Gotta start A Star Wars Force Unleashed Lap quilt

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I have a wonderful friend who gave me a tin with aBoba Fett shirt, Force Unleashed Hoodie, Darth Vader Bowtie and a Wookie reusable bag. All I could ever want for my Birthday/Xmas. So how do you reward such a generous spirit. Well by making her a Lap Quilt. I pulled out all my Force Unleashed fabrics and am in the planning stages. I’ll keep you all updated on my progress.

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New Kimono Bolts in from Japan

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Well my new shipment of Kimono Bolts just arrived from Japan. I just love them.

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I think this is a woven rayon, I won’t know unless I do a burn test. It was the most expensive but I really liked the modern pattern so I splurged.

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Dragon flies in Chirimon crepe, who could resist? Chirimen crepe fabric is one of Japanese traditional fabric for making Kimono. The fabric has its unique features, it drapes beautifully and hardly creases.

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This woven with resist pattern has a few moth holes, but I’m a scrap quilter so I can always cut around. It was a steal even with the holes.

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And last but not least another Yukata bolt to add to the others. I needed more Indigo on white, really I did.

Japan has such a beautiful fabric tradition and it is an honor to aquire some of it. Now what to make?

New from Japan

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I absolutely love all things Japanese. So over the years I have acquired a few Kimono bolts. Today I received another bolt used for Juban Kimono. It has a beautiful bias pattern of little storks.

If you have no idea what a Juban is, it is the lightweight under Kimono. Kimono bolts are 14″ by 14′. Much smaller than western yardage. A Man’s Juban is typically deep rich earthy colors and woman’s are usually pinks and bright reds. They come in small prints, and I adore the Maple leaves and Sakura blossoms. I use them for a myriad of things, but I plan to use some for quilting. Let’s see where this adventure takes me.

New Fabric finds and notions

As every quilter, I am always adding to my Stash. I also can’t turn down a deal. So I was overjoyed to win two 6 yd pieces of Vintage Shirtings and dress prints by Barbara J. Eikmeier.

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I was looking for for 120-11141

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But am more than happy to add the other two to the stash.
As a side note she has come up with a wondeful BOM and when completed it finishes this..

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The BOM is also the reason I can’t find the fabric I was looking for, but I can understand.

As for my other stash adds. I got a new set of blades, so needed. I was cutting my mat more than the fabric.Next I finally got pieces on the 2001 Harry Potter prints. There was no way I was going to pay $25-$50 for a FQ on Ebay. So like all things patience is a virtue. And eventually I found a reasonable seller.

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And Lastly I got my daily dose of Remants…

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All Ruler folded and ready to be put away. Till next time, Have fun Stormin’ tge Castle.

The Force (Star Wars) Quilt

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I decided I needed a small Star Wars quilt. I had all the Fabric but needed a pattern.  Where was inspiration going to come from. Then like a bolt of lightning I was struck by a book at Quilter’s Paradise. 

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It was Quilt Dad’s Beyond Neutral. I buy very few books, as the internet/pinterest has so many ideas. But I had to have this. It is now one of my favorites. Such simple patterns that look complicated when finished. For this project I used the Half moon bay pattern.

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This pattern is so versatile.  I have thought of many other projects yet to be started with this. But it was perfect to showcase my Star Wars Fabrics.

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I Fussy cut a few squares and let the others land where they may. The sashing and tips were a blue crosshatch. Then I straight line quilted it.

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The binding I used both an orange tonal and white Kona and stitched the Kona in straight lines so that both gave the feel of the Rebel Uniform. The backing was a blue tonal with Gold. And I fussy cut another Star Wars for the label.

Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” Wall Quilt

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Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is one of my favorite holidays. I remember my class trip in around 3rd grade to our Met museum to visit the “Day of the Dead” exhibit. It was so magically colourful that I fell in love. Both with the culture and the holiday.

My first quilt projects were Day of the Dead inspired and a good quarter of my Stash is various Skull/Frida Prints.

So here is one of my Favorites

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I started with a Disappearing four patch. I cut it twice and the sashed in white muslin to create the center.

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I then sashed wider around the center added in the side pieces and then added in pieces for the top and bottom and squared it up before sashing in red Kona. I quilted it with a Jean topstitch thread in red. And bound it with a black swirling fabric. Backing was a folk print and labeled it.

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Hand stitched blanket stitch for the label created that folk art feel. And I was again in love.

Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman

Ok I know, this is a very popular block. And rightly so Elizabeth Hartman has done an excellent job creating some very cute and addicting quilt blocks. I wanted to try them out so I created my first to test it

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But I didn’t want to create a whole quilt just yet. So the choices were either throw the block into a box for later use. Create a mug rug (strongly debated). Or create a small wall hanging. Wall hanging won out.

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Sorry I don’t live in the most beautiful area. So a picture of my alley way was the best I could do at the time.