This is the last QAL post for Rey & BB-8! I hope you’ve enjoyed quilting along, and hope that the images and tips have been helpful. Please pop into the comments and leave me some feedback – I’d love to know what you think was good, and if there are any places I can strengthen on the next QAL I attempt. Seriously, I do this for YOU, so let me know how to make it serve you better 🙂
This week, we’ll look at quilting and binding. Grab your tea and chocolate* because I have LOTS of pictures for you!
In the last year or so I’ve transitioned to sending most of my quilts out to be quilted. The actual quilting has never really been my favorite part of the process, and my skills have not advanced to the more intricate quilting that is the norm these days. Rather than invest my time in learning to quilt in this more intense way, I’ve decided to hand it over to trusted long-arm artists, and spend more time doing the parts of the process that I like better.
So, when my first version of this quilt was finished, I handed it to Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting PDX, one of my go-to long-arm artists (and a dear friend) who does some really wonderful work on many of my special projects. Nancy got the WHY behind my designing this quilt, and really wanted to do the quilting honors. She has kindly approved of my sharing some detail shots of the quilting with you as inspiration for your quilt!
Rey’s head – look at the details of the wispy hair:
Rey’s torso – I love how Nancy rendered the drape and movement of the costume, and I really like the graphic circles in the hands and shoulders – you’ll see them again when we get to BB-8:
Rey’s legs got a fun angular treatment – I like how it contrasts with the curves and waves on the tunic. And just look at the boots!
Here’s BB-8 – I love how the concentric circles add round dimension to the more pixellated piecing:
And to finish it all, a great textured background that feels like the wind on Rey’s planet:
Nancy also quilted the 2x Scale BB-8 that I made for my son, and did another great “windy” pattern, but one that felt a bit more masculine. She also played with the distance between the lines in the ball and dome to make dimension:
It wonderful to work with an artist who takes the time to really figure out you and your quilts!
The next set of pictures comes from Frank Palmer of Full Frontal Quilt & Dyeworks, who did the long arm artistry on Scott Lunt’s version of the quilt. Frank quilted a more “industrial” vibe that works well with some of Scott’s grungier fabric choices (pix by permission of Scott and Frank). Check out the great background fill work – I love that it has a lot of movement to break up the linear aspects of the pixellated characters:
Notice the diagonal quilting on BB-8 in the white area – it gives it some spin:
And here are some images from Sue Chapman (@suesmu), showing the insanely cool work she did on the sand of her BB-8 quilt (pix used with Sue’s permission):
And these are images of a quilt made for Sandy at Windham Fabrics for his 70th birthday! (Images courtesy Crystal at Windham.) Stephanie Sheridan and Linda Leathersich of Stitched Together Studios did the piecing and quilting respectively, and incorporated the Rebel insignia and movie quotes into the quilting:
Once your quilting is done, it’s time to bind. I wrote this tutorial on how I do bias binding.
Lastly – don’t forget to label your quilt!
Please post your progress on social media with these hashtags: #reyandbb8QAL, #reyandbb8quilt, #thedroidisnotforsaleQAL, #thedroidisnotforsalequilt . And don’t forget to look at all the quilts other people have made!
My chocolate this week is a long standing favorite – Woodblock’s Dark Milk. All the flavor of a dark, with the creamy richness of a milk chocolate. YUM!
Thank you SO much for quilting along!