WIP: Quilting Darth Vader

I’ve been quiltingly stunted. No sewing, no quilting, no piecing. Nothing. We can blame the move, the virus I caught, or the general craziness that has been our last month.

After all the hustle and bustle of the last couple of weeks, I was looking forward to a day with nothing on the schedule. That day was last Sunday and I requested that we did very little. I mean, staying in jammies all day and no moving around much. I decided with this much needed downtime I was looking forward to getting into my craft room and doing some sewing.

I decided to pull out Jake’s Darth Vader quilt. Jake made the top himself (with only a little bit of my help) and I had already pinned the layers together. It’s been sitting my “to-do” pile for a while and I have a simple straight line quilting plan, nothing super fancy so I pulled this project to work on.

I didn’t spend too much time tracing some lines onto my fabric, instead I made a few and then used my guide for the first time. I had to fish it out of some hideaway in my machine but I’m glad it wasn’t far away.

I’m using a white Aurifil thread and I think it’ll look sharp on the black fabric. Kinda like pin stripes. My lines aren’t super straight but I’m not worried about them being perfect, I’m focused on getting this quilt finished.

Sharp!

So far I’m half way done! I got all the lines quilted across going in one direction. Next I’m planning to turn it and go the other direction. It’s got a little bit of a wave to it but I can live with it. It gives it texture and flow.

The back looks great, too. All stark and black with sharp lines of white. And I think going back the other way will look great, making little diamonds across the quilt. Jake thinks it’ll look like two Lightsabers fighting.

Whatever makes my little guy happy!

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Something for Our Stash!

Oh goodness, how I love getting new fabric. Whether it’s bought, gifted, or won through a drawing, new fabric makes me happy. It’s like a soft rainbow on a warm sunny day.

New fabric is, to me, a sign of new things to come. Possibilities. Opportunities. A new creative mess! And I drool over the various colors and patterns that float through my Instagram feed or my Facebook page. I want to BUY ALL THE THINGS! But, alas, I can’t. I have bills to pay and groceries to buy for my growing boy who eats non-stop!

So when Christa Watson from Christa Quilts informed my mom and I that we had won a drawing for some Kona fabrics in a jellyroll, my day was completely made!!

I mean HELLO!!! Kona: Yes please!!! Robert Kaufman: OH YES! Bright beautiful colors: OH HELP ME, I’VE DIED AND GONE TO QUILTING HEAVEN!!!

At first, I was just happy to have something new to look at and play with. I had no real idea of what I wanted to do it the jellyroll but I knew an idea would come to me.

So I just snapped a few picture, fondled the fabric for a bit, then stashed it away to take out when I was good and ready to start working with it.

Just a few weeks later, long after I took these pictures and had put my fabric away, I signed up to receive updates for Christa’s website and read that by doing so, I’d receive a free pattern.

Well then, I thought to myself, it must be a sign. I happen to have a jellyroll (1 of the 2 I’d need) and I’ve been debating starting a new project. So I signed up,confirmed my email address, and BOOM! There in my email inbox was the free puzzle box pattern as promised.

Now I KNOW what I’m going to do with these lovely colors. I’ll buy another roll and use the pattern included with my subscript to make a beautiful, colorful, vibrant quilt!

I mean who could say no to this delicious fabric!

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I’ve already read through this pattern and I was happy to see it’s written in a way that speaks to my learning abilities. There are clear and written precise directions, simple pictures that are easy to understand, and there are tips along the way. There is even a suggestion as to how to quilt this project!

I’m super excited to start working on this quilt top. I have a few WIPs I need to wrap up but, come on, what’s one more project!! Especially one that will challenge me but won’t wear me down with too many new techniques. It’s just challenging enough to make me learn something new or practice in areas I need improvement but won’t deter me from finishing it!

Definitely check back as I share my progress. Don’t forget to check out Christa’s fabric shop on Amazon, The Precut Store, where you can find beautiful jellyrolls like the one shown here!

Full disclosure, this post was not required of me to write. Hell, Christa doesn’t even know I’m doing this. I’ve written this post all on my own and for a good reason: Christa is one of the most supportive and enthusiastic voices for quilters and crafters, from beginners to professionals. She works hard to put out her own professional products and to promote her store and book but she does it all while lifting others up and encouraging us all to do what we love and what makes us happy.

I’ve come to know Christa through the honest craft roomies periscope hops and since that all began, she’s been nothing but supportive of our endeavors here at Hobbies Up To Here. So I wanted to take a quick moment and give her a shout out. To lift her up and support her in all she does.

Now in the quilting community, she’s an author and a teacher and an all around beautiful quilting Jedi while I’m just a padawan still learning the ways of the Quilt Force but, as a thank you and to show my support in return, I write this post with no strings attached and with no motives other than to point you in her direction. She’s great! I promise! She’s relatable, caring, energetic, and beyond encouraging so make sure to stop by her site or her Facebook and Instagram to say hello!

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