Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On My Work Table

I've been working on this little illustration for the last two nights. It's almost finished & I hope to share it with you tomorrow. It's the last card for Simply Sweet Marriage. I really wanted this card to look like something you would find in your grandmothers trunk amongst old papers and photos. It will say "Happy Anniversary" when finished. I like how it's turning out.

A month or two ago I found this vintage Star Wars sheet. I almost passed it up but knew if I did I'd kick myself for not buying it. So I forked out the $1.75, steep, I know ;) & brought it home. I figured I'd find something to do with it eventually.

Boy did I ever! I can't even tell you how excited I am to finally have an excuse to buy Star Wars things now that I have a little boy. I decided to make him his very own Star Wars quilt. Shouldn't every little boy have one? I purchased the gold fabric at Joanns, the funky retro pattern from an online store that was going out of business, & the very last print from an amazing local quilting store. I also purchased a grey solid fabric that I will be using also but it's not pictured. The fabric will be used on the front of the quilt & the sheet will become the backing for the quilt. 

This is what I have in mind for the front. I've never tried a quilt like this before. I want it to have that chevron pattern look. I think it will fit very well with the vintage look of the sheet. I am pretty much learning to quilt as I go. I kinda guess at how things work when it comes to quilting. I look at the pattern of a quilt as I do art. Then I dissect what I see & try to figure out how it works. What I have guessed is that I should probably sew the strips in a row & then cut them at the angle I need. I could be wrong but I really am hoping that this is actually how it's all done. It could prove to be a very disastrous quilting mess. We shall see.

Speaking of disastrous messes........Someone needs to clean their art area. In my defense, once that pile of fabric finds a home it won't look quite so horrible, right? Right? (insert nervous giggle here)

8 comments:

Elissa said...

who cares about the messy pile!! i am so jealous of your productivity (and that awesome sheet... i, too, am a bit of a star wars nerd) will you head out here and light a fire under my butt?? ;-)

christilee said...

mccallsquilting.com/content_downloads/Vintage_View_-_Forties_Chevron.pdf

www.quilterscache.com/C/ChevronBlock.html

Hey Summer I cut and pasted the site addresses for two sets of instructions on a chevron pattern. Hope they are helpful. Love the idea.
Christi

jbr said...

Here is a really easy zig-zag pattern that would work great too.

http://beesquarefabrics.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without.html

Artfulife said...

Thanks guys! The links are perfect. I would have not figured out how to do this properly without the hints. Ya'll are the best!

jend said...

You are amazing Summer!!!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Star Wars quilt... that will be awesome!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the star wars quilt fabrics and the sketch...
You are amazing and as long as you don't lose a child in that pile (wink!) I know you will get through it!

Susannah said...

that 'anonymous' comment was from me~