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Crown Royal on swirls (and a lot of cussing!)

My Dad has been bugging me for years about making him a quilt using his Crown Royal Whiskey bags and I have been putting him off for years. Finally I had a weak moment and relented, I can only say I was pregnant at the time and my brain way hormonal. Since I was pregnant I didn't actually get started on it since I had a baby room to do and a baby quilt to make and then..... I had a baby and worked on nothing but feeding and changing the baby!

As Father's Day started getting closer the guilt started rising so I sat my reluctant behind down and told myself to just do it and get it over with. I got out my graph paper and my pencil and started designing... well maybe more like I started cussing and practicing my bank shot off the garbage can. Finally, finally I had an idea that seemed simple enough and would highlight his precious bags. I drew it all out and started cussing again as I had to do all the math to figure out how much fabric I would need but when it was all over I was kind of proud of myself and my first design.

I shopped and shopped happy as a lark and found some fabric that was in the closeouts from the Jacobean Garden collection that matched the gold embroidery on the Crown Royal bags and got started, still with the proud glow.

The glow wore off oh about 15 minutes later as I realized that it was really hard to try to cut out a 4-1/2" square from the bags that aren't all the same size and are made out of cheap felt and why the heck had I said yes and why didn't the Crown Royal people use better fabric AND.. sorry I had a flashback...I took a minute to do some deep breathing and think I can continue. Remember, I love my Dad, I love my Dad, I love my Dad..... Then all that cussing and such started again as I tried to sew my not straight square (boy does the bag fabric stretch!) into semi straight rows and make sure all my squares lined up - boy did I make a NOT so simple design, I thought I was being clever and wouldn't have to match anything but man was I in my Alternate Quilting Reality Universe AGAIN!

Finally all the rows were sewn and then the rows sewn together and they did not end up even so the bottom row of squares is not exactly the same size squares as the rest of the quilt but I guess it's my humility row. The important thing is that my Dad will love it, I'm done with it, and it's the quilters problem now - sorry Darlene!

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Comment by Pat Vigil on June 21, 2010 at 1:16pm
You did a real nice job! I have a friend who owns a bar and has been saving these bags...and asking...can't you make me a quilt?? Now after reading I can see I'm justifies in changing the subject with her. If I ever do give in.. I'm glad to read some of the do's and don'ts with these bags.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on June 17, 2010 at 10:57am
Nice quilt Teri.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on June 17, 2010 at 9:45am
Very nice job! I am sure your dad will love it!
Comment by Teri on June 17, 2010 at 5:39am
No - my Dad only gave me bags. I think he should have supplied a bottle to go with them though! I guess there may have been a few time that he had to cuss like that over me so I told him we were even now :) There are some velvety bags but they have really slippery backs so I was afraid to try to sew with them. I've learned my lesson, next time I will ask before I start the quilt because you guys have had really good ideas that would have saved a lot of cussing!
Comment by christi on June 16, 2010 at 7:38pm
Teri, the only crown royal bag I have is the one that holds the tiles to my scrabble game (this game is dated 1952, one of the originals so I assume the bag is the same vintage, the material in it is good quality) and the only one I want to own. I have seen a few of the bags you get now since crown royal is my brother's favorite drink and the quality sure doesn't match up to the old ones.
I commend your hard work and being such a loving daughter especially since I think your dad got the fun portion of this project. Lol!
It sure is a stricking quilt and I think your dad is going to have a battle to make sure it doesn't disappear when he isn't looking.
Comment by Terry F on June 16, 2010 at 6:36pm
Oooops, I meant Crown Royal! Looks like I'll have a few bags of my own!
Comment by Terry F on June 16, 2010 at 6:34pm
Looks like you've done a fine job,Teri. Did you have a little Royal Crown to help you get through it? Because if you did you can start saving up bags to make a quilt for yourself too. ;0)
Comment by Judie Renfrow on June 16, 2010 at 5:44pm
That will be a treasurer to your Dad beyond any words.
Comment by Lori/MD on June 16, 2010 at 1:09pm
So that's the secret to designing a quilt. Cussing :-) I need to try that! It looks great. I know your dad will love it! Keep cussing and making great designs
Comment by Trudy/WI on June 16, 2010 at 12:49pm
I, too, did not know what Crown Royal was until I joined this site a year+ ago, and I agree, I have seen quite a few quilts with it now.
I think it looks great. Sometimes when we want to showcase something special, the simplest designs with the least busy fabrics work best. I'm sure he'll love it. Could a person fuse a very lightweight interfacing on the back (like we do with t-shirts) to keep the fabric from stretching? As far as the colorfast issue (bags, Cat lady's comments), maybe you should stress that it is meant to be hung up and not used/washed. Does anybody know what would happen if you immediately washed it in something that is supposed to 'set the color', or protect it, prior to using, so this would not happen. I am curious to know, as I have one quilt top with a red that must've gotten a little water on it, as the red bled onto a nearby white.

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