Our grandma made him a Milky Way quilt (friendship stars and four patches) in shades of blue as a high school graduation gift. He took that quilt with him on every deployment until the year that it was stolen from him on the ship. It was very sad to hear that the quilt our grandma worked so hard on was gone. She is getting older and can't make a new quilt for him, so Robin and I decided to make one.
I found a more modern way to layout friendship stars on the wonderful blog, Fresh Lemons Quilts. We chose three batik fabrics, two black and one blue, and used Kona Medium Gray for the negative space and quilt back. We added in my scraps of the beautiful Alexander Henry Regent Skull. I used it to back this quilt for my brother, and we used almost every bit of what remained in my stash for Ron's quilt.
We spent a few weeks sewing together many, many half square triangles and then spent hours and hours squaring them up. We laid the quilt out on my studio floor last Sunday, it took quite a while. It felt like a game of Tetris, trying to figure out where everything fit and make sure that all of our points were facing the right way.
|Laying out all the stars|
|a small section that I completed during the week|
|Stars on the back of the quilt|
Paul Mooney: It's the End of the World
Paul Mooney: Analyzing White America
Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole
Jim Gaffigan: Beyond the Pale
Nick Swardson: Seriously, Who Farted?
John Pinette: I'm Starvin'
Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts
If that seems like a lot to listen to in one night, that is because we sewed this quilt until 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning! There was no time for sleep, we showered and gathered up our things and headed off to start the quilting process.
|I'm quilting this with straight lines on the long arm machine.|
I had the job of quilting and Robin was there to tie off my threads and pin down some rebellious seams that weren't ironed completely flat.
|The quilt back|
|I wish I had more of this Regent Skull fabric|