06 January, 2016

Absolutely Legendary Sasquatch Quilt Top


This quilt is legend... wait for it... dary.

Based on Elizabeth Hartman's Legendary quilt pattern, launched recently, but totally supersized. The moment I saw the pattern on Instagram I knew I had to do this. The sasquatch itself originally finishes  at 18'' in the pattern. With a little quilt math I made it 5 times the size. Or, if you are so inclined to believe, life size. That made the sasquatch over 90'' tall and nearly 60'' wide.

The idea of trees on the side was improvised and added because we wanted this quilt to be big enough for the entire family. Now it comes in around 90'' square. Plus, the sasquatch has context now.


The making of this quilt was a family project over the holiday break. I knew that if I was going to get any sewing in I had to expect the kids in there with me. Rather than get frustrated by that, I decided to  invite them in for this group project.

You see, we are a family addicted to Bigfoot shows. None of us actually believe in the legend, but the shows are fun to watch and it's become a family joke to observe squatchy landscapes and conjecture about samsquanch (as we oddly refer to it).

So the kids were actually quite excited to make this quilt. After I did the match we sorted through my brown stash (small) and scrap bins (smaller) and whites/creams/greys for the right fabrics. I cut everything  - discovering that a transcription error was my only mistake!. As a team we sewed. 

It was the first time I let the girls use my Bernina. A bit confusing at first with no presser foot lever, but they were amazing. Can I just say? Thank goodness for adjustable speeds! We got into a rhythm with me prepping, one sewing, one pressing. Sure, there were times when their attention died out and wrestling matches were started - and quickly stopped because we were in the sewing room. Overall, I was pretty impressed with how engaged they were in the project.

My son sewed for the first time. You should have seen his excitement! He sat on my lap and covered my hands with his and we sewed together. He even admonished me if my fingers got too close to the presser foot. 

Unfortunately, my husband was quite sick the last week of the break. So his contribution, other than feeble encouragement, was to shout design ideas or selections from the sofa in the next room. That, and keeping us on a steady diet of Finding Bigfoot for the kiddos when their energy for sewing changed.


Everyone is on me to get this quilted ASAP. My Evil Genius voted for the backing to be a scrappy green one, which I think is a good idea. It will work with brown, white, and green thread on the front. I just hope I can get them all involved with floor washing and basting if they want it done quickly.




18 comments:

Andrea R said...

This is EPIC!

katyquilts.net said...

This is just so freaking awesome! And so fun they your whole family got involved!

CaroleM said...

Love it! And nice how I met your mother reference at the beginning there ;)

The Cozy Quilter said...

My husband likes Sasquatch too!!! We even have a Sasquatch ornament on our Christmas tree

Carissa Sawyer said...

I want to make this so bad! I hope to emulate you & your amazing family quilt this year. Thank you for the awesome inspiration, and should you feel so generous as to share the enlarged measurements please let me know!!

Dominique said...

Too funny. And I like a good quilt story!

ChristaQuilts said...

Everything about this project makes me smile!

Kat said...

This quilt is awesome! Love it!! It would be a perfect quilt for a camper or cottage as well!

Suzanne said...

It's great that you were able to make the Sasquatch out of values that play so well together. This is an epic family project.

GO STARS! said...

Pure awesomeness! What a fun project and great memories for the whole family. I love that you watch the show together and made the quilt together too. I'm sure the quilt will be a favorite to cuddle under when completed.

Sandra W said...

What a cute idea!
I have been teaching my 4-year-old twin grandsons to sew for the past year (they are 5 this month). I know they are waaaaay too young but it's the one thing only I can do with them. I've now got them using the foot pedal --using a step stool to put it on--(they started with the button) and they have made several simple bags. The first one with the selvedge at the top, the second one with a hemmed top. Both with handles--a cross bag and and another with double short handles. The first version used twill for the handles; the second, proper handle web.
I let them choose their own fabric and handles, etc.
It's a little nerve-racking (as you know) but they do really concentrate and at the end--they are pooped.
On Thanksgiving, one of them said he was thankful for grandma teaching him to sew. It doesn't get much better than that.

AuntieCrafty said...

Adorable family story and adorable kids. Great quilt! Go Bigfoot, go!

Karen said...

Cheryl, this is just too fun! I love the pics of the giant with your kiddos in the foreground--ridiculously cool! A Sasquatch-sized shout out to you and all your team (including the one yelling from the next room :) for a job VERY well done!

Charlotta said...

So, so fun!

house on hill road said...

So awesome! Have you read "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac"? Definitely not for kids, but an interesting novel about a man who lives his life searching for Bigfoot.

Leanne said...

Now I understand why you are making this quilt, it is going to be epic!

Nicole said...

Check out Carol's recent post about a sasquatch sighting in Vancouver!

http://carolbrowne.com/general/spotted/

I love that this quilt is your entire family's.

Michelle said...

That is AMAZING! I've had the original quilt on my to-do list for a while, hoping to get some other stuff done first. We live in Oregon, near where some sightings have been and my boys are thoroughly obsessed with those shows. A couple of summers ago, my youngest son was whooping and knocking on trees in the yard and "Something whooped back!!!" Don't know which neighbor that was, but I'd love to figure it out and thank them.