Monday, June 19, 2023

When Pigs Fly Sew-It Show-It Challenge Blog Hop


It's time for another fun Sew-It Show-It Challenge!  This one was the brainchild of Joan at MooseStash Quilting .  Thank you, Joan, for hosting this month's challenge.  I don't know where you come up with all these ideas, but I am so glad you do!

Joan's directions for this challenge was to dig into our past projects that for some reason were never completed.  In my case, it wasn't a question of what shall I do, but which one will I do?!  I have quite a stash of PIG's (projects in grocery bags), UFO's (unfinished objects), and WIP's (works in progress). 

The project I chose was a PIG that has set in my closet for many years.  Surprisingly enough, the top was finished but needed to be assembled into a quilt.  No, it is not a tribute to KISS even though one of the characters resembles Gene Simmons. 

I love all things Beatnik, including tiki art, rat fink dragsters, coffee shops, and jazz.  My friend Mike in the 4th grade had older brothers.  Of course he emulated their ever move, and when they started snapping their fingers, wearing black turtlenecks, and saying, "Cool, man, cool," he followed suit.  Well, I and my classmates thought Mike was a pretty cool dude, so we copied him.  We thought we were the coolest 9-year-olds on the planet.  Hence, my love for all things Beatnik and my motivation to design a tiki quilt.

artwork by Derek Yaniger

I think the reason I never finished this quilt before is because I'm not crazy about the colors.  If I were to do it again, I would make the guys aqua blue and lime green.  But this quilt is not for the faint of heart.  It has so many pieces to it I am surprised I even finished the top. 


The backing is pieced with two large tiki fabric remnants.  The overall size is approximately 42"x60".  The tiki blocks are 10"x22".   

 I hope you enjoyed my project and my walk down Memory Lane.  Be sure to check out the projects of the talented quilters listed below.  They are sure to delight!  As for me, I think I will grab me a cup of expresso and listen to some cool jazz.  

artwork by Derek Yaniger

Can you dig it, Daddy-O?