Friday, September 22, 2017

The Ultimate Geek Quilt - A Finish

*Very Photo Heavy Post*

Urban Dictionary Definition 6: Geek: The term now enjoys a special status within the technical community, particularly among particularly knowledgeable computer programmers. To identify oneself as a "geek" indicates a recognition that most people still consider programming computers to be a bizarre act, along with a certain fierce satisfaction in being very good at their inglorious profession. 

Miriam Webster: Geek: 3:an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity 
  • computer geek

It seems that I am able to complete one large quilt a year.
Here is this years' quilt: The Ultimate Geek Quilt

This quilt has been many years in coming.  Its probably been at least 5 years ago that I first thought of making it for my husband.  I thought it would be great to collect images of the cartoons/movies/games/comics that he enjoyed as a kid and an adult.  I started a running list of things that had a graphic, easily recognized image that didn't require words to identify (for the most part).

The quilt also had a working title for a long time.  Mostly going by "D's quilt" or "the symbols quilt".  Finally I settled on Ultimate Geek Quilt, embracing the definition that geeks are enthusiasts, especially about games and technology.

I will give you the details of the quilt here at the beginning of the post, and then if you wish to scroll through the individual blocks - you may at your leisure.  I will label them all.

The solids are all Kona Cottons, and you will notice it has a pretty limited color palette.  I discarded any thing that was too complicated or too colorful (e.g. Buck Rogers).  Everything is fusible, raw edge applique.  All sewn down with a machine button hole stitch.

The sashing fabric is 1s and 0s, and the cornerstones are USB plugs, an homage to Mr. Riley's computer/technology work.

The backing is a flannel that I got from Connecting Threads. I did preshrink the backing, even though I didn't preshrink anything else.  Flannel is just so unpredictable in it's washing/shrinking.

The batting is the Tuscany Wool from Hobbs.  Mr. Riley firmly believes quilts should be big enough to cover a person and warm.  The quilt is pretty heavy - here's hoping for a cold winter.  It measures 80" x 92".   Big enough to cover Mr. Riley (and our bed if it ends up there).

All the threads used were Aurifil.  You all know I'm a fan.

A nice shot of the backing and quilting.  I out lined all the symbols - not always completely - and then did horizontal squiggles.  I have a tendency to over quilt things, and I wanted this to be a soft and snuggly quilt, so I tried not to quilt too much.  On the other hand, the wool can't be quilted too far apart.

Over the summer I declared that I was going to FINISH this thing, so I found myself pool side in the 80s binding a wool and flannel quilt.

And so it is totally finished.  It even has a label and a sleeve as I'm planning to enter it in a quilt show in October.

Now for the individual blocks themselves.  If you follow me on Instagram, I was sharing them as I finished up the quilting of each.  That's why there are lots of threads in the pictures waiting to be buried.

Battlestar Galactica
G.I. Joe
Viper (Battlestar Galactica)
Vulcan (Star Trek)
Captain America
Colonial Symbol (Battlestar Galactica)
Viper Gold Squadron (Battlestar Galactica)
Cylon Base (Battlestar Galactica)
D&D (original symbol)
The Empire (Star Wars)
Autobots (Transformers)

The Rebel Alliance (Star Wars)
Decepticon (Transformers)
Klingon (Star Trek)
Star Trek
Jedi Order
Boba Fett (Star Wars)
Mum-ra (Thunder Cats)
Cobra (G.I. Joe)
The Borg (Star Trek)
Boba Fett (Star Wars)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rummage Sale Loot

 Most years, my local quilt guild holds a rummage sale at our summer picnic/potluck meeting.  Generally there is a $1, $3, and $5 table, plus silent auction for larger/more valuable items.  Some things I picked up this year (even though I always say I'm not going to spend any money).

Swim suit fabric.  I will try to make one for Mini next year.  And, this was actually free!!

 An entire bag of flannel Christmas fabric plus a pattern for just $5.  Woo hoo.  (now to get it done...)
 Picked up a bag pattern, why not?  Those fabrics, though (shudder).
 Just a few fabrics.  I've already used three out of this pile.
 Someone had donated a half done, plus pieces, stack and whack.  I have an idea for finishing this one in an unusual way.
 Some lonely paper pieced star flowers I needed to rescue.

And just for fun - these are 100+ year old hexie pavers at the building where my son has his cello lessons.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Working on the Eclipse Quilt

 I know the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is old news.  Been there, done that.  But, since I'm slow on the blogging train - here's my bit about the Solar Eclipse, and the Eclipse Quilt
Actually, here in SE Wisconsin, there isn't much to say.  We were pretty overcast so no dramatic pictures.  We were around 80%, it did darken, my bees actually started going home and the pigeons in our silo all came home to roost, too.

I was ready for pictures and my pinhole viewer.
On to the Eclipse Quilt.
At the end of June I had the opportunity to take two workshops with Bill Kerr from The Modern Quilt Studio.  The first was on Quilting the Modern quilt.  I have a couple stitch outs from that class which I may or may not get around to sharing - but we talked a lot about quilting as part of the overall design of the quilt. It was good.

The second workshop was on Sewing Curves.  Now, I have sewn curves.  I've made round bottom bags, I've made stuffed animals and I've sewn garments for years, but never done them in a quilt - and I thought this was a great chance to take a workshop.  Bill teaches curves using their Eclipse Pattern.

Its free on their website!! He even had the original there for us to see and touch.  The biggest design thing we discussed was all bout the edge.  You can use almost any combination of fabrics, as long as you can see the edge.  Mine is a combination of solids and Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

I finished a whopping three curves in the workshop.  I then went home and didn't touch any of it until I took the kids UP north for a couple of days.
Got just a few more finished.  Remember, there are TWO curves to sew in each block.

 Then at home I was working on a HAVE TO project and decided to add in a WANT TO project, so I got some more blocks done.
 So this is what I have done so far.  I will definitely be making more.  I think I will do some more patterned squares with solid curves to fill it out.  This is definitely not my "typical" quilt pattern, but I do like it a lot.