The Roller Derby Quilt is a collaborative art quilt made by roller derby skaters, refs, volunteers, and fans around the world. The goal is to get squares representing individuals and teams from every league worldwide. So far there are over 100 squares!
When not crushing my opponents under my toe stops, I'm sewing ruffles onto everything I own, oiling my rusty knees, blocking for the Nutcrackers, or collecting quilt squares from skaters, refs, and leagues around the world.
It's been a while since I've gotten a square from outside my own league, so yesterday was an exciting mail day. Canadian Crusher, of the Bakersfield Diamond Divas, sent me this lovely note and this even lovelier square:
She contacted me about the quilt a week ago and I already have it in my hot little hands. Fantastic turn-around time, Crusher!
Sugar Daddy of the New York Shock Exchange was kind enough to hook me up with an old jersey and back patch a while ago when he came to ref one of our bouts. I finally made it into a few huge squares:
I love the way NYSE uses button-down shirts as their uniform tops, and wanted to preserve that look. I repositioned the collar of the shirt, putting it on the back. Then I added buttons to finish it off.
Rock on Men's derby. I really hope I can catch a NYSE game one of these days.
Remember how I said I was working on a bunch of squares for peoplewho donated old jerseys? Here are two to tide you over:
Trish the Dish hooked me up with a Team Awesome jersey, and here is the first square I've finished using these materials. I'm working on a Team Awesome one too, so stay tuned.
I added to the Boston B Party square, so I thought it would be worth posting again. The embroidered doily under the teapot was made using each of our home team colors - Pink for the Nutcrackers, Blue for the Cosmonaughties, and Red for the Wicked Pissahs. We all skate together on the B Team, so it seemed only natural to make sure we were all represented.
More are coming, of course. I just need to clip a few stitches here and there.
Here's a sweet little interview featured in my local paper. Also, if you watch the slideshow, you'll be able to hear me talk about how much fun it is to hit people. I promise, I love derby for other reasons too. ;)
I hear the new issue's out, and the quilt is in it! I suppose this explains why people are asking me about it more often than usual... Please keep asking, especially if you want to donate a square. I would love love LOVE more squares to add to the growing collection. More photos soon, but I need to hunt down a copy of this magazine.
It's been a slow couple of months in roller derby quilt land. I've gotten a bunch of shirt donations from my league-mates, and I'm tinkering with them to create more squares that represent BDD. Expect to see updates with my finished squares for BritKnee Breaker, Harley Quinn, and Sara Doom. Given my ADD, this may take some time, as I'm working on these all at once.
Since I have no fun pictures of quilty-goodness to share right now, here is an amazing photo of me skating. Good lord, I am a large woman. That's kind of awesome. Before derby I didn't necessarily love being built like a linebacker, but I have to admit, now that my rhino-like build has a practical use, I'm rather proud of it. As much as it stinks to buy pants, it's comforting to know that I'm not a little weenie pushover.
Hell, while I'm at it, I'll also include a photo of something you'll never see: me jamming. Oh god, I hate jamming. At a bout, I'd do it for the comedy of it. It's like watching a little bulldog try to outrun a greyhound. Put that bulldog in a tutu and that greyhound in silver hotpants and you have me vs. someone like Killary Clinton. ;)
Thank goodness for kind neighbors. This one went to a similarly named street around the corner and only just got to me know. Crash 'N Burnadette sent this to represent the Alamo City Rollergirls, and it would have been a shame for it to spend it's life in a condo just around the corner from its sisters and brothers in my office.
Not bad, eh? I figured I'd show off what we've all done so far. I know that some of you are wondering why there haven't been any posts about a few of these (like Ivanna S. Pankin, or Sarah Doom). This is because these particular squares are still being worked on and aren't ready for their close-ups yet. You'll have to wait to see what I do to those, but for now, enjoy the sheer "hugeongous-ness" (pronounced huge-jung-ous-ness) of the quilt in progress, and send me some more squares of your own.
I lied. Here are two more squares sent to me by a derby parent who's daughter skates for the Albany All Stars. Big Headed Honky's mom must be a pretty proud parent! She even blogged about these in her craft blog.
Thanks mama Honky. I love your squares, and I love how supportive you are of your daughter's crazy-dangerous contact sport. :D
It's been some time, I know.... however, I'll make up for the longtime silence by posting lots of images. First, here's one that I'm working on myself. It's a square dedicated to Hell, the classic derby drill in which everyone hauls ass around the track for ten minutes without stopping. This particular piece is made up of red sweatpant-stuff and stretchy gold lamé from Anna WrecksYa (one of our travel team skaters), and caution tape from one of our bouts. I'm still adding to it, but the little details aren't easy to see in a photo and I figured I'd post this pic anyway:
This next one was made by one of BDD's new skaters, Bedlam Belle. She came to our quilting Bee-DD and made this square to represent this year's crop of Freshmeat skaters. I love the two pieces of meat bashing into each other.
General Lee Feisty made this one just before she left BDD for snowy Denver. We enjoyed one short season with this fantastic skater, who transferred here from TXRD. She was there at the start of modern roller derby (you can see snippets of her in Rollergirls and Hell on Wheels) and it was wonderful to work with someone who had seen so much. Too bad she had to leave us so soon... but at least I have this to remember her by...
The next two squares came in the mail from Trippin' Daisy of the Steel City Derby Demons. First, her personal square:
... and next, her league square showing the colors of each team. Purple is for the Slumber Party Slashers, red for the Bitch Doctors, orange for the Wrecking Dolls, and green for the Hot Metal Hellions.
Lastly, I got a lovely square from Full Metal Jacque, a good friend and recently retired skater for one of our home teams, the Cosmonaughties. I miss the hell out of her, but thankfully she's not too far away, and she was kind enough to share this awesome square:
I have a few more squares that I got recently, plus photos of the quilting Bee-DD to post. I'll save those for my next update, but until then, keep 'em coming!