I finally, finally, FINALLY finished my crazy shot cotton quilt. Over a thousand pieces, 68 different colors, 80" x 86". I initially thought I would list it for sale but I don’t think I’m going to; I’m over $200 just in materials, and the amount of time I spent on it is exorbitant. I can’t think of anyone who wants to take out a loan to buy it so I’ll just keep it on my own bed as a continuous reminder of how awesome I am and also that life is too short to spend many tens of hours piecing tiny blocks together into a quilt that now costs thirty-seven thousand dollars.
City Fair quilt, finished. I want to keep you, City Fair, but I will let you go because that’s how much I love you. And because I probably own more Kaffe Fassett shot cottons than Kaffe Fassett’s wife(/partner/mom).
I love how this turned out. It has a very vintage feel but a great brightness, too.
It’s been two weeks since my last shirtmaking post, mostly because I had some trouble with my patterns which took time to resolve. More on that later. The first shirt here is a seersucker “fun shirt"—something I’ve wanted to make for a while now. I used leftover grey seersucker from the shirt I made a few weeks ago, along with 1.5 yards each of red and green seersucker from Jo-Ann’s. I had no idea how much fabric to buy since I knew I’d be using three different colors instead of just one piece—turns out, I probably could have gone with just 1 yard each. The shirt is a popover, i.e, it’s got a front placket like a polo shirt that’s about 11″ long.
Fit-wise, trying to make a popover was tough enough—I shouldn’t have complicated it by using seersucker, which is notoriously stretchy and difficult to measure. The shirt turned out alright, but the center front. Cutting a popover really showed me that my pattern wasn’t as good as it could be, especially around the neckline. After this realization, I spent almost a whole week just working on a new pattern. I went back to my favorite shirt draft and drew everything out from scratch. You can’t really tell, but I dramatically altered both the neckline shape and the armscye. On my old pattern, the armscye was 21″ around—on my new pattern, it’s only 18″. It takes a little longer to put on my new shirt pattern, but the higher armhole means it fits better and gives me more flexibility. I cut three new shirts from my new, improved pattern.
There’s a short-sleeved shirt in red, white, pink, and cool grey fabric from Sew to Speak. I thought the colors looked very nice for summertime, which is ironic because the fabric itself has scarves on it. Nothing too special; just a better fit!
I also made a long-sleeved shirt out of Kaffe Fassett "shot cotton” from Sew to Speak. The fabric is wild and glorious—it’s as light as a feather, yet perfectly opaque, and it’s brilliantly-colored. I used bright yellow cotton thread to do all the stitching, instead of the typical white, and I think it gives the shirt a little character. The sleeves are gathered into the cuffs, a technique I still really enjoy.
Finally, I made a casual shirt out of grey fabric with foxes on it, again from Sew to Speak. It’s got a straight hem instead of shirt tails, designed to be worn untucked! It’s some of the coolest fabric I’ve ever seen.
List of Alleged “Natural Born Killers” Copycat Crimes
List of crimes that were believed to have been influenced by the 1994 film, Natural Born Killers, starring Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis.
Natural Born Killers - The story about two victims of a traumatic childhood, who become lovers and mass murderers, and are irresponsibly glorified by the media.
A FEW MAIN COPYCAT CRIMES:
Sarah Edmondson and Benjamin James Darras - On March 5th, 1995, Sarah, 19, and her boyfriend, Benjamin, 18, spent the night at a cabin owned by Sarah’s family in Oklahoma. They watched “Natural Born Killers” that night. Two days later they were supposedly headed to Tennessee to see a Grateful Dead concert. They arrived in Mississippi on March 7th. Benjamin shot and killed a cotton mill worker. He shot him twice in the back of the head. He then took a piece of blood soaked fabric from the victims clothes and kept it as a trophy. The next stop was Loiusiana, where Sarah shot and killed a store clerk. The victim survived but is paralyzed for life. The first person that the couple killed, William Savage, happened to be a friend of Bestselling Author, John Grisham. Grisham has publicly called out Oliver Stone for being irresponsible in releasing a movie like that. Sarah served 12 years in prison out of a 30 year sentence and is now out on parole. Her parole won’t end until 2025. Benjamin is serving two life sentences in a Federal Prison.
Heath High School Shooting, carried out by Michael Carneal - 14 year old, Michael Carneal, went to his school armed with 7 different weapons. He opened fire on a prayer group using a handgun. Three kids died and 5 others were injured. After that, Carneal surrendered to the Principal. He was given an initial sentence of 3 life sentences plus 150 years. After an appeal, his sentence was changed to life in prison without parole. In April, 1999, the same time period of the Columbine shooting, an Attorney for the murdered children’s parents, filed a lawsuit that included Time Warner, Island Pictures, Polygram film, Nintendo, New Line Cinema, and Sony Computer Entertainment. The Lawyer argued that films like Natural Born Killers, and The Basketball Diaries, along with games such as, DOOM and Mortal Kombat, influenced Michael and the companies should be held responsible. The case was dismissed.
Columbine High School Massacre, carried out by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - On April 20th, 1999, two seniors, killed 12 students, a teacher, and then themselves, at their High School in Littleton, Colorado. It was no secret that Natural Born Killers was one of their favorite movies. They even nicknamed the shooting “NBK” which stood for Natural Born Killers. During one of their final videos, called The Basement Tapes, the boys talk about how Hollywood would make movies about them, and they talk about Stephen Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino being good choices to direct the film. Quentin Tarantino created the story for Natural Born Killers.
OTHER INCIDENTS THOUGHT TO BE INFLUENCED BY NBK:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2008 - Boy kills his girlfriend (both 18 years old) by strangling her. He had been watching NBK before bed. He told cops he had seen the movie between 10-20 times.
Chicago, Illonois, 2001 - Man gets kicked out of a bar for harrassing female patrons, he goes up, suits up in military gear, shaved his hair into a mohawk, gets two shotguns, and 200 rounds of ammunition. He goes back to the bar and opens fire on everyone inside. Witnesses say that he was shouting “I am the king” and “I am a natural born killer” during the shooting.
Jacksonville, Florida - A couple, both 27, shot and killed their roommate and then set the place on fire. They had tried to steal the roommates debit card, when he put up a fight, they decided to kill him. They claimed to have watched Natural Born Killers the night before the murder. Prosecutors argued that the murder they committed was similar to a murder committed in the movie.
Avon, Massachussetts, 1995 - Two men (18,20) killed a handicapped 65 year old man. They had stabbed him 27 times while he was sleeping in his bed. The attack was so brutal that both of the man’s wrists were broken due to the force. After the murder, one of the men confessed to his girlfriend. When she expressed how horrified she was, he said “ Haven’t you ever seen Natural Born Killers” before”?
Another shot cotton quilt. More than 30 colors compose the quilt top; I cut 1.5" strips and pieced together log cabin blocks, then arranged them in a subtly gradated color scheme. Backed and wrap-bound in charcoal Kona cotton. 55" x 55" so it’s a great napping size. For sale here.