Lego Star Wars Quilt by Quilterinmotion

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Lego star wars
Status:
Binding
Started:
2013-09-03T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:
None

Description

My grandson loves Lego.  He also enjoys his Lego Star Wars video game.  When I saw the Lego Star Wars paper-pieced blocks offered by Krista from Quiet Play blog on Craftsy (for free!!), I knew I wanted to make him a cuddle quilt for Christmas.  Living in Vermont, they keep the heat turned lower than I would like it so there are always blankets and quilts around to cover up in.  I know Jack will love using this quilt when I get it  done.

You can see Krista's quilt at her blog, http://quietplay.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/lego-star-wars-quilt-big-reveal.html

I started the paper-piecing in September, hoping to get the quilt done and wrapped to leave behind when we went South for the winter.  You know what they say about "best-laid plans".  I had my rotary cutter accident when I was working on the last character block so everything came to a screeching halt for about six weeks.   I was able to hand sew so the embroidered features were completed while I waited to be able to stitch on the machine again.

I do have a few blocks that misse camera action so I'll add those soon.  I have NO IDEA how many little pieces of fabric it required but I guarantee there are MANY, MANY!

 Now I have the last block finished and will soon begin sashing and adding borders.

December 6th.  I finished the Legos and Star Wars logos yesterday.  What a lot of cutting and stitching, and still they are raveling a bit.  I expected the fusible to at least  hold off the raveling for a bit.  I'm glad I took the time to stitch every layer and not count on the fusible holding. 

Today I spent much of the day spray-basting, then quilting the flimsy onto non-pill fleece.  I used a tan, about the same color as the Granddog that lives with the Grandson who will receive this quilt.  It seemed like a good idea.  I was very happy with the way the quilting went.  I quilted inside each block and around the figure to prevent "ballooning" later on when the spray-basting wears off.  The back is nice and flat, no ripples. Spray-basting was the way to go.  I did use my walking foot to add extra assurance that it would all stay flat together. 

Now, binding time.  That shouldn't take long if I can find free time to do it as we have holiday events taking up a lot of time right now (Christmas parades - 5 - that all the Club tractors drive in).  Maybe if it rains, I can do it tonight!

December 13th.  The quilt is finished and folded, ready for packing.   I love the way it came out.  I quilted around each block and around the exterior of the sashing so there's very little area larger than a hand that's not quilted except for along the long sides where the wording is.  I quilted around the head and shoulders of each character as well so I feel it will stay well for being used.    I used Fray-Check on all the black lettering as they seemed to want to ravel...already!

I had some multi-blues print I used for the binding and it went on very nicely. 
  I'm sure Grandson will be excited about this gift.  He told his mother the other day he needed another Star Wars quilt because his old fleece one was worn out.  He was talking a fleece Star Wars print that had tied edges his other grandmother bought when he was about three!!

1/15/14 I just figured out how to get this photo from my daughter's text (from Christmas night) so I could add it to the Lego Star Wars project page.  It seems the fitting way to end this project. 

Pictures

Grandson Christmas Night
Only missing a binding!
Darth Vader
Princess Leia
Luke Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Padme Amedalia
Anakin Skywalker
Storm Trooper
Clone Trooper
Completed blocks
Mace Windu
It is Finished!
Corner flipped to see the fleece back and how it was quilted

Loves

TabithaA
Jennyrae1979
eatmyoxygen
Kat
ArloDeanQuilts
Jayney
janepez
Sandyo3
Sweetbriarrose
Mimuscraft
Scientificquilter
Stitch
Charlie

Comments

Kat

I love your Darth Vader!

True

Having a son who loved these two things as a child (ok he still does;-) he would have loved this quilt! And I get the need of things to wrap oneself to stay warm in!!

Quilterinmotion

Thanks, Kat . He is one of my favs too. True , I'm sure you can agree with the need for warm things to wrap in. VT and ME weather is very similar and temps also.

HawkFan

These are amazing! All three of my kids (DD included) would have loved these

Quilterinmotion

Thanks HawkFan . I expect Grandson will be "over the moon" when he gets it!

Mrsquilt

This is wonderful!!!! Your grandson is very lucky!

At the vermont quilt festival i saw really nice starwars fabric... It might be nice for back.

Stitch

Fantastic! I may have to look into those patterns myself.

Quilterinmotion

Mrsquilt , I saw that nice fabric at the VQF too! I decided to make the back with fleece, a first for me, but I want it to be super cuddly for the grandson. Stitch , so glad you like it. The patterns are well done and each block takes about 2 hours to complete, at the most.

Charwirfs

Wow! This is awesome.

Mrsquilt

Oooh! Fleece will be nice :)

Quilterinmotion

Mrsquilt . I found a Star Wars fleece but it was so busy!!!! I decided on a plain tan. Have you ever backed a quilt with fleece? I haven't and I am having second thoughts about how to quilt it without distorting it by stretching. Tips would be appreciated.

Mrsquilt

I wish i could help but i've never worked with fleece. If you ask this question on the forum, someone might have experience with this. Good luck!

Stitch

Oh I've done a few with fleece backing! This is my little tutorial about how I've done it: http://www.quiltingsisters.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-new-favorite-way-to-make-quilt.html

I'm no expert, but having done a few now, I would say it is good to give the fleece a very slight stretch as you lay it out and pin baste. I have always used the anti-pill fleece from Joann's, not the Blizzard fleece. Good luck!

Quilterinmotion

Stitch , I read your tutorial and it seems like what I was thinking. I was wondering if doing some spray basting might eliminate any stretch while quilting.

I bought anti-pill fleece from Joann's for the backing but I think I will do regular fabric for the binding as this is another way of keeping the fleece's shape as you go around the edges. I used the fabric binding with minke and it was great for keeping the stretch under control.

I can't really think of any reason why spray basting would be a negative thing to do. Your thoughts? Nice tutorial by the way.

Stitch

I am a big fan of spray basting and do that all the time with cotton backings. I don't remember my thought process at the time as to why I thought pinning might be better for fleece. I can see your point on the cotton binding, and I think it could be a successful venture to use spray basting. Are you using battng as well? Most of the time I just use fleece on the back with nothing between (makes great baby quilts). It can get heavy, so use caution when lifting, quilting, and moving the sandwich around so that nothing stretches out of place. I will be waiting to see how it all turns out!

HawkFan

I've done two with fleece backs and have another one ready to quilt. I used the spray basting and didn't have any problems. The fleece does behave a little differently when you're getting it all sandwiched together - it was a little harder to get it laid out flat and smooth but once I got it smoothed out, the quilting was fine. I prefer the spray for something like this because there is less chance of shifting compared to pinning

Quilterinmotion

Stitch and HawkFan , thanks for your input. I will not be using batting in addition to the fleece. It will be plenty warm enough without the addition of batting. I agree with you, Stitch . HawkFan , my thoughts exactly. The spray basting should eliminate that movement while I'm quilting it. Thaks for the confirmation.

So glad I have the TB community for tossing around ideas. You are all a blessing!

Kat

What a cool quilt!

Quilterinmotion

Kat , thanks. I expect my grandson to be "over the moon" when he sees it! HawkFan and Stitch , the spray basting worked great. I ironed it after spraying and laying the two layers together. Then just for good measure, I pinned and it went together with no lumps, bumps or rolls. Definitely will repeat this on other children's quilts and maybe even an adult one or two!

libellenart

This is such a wonderful quilt ! I am looking forward seeing it finished, so make sure you post a pic before you give it to your 'one lucky guy of a grandson" :-)
I am sure he will be thrilled!

Rebeccajeffsmith

Marsha, this is so cute. My 35 year old son would even love this one!

Seeneed

I love this quilt. What a brilliant idea and adding fleece to the back just makes it so cuddly. Great job.

Quilterinmotion

Thank you Rebeccajeffsmith and Seeneed. The patterns are free Rebecca so get started for next Christmas for the son!!! Seeneed. This was the first fleece/cotton quilt I have done but it won't be the last. It does feel very cuddly and since I know it quilts well, I'll do it again without hesitation.

Stitch

Love the words you added! I'm so happy it turned out well with the fleece! I've got the patterns downloaded now and will get to trying them after the holidays.

HawkFan

Just getting caught up after being busy all weekend - so glad to hear the spray basting worked well for you. This is such an awesome gift!

Quilterinmotion

HawkFan , thanks. Yes the spray basting made it such an easy task. Stitch , I can't wait to see your blocks, etc. when you get started. They are fun to do! Who will receive them?

Siffstitch

Looks like he loves it! I knit an afghan for my cousin's son when he was three and a half, and he threw all his other blankets off his bed and used only mine for a couple weeks. From the pictures, I'd say you have a similar thing going on!

Quilterinmotion

Siffstitch , this boy loves quilts!!! I've never known a child who is as excited as Jack is when he gets one of my quilts. Didn't it melt your heart when your cousin's son did that?

Speattle

Siffstitch You need to make this for Mr. Siffstitch!

Siffstitch

Quilterinmotion

Yeah, it's a great feeling! I'm glad you've got people to appreciate your hard work as well.

Charwirfs

Your picture says it all.

Quilterinmotion

Charwirfs , it sure makes the time spent SO well worth it!

Quilterinmotion

Carolmarie , thank you! He does love it and it was most definitely a work of love. (I cut part of my finger off cutting those paper-pieced pieces, actually Darth Vader.) Believe me, I've been wearing safety gloves ever since my finger healed enough to quilt again. I'm glad you got to see it. I expect he'll have that forever as he does love his Grandma's quilts.

Quilterinmotion

No Carolmarie , I didn't have surgery. If I had gone to ER they probably would have wanted to do that but I went to a walk-in clinic and she handled it just fine. It took about six months for a complete healing and my finger looks a bit odd (much narrower than the other pointer finger). The rotary cutter sliced off the side of my finger from first knuckle to tip of finger. Man, did that hurt!!! Lots of nerve endings exposed, etc. but she cauterized it and it healed beautifully. However, my finger doesn't bend as well as it used to from five months being forced to stay out straight! Small inconvenience. All is well now and I'm much more careful. I do do and enjoy a lot of paper piecing. I'm always working on many things at once these days. Oh, would I prefer to go back to working and having only one project going at at time? No, I enjoy my retirement and volunteer work that gives me plenty of sewing time. Poorer and less opportunity to buy new fabric, but lots more time to sew. I guess we can't have it both ways, can we!

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