Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Indianapolis

I had originally thought I'd show a Stack 'n Whack (which clearly dates me, and I care not) quilt but then I remembered this beauty.
I was going to crop this, but remembered Anja's request to hurry up and get down here so she could enjoy the Florida sunshine vicariously through me, so I left it as is. Eat your heart out Anja! :-)
My favourite thing about Throwback Thursday is the stories behind our older quilts.  This one is no exception.
Update: Just talking with Jenn at A Quarter Inch From the Edge over email and this is what I said to her when she agreed with me about the stories:
"Stories we don't always realize we have IN the quilt itself until we start writing about it. Case in point, this one. I just thought of the link to the fabric in my Mystery, but when I started writing, all this spouted forth."

On to the spouting...

My husband, aka MacGyver, (he is amazing at fixing things and trouble-shooting; hence his nickname, coined by the illustrious Jude, next-door neighbour extraordinaire), where was I?! Oh yeah, MacGyver turned 50 in 2007.  He told me the one thing he desperately wanted for his birthday was to attend a Formula 1 race.

So we did.

(THIS is one of those times where I wish I was back in my northern home of Kingsville, so I could insert a photo from that memorable race)

The United States Grand Prix was the last F1 race in the US until 2012, and the last F1 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (it's now held just south of Austin TX).  Lewis Hamilton won; I fell in love with Sebastian Vettel, young enough to be my son!  It was his first F1 race. I learned a lot about Formula 1.
Told you: I am and always have been, a feathers girl!
It was a race that triggered our eventual early retirement and move back east.  We spent the non-race hours tootling around Indianapolis, rediscovering first of all, our love for the massive and majestic Eastern trees, Weeping Willows in particular, second, our love of endless hot and humid summer days, and finally, the general friendliness found in the American Midwest.

This feather design is from  60 Machine Quilting Patterns by Holly and Nickels.  At that time I used either gold leaf tracing paper, or Press 'n Seal. I'd trace the main parts of the design and then FMQ away. here you can see how I was experimenting and learning how to turn corners, not given on the design.
During our tootling, I made sure that we stopped at Quilts Plus, featured as one of the top ten shops in 2005 Quilt Sampler.  I didn't buy the quilt kit for the one in the magazine, but I spied this quilt hanging on the wall that used fabrics by Joanna Figueroa.  Love at first sight.  I didn't have much time; it was the Monday after the race and we were flying back to Alberta that afternoon. They were sold out of the kits they'd made up for it, but most of the yardage was still available, so I had it cut, substituting where needed.  I wandered over to the sale section, as I am wont to do, and scored the backing at a great price.
Win-win:  Ferrari zipped hoodie for MacGyver; quilt for moi.

It may surprise some of you that I love car racing.  I spent three nights of my honeymoon at Checker Flag Raceway in Windsor, ON, and one of our first dates was at the drags in Edmonton. 
When I was thinking what to name this quilt, it just came to me that it had to be called Indianapolis.  Obviously.

Notice it took me 4 years to finish it.  I added one more column to it so it would fit on a bed which was why I need to augment the fabrics I'd originally bought (aside: Joanna has a really ingenious construction method).  I hand-stitched the binding down when we drove from Alberta to visit Dayna in Windsor in July 2011, and from there to Florida, and it has lived in Florida ever since 2011.

The printed back doesn't quite do the beautiful texture justice
The reason I picked this one for TT this month is that that ivory and taupe low volume (it wasn't called that then) background is what I used up and ran out of in my mystery quilt!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: by Joanna Figueroa
Size: 67.5" X 78"
Fabric:  purchased and from my stash
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann, quilted with Sulky rayons and one Mettler cotton, the peach.

One more SO COOL thing:  I checked the spelling of MacGyver when I started this post, and found this link.  Um talk about synchronicity!  10 hours ago that hit the news!  A pilot for a possible reboot of the MacGyver series.  Who knew.  Neither I nor my husband ever watched the show; might have to check it out.

Remember the hint I dropped the other day about something exciting coming up next week?  It's a Craftsy Blog Hop!  You know how much I love them, so Julie of Pink Doxies and I are hosting a hop just to show you how Craftsy has sweetened up (get it?!) not just our quilt lives, but several other bloggers' lives as well.  Watch for posts with recommendations and inspiration.  Did I mention that there will be some pretty "sweet" giveaways as well?  Stay tuned for more deets!
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  1. The stories are the best part of TBT, aren't they? But I'm more than a little gobsmacked that you didn't watch MacGyver! WHAT?!? That said, don't go back and watch old episodes. His hair, and the dramatic soundtrack, didn't age well. Thanks for sharing your quilt story and for linking up with A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  2. Ahhh, that Florida glad you didn't crop that picture. I'm with Anja and living through you. It actually doesn't surprise me that you love car racing, I'm sure it's one of the millions of things that MacGyver fell in love with. Your Indianapolis quilt is beautiful and has great memories behind it. Even better, when you look at your Midnight Mystery you can smile just a bit bigger and remember this quilt as well. Funny how a small swatch of fabric can bring back so many memories.

  3. OH, and never watched MacGyver??

  4. Loved reading this post! Especially the racing part! (I'm not a fan, sorry) The stories our quilts could tell if they talked. How one quilt can evoke such vivid wonder we put so much in to them...they tell a story!

    Looking forward to the Craftsy Blog Hop!! Oh, by the way, your quilt is beautiful! I was so in to the story I forgot about the quilt!

  5. I was raised a NASCAR girl. My (very) extended family are the Wood Brothers. My dad's name is Dale and as a little girl I *loved* Dale Earnhardt because of the connection to my dad's name. Plus they both sported mustaches. My family has yearly tickets to the races at Talladega and Bristol, and my favorite part of attending races is the smell of the burned rubber on the track and listening to the radio commentary. Ahhh... great memories. It's been years since I've watched racing; thanks for the spark.

    Oh, quilts! :) How cool that this quilt ties into your Mystery quilt, and I love the trips down memory lane and the things we rediscover when we link up with Jenn. MacGyver was one of my favorite shows as a kid, I hope you check out a cheesy episode or two sometime!

  6. A lovely quilt! But your ability to tell so lovely a story behind the quilt is as lovely as the quilt itself.

  7. So neat how your love of quilts, love of racing, and eventual move intersected in this quilt! And I love the connection and carryover to your recent quilt. The stories never really end. Your picture is definitely best uncropped. I can feel the warmth of the light right through it.

  8. Love the quilt and the story... I was at that F1 race too! My older son got interested in F1 in high school and we attended all the F1 races in Indy. Was sorry when they moved to Texas. Indy is a great city... lots of great quilt shops and fun things to do and not far from our home in Cincinnati. Do show your Stack N Whack when you have time. I am a BIG fan... I did several back in the day and still do SNW now and then.

  9. Firstly "stack and whack". What did I say about Freudian crafting terms? And I thought MacGyvor was your husband's real name! Still a great quilt. I used to love motor sport when I was young, but husband never got into it.

  10. I love McGyer! Would love to have the show brought back. And yes, I need some sunshine. They say we are getting more snow tomorrow. boo, hoo, hoo. I forgot about stack and whack....have to dig mine out sometime. LOL

  11. I love your Midnight Mystery quilt Sandra. Indianapolis is a fine quilt as well. I love the closeup of the quilting and yes I see the feathers.

  12. What a great story, Sandra and what a lovely quilt. I am so looking forward to the Craftsy Blog Hop.
    What could it be about? The suspense is killing me...

  13. I love the stories behind the quilts, thanks for sharing this one. (I also love your mystery quilt!)

  14. Both are great beauties and what a wonderful label!

  15. Such a fun story for this beautiful quilt. And I definitely learned something new about you.

  16. What happy memories this beautiful quilt keeps for you Sandra! I love your story! Had no idea how much you loved auto racing. I grew up watching an uncle at his stock car races.
    Your Midnight Mystery is fabulous!
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with this Craftsy blog hop!

  17. Love those colours in the quilt, just beautiful!

  18. I remember those colours. nice


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