May the 4th be with you!
(yes, I couldn’t resist!)
This is Week 1 of the Rey & BB-8 Quilt Along. I’ll be posting the steps for the next eleven weeks on Wednesdays before 8am Pacific Time (GMT -8), so I hope you can join in.
Your mission for this week is to gather all your fabrics, and download the pattern(s) that you’ll need.
If you are making the whole quilt, you’ll just need the main pattern. If you are hopping on for just BB-8 (Week 8), you have a choice of making him the size of the main pattern (13” x 20”) or doubling him in size to 26” x 40” using the additional supplement. I hope you consider making Rey – she’s the reason I designed this!
OK – on to fabrics!
I researched and charted some solid fabric choices from various manufacturers (this will help if you need to order by mail), but I’ve seen some lovely variations on Instagram done with fabrics that have nice print texture, especially for Rey’s tunic. So consider looking at mottled or grungy textures too. FYI, I used warmer grays on Rey’s garments, and a cooler gray on BB-8.
If you want to fine tune Rey’s colors, here’s an image of her garments that I snapped at a costume exhibition at FIDM in February. Take a look at the texture in the cheesecloth wrap, and the stitching on the goggles!
Once you have your fabrics, snip a bit from them and stick them to the swatch card in the pattern (p3), as this will help keep things straight while you’re working.
Speaking of working, I’ve laid the pattern out to be cut and sewn one section at a time. I find that if I cut the WHOLE quilt out, I need to bag and mark everything rigorously, but if I only do a section, there are less pieces to lose track of or get confused. If you like to mark your pieces, I recommend using chalk or a Frixion marker on the BACK of the piece (that way, if it doesn’t come off well, it’s not on the front) – OR – using easy-to-remove painters’ tape. If using tape, I lay a strip on my cutting board, write out the numbers/letters along it, then slice it up using a rotary cutter (one I keep especially for paper and other dull things).
Next week we’ll sew and cut the first section, so make sure you have a sharp blade in your cutter, and map out an hour of time in your schedule to make a cuppa and sew!
PLEASE share your progress on social media with these hashtags: #reyandbb8QAL, #reyandbb8quilt, #thedroidisnotforsaleQAL, #the droidisnotforsalequilt.
Let me know in the comments if you have questions!