!)  But I gathered up my supplies and attended Sew Hut‘s September Quilt and Dine and got started.
unpacked and ready to rock
unpacked and ready to rock
I had come across an easy, but interesting pattern in a “fresh quilts” magazine, and decided to do a spin on it for my nephew, Truman.
the magazine quilt had an applique that I decided to ignore
the magazine quilt had an applique that I decided to ignore
All my fabrics were little monsters or jelly fish, or rocket ships – anything I thought was suitable for a kid receiving a gift from their angry uncle;)
I didn’t realize it when I got started, but my quilting buddy Patsy explained to me that this was a quilt-as-you-go pattern, and although she suggested I disregard that part of the instructions, I figured, “what the hell” and decided to see how it turned out.
i love this iron.
i love this iron.
quilting as I go...
quilting as I go…
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quilted as I went, ready to trim…
Not too bad as it happens.  I had some problems with the flannel backing getting tiny folds sewn in, but I only tore out a few stitches and then decided to live with some very small ones. (Truman won’t care).  Overall, I’m very pleased with how this quilt turned out. I took some short cuts on the edge binding, and that could be better (it was an experiment in not wanting to hand-stitch), but I really like the effect of the quilt-as-you-go.
just finished!
just finished!
i machine stitched the binding on the back side too...
i machine stitched the binding on the back side too…
it didn't look as good on the front as I'd hoped
it didn’t look as good on the front as I’d hoped
I really like the flannel back - nice and soft for my wee nephew
I really like the flannel back – nice and soft for my wee nephew
finished!
finished!

I just mailed the quilt out to meet little Truman at his grandmother’s house (my mom) and hope to get some pictures of him enjoying it (puking on it) for Thanksgiving:)

Have a great Thanksgiving! and I will leave you with this:

wrong holiday, dog
wrong holiday, dog

Mom’s vist postscript

An addendum to my mom’s visit:
She’d been working on a quilt top for herself for some time and when she learned her son is into quilting what does she do?  She brings the unfinished top 2,500 miles to show me:)  It is pretty damn amazing!  IIRC it is a pattern called “bears in the woods”.
mutha fuckin bears in the mutha fuckin woods
mutha fuckin bears in the mutha fuckin woods
We also visited another quilt shop close to my house – Rosie’s Calico Cupboard.  It was literally overwhelming.  SO. MANY. FABRICS.  We wandered around in a color induced stupor for at least an hour.
i don't think i've ever seen that color before
i don’t think i’ve ever seen that color before
I picked up some fun fabrics for myself (no idea what I’ll do with them yet) and some fabric for a quilt I’m going to do for my nephew.
some for me
some for me
some for the nephew
some for the nephew
Also while my mom was here i damn near cut my pinky off doing dishes.  The doctor says I’m not allowed to do dishes anymore (the wife’s not buying it).
Tune in next week for another exciting quilting adventure!

towel interlude

**I actually made this project before the “Academy” quilt, but never got around to typing anything up – enjoy**

Contrary to popular belief, I have a few friends.  Or at least my wife does.  Some of them have babies, and some of them buy houses.  In addition to some booze, I suggested to my wife that some custom dish towels might make a nice, useful house warming gift (I had just read an online tutorial about them!).  So off to Joann’s we went and the wife picked out some fabric she felt would appeal to our friends.

fabric selection
fabric selection by the wife.

Turns out terrycloth sheds like a bitch! (and by “bitch” I of course mean the horrible little furry piss-monkey of a dog that I love quite fiercely but who sheds constantly) But aside from that it was a very straight forward project. Cut this, cut that, sew this, turn inside out, iron, repeat.  Check out the tutorial for REAL instructions – I thought it was well done.

finished towel
finished towel ready for filth

I put a ribbon on the towels and off we went to a house warming party.  There’s nothing quite like knowing the project you put your time and effort into is going to end up a filthy rag;)