You would think in the midst of all the Holiday madness I would not have had time to start a new quilt, but I did. Mostly because my friend Kelly was finally, after two girls, having a boy.
Her husband was both relieved and thrilled to know he would soon have a fellow Couch Comrade.
What I lack in pictures for this quilt I certainly do not lack in heart and still feel the need to journal its creation. Kelly's little boy Corbin is now here and it's as good as time as any to share it.
I found this pattern in the Winter 2012 issue of Quilty.
5 Easy Pieces by Colette Cogley.
"I must make this," I thought. "I could make it a football quilt!"
Then it hit me. Where the hell was I going to find Lions fabric?
The death grip the NFL has on their trademarks is legendary and not to be messed with. But finding Detroit Lions fabric was like trying to find the jackalope of fabrics. A myth. Something no one in any quilt shop or fabric store could say actually existed.
Then I found it on the NFL website of all places (facepalm).
In between the Stars & Banners quilt and a second bigger quilt for my sister Rachel's girl, was Corbin's.
Luckily the hardship I experienced finding Lion's fabric did not follow me when I went to buy the remaining greys and whites. And after a few dedicated nights of cutting, pressing and sewing it took form.
It was a touchdown.
But how on earth was I going to quilt it?
It was modern enough that straight lines seemed appropriate.
I soon found out that sewing straight lines for almost 42" both ways is not easy.
But I managed with the help of my trusty seam ripper.
I can tell you that I was able to give Corbin's Quilt in a timely manner (cough 2 weeks before he came coughcough), but it was enough time to have a photo op of the quilt in its final place.
To the Fan Man for his Fan Boy.
I hope you two watch as much football as you can handle in the coming years and maybe,
Detroit will win a Super Bowl.