Late last year I finished this quilt for my Star Wars loving brother. I had to keep it a secret for a month or so as I worked on it because I was giving it to him for Christmas. It was SO HARD not to share while I was putting this one together!!
I got the idea when I saw my quilty friend Sara’s pixelated version on Instagram sometime last year. I started with her layout and instructions (thank you Sara!!) and played around a bit while adding in some half square triangles and this is the result.
I was stumped a bit about how to quilt the Storm Trooper. I knew I couldn’t do an allover pattern because white thread on the black wouldn’t look so great. I ultimately decided to do straight lines, changing the direction in each color and using three different colors of Aurifil thread. It worked out even better than I imaged 🙂
But my goodness…it seemed to take FOREVER to quilt all of those lines just 1/2″ apart!
And don’t you just love this barn as a backdrop for quilt photos? I took all of my new pattern quilts out for a photo shoot and this one went along for the ride. It was a lot of fun and thankfully my Mom came along to help carry (and share her awesome camera!).
I also submitted this quilt for QuiltCon 2016. The jury LOVED it, however required that I seek permission from LucasFilm/Disney to enter it in the show. I thought it wouldn’t be a problem because I wasn’t entering to win any prize money, just for display only. However LucasFilm/Disney disagreed and wouldn’t allow me to hang it in the show 😦 To say I was disappointed is an understatement, but I quickly got over it when my brother opened up his gift on Christmas Eve and was thrilled.
After all, he’s the reason I made it…to love, snuggle and treasure. Not for anyone else 🙂