So for weeks I have gone back and forth, until I read this post on The Broke and the Bookish that made me feel not so totally alone. That coupled with a trip to FYE, where I was almost in tears after seeing this:
It took a second to sink in. "Thank you for visiting Eureka."
Because I have to leave now.
This would be a much better blog post if there was some big story about why this show meant so much to me. It didn't save me, it didn't bring about some grand epiphany that completely changed my life. But I did love it. Eureka may be a fictional place, but it was always my favorite getaway. I watched it when I was happy, when I was sad, when I was alone. I watched it when my dad was in the hospital. Lord knows how I would have gotten through my last two years of college without it. (The season 2 episode Noche de suenos got me an A on a Psych test once!)
Eureka came into my life at a really crucial point. That awkward point in my high school career where I realized I didn't like the person I was, and had no idea who I wanted to be. I went back to things I loved in childhood, before I started worrying what other people thought of me. Books like Pendragon, The Seven Towers. Most importantly, the Stargate franchise. Netflix was quick to spew me lots of suggestions, the top of which being Eureka. I was hooked from almost the very beginning (Specifically Jack's "NO YOU LISTEN HOMEGIRL" outburst. It doesn't take much to woo me apparently)
When I started this, my plan was simple. 13 episodes. 13 hours was more than enough time. A few trips to some local (and not so local) fabric stores later, and I had this gorgeous stack of deep blues that had been a big part of the aesthetic throughout the series. I added a dark grey I had on hand and immediately thought of the I'm A Ginger Monkey - Tie Me Up quilt tutorial that I been eyeing for awhile. I turned on the pilot, and by the time I was done I had the whole top together.
I love this show for a lot of reasons, but the most important reason was always the characters. There's Sheriff Carter, the old fashioned law man in a completely hyper-modern community. Jo, the tough as nails deputy (who really just wanted to be a ballerina). Henry, with his pocket full of job titles. Vincent, who's got whatever you want. SARAH the house who would appreciate a call if you are going to be late for dinner. Allison Blake is one of the strongest, most inspiring female characters on television period. Lovable Fargo, Utterly Hate-able Beverley Barlow, Snarky Stark, Zane the bad boy nerd, Zoe the girl who finally found a home, Taggart the... well Taggart is a little hard to explain.
When I had to actually sit down and pick my 6 favorite quotes from the show it was really difficult. Partly because I have way more than 6 favorite characters, but mostly because what made this show great was not one single character, but the interaction they all had with each other (Don't get me wrong, they are all amazingly strong characters in their own right, but what made the show come alive was the interactions between all these great characters. How they made you believe that somewhere in Oregon this town with these people could really exist.).
Finally I settled on these six. Although Jo's "Boys, there's plenty of back door access for everyone." and Henry's "It's like a riddle inside an enigma, wrapped in ten inches of titanium alloy" were close runners up. I also almost added a big ol' "SERPINTINE" across one for my boy Taggart, and I am still not totally convinced I shouldn't add that in later. (Sorry about the crazy color differences, I am going to get better pictures in some natural light ASAP)
I had a hard time getting all of the marking chalk to come off this time. (You can really see it on the Fargo quote block and a few other spots) Its a transfer pen I have used many times before, but I have never let it sit this long. I am hoping after a spin in the washer and dryer it will all come out, but if not that'll be just fine.
(Jack Carter S1E12 Once in a Lifetme, Zane Donovan S4E12 Reprise, Nathan Stark S4E08, S.A.R.A.H.S3E03, Douglas Fargo S1E11, Jack Carter S1E10)
The whole top went together in less than a day. (If you are looking for a great quick pattern I highly recommend this one! Lots of visual impact, not a whole lot of work.) I was going to hand quilt it while I watched the last season, hopefully finishing the binding during the finale. I traced a bunch of 1.5 inch hexagons on freezer paper and pinned them in various spots on the grey blocks, and outline quilted the rest.
Hexagons were also a common motif in Eureka, as seen here in a few screen grabs I got from my Ipad.
Needless to say, that did not happen. In fact I have still not watched the finale. Because if I don't see the end, then it never happened right? I've tried a few times to start a re-watch from season 1 and build up some momentum, but then I get to a point where I am just to sad and I put it away (Usually right around the season 3 episode "I Do Over". I will never stop being emotionally traumatized by that episode)
This has been a year of facing fears though (like finally getting my drivers license. And possibly bringing home my first car tomorrow!) so I decided to pick it up again.. It's finished now, and while I still may not have worked up the courage to watch those final two episodes, I am I finished this. Its chillin' in my room now, with my WWF (yes, I know it is now WWE, but this is from the olden' days) pillow.
"What makes Eureka special, is not the ideal behind it. But you.
This community, this family, that I am very proud to be a part of.
And its this family that I promise to protect no matter what.