**Warning, not explicit content. However, if you don’t accept gay marriage you should probably stop reading here.**
Now on to the good stuff.
Sexy lumberjacks and flannel. Who wouldn’t swoon over that? Maybe lumberjacks aren’t your thing, but it’s more the visual. Do I have your attention? Wonderful. This flannel explosion was made for two very special men in my life. Kevin & Drew, my wonderful brother-in-laws.
They were married in 2014 in Upstate NY. The idea for this quilt has been floating around in my head for a while. It’s nothing lavish or hard to piece. It’s simple, just like them. Well and their love of flannel. Only thing better would be including some sort of khaki shorts on the quilt.
No clue where all the flannel came from in my stash, but I’ve been storing it in a Charles Shaw wine box from their nuptials for the last couple of years. Nagels know how to drink some cheap wine. I found the box as I was digging around for something in my sewing room. Probably a monster truck that P left in there. Maybe I should actually make them their quilt.
Prior to an Indy Modern Quilt Guild meeting this month I walked into Crimson Tate to just look for some scrap packs. It was the day after the Pride parade here in Indy and the morning we were all learning about the tragedy in Orlando. Looking through the bolts I found a few of this Alexander Henry line and burst out laughing. The fabric is perfect for my brother in laws. Seriously, this is the perfect fabric for the backing of their quilt. They love outdoors, camp in Yosemite, own an obscene amount of flannel, and generally lack these awesome bods. I bought four yards and came home to immediately start on this quilt.
On the way home from our meeting I listened to a press conference as the details of the early morning tragedy started to be pieced together. It’s very unlikely my brother-in-laws would be at a club like Pulse. They are more the chill at home and stream TV type of couple. However, you never know, they could be out on a random occasion. I held back the tears as I thought about the families waiting to hear any updates and learn about their loved ones. Horrific, tragic and just awful.
I want to wrap my brother-in-laws in love and support. The motivation to start and finish their quilt was even stronger given this event. It shouldn’t matter what someone’s sexual orientation is honestly. Would you care that your vet is gay when your dog has swallowed something and in grave condition? Or your cat needs to be neutered? How does that impact the performance of the job? It does not.
This is something I refuse to debate. I’m open to listening to your thoughts if you feel the need, but I’m not going to debate gay marriage with anyone. I fully support it and laws against it directly affect my family.
The quilt now lives near San Francisco, better get used, and go on many adventures. Kevin & Drew, I want documentation that this quilt went on adventures. They didn’t know this was coming and LOVE it! Hell, take it to concerts, maybe The Decemberists.
To help spread the love, I will be making blocks for #quiltsforpulse. Blocks to spread love and comfort. More on that later.