WIP: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt

My son is a pretty interesting character. He loves soccer and playing Minecraft. He reads comic books and “boy humor” books like Captain Underpants. He’s fascinated with space and science and he loves the color pink.

What can I say, when I made him I broke the mould!

When I started quilting oh so long ago, Jake was fascinated with my machine and all the working bits. Then he started working on his own projects with my help.

Well this year he turned the big 1-0. And with some of his birthday money, he bought himself a quilt kit at the Pomona Crafting Fair.

Along with all of his interests, Star Wars is a big one, too. And this old school Star Wars mama is completely thrilled with this.

His kit came with two panels that included all his fabrics. We had to cut them apart to get started. The Vader panel is the center piece to the whole project which I felt was a great choice for Jake. Other than some light piecing around the edges, the main focus is already done for him.

So we sat down together and worked through this project. I did the cutting, he did the pressing. Then he sat down to sew and I took over the pressing so that he could focus on keeping things neat and straight.

He was pretty proud of his progress and I made sure to document his journey. Who knows how long he’ll enjoy sewing let alone the company of his mother!

The next day we sat down and really planned to whip through the rest of the borders. The project is fairly straight forward so I wanted him to work through it from beginning to end and not lose focus.

And we finished. Well, with the top at least. After we had everything squared up and ready to go, we shopped for his backing fabric. We went with a Kona solid in black to keep it simple.

I’ve left enough fabric to roll over from front to back as the binding. I figure I’ll be binding it although I’d love to see him attempt to quilt it. That may be asking a lot but it’s worth a try!

I was really proud of him. He stuck with this project and saw it through to the end of the top. He put a lot of effort into it and made sure he took his time to do his best. It’s a good looking top that just needs some quilting and binding!

Did I say he loved Star Wars? Well I wasn’t lying! This is his newly made Imperial Assault Carrier that he made on his own (I only helped a little).

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The Splendid Sampler: Block 5 Simple Simon (Not!)

It’s time again to share with all of you, our readers and friends, my recently finished block from The Splendid Sampler quilt along. If you’d like to see my past blocks, check out block 1, block 2, and block 3. I have jumped out of order and skipped block 4 but I intend to get it done soon as I can get the appliqué parts drawn up!

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Block 5 arrived and I instantly knew I could blow through it in a flash. Maybe it was all my past success or maybe it was because I recognized the 9 patch in the background and felt confident that this block wouldn’t cause too much difficulty.

Boy was I wrong!!

To start, this block is the first in my series without the red focus color. And, still, it looks wonderful. I’m adoring this fabric set and really love the combinations, no matter which I choose to use.

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My rows came together quickly and I made sure to starch them like crazy because I’m finding the starch really keeps the fabric flat and easy to sew with once I start combining multiple rows with thicker seams.

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My 9 patch alone was gorgeous and I could have stopped right there and I would have been completely satisfied. It’s the same pattern but with different colors and the way the fabrics play together is really beautiful.

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I mean look at those points!!

And then came the Great Chopping. I had to cut the block into four squares so that I could add the borders in the middle. Now, had I been thinking outside the box (pun completely intended) I would have just measured to the center, marked it, then sliced right down and then flipped it around to do the same across the middle.

But no, for some reason I decided to measure in and cut to the measurement in the pattern and not the true size of my block at that point. I didn’t take into consideration that the measurements in pattern would not match up exactly to my very own block in reality. There are too many variables that can come into play and a small crooked cut on one small piece can cause the block to measure differently.

Either way, I went by the pattern and when I measured for the cut, it wasn’t right. It was a little off. So when I applied the middle borders, some of the corner pieces didn’t line up as was as I would have liked them to.

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But looking at it here you can’t even tell and that’s all that matters to me. I know what I did wrong and now I know how I’d fix it. As for this block, I’m leaving it just as it is! It’s a good looking block with well balanced colors and fabrics. Other than some trimming that will happen when I want to fit a border to it, it’s still very beautiful and I’m happy with the outcome!

And now I’ve learned, don’t take a “simple” block of granted. All blocks have their difficulties and need to be respected thusly!

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