Finally a series of posts about the annual May quilting retreat I attended with my Quilting Sisters in Vancouver, WA May 17 – 20. This series of posts on the quilt retreat actual began with these posts: Please Vote On The Color! and The Votes Are In! .
Sasquatch? What is a Sasquatch?
For my readers who do not live in the Pacific Northwestern section of North America, “Sasquatch” is another name for “Bigfoot” and one of our most beloved “urban legends” (actually more like a wilderness legend).
Wikipedia does a great job of explaining Sasquatch:
In North American folklore, Bigfoot or Sasquatch is a hairy, upright-walking, ape-like being who reportedly dwells in the wilderness and leaves behind large footprints. Strongly associated with the Pacific Northwest (particularly Washington state and British Columbia), individuals claim to see the creature across North America.
Here is the iconic Patterson-Gimlin film clip that really popularized the lore (courtesy of YouTube):
Who knows if it is someone in a suit or an actual ape-like being!
Additionally here is a link to an interesting post on the Oregon Public Broadcasting website about this iconic footage:
Sasquatch and Quilting: The Legendary Pattern
Pattern maker Elizabeth Hartman created the Legendary quilt pattern which has been very popular in the Pacific NW and it is affectionally known as the “Sasquatch Quilt“:
Two of my Washington state based Quilting Sisters Judy and Dana have already made this quilt in flannel; and my California based Quilting Sister Kathy is finishing up a Sasquatch quilt of her own.
During our annual May quilt retreat, Dana worked on a second Sasquatch Quilt for a charity auction and Kathy worked on her quilt. Judy and Dana’s quilts were some of the first ones to use flannels (which gives an extra yummy Pacific NW feel) and to use multiple fabrics for the trees. Kathy followed suit with the same concept for her Sasquatch quilt.
Here is Dana’s second Sasquatch quilt top in progress:
As you can see below, Sasquatch mysteriously moved to a new location on the design wall:
Here is Dana’s completed quilt top:
After Dana was done, she took her quilt top down and Kathy worked on assembling hers:
Getting there – Kathy nearly done getting all the trees pieced/assembled; note her Sasquatch is a lighter brown flannel:
Kathy took her Sasquatch back home to California. Kathy and our other California based Quilting Sister Lisa, had fun in the Portland airport photographing her Sasquatch on various adventures at the airport:
“Sasquatches” are for Cuddling
So what does a Sasquatch flannel quilt look like completed and quilted? Well my Quilting Sister Dana was kind enough to share a photo of the one she made her husband (and I have seen it in person and it calls to you to nap under it!):
Well, I Want a Sasquatch Quilt Too!
My Quilting Sister Kathy was kind enough to share her scraps from her Sasquatch quilt which are also scraps from Dana’s quilt too! I have this huge bag of flannel scraps for my future personal “Sasquatch Sighting!”