Sunday, May 4, 2014

Patchwork Death Star mini quilt

About a month ago I saw this pattern on quirky granola girl's blog and knew I needed to make it for my husband as a May the 4th (...be with you...get it?  It's Star Wars day!) gift.  

 #patchworkdeathstar for those on IG (I'm @quiltsnfeathers).

Plus I've been quilting for about 5 years now and still have not made him a quilt!  I've hemmed a lot of pants, taken in shirts, patched holes...  And made a quilt for our bed (and have another one planned for later this year as a collaborative project with him).  But making a quilt just for him is something that's been on my list for a while.   

Quilting detail.

Just as I was starting to cut and baste fabrics to the paper pieces (it is an English paper piecing pattern--my first ever!), I got a package from my friend Ashley-which included some new grey fabrics and scraps from the quilt she was making for her husband.  That awesome piece in the Superlaser Focus Lens (haha yeah I had to go look up the name for that circular section) is from her!  It was perfect timing, and definitely the best fabric for that piece!  Thank you, Ashley!

Have I ever mentioned that my husband has a masters in applied math and works as an analyst?  Fabric with mathy-geekery just had to be in this quilt!

My friend Jessica at Quilty Habit made her husband a quilt this year too (it must be a good year for husbands, haha) and has a list of tips on making a surprise quilt for someone you live with.  I found it very encouraging, and I'm happy to say that although I have a talkative 4 year old that doesn't forget anything, and I spent a whole month making this during weekday nap times, it was a complete surprise to my husband!  I was super sneaky, keeping all the pattern pieces and fabric in boring bins, throwing out trash right away, and I didn't take any process posts because he would probably have seen them on my phone or camera over the course of a month!  And then this pillow patchworkdeathstar showed up in my FB feed twice last week and I had to hide it so my husband wouldn't see someone's elses either!


I spent a lot of time looking at pictures of death stars trying to get the shading and the quilting right.

Black on black for subtle texture.

I quilted it with Aurifil #2605 on the death star and black (#2692) on the border.  I used #2740 in the bobbin to match the back.  The binding and hanging corners are Kona Charcoal and the backing is from Joann's.

Finished size is 11.5" x 11.5". 

A few notes on the pattern:
--This was my first english paper piecing and I found the directions fairly easy to follow.
--I used my machine to sew the pieces together using a narrow zig zag stitch.  I wanted to save time and knew the stitches wouldn't take away from the industrial look of the death star.
--The background (black) piece from the pattern did not fit my death star pieces.  If you make the pattern I suggest lining up your death star halves on your background paper pieces and tracing the actual size/shape of your death star, cutting the new line and then carry on with cutting fabric and basting (that's what I had to do).


I presented it to my husband first thing this morning and he was delighted!  I think he's planning to hang it up in his office.  :-)

P.S. My next post is my 200th!  And it will be my 3rd blogaversary!  And it will be part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!  So it's gonna be big, and hopefully awesome!

42 comments:

  1. Looks great Renee - it's always nice to surprise your hubby sometimes isn't it.

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  2. Ah, what a fun quilt! Definitely a conversation starter if he hangs it in his office. Congrats on your blogging milestone, too!

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  3. Looks fantastic. Perfect fabrics for the deathstar!

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  4. That's a really fabulous and fun quilt. Definitely a perfect May 4th gift.

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  5. How awesome that he was completely surprised - that is a feat! And holy cow you are right, the Superlaser Focus Lens fabric is perfect. Totally looking forward to celebrating your big milestone post with you, soon, too. Yay all around!

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  6. Fan-freaking-tastic! I love what you've done here (what else is new). When I saw the low-res picture in my feed, I thought it was denim and I just about tried to reach through the screen and grab it for my wall! Don't misunderstand, I absolutely love what you've done here and you've picked perfect choices denim is just my sweet spot. :)

    Congrats on all the big happenings! Hope everything goes all awesome and stuff!

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  7. That is seriously awesome!! I love it!

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  8. What a fun quilt!
    I wonder why the pattern is EPP. I like the zigzag appliqué – as you say, it adds to the industrial, machine look of it. You have done a fabulous job getting the tones and shading right, and the laser thingamabob fabric is perfect.

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  9. LOL isn't it funny when you are making a quilt and you have to stare at things you didn't think you'd ever stare at so intently (ie death star, a TARDIS, etc.)? That fabric from Ashley IS perfect! So exciting to give the S.O. a quilt (no matter how small, it's still a quilt!). Thanks for the shout-out too? I loled at your comment about a good year for husbands.

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  10. Renee, one of my Aussie friends is now making this mini for herself, I think, after seeing yours. I sent her some of my own grey scraps. Now, I need you to send me your address so I can send you your IG prize!! Mwah!

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  11. such a great surprise quilt :-)

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  12. This is so freaking awesome Renee! As soon as i saw it on IG i knew i needed to make one for over here!
    And i love how you zig zag appliqued it, so much easier than epp. And definitely goes with the industrial feel of it!
    Awesome!, just awesome!

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  13. Fabulous! what a wonderful gift- and even more so since you pulled it off as a surprise!!

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  14. It`s awesome and sure he will be delighted!

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  15. Genius!!!!!!!!!! I am always so excited to see your posts! congrats on the anniversary!!!

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  16. I've been away from Blogland for a couple of months, and I've come back to find you've done so much I can't even comment on it all. What I will say is everything you've done recently is awesome, and this is just the icing on the cake. I didn't know about May the 4th, that's funny :)

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  17. You got the shadows/shading so right, it looks wonderful!

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  18. This is awesome! Your husband had better love it. And don't feel bad about this being your first quilt for your husband. I haven't made my husband a quilt yet either.

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  19. I saw this pattern at quirky granola girl's blog just yesterday. Seriously great - she should submit the pattern to the 100 block magazine or feature it in a book of her own designs. Your version is great and you're right, the circular piece for the laser really works.

    I've been trying to get my twin sister to give me ideas for a quilt for her and her husband. I told them if I didn't get any feedback they were going to get appliqued chickens made with Civil War fabrics (blah! unless done really large to make it more modern - hmmmm). Then I found the Death Star and sent that to her. She wrote back "This!!!!".

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  20. So awesome! I can't believe I didn't know there was a Star Wars Day! Hah, May 4th!

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  21. So awesome! I wish I would have had this pattern when I was doing my star wars quilt- I wouldn't have had to paper piece a bizillion little pieces. I might need to make another!

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  22. Eep! This is so freakin' cool! It looks incredible! My BFF is a total SW fan, so I think she needs one in her life. I've never done EPP, but why not give it a try, especially when the result can look like this! :)

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  23. This is amazing!! You are a great wife ;-)

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  24. absolutely awesome! The fourth was definitely with you!

    Stopping by from Lee's hop http://www.domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2014/05/wip-wednesday-may-7th.html

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  25. This is SO awesome. My husband would be jealous if I let he see this. haha. You are so awesome. :)

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  26. OMG. This. is. so. awesome. I loved that pattern when I saw it, and this really makes me want to make it for my hubby. Although he might die of joy if I did this, to say he loves Star Wars would be an understatement.

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  27. The force is definitely strong with YOU :-) This is amazing!!

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  28. Love it! And congrats on your blogiversary!

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  29. I can't believe you kept it a secret! Well done, it's a fabulous quilt :)

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  30. Oh, Renee, it's fantastic! I love the texture of the quilting and the value gradation for the shadow is perfect! Well done on keeping it a secret too.

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  31. This is fabulous! I am sure he will be proud to hang it at the office and show it to everyone!

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  32. Wow! Totally impressed and my Wars loving Hubs was too (and he's not one for quilts) Nice work! :)

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  33. What a great little quilt. I do love a little mini, for that great quick finish fix! Awesome job!

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  34. Looks cool. I really like it even though I'm not fan of SW :-)

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  35. :D My husband's a math guy too, though doesn't have his master's (yet). I love Ashley's fabric in this - absolutely perfect!

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  36. I stumbled on your site looking for ideas for some gifts. This quilt was a huge inspiration! If you want to see my take, have a look at my page at creaturecomfortquilts.wordpress.com. Keep up the great work!

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