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Boldly Sewn.

Whew, finished!   Do you know that feeling?

This quilt was based on the zipper quilt that I saw in one of the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazines.  You can watch Jenny Doan’s tutorial at the link below.

The Zipper Quilt – Quilting Made Easy

The main thing I changed was to start with 10″ squares (layer cakes) instead of charm packs.  I used one layer cake and some Star Trek yardage that my husband and I stashed away over the last few years.  The result is an extra long, king size, Star Trek zipper quilt.

A quilt of such Sci Fi magnitude screamed for a quilting design bolder than stipples, feathers, or simple geometrics.  I decided to digitize a point to point command Insignia.  With connected ends, every other one inverted, and nested the rows, the quilt has no top or bottom.

Admittedly I got carried away and had to remove one whole column before quilting so that I didn’t need to piece my backing and batting!

Sew Bold!

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EnderQuilt – Game On!

Lately I have not posted many completed works.  I have been quilting for others, which, though rewarding seems to slow progress on my own projects.  But, I persevere…  This one took me less than 1 year!

I started this quilt back in November of 2015, on a whim, during a visit to Quilted Memories.    I remember picking up a stack of solids and talking to one of the ladies cutting about my plan to make a Minecraft quilt for my son that I had seen on Pinterest.

Creeper was completed in November of 2015, then in January he was followed by an enderman, cow, and a pig.  Steve, the chicken, lava and diamond ore came later, much later.   If you remember in my previous post, my son declared that he wanted an Enderdragon on his quilt.

Yes, I am glutton for punishment.  I couldn’t resist the challenge.

GAME ON!

An Enderdragon was born out of fabric in my stash.  I designed him in EQ7 as four separate blocks, based on a perler bead image I saw at Kandi Patterns online.  I didn’t want to use all small blocks like a bead pattern does, so created the pattern out of a mixture of large and smaller squares.

Originally he was on a solid background, but I felt that white just wouldn’t work.  I couldn’t use black or grey, as it would blend with his body and wings.

In comes Max (he is 8).  He sees my design.

“Cool!  That’s epic”, he says (or something like that.  I am glad he approved.)

Me:  “Max, what color do you think the Enderdragon should be on?”
Max: “Mooom, Enderdragons live on enderstone.”
Me: “What’s enderstone?”
Max: “Duh, just google it, here I will show you.”

Max proceeded to pull up an image of enderstone on my computer.  There it was in all of it’s stoney glory.  Max helped me pull out scrap squares of tans from my box of brown and tans from his great grandmother’s stash.   Stone is good practice for random.

After finally assembling the four, 24″ squares of the dragon, I assembled him in all of his glory.  As the dragon took up my entire design wall, I realized that I needed to come up with a plan for the rest of the quilt, that would now be a king size!   I used MS Excel to layout my borders and sashing.  What you see was my final pick.  I didn’t keep all of my sashing and borders equal because if I did, it wasn’t going to fit on my longarm!

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The quilt is hanging from my second story bannister below.  It is the largest I have made to date.    I think, in minecraft, the enderdragon prevents players from leaving “The End” until he is defeated.   Once defeated, a player gains lots of “experience”.

A special challenge deserves a special label.  I digitized and embroidered the minecraft diamond sword and font.  This was my final touch to a “just because” gift for my son, and co-designer, Max.

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Almost Morse

My latest finish…

This was a quilt kit picked up on our 2014 summer road trip through Paducah, Kentucky… Of course I visited the renowned Hancock’s of Paducah.  The best way to convince my husband that I “needed” a quilt kit was to pick one of his own heart.  As an amateur radio operator, who could possible say no to a pattern called “Morse Code“?  The pattern by Marlous Carter is available for free, just click the link above.   I finished piecing this for my husband on Field Day weekend this summer (2015) when lots of Ham’s around the country are flexing the radio frequency bands.  Consider this my CQ.. CQ.   It doesn’t say much, E, A, ?, !… maybe I just left the rest unsaid.

The piecing is great for 2 1/2″ Jelly roll strips.  However, I would suggest yardage for the background fabric.  The sashing or narrow rows between color are only 1 1/2” wide strips (or a “honey bun”).  The fabric collection shown is Timeless Treasures, Tonga Punch Batiks.  I machine quilted it using a pattern called “Funky Fans”.

This was my first Batik quilt and I was worried about the fabric bleeding since I could not prewash them.  However, I threw in two Color Catchers with my quilt and washed it on a normal cycle.  No bleeding!  These things work great.  I will use them on all of my quilts with unwashed fabrics.

You have to admire the person who got away with naming special fabric cuts Honey Buns, Fat Quarters and Jelly Rolls… What’s next Muffin Tops and Spare Donuts?  Those would make terrible names for pre-cut length of fabric borders and printed panels! 

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