I sent my husband a picture of a Legendary quilt by Elizabeth Hartman, and he thought it was the coolest quilt ever. Since I hadn’t made anything for him yet, it seemed like a no-brainer. After looking around on the internet at the fabrics other people had chosen, I decided my trees would use different fabrics. I liked the pattern as written, but the multiple fabrics gave the quilt a little more oomph. I really liked the fabrics chosen by Kris from krislovesfabric, especially that one plaid tree. So stinkin’ cute!
The pattern was also a little bigger than what I wanted for a lap quilt. After planning, and recalculating and eliminating one tree at a time, I finally determined that I should just remove the whole bottom row of trees. The quilt would get used “sideways” but once you’re bundled up, who really cares?
I started out by working on the Sasquatch block first. That was probably a mistake. I had begun with such enthusiasm. But seeing all the pieces laid out for just the Bigfoot was completely daunting. There were at least a dozen pieces 1.5″ x 1.5″ or smaller! I was just sure it would never come out right. I plowed on. The block finally came together and thankfully, I moved onto the trees. It was then that I realized that part of my problem was my background fabric. I don’t know what it was about that fabric, but it distorted at every turn. I grew to really really dislike that fabric. But I’d already finished my Bigfoot block and I was unwilling to start over again.
With enough perseverance (and more than a few swear words) I finally finished! I decided that since I had made a quilt start to finish for myself, that I should do the same for Rich. Having done parallel line quilting on Foxes and Raccoons, I was pretty sure I could do it again.
And because my husband shamed me into finally having quilt labels made, this was the first quilt to be labelled. I custom ordered them on Etsy and love how they came out. I left enough room to identify the recipient and the date the quilt was finished. I’m trying to remember to put labels on everything I make now. Better late than never, right?