Back in 2018 several of my quilting friends were working on Elizabeth Hartman’s Legendary pattern, which featured a Sasquatch (“Bigfoot”) wandering through the woods.
I did a blog post about those quilts in progress (and completed quilt) in the post Sasquatch Sightings.
Back in 2018 my friend Kathy gave me the leftover flannel scraps and yardage from her Legendary quilt, some of which came from our friend Dana who also made the quilt.
Nearly three years later I am finally making my own Sasquatch quilt and discovered that Kathy gave me enough flannel fabric to make the entire quilt! And I might even have enough to piece a back for the quilt!
First I made the flannel trees:
The tree on the far left is made from leftover piecings from the quilt Kathy made. I am going to put it on the pieced back of the quilt to honor her generosity!
Once I made 14 flannel trees it was time for the challenging part of the quilt – making the pieced Sasquatch which involves over 36+ pieced sections.
I worked on the hands first, which involved the smallest pieces, to get through that first:
It took a couple sessions to get Sasquatch done but finally he was complete!
And now he is on the design wall with the rest of the blocks awaiting for me to cut the sashing that goes between the blocks:
I am going to send this quilt out to be professionally quilted once I finish piecing the front and the back.
It will be awesome to have my own “Sasquatch Sighting”!
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:
Pattern maker ElizabethHartman 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!”