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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52 Quilts 2016 · Giving Back · Quilts

52 Quilts: Number 18 – Husky Fundraiser Mini Quilt

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I made this cute little Husky quilt as a donation for my sons’ school fundraising auction. Their mascot is the North Star Huskies, and the school uses the #northpride hashtag on all their Twitter activity. I found the pattern from ProtoQuilt on Craftsy. I used the From Blank Pages Alphabet, also from Craftsy, (affiliate links)

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I did a simple polkadot background and even used my labels (which I never remember to do!)

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Hopefully this little guy will raise some money for the boys’ school.

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#swapaddict · 52 Quilts 2016 · Craft Swap · Quilts

52 Quilts: Number 17 – Disney Swap Brave Mini Quilt

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These adorable triplets from Brave were the last-minute project for my new Disney Mini Quilt swap partner after my partner dropped a few days before the ship date.

I went through my new partner’s Instagram posts and Pinterest boards, and she had said she loved Brave. I found this pattern on misha29.com and did it in triplicate. As a mom of twins, I have become accustomed to doing everything twice, so three wasn’t too bad. There were so many pieces in their eyes, they took forever! But totally worth it! I mean, how cute are these guys?

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Their noses and mouths were stitched on afterward.

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I used this arrow fabric for the backing and border to round out the theme. My partner loved it. I am glad I did something just for her based on her preferences and it turned out exactly like I had hoped.

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#swapaddict · 52 Quilts 2016 · Craft Swap · Quilts

52 Quilts: Number 16 – Hogwarts Swap Mini

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I sent this little guy off almost a month ago now. It was for a Hogwarts Mini Quilt swap. My partner had requested something that was more indicative of Harry Potter without being too over the top. I used two patterns from the Fandom in Stitches Project of Doom Bookcase. I figured the books and the glasses would be obviously Harry Potter if you know the series, but could also be “Oh, cool books” if not.

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For the backing fabric I used this fun Cotton and Steel potions fabric.

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I did free-motion swirly quilting in the background areas, which was done with texty low-volume fabric.

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I hope my partner liked it, I never heard from her. I love this mini though, and maybe some day I will get around to doing the full Harry Potter bookcase. (In all my free time!)

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52 Quilts: Number 15 – Disney Castle Mini Quilt

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I finished a Disney mini quilt swap recently and had not one but two partner drops. The first partner dropped early in the swap, so I got a new partner assignment and stalked her Instagram feed for ideas. She had tons of Disney posts, but the one I really liked was a photo she had taken at Walt Disney World standing in front of the castle during the Wishes fireworks. I decided to use that as my inspiration.

Once my mini was done (and it was no small feat, it was crazy detailed paper piecing.) I looked back through my partner’s feed and discovered that she hadn’t posted even one progress shot of making her mini, and even more troubling, she didn’t really have a single crafty or sewing post, which seemed odd. I contacted the swap organizer and she contacted my partner who admitted to having dropped long ago, but the organizer didn’t get a message. Boo! Needless to say, I wasn’t going to send this to her, if she wasn’t fulfilling her end of the deal. So I kept it! And I love it. It’s on my wall above my sewing machine and it’s a perfect little piece next to a photo from our first trip to Disney World with the kids.

(I was assigned a third partner, the person this partner was supposed to be creating something for, and I made her something completely different. )

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The Paper Piece pattern was from Fandom In Stitches. The pattern is by Daphne Seymour. It finished about 20×20” but I added a little extra at the top for the fireworks.

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The fireworks were done with my embroidery machine. They were adapted from a castle/fireworks design and I moved them around and reversed them so they were more varied.

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I quilted around the edges of the castle and then straight line quilted the background and the bottom of the castle.

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For the backing I used firework fabric I have had forever that I am sure was a remnant but it was perfect!

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Disney Dudes Valentine Swap

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I am really bad at posting about the stuff I have sent for craft swaps, so I am going to try to be more on top of it. This is a package I sent at the beginning of February for the Disney Dudes craft swap, dedicated to all the men of Disney. My partner professed her love of Aladdin so I ran with it. I found this paper-piece pattern from Misha29 and apparently I got lucky to find the Aladdin-esque fabric on Etsy. (I later learned that it’s out of print and super hard to find.) It’s Lizzy House 1001 Peeps, which is delightful. I pulled the background color from the accent in the fabric.

Essentially I made this like a mini quilt but sewed it together with an envelope back and added a pillow form.

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Not bad for a street rat, right? His eyes were SO MANY tiny pieces. But totally worth it.

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One thing I really enjoy about swaps is finding little extras to include in the package. I recently got a Silhouette Cameo and decided to use that for small extras when I can. My partner included her favorite Aladdin quotes in her questionnaire so I put one on a mug with a little silhouette of the lamp. It turned out so cute.

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My most absurdly large extra ever was this Animator’s Collection doll, which is adorable but not exactly tiny. He was on sale when I was doing Christmas shopping at the Disney Store so I just could not resist him to go in the package too. My partner says she loved everything.

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