Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Blackhawks Logo Quilt Block

Photo by Dyana C. Photo used with permission.

Last week we had an urgent request come into our quilt block designing group. A woman was desperate for a Chicago Blackhawks logo design for a gift quilt. She was running out of time before the birthday party. I happened to be online when the urgent request came thru, so I figured why not? Seemed easy enough. I downloaded a picture of the logo she wanted and designed the block that night. I don't think she's going to do any of the optional embroidery, but there is instructions for that if anyone else does want to do it. I do believe this is my first real face and I'm kind of proud of it. She did a fantastic job sewing it as well. I think it was her first paper pieced quilt block.

For anyone who is looking for a fandom related quilt block and just can't find it, this is the link for submitting requests to FandomInStitches. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pokéball Quilt Block

Tested by Stephanie T. Photo used with permission 

Last week I decided to spend the day at the library. I like my library. The quiet peace of a hundred people working and learning. I find it soothing. So when I need a mini vacation I spend the day there. Good food in the cafe, free wifi, anything and everything I could ever want to look up, its all there. For some reason I wanted to see how fast I could make a quilt design. Beginning to end, finding the photo, designing it, writing up the cover page, all the way to compressing it all into a pdf. I looked at our spreadsheet that lists all the requests people have submitted to FandomInStitches and wanted to pick and easy block to do. The Pokéball from Pokémon seemed easy enough to do. So I timed myself. 43 minutes if your interested. Now that is not typical, this really was an easier one to do, but now I really have a urge to just go down the list of requests and do them all. There is like 300 requests so I don't think I can do em all. Maybe if I had internet at home I'd spend a few weeks knocking them off the list. For now I'll just putter around with them.

My tester said the ball didn't really want to get lined up nicely so I'm going back and seeing if there is anything I can do to make it easier to assemble, but until then its done.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

World Of Warcraft Quilt: Tyrande Whisperwind

I have a very good friend that met about 8 years ago playing World Of Warcraft. We are still really good friends today. I decided I was gonna make him a quilt celebrating our time in WoW. I wasn't gonna post these blocks in case he saw them, but then he guessed what I was doing so it totally ruined the surprise. All well, now at least he can have some say in what blocks I do. The first block I've finished is Tyrande Whisperwind, the leader of the Night Elves in Darnassus. He picked the picture from one of the books. I just tried to mimic it.

Having her one hand out and pointing didn't look right as a quilt block so I moved it behind her cat. I'm now trying to decide how much embroidery to do. I know I'll add the bowstring, but what about faces? I like her without, but the cat needs something. And if I do the cat I should do her too. Not sure. I'm still thinking about it.

Oh and here's a neat picture of the back before I tear the paper off. Maybe I'll do a tutorial of how to do paper piecing quilts, but until then I'll just refer you all to the tutorials on

Saturday, October 10, 2015


FandomInStitches is doing a special Halloween fandom post and they asked me to design a block for it. I had no idea what to do. I was thinking of a fav TV show, Rosanne, always had Halloween specials but what quilt block could represent that?  Far as I know, Star Trek never had a Halloween special, I've already done a ton of Supernatural blocks, but maybe the scarecrow could have worked for that. Then for some reason I thought of the children's book Bunnicula that I loved as a kid. Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit that drains the juices from vegetables leaving them white, dry husks. Kinda cute and still fits the Halloween fandom theme, right? Well I hope you guys like it.

Here is Bunnicula before the embroidery:

And the cover I took inspiration from:

Monday, October 5, 2015

Supernatural Quilt: It's Done!

Yes, the Impala has wheels now.

Finally! It's (mostly) done! And I posted it just in time for the #SupernaturalArtShow on Twitter yesterday. I'm still adding more actual quilting to it, but for all intents and purposes it is done. This is my first actually finished quilt. I've made a couple quilt tops in the past, but never got to the point of adding the batting and bottom layer and sewing it together. It sounds weird, but quilting is the most boring part of quilting. Quilters understand. The fun part is piecing the blocks and assembling the top.

Next up, a small throw pillow gift for a friend's birthday that I'm already late with and another themed quilt for another friend (World Of Warcraft this time).