Friday, February 26, 2016

Bright Young Women

My husband knows all of the words to every song in Disney's Little Mermaid.  I have personally verified this fact.

Apparently, Eddy's little sister, Ceci, was quite the fan and also quite the repeat watcher as a kid.  Ceci's all grown up now and when her birthday rolled around this year, I knew just what to do (even though I was a few months late in doing it.) You see, while out thrifting one day I found a vintage Little Mermaid bed sheet (alright, two of them) and I knew they must be backing for a quilt (alright, two of them.)  Thankfully, I already stumbled upon this amazing tutorial for a modern waves quilt, so a mere 2 months after Ceci's birthday I started cutting!


I pieced about a million curves (USING THIS FANCY NEW TUTORIAL I JUST MADE!)


I did the basting.


And then I started my special quilt lettering method.


Now, let's pause here and talk about The Little Mermaid.  Those of you who are *not* TLM lovers can just move right along to the pretty pictures. Those of you who love TLM, have you watched it recently?!

One thing I do when I make quilts inspired by Disney movies (see Cats and Rabbits and this Christmas quilt for my mom) is watch them.  But I mean watch them so much.

Like, the.
quilt.  (I too am a repeat watcher.)  

TLM is so sexist, folks!

I mean, not even a tiny bit inoffensive.  Don't get me wrong.  When Sebastian is all, "What do they got? A lot of sand?" I'm all, "We got a hot crustacean band!"  I mean, it's so good!  It smacks of childhood nostalgia and there are so many memorable lines.

So what's a girl to do for her feminist, TLM-loving SIL?  Well, I picked the two quotes that were most positive toward women (especially when taken out of context) and I quilted those babies right into the front of the quilts.

Ceci's quilt reads:

Bright young women
Sick of Swimming
Ready to Stand

And mine reads (Did I mention? Two sheets. Two quilts. One for me!):

Things are Working Out
According to my ultimate design

This is an actual thing Eddy and I say sing to each other when, well, things are working out according to our ultimate design.  It's such an applicable song lyric for your everyday life.  I promise.

I challenge you not to sing those quotes in your head!  Not even possible.

So back to the quilting.  I bound the quilt using more little mermaid sheets.


Which resulted in some pretty nifty little snapshots, my favorite of which is King Triton staring down King Triton.


And this little corner scene.


Here are the finished quilts!





Things are working out according to my ultimate design. Soon I'll have that little mermaid and the ocean will be mine! [evil cackle]


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