It’s a Sasquatch Summer

29 Aug

Warning: This post is picture heavy!

I’m ashamed to admit that I have been on a fabric buying frenzy the past few months. My fabric cupboard is stuffed. As in, no more room for anything. It’s also been too hot in my apartment this summer to use the iron for much of anything. Thankfully, it’s started to cool down.

I have this plan to not buy ANY fabric in September. No, seriously. I swear. I’m determined. And let’s face it, I have enough fabric to last me for, well probably two or three lifetimes. I feel like I have this condition that is impossible to fight. Looking at other people’s fabric makes me want to buy fabric. Then using my own fabric makes me want to buy fabric. For example I’ll find a really great fabric combination in my stash, use it, and then freak out because I only have a half yard (or two yards) of each. The horror! But it’s all mental. I really want to get serious about buying less and using more. I know, I know, I’ve tried this a million times. But it’s like any other addiction really. Most people don’t quit smoking the first time they try, right? They have to keep trying. So, that’s what I’m going to do–keep trying. I’m not saying I’m never going to buy fabric again. I mean, duh, that would be really stupid to even make that statement. I figure, I’ll start with September and sew my little heart out and go from there. I’ve even come up with an elaborate and complicated plan of putting X’s on a calendar for each day I don’t buy fabric. Genius, right?

I have been doing some sewing this summer despite the whole iron/too hot issue. My dad’s 75th birthday was in July. We threw him a huge Sasquatch themed surprise party. Here are a few things you should know about my dad: 1) He’s a HUGE believer in Sasquatch. No, seriously. He is. Sasquatch is real, you guys. 2) He’s really patriotic. 3) I’ve seen him cry once in my entire 32 two years. (This is important later.)

I’m going to tell you a short story about my dad and me. Every summer growing up, my family and I went camping. When I got older, my sisters both moved out and the camping trips became just my parents, me, and my best friend. One summer when I was 17, my parents took me and my best friend camping. Earlier in the day my dad had bought a 48-star American flag at an antique store. He collected old American flags. It just so happened that the antique store had put it in a paper grocery sack, which my dad then set right next to the firewood, newspaper, and kindling for the campfire. BIG mistake, Dad! My parents had left the campsite for something, food, water, a walk, I have no idea what. My best friend and I decided to start a campfire. Being that I was 17, I didn’t even think to look inside the grocery bag. You know where this is going. My parents came back and the first thing my dad said when he looked at the campfire was, “You burned my flag!” in a super annoyed and mad tone.  I, of course, did no such thing, “No, I didn’t!” I mimicked his tone of voice.  I then looked down at the campfire and sure enough, there were stars and stripes burning. Oops. I obviously did NOT do that on purpose.

So, for my dad’s 75th birthday, I knew I had to make him something special. Thus was born the Patriotic Sasquatch Quilt. I found the Sasquatch fabric on Spoonflower. At first the quilt was just going to be a simple patchwork square quilt. I was on a deadline after all. Then I got the bright idea of making sawtooth stars and Sasquatch could be the center. I didn’t have enough Sasquatches (what’s the plural of Sasquatch??), so some of the blocks just have another patterned square for the center. Then I was just going to use up a bunch of red fabric I had for the backing, when I thought of making the back look like an American Flag. Not only was the American Flag back idea my way of saying “Um. Sorry, I accidentally burned your antique 48-star flag when I was 17,” but it was also just a super awesome idea. Genius! Leave it to me to figure out how to make a project more time consuming and difficult. Once I thought of these two ideas, I just couldn’t go back to simple.

I don’t have any great photos of the completed project, but here’s what I do have.

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I wish I had an actual photo of my dad opening this gift, but I don’t. In all honesty, I was expecting my dad to laugh when he opened this. I was expecting him to get a real kick out of it, which he did. But much to my surprise, my dad did not laugh. He cried. Not just tears streaming down his face, but the kind of cry where you have to cover your face with your hands because everyone is looking at you. What you have to understand about my dad is that he’s not much of an emotional guy. The only emotions my dad really ever shows are amusement, anger, and/or annoyance. As I told you above, I’ve seen my dad cry once in my whole life and that was when we were putting my childhood cat to sleep. So, for him to cry over a quilt, that’s utterly shocking. I have to say it is hands down the best reaction I have ever received from someone opening one of my quilts.

I was worried about how difficult it would be to get my dad out of the house while my sister decorated for his surprise party. My boyfriend and I showed up unexpectedly early to go to his supposed birthday dinner. My dad can get pretty cranky when he’s hungry. So, we told him we knew dinner was a little late for him and we wanted to take him out for a milkshake so he wouldn’t be famished by the time dinner rolled around. It’s really hard to put one over on my dad. I really thought he wouldn’t fall for it.  He did. My dad is just full of surprises this year.  Here’s a really blurry photo of my dad walking into his surprise party. He was in fact, surprised!

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It was great to see my dad so surprised and happy. I’m so glad we were able to throw such a great party for him. There was a Sasquatch cake, which our lovely family friends made for him.

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There were tons of Sasquatch decorations, a Sasquatch hunting gift, which my sister and I put together for him, and every single gift my dad got was Sasquatch themed. I told you, this man loves Sasquatch.  I’m really happy we were able to surprise him and make this a birthday to remember. I’m so glad that I was able to see him so happy.

Aside from all that Sasquatch’n, I have been working on some other projects too. I’ve started Camille Roskelly’s Round and Round pattern. I wanted to try it out first before I dug into my Sweet by Urban Chiks charm packs. So, I made a mini quilt with some Sarah Jane and Denyse Schmidt. I love the result.

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I have four more blocks to go on my Sweet Round and Round quilt. Now that it’s cooling off, I’ll be able to work on that more often.

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I’ve also been working on this log cabin quilt. I am absolutely loving how it’s coming out.

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I’ve been working on several more projects, but I think that’s a post for another day. I’ll spare you 800 more photos. I, of course, can’t leave you without an obligatory cat photo at the end of this post. So, here is Fiyero helping himself to my log cabin quilt.

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I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. What are you making?

 

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