May 31, 2013

A Radical Finish

 Are your guilty of saying "Rad?" I am. Are you guilty of waking up really early to play Atari till your thumbs ache? I am. Are you guilty of wishing you were a "Jedi?" Oh yes, I am.  There's no guilt here tho, we are all in awe of the 1980s in some way, even if we ask, "Did I really wear that?"  This is a custom order request for a quilt in a Plus-Plus pattern using 5 inch blocks. When the smoke cleared, this quilt had a final measurement of 103 x 85...which isn't as impressive as saying 8.5 feet x 7 feet. It was even too big to photograph from end to end. But, it. is. COOL. The fabrics used include Timeless Treasures Atari, Pac Man, and cassette tapes, Camelot Cottons Death Star schematics, Eugene Textiles Star Wars character images, and (the solid gray) Kona Ash. 

I chose to do free motion quilting in a circuit-board pattern, for a few reasons. I notice that free-motion quilting gives a unifying effect to quilt designs and, since this quilt has a lot of large gray spaces, I thought the wonky squares and rectangles would tie it all together. The quilting also gives the gray blocks a unique pattern (and texture) all their own. And lastly, the circuit board pattern conjures a Tron, PC motherboard feel, which sticks with the techie theme.

The back is accented with Lizzy House Constellations and Michael Miller Boys Toys digital watches.

The machine binding is lime/neon green that has a subtle criss-cross pattern.

  I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to make this quilt, which has set my creative soul alight!
Linking up to Finish It Up Fridays, and excited to see all of the other Radical finishes.


Sara said...

I like the lime green binding which also reminds me of the 80's. I think the 80s really was a time for fun characters,toys and colors!

Andi said...

This is an awesome quilt, i totally think 80s quilt, I think the cassette tapes are the best part. Good job!

Liz Gellert said...

Just awesome. The force was with you!