52 Quilts 2016 · Quilts

52 Quilts: Number 20 – X-files Quilt

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When Fandom in Stitches announced the X-Files Quilt Along to correspond with the X-Files Revival in January, it rekindled my long-dormant X-Files obsession. I had watched all the original X-Files episodes in college, but hadn’t watched in a long, long time. In preparation for the revival episodes, I started binging on the originals on Netflix, starting with the Pilot. I remembered why I loved this show, it’s just so great. (And despite the gigantic cell phones, it has aged well.) The characters are amazing, it’s funny and touching and dramatic, sometimes all at once.  Of course, I ended up watching while I was sewing, all the way through start to finish, then started over again at the pilot, as any insane person would.

I finished the quilt top and sent it out to have it quilted, I am so glad I did. I couldn’t have done this kind of work on my home sewing machine, and I love the honeycomb pattern. (Because Bees!)

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I cannot even put into words how much fun I had with this quilt. I started with the Fandom in stitches patterns, which were a mix of paper piecing and embroidery. (Though I admit to not being thrilled about hand-embroidery, so I did it manually on my sewing machine.) The embroidered blocks include Mulder and Scully, Skinner, Cigarette Smoking Man, a Grey Alien, The Lone Gunmen, and a tiny Doggett and Reyes. The major paper piecing patterns from the original are the large text blocks “Trust No One” and “The Truth is Out There.”

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When I started looking for fabrics, I happened upon a couple fabrics that just seemed perfect. I found a great combination of aliens and science, just like the X-Files. I added in the hexagon fabric (and later the hexagonal quilting) as a nod to the bees storyline. Throughout the quilt there is UFO, DNA, scientific equations and honeycombs, all in the black/grey/lime/teal scheme.

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After the initial quilt along, people submitted additional patterns, so I added a couple to my quilt, including the X logo from the credits, and the taped X from Mulder’s window.

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I used the Alphabet From Blank Pages on Craftsy (affiliate link) to do a block for each Mulder and Scully. His with UFO fabric and hers with Scientific Equations.

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I also improvised some blocks of my own. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the profiles of Mulder and Scully for this spacey block.

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And I put together this subway art embroidery design with favorite quotes from the show. And another alphabet block with FBI.

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I even tried my hand at making a paper piecing pattern of my own  with these flashlights making an iconic X. (Which turned out OK, but was certainly not perfect and my pattern making skills need work!)

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The main paper piecing block was this large replica of the “I want to Believe” poster than hangs in Mulder’s basement office. I want to make this into a mini quilt for my wall.

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The backing fabric is this adorable UFO fabric which I love.

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I love all the little details in this quilt, and I love even more I love that it’s something I made just for me! It’s nice size to curl up on the couch and binge watch Netflix. X-files, of course.

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