Vader Quilt

30 April

I’ve had this quilt in my head for a long, long time. Feels SO good to finally get a chance to make it.

Vader Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I saw a sewing swap on Instagram that I just couldn’t say no to: May The 4th Be With You Mini Quilt Swap. And wouldn’t you know, my assigned partner collects Darth Vader.

May The 4th Mini Quilt Swap #MayThe4thMQS

Using a photograph as inspiration, I got to work on making a line drawing, using Adobe Illustrator. It forced me to hone my Illustrator skillz. “Forced” me! See what I did there?!

Vader Quilt line drawing by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I designed it knowing that I would use Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) to sew it together. It’s all straight lines, folks. Easy peasy. I designed paper piecing patterns for each square, gathered my gray and black fabric scraps, and giddily began to sew. The fabrics are 5 colors of Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman Fabrics: black, pepper, charcoal, medium gray, and ash, I believe.

Vader Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

The first three rows were pretty quick. I threw them on the design wall, wondering if they would look any good. Yep, I thought it looked pretty cool!

Vader Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I tackled the rest of the squares the following day, in a sewing frenzy that’s hard to stop. Oooooh, yep, I likey.

Vader Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I sewed all the squares together and then it was paper removal time. A bit fussy, but so worth the effort to get such a precise design.

Vader Quilt prep by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

You know when you design something, and you’re not quite sure how it will actually turn out, and then it surpasses your expectation? Yeah, that! And in case you were wondering, I pressed most of the seams to the dark side.

Vader Quilt Top by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

I decided to use a diagonal cross-hatch for the quilting. I marked straight crease lines with my trusty Hera marker.

Vader Quilt closeup by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Some glow-in-the dark Vader backing fabric and a label completes it. I sent it off to live with a Vader-loving girl in New Orleans. It’ll likely be the only time I make this quilt design. I contacted Lucasfilm asking if I could make the pattern available for free, and they said no. Disappointing, but it is what it is.

Vader Quilt label by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Wondering what quilt I received in the swap? Well, I love BB8 and Star Wars girl power…

May The 4th MQS mosaic by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

… and here’s what Hilary of Young Texan Mama made for me! A BB8!

BB8 Mini Quilt received by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

3 Responses to “Vader Quilt”

  1. Sarah 05/01/2016 at 6:14 am #

    This is amazing!!! Love this so much, Angela. Are you considering releasing the pattern?

    • Angela 05/01/2016 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks Sarah! Unfortunately, I can’t release the pattern. I contacted Lucasfilm asking if I could make the instructions available as a free pattern, and they said no. 🙁

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