Whew! Electricity is restored after a week in the dark both at home at at RealJob. We are slowly getting back into the groove.

So, it was just about a year ago when I got fed up with folks telling me that it is wrong to use the full English language in crafting. And so I sent out an email asking quilters and embroiderers and knitters and all sorts of crafters to join me in making a quilt using the ultimate in potty-mouthed words. The only stipulations were that the word f*ck had to be in the block and it had to be legible from 2 feet away.

Folks from all over sent in patchwork, embroidered and crocheted blocks conforming to the loose request. Artists joined in from: Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Arizona, Georgia, Connecticut, Oregon, Idaho, Michigan, Hawaii, Tennessee, Canada, and England.

Give a F*ck: blocks so far

It was like the holidays lasted a few months over here, as the blocks kept arriving in the mail well into the Spring. And I am grateful to those who took the time to express themselves in textiles.

It took me quite a while to get the nerve up to begin piecing because I didn’t want to wreck it all. But in two separate spurts, I did some improvisational sashing with Osnaburg cotton and got it done.

pile o' f*cks.

This is the biggest quilt top I’ve ever made. So I decided it’d be best to send it off to a longarmer. The amazing Pam Cole did a lickety-split job with some figure-8s all over. And then it took Hurricane Sandy to get me in the mood to finish up the handsewing on the binding.

give a f*ck: all quilted, a close-up

Here’s a quick snapshot of the full quilt, along with a schematic of the block donors.

Give a F*ck: all done

Give a F*ck: the block donors

Still haven’t decided what to do with the quilt, but some ideas have been floated and we are considering our options.

some f*cks

Give a F*ck is the page where you’ll find all the nitty-gritty details on the project as a whole. Here are the quick facts:

Design: eclectic collection of blocks made by potty-mouthed artists all over the place
Materials: all sorts of quilting cottons, embroidery flosses, and wool yarn; osnaburg cotton for sashing and binding; wide cotton backing
Techniques: applique, embroidery, crochet, hand-piecing and machine-piecing; machine quilted (by Pam Cole); and hand-bound
Finished size: 100″ x 103″
Started: November 2011
Finished: November 2012