A long time ago,
in a sewing room not too far away…
I’ve been saving a custom quilt order to share for a week or so, just so I could time it to Star Wars Day. Enjoy my Star Wars Quilt Saga ~ in 6 episodes ~ and May the 4th be with you!
Star Wars Quilt Saga Episode I – The Fandom Menace
As a custom quilter, I’ve been asked to create a number of fandom-related quilts, including a Doctor Who quilt and several Star Trek quilts. But the last of the Big 3 sci-fi franchises, Star Wars, eluded me for years!
Then Tanya B. contacted me about a custom quilt for her husband’s upcoming 40th birthday. She wanted it to be a surprise, but ended up asking for his input and together they settled on a quilt commemorating his favorite Star Wars-universe character, the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
And, with that, I was finally going to create a long-desired Star Wars custom quilt!
Star Wars Quilt Saga Episode II – Attack of the Cloth
Tanya’s request was timely in another way, too. A couple years ago, Moda Fabrics introduced a line called “Grunge”. Grunge fabrics are blenders (fabrics that have two or more tones of the same color in them) with an overall design that looks, well, grungy ~ worn and lived-in.
Which was perfect for the beat-up, lived-in armor that Boba Fett wears! I used two shades of green, a red and accents of gray and yellow from the Grunge line for his over-sized helmet. The Grunge line also includes a version called “Seeing Stars” – the same worn, lived-in look with spiky stars added to the design. In a nod to outer space, I chose a black Seeing Stars for the background of the quilt top.
(There’s also a lot of scrappy green fabrics used in this particular quilt design. Fortunately, the annual San Diego Quilt Run happened right as I needed to supplement my stash of green fabrics ~ I think there’s at least 1 fabric from 10 different stores in there!)
Star Wars Quilt Saga Episode III – Revenge of the Stitch
Because so much of this quilt design was black or dark, I worried that a white or natural batting would beard (I so hate when those little fibers show through!) Instead, I chose a black batt for this Boba quilt. Although this was my first time using black batting, I was surprised by the softness and the ease of quilting it.
I’m sure I’ll use one again, but I’ll probably need some new eye glasses first 😀 There was some definite straining to see black thread on black fabric with a black batting ~ all the stitches blended in!
Star Wars Quilt Saga Episode IV – A New Hoped-For Design
Although Boba Fett won out as her husband’s favorite quilt design, Tanya really loved a Death Star option I provided early on. So, I decided to make that pattern, in a 24″ x 24″ floor pillow sham size, as her gift with purchase.
Star Wars Quilt Saga Episode V – The Quilted Pillow Strikes Back
Believe it or not, the Death Star pillow sham was the most difficult quilt I have ever made! The pieces were so small and there were so many of them. Making it has confirmed for me that miniature quilts will NEVER be my thing. Give me an over-sized lap quilt any day!
Star Wars Quilt Saga Episode VI – Return of the Quilt
Although it seems like I was aiming for May Fourth for delivery of this quilt, I was actually trying to meet a different deadline. Tayna’s husband is in the military and was being relocated overseas ~ I really wanted the quilt to be done and shipped in time to move with them. It was! I made it by less than a week. (Poor Tanya! I’m sure she loved trying to include a queen quilt in her already packed items at the last minute.)
The sci-fi geek in me was so ridiculously excited about this custom quilt order. But here’s the best part ~ my Star Wars quilt saga may continue! Tanya is already talking about having a quilt made for her son. (Hey, that’s the only thing this blog post is missing, a “Quilt, I am your father” joke!)