I'll be the first to admit - this is not the first hockey-themed quilt that I thought I would make. I mean, this was one of our engagement pictures, for crying out loud.
Not a Caps sweater to be seen. HOWEVER. One of our very dear friends and former professors is about to be a grandfather for the first time. This is the same friend who was kind enough to share his kick-butt seats at the 2015 Winter Classic, so that we could see the Blackhawks face the Capitals in DC - certainly, a themed baby quilt was in order (and he doesn't know about my blog, so I don't even feel badly giving away the surprise!). Given that our friend's daughter is also a huge Caps fan, I rejected going with the Maryland flag (which was a pretty significant contender, let me tell you) and opted for something a little cooler.
I just finished doing the embroidery on the logo last night, and haven't pressed the "ice" yet. Everything (except the buttons) is to scale for the Verizon Center - I'll probably do a blog later with all of those measurements, so that if anyone wants to do their own hockey rink quilt, they can skip the "fractions" and the "staring at Google images of modern NHL rink measurement" bits. Not that I didn't totally have a blast with that one.
I still have to add the face-off circles, the trapezoid, cut the curved corners, and make the goals, but I feel like this is starting to come together. One of my favorite parts is that the ice is actually a white-on-white "ice" fabric that Hobby Lobby sells (in a bunch of different colors).
Because hockey rinks are 85' x 200', they're a less-than-ideal shape for baby quilts. I plan to use navy fabric to make strips on the top and the bottom, with some as-yet-undetermined incorporation of the other Capitals logo (and maybe the baby's name).
What do you think? Would Ovechkin want one for his firstborn?