So. Many. Projects.

Hey everyone, I’ve been busy on my other pages, but this one has been still for a bit because I haven’t finished any projects.  That doesn’t mean I’m not working on them because…boy oh boy…I am swamped!

I was able to finish my t-shirt quilt commission and baby Flash quilt commission right when school started.  Now, I’m on to another undisclosed project, a bookshelf quilt for a church retreat, a Star Wars quilt (or two) for the upcoming craft fairs, finishing my comic book quilt and second guitar quilt.  I also have a partially begun other undisclosed project as well as a promised project that hasn’t even been started.  Oh, and there’s another t-shirt quilt waiting to be started, but the timeline is very generous, so it’ll be a while before I start it.

Whew!  Stay tuned folks.

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Flash quilt detail
Newest roll
Star Wars quilts jelly roll
Bookshelf scraps
Scraps for a bookshelf quilt
comic book quilt
comic book quilt top
Guitar quilt
guitar quilt in progress

Rey and BB8 Wall Quilt

This is the wall quilt I was working on in tandem with the Luke’s Last Sunset quilts.  Both are from the same roll of fabric.

This one was pretty straight-forward as far as technique goes.  I didn’t end up using any gold thread or satin like I have in previous ones.

I did change out the thread as the colors changed, though.  So that was fun.

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Luke’s Last Sunset Wall Quilt

Due to the popularity of the Star Wars quilts, I started thinking about what other silhouettes I wanted to do.  It turned out I still had a couple of Star Wars ones I wanted to try out before moving on to other images.

I wanted to do the Rey and BB8 silhouette from The Force Awakens first, but I ended up working on another one in tandem after seeing a picture a friend bought online of Luke’s Last Sunset from The Last Jedi.  I remembered choking up in the theater when I saw this shot, and the symbolism was NOT lost on me.  So I looked online and found this screenshot.

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I traced it as best I could and then got to cutting up my orange, maroon, and dark purple fabric into strips.  For the original Star Wars quilts, I used 3.5″ strips because I was aiming for a twin-sized quilt.  For this one, a friend suggested I go smaller, and I agreed, considering this was going to be a wall quilt.  Much smaller.  I ended up going with 2.5″ strips and was pleased.

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I knew I’d cut a lot, and after rolling it all up and making the strips, I ended up with enough strips to make SIX wall quilts.  So I decided I would make two of the Luke quilts and two of the Rey and BB8 quilts.

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They were arranged and sewn together.  Next step was to cut out the silhouette.  I opted to use gold crepe back satin for the suns to give them extra luster and make them stand out against the orange fabric.  I even ended up running some gold thread over the suns as well.

 

 

I liked the way the final results look.  Happy with this one.  The final step was to add a hanging sleeve.

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Mommy-Son Pictures

The boy and I decided to get some mommy-son pictures made, and I wanted to bring something that was important to both of us.  So I brought the Star Wars quilt I made him.  This was the prototype for the other Star Wars quilts I made.

I like how they turned out.  Miles over at Portrait Innovations did a great job!

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Star Wars Quilts: Episode 4

This is the last episode to compliment episodes 1, 2, and 3.  Thanks for sticking with me!

At this point, both the Luke and Darth Vader quilt and the Rey and Kylo Ren quilt were ready for my mid-arm quilting machine.  On the original one I made, I had quilted a very close pattern because of the different fabrics I’d used.  The quilt has a nice “hand” (the weight and how it hangs) and works wonderfully, so I decided to keep a good thing going.

You can see here the details and tight horizontal swirls pattern I used.

On the original quilt, my son chose the backing and picked a blue mottled stars and sky fabric.  It looked awesome but was among the more expensive fabrics.  For these, I went with a simple black to help tie together the silhouettes themselves to the overall look of the quilt.  With so many blue variations, the black was needed.  I also liked how you could see the impressions of the characters on the back.

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Here are the final results.

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I had originally wanted to wait and begin selling these at my next craft show, but I decided to go ahead and place them on Etsy.

So here is the link to the Luke and Darth Vader listing.

Here is the link to the Rey and Kylo Ren listing.

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Star Wars Quilts: Episode 3

This post is a continuation of Episode 1 and Episode 2 – logically.

With Luke and Darth Vader taken care of, it was now time for Rey and Kylo Ren.  They presented a unique challenge because, while there were lots of images from which to choose, I couldn’t find many that translated into a silhouette well.  One would have a good profile, but the body wasn’t in a good position; another would be missing the feet but everything else was perfect.  In the end, I picked a couple of pictures where everything was right except the head, and I imposed a different picture’s head onto it, adjusting for size, etc.  I really wanted Rey’s specific hairdo included, and I did NOT want a silhouette of Kylo Ren’s hood up.

Just like the other one, I traced the images from a projector onto paper, and then I traced them again onto the Pellon 805 fusible interfacing.

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These figures had a lot more detail than Luke and Darth Vader, and they took longer to cut out.  Not to mention Kylo Ren’s interfacing did NOT want to peel off properly.

 

If you look carefully, you can see where I’ve used a lot of pins on Kylo Ren.  I decided Kylo Ren in fabric form was just as aggravating as Kylo Ren in the cinema form.  *But we all love and adore Adam Driver in this house!

After this, there’s lots of ironing and sewing with the zigzag stitch as I attached them to the blue strip background.  Somewhere in here I added lightsabers and had a needle break on my sewing machine.  A piece of it flew towards my eye, and I’m grateful for such trivial things as eyelids.  Mine worked just as it ought and kept my actual eye from being hit.  Yikes!

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Almost there!  Stay tuned tomorrow for the final episode.

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Star Wars Quilts: Episode 2

This post is a continuation from yesterday’s.

After sewing all the strips together for two twin-sized quilts, I had to get to work on the silhouettes.  The Luke and Darth Vader ones were easy because I still had the silhouettes from the original quilt.

The key to making these quilts is to use the 805 Pellon fusible web interfacing.  I traced the images onto the interfacing, pinned them to the quilt, and then I ironed away.

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It’s strange.  When the 805 works like it’s supposed to and peels off properly, you get fabric with an entire side of glue that’s ready to be ironed onto another piece of fabric.  For these, some of the spots worked correctly, but I had a lot of areas that simply didn’t want to cooperate.  This is where I had to go back and pin again.  The fusible interfacing to there to ensure everything stays put and doesn’t shift while being sewn down.

The next step was the cut out the figures.

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I like to use gray for the lightsaber handle and satin for the lightsaber blades.  I had considered several other options before settling on satin, including glow-in-the-dark fabric.  But I couldn’t resist the sheen of the satin and liked how it “popped”.  I ironed the lightsabers on right after the figures were situated.

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I used the close-set zigzag stitch and my duel-feed foot to trace around my figures and make sure they were secure.  After Luke and Darth Vader were ready, I moved on to my newer silhouettes: Rey and Kylo Ren.

Stay tuned tomorrow for Episode 3.

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