These quilts are not made of fabric. They are made of whiskey, love, horror movies, and Halloween spirit.
First of all, it is not weird for one dude to make and send another dude a quilt. It is not. If you believe it is, you need a friend like Carl.
Two weeks ago, I accomplished my goal of making a Halloween quilt for my family and I. It is an absolutely insane design using so called crazy quilting. I was curious if I would be able to make it start to finish by October first. I wanted it to be something that my family and I could use for watching Halloween movies, start a real tradition around something made with my own hands. I had some of the fabric already, and then I made my way into the Joann fabric sale…and the crazy quilt started as this…
It took me roughly 38 hours to make it…except I was making a second one in secret. See I got this buddy Carl, and by buddy, I mean best friend a guy could have. We used to spend October together, and now I am in Texas and he’s back in amazing New England. So I decided to make one for my buddy. Now you need to understand that I was having motivation, the kind that comes from making something awesome for someone you love and giving them something real, fight against time, the realist thing of all and one of the things you can do nothing with except make yourself more efficient. Luckily the crazy quilt lends itself to having extra pieces for making another one, for reasons I will show another time.
This quilt has been quite a trip. I bought a ton of fabric at Joann, I was sent some from my mother’s and grandmother’s stashes, and some was left over from other quilts. Those leftovers were pretty minimal in some cases, they were bought for other quilts and were used, but they are Joann staples. Unfortunately I could not find any in my stores…so I called some friends all the way back in New England. Enter The Ross. The Ross came through in all the ways asking nothing but a small amount of fabric. The Ross was able to get fabric bought and shipped to me on a wednesday and get it all the way to Texas by Friday afternoon in time for me to start sewing that night.
I finished my quilt on September 30th with a little time to spare. I had been working on Carl’s a little in the background, doing stuff here and there, attaching strips made from the ends of strips for the first quilt. September 30th after finishing mine, I turned around and started Carl’s. Seven hours later I was finishe with the top, another two hours and the bottom was made and everything was pinned. Last weekend I set to quilting it and it only took an additional seven hours. I was only hoping to get it done in time to have him get it in October, but as I was quilting, I realized that maybe, just maybe I could get it to him on a Friday the 13th, in October. Carl recieved his quilt today, exclaiming joy and surprise while describing me as a “crazy bastard.” Praise from Caesar. He showed me with this photo.
Fifty-six hours of my life, time the unreplenishable currency, and I declare that it was well spent. I love making things, especially to give away. Hours of life stitched into reality. Happy Halloween everyone, thought about making something real lately?