June 27, 2011

Gator Belts & Patty Melts

Sorry, that's an Outkast lyric. I couldn't get it out of my head while I was sewing these. When you see the second block, you'll understand why. These were for Christine's month in Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese. She's making a quilt for her nephew's birthday, and requested a Cheaters 8 Point Star block...

Bee Japanese - 8 Point Star

As well as a second block that represented any mode of transportation we chose...

Bee Japanese - Transportation Block

Since I rarely get to make anything New Orleans-related, I thought this would be a fun opportunity! I decided to make a fan boat, an extremely common mode of transportation down in the bayou, and name it the "nola" (New Orleans, LA). And of course, what would a bayou fan boat block be without an alligator and sweltering hot sun? Also, her nephew lives in Australia where crocs abound, so I thought he'd enjoy having one of it's cousins appliqued on a block ;)

I had to sneak and make these Friday night after the hubby went to bed, because he enacted a sewing moratorium last week. I mentioned this before, but I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder that I'd successfully ignored for weeks...well...actually 2 months. I finally did myself in when I had a marathon rotary cutting and sewing session last weekend, because I ended up in excruciating pain Sunday night, and could barely move my arm the next day because I'd get sharp stabbing pains, and then my whole arm would go numb for minutes at a time.

I had to break the rules though, because these blocks were for May, and I was already way behind on them. They didn't arrive until the last week of May, and then it took me 3 weeks to find the time. Christine desperately needed them by the end of June so she could assemble the top, send it off to be quilted, and then mail the finished present to Australia to arrive in time for August. So you see, I had to break the rules a little bit in order to meet the deadline...

But the events of last week got me thinking. My hubby is the sweetest man alive, and truthfully my best friend. He takes such good care of me, and all last week he massaged my shoulder, brought me bags of ice, and fetched ibuprofen and glasses of water for me when I was hurting. He's so proud of my sewing and knows how much it means to me, so he did his best to help me get back on my feet again because he knew I was going stir-crazy. All of this culminated in a crazy idea...


Our spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, partners, etc. put up with so much of our quilting crap. They might grumble occasionally, but for the most part they let us get away with crazed fabric sprees, giant stashes & sewing spaces that take up entire rooms, and marathon sewing sessions that take us away from our families for hours at a time. Why? Because they love us, and know that we love quilting. And while I thank my husband for his support of my crazy hobby all the time, I rarely use my skills to make anything for him. I think a lot of us are like that - we're so busy making things for everyone else, that we forget to make things for ourselves or our families.

SO. Here's my idea. Let's have an official Quilting Widow(er) Appreciation Day! I'm calling it that, because it's kinda true...lol! Our significant others are sometimes quilting widows/widowers because we guy & gal quilters spend a lot of time away from them for the "sake of our art"...hehe! Seriously! I'll be leaving poor Ray in the dust for 4 days while I jet off to Salt Lake City for the Sewing Summit in October. And God love his little heart, he's outside mowing the yard right now to kill time, because he knows I'll be holed up in my sewing room blogging for a while longer! :(

Here's what we're gonna do. I picked a random date a few months off so that we all have time to prepare and create, and we're going to make presents for our Quilting Widows/Widowers as a big fat thank you for their loving support! (Plus it's kind of a win-win, because not only do we get to do something special for them, but it will help perpetuate our hobby because they'll be less inclined to grumble if we make them uber cool things with the thousands of dollars we've sunken into supplies, LOL!) I kid. 99% of the reason we're doing this is to say thank you, and only 1% is for our selfish ulterior motives ;)

The Quilting Widow(er) Appreciation Day will officially take place on Saturday, September 24th! I picked a random, insignificant day so your loved one will be surprised! And I even made a button and added it to the sidebar for those of you that want to join me :)

Quilting Widow(er) Appreciation Day!



I love it, Kaelin! What a great idea. My hubby keeps asking me for a BBQ apron...with a deadline, he maaaaaay just get it ;)

By the way, those blocks ROCK! Love the Nola!!!

So sorry to have about your arms :( may have to take it easy but is so hard when there are so many things to make! Love those blocks. Super cute!!! The sunshine is my favorite.

That's so funny - because that's not a random date to us, it's the date we first started dating back in 1974! But I think it's a great idea!!!!

Love it! I'm with you.

I have actually started a quilt for N but it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the 'To Do' pile. But it will be done for the 24th of September.

I'm in! My husband has been asking me to make him a pair of pajama pants for YEARS, and I still have never gotten around to doing it. I even bought some Transformers fleece (it was winter at that time) but never cut into it or anything. This will be a real surprise to him, to actually [finally!] get the pants :) Awesome idea, Kaelin!!

Great idea! Maybe I'll have our bed quilt done by then....

I'm with you! I made my hubby a quilt in 2008 for our 2 year living together-versary (2 years is cotton). He loves it, but I know that I could do much better now! I've been tinkering with the idea of making him a quillow.

totally in! Now we need to have a brain storming session of uber cool manly gifts. Flickr group? I'm clearly not in enough groups on there. ;)

I was directed here from the OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder blog, and all I had to see was gator belts & patty melts to know that I like you!! LOL! (creepy, no?) And then a Braveheart reference? Nice. Good for you, you just earned yourself a creepy new follower for your pop culture laden wit! WIN!! ;)

Oh, and I might make something for my H, but I haven't even made anything for myself yet!!! No fair.

Oh, fab idea! And the date is pretty good for me, just a day off the anniversary of our first meeting 12 years ago!  I'm definitely in. Now, what to make??.... Off to think about that one!

Woo Hoo I just became your 600th follower!! I just found my over here from Flickr. Love this idea!!

I love this idea, but thats the day before my birthday so I might celebrate on some other insignificant day. I hope all the significant others enjoy our efforts :)

Hilarious! I love this idea! I'll definitely have to think up something to make for my husband - he's DEFINITELY been a sewing & sewing conference planning widower the past few months! ;]

I'm with you! I just need to finally finish something so I can clear off my sewing desk and start designing for him :)
PS- Since I started reading your blog I've been seeing scottie stuff EVERYWHERE.

I have a quilt in the making for my hubby-love, but a deadline will be great. Thanks for the fun inspiration!

this is a great idea!!

I made my hubby a batman quilt last year (http://debaeremaeker.blogspot.com/2010/11/daves-quilt-dave-has-been-requesting.html)

Im sure I can come up with something for him again. maybe.

I'm in! Sadly my boyfriend gets a little neglected in the creating department and I would love to make him something to thank him for building me a sewing nook. That is, something other than food.

Love it! Outkast, the Widower Appreciation, all of it. Although I'm not married, my love is very supportive of my need for craft time, so I would love to pay him back in some way. I promised him a Christmas stocking (in Texas A&M colors) last year, but didn't get around to it. Maybe I can work on getting that done before September!

Great blocks Kaelin!

For an uber ice bag, I've heard you can put a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol & water into a zipper plastic bag & throw it in the freezer. I think the alcohol keeps it pliable, but it stays really cold.

Have fun with your Quilting Widow(er) Appreciation Day too!

Kaelin, seriously, if you were any more awesome, I might have to hate you. :D The blocks look fab, and I think a Quilting Widow/Widower appreciation day is a fabulous idea! I think the hubs will get a mug rug (he keeps speculatively eying mine...) to match the quilt I made for his man-cave. :) Now you go and rest that shoulder, missy!

Yes, yes, yes. Funny thing. I'll actually be at a quilting retreat that weekend. Ah well, I'll definitely make something because he is totally supportive of my addiction.

Ha! Your "random day" just happens to be our first child's first birthday. All the less he'll expect a gift for him instead of our son. I like it. :)

(Plus, I totally need to make something for the little man too...)

Just wanted to drop by and tell you that you should *never* apologize for quoting Outkast!

I'm in ... it's my anniversary and I am away on a quilt retreat ... see?

It sounds like a great idea, but if I participate do I need blue facepaint?

I'm in! And I've already made something!

I'm so in! Gotta brainstorn something for him now.... :)

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