Spoiler alert: This post is about the new Star Wars movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to move along… this is not the post you’re looking for!
I love a good action movie, but I’ve grown tired of not having lady heroes to root for. I’m a Wonder Woman aficionado, but honestly, a lot of that is due to a lack of other options on the mainstream super-hero menu.
I’ve seen The Force Awakens twice… fandom of the Force is strong in my family. And can I just say, finally, we get a Jedi heroine. FINALLY.
I have many friends whose daughters are inspired by the character of Rey. She is strong, capable, resourceful, and caring. My friends are thrilled that their daughters saw a woman kicking serious patootie, and not doing it scantily clad, either.
And then come in the reports that Rey has been left out of a lot of the merchandising. You can get a set of all the new fellas (plus a Storm Trooper or two), but not Rey. It caused some outcry, to the point of spawning the #WheresRey hashtag. Hasbro said it was because they didn’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, yet I ask… how does including Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe Dameron not constitute a spoiler? I’m not falling for that slick attempt at justifying a major misstep in marketing strategy. Suffice to say, Hasbro is hastily adding Rey to manufacturing right now. Duh.
This tired excuse bugged me heartily. So instead of just grumbling about it (see Tina Roth Eisenberg’s “Rules to Live By“, specifically number 3), I decided to do my part to upend the inequality of merchandising for girls: I designed a Rey quilt pattern.
Of course, I included BB-8 because there is no way I would pass up the chance to design an ORANGE droid. And check out the insanely talented quilting done by my friend, and fellow Star Wars fan, Nancy Stovall:
The pattern is all straight seams and snowballs, with a few templates for the funky shapes. It’s nothing you can’t sew if you can hold to a decent 1/4” seam. It finishes at 42” x 52”, which is perfect for a snuggle, or a great start to something bigger.
Best of all, this pattern is a fundraiser for ChickTech.org, a great organization that supports women in technology careers. ALL proceeds go to ChickTech, quarterly – I don’t make a cent from it. Yes, I don’t want to tangle with Disney, but more than that, I want our girls (and my fellow fans) to be able to finally have a quilt that includes such a great HEROINE.
So this one is for YOU! You shop for it here.
And here’s a chart of suggested colors of fabrics by manufacturer.
Here’s a supplemental pattern for just BB-8, at twice the scale of the main pattern.
May the Force be with you!