I have a confession to make. Even though I live in Ravens/Steelers territory, I am an unabashed Patriots fan. My husband is the reason. Well, his dad actually. His father is from Gloucester (pronounced “glaw-STAH), Massachusetts and infected his son early with the love of the heartbreaking teams of New England. Terry was Bobby Orr for his first few Halloweens.
These past 20 or so years it has been a different story to be a fan of the New England teams. Now we get to gloat. But we do it carefully — so as not to offend our neighbors/colleagues/friends. We like living where we are, after all. ❤
I was born in the shadow of New York City so it is surprising that I did not enter our marriage with a love for the Giants or Yankees (see how I left out the Jets and Mets? That’s a tale for another time 😉 ) . Maybe it was because my father didn’t have a great love of sports. Maybe I thought Giant/Yankee fans were idiots (sorry to my brothers and any old friends!) For whatever the reason, I was open to supporting whomever my husband wanted to root for –and for those first 7 years of marriage, the rooting was brutal.
But Thank God for Belichick and Brady!
It got me thinking — what if my allegiances were different? What if I HATED New England (like so many of my co-workers, neighbors & friends)? This made me think of our neighbors and good friends, Kim and Mark.
Kim and Mark live up the road from us — Kim is a native of Rhode Island and Mark is a dyed-in-the-wool Ravens fan. It is in their house — a lovingly restored Victorian — that we break bread and cheer for our beloved Pats. After each Super Bowl victory it is Mark (in his Ravens’ jersey) that takes the group photo. How does he put up with us?!
This year Mark and Kim celebrated their 15th year of marriage. I was thinking about how they managed to stay happily married and supportive of one another despite rooting for different teams. It was this thought process that lead to me bring out my sewing machine and see if I could depict this love in quilt form. My hope was to combine the Ravens’ colors (black, purple, white, and gold) with the Patriots’ colors (blue, red, white, and silver) in an artistic way. What a challenge!
I started combing websites and quilt books for pattern ideas. I finally found one in my stash of books that I thought I could make work. If I used the gold and silver as focal points, I could stagger the main colors of the team in a way that would be appealing. I also decided to use my fiber art technique and stitch the Patriots’ and Ravens’ symbols on opposite ends of the quilt — so Mark and Kim can snuggle down under their prospective teams.
Something that is hard to see in the photos is each of the solid black and blue squares has stitching. In the blue fabric there is the Superbowl victories for the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI) as of January 1st 2019, as well as the date of Mark and Kim’s wedding.
In the black fabric there are the Raven’s victories (XXXV and XLVII) — and also Mark and Kim’s names in a heart (awwwwww!!!) and the number 15 for their years of marriage.
On a side note — you see all that white dog hair on these quilts?! These photos were taken AFTER I washed the quilt. UGH. But we love our sweet Annie.