Monday, February 14, 2011

Come to the Dark Side

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  My husband and I rarely give each other gifts, but this year, I went all out making him something special.  Back when I was making a silly amount of pillows last month, my husband said to me, "When are you going to make me a black, gray, and red pillow?  Or a Star Wars pillow?"  Some day, dear.  Then the very next morning, I received an email that had this amazing graphic of all the Star Wars characters pixelated!  It was perfect!  I had to do some internet searching to find out where it came from originally and found Andy Rash's iotacons blog.  He'd written a recent post giving permission to make crafty items from his designs, so I figured I'd just go for it!  So, I went through my stash and found three fat quarters of light gray, dark gray and black, plus a little blue and red, and some white background fabric and went at it.

For Valentine's Day, my husband gets a quilted Darth Vader pillow.


This was such a fun pillow to make!  It ended up 24" square, the Vader character is made up of 1" finished squares.  I cut up the rest of the fat quarters to use as a border and for the back of the pillow.


I had a version of it finished last week, but decided the back should be quilted, too, and that an envelope closure was not good enough.  So I took it apart and quilted the back and added a zipper under one of the white flaps.  I had also planned on finishing the edges with binding for the second go-around, but by the time I got back to making the other changes, a week had passed and I completely forgot!  I didn't want to take the stitches out a second time, so I left it.

Here's what the front and back looked like before the quilting:


I quilted the front with 1/2" quilting lines for the white background and stitched in the ditch around Darth and around the border.


Darth now sits prominently in a chair in our living room.  It's awesome.  And oh so geeky.

Thank you so much to Andy Rash for creating this fabulous design!  Check out his blog - his stuff is incredible.

Entering this in the Blogger's Pillow Party for February!  And linking up to Fabric Tuesday!

30 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I'm really proud that I had something to do with this!

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  2. Totally surprised at how cool that looks..who'd a thought that Darth Vader could look like that..love it!

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  3. This is totally hilarious! You did a really great job of pillowfying Darth Vader! It's great. :)

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  4. Andy wants one!!! And he says that you could make a lot of money selling them. He wants to know how much to get one :)

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  5. That's Jen Goudey-Forster with the crazy address above ;) AIM apparently isn't working right now.

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  6. I had to show this pillow to my son, the Star Wars fan. He loves it, too!

    My Fabric Tuesday link is http://carolburris.com/grandchildren/rhis-quilt/

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  7. Wow, this is such a great pillow! I love it. :)

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  8. Pretty hilarious! My son would LOVE this. Great job!!

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  9. Maybe your darth vader pillow and my (almost completed) Star Wars quilt need to live together for a time! :)

    Front: http://creativechicksatplay.blogspot.com/2011/01/wip-wednesday_26.html

    Back: http://creativechicksatplay.blogspot.com/2010/11/wip-wednesday.html

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  10. This is so fun! I thought of doing something similar with Nintendo characters for my brother i laws for Christmas, and then they decided that they didn't want to exchange gifts. Their lose. ;)

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  11. I love this pillow! My son would be so excited if I made him one!! would you mind if I made a twinner pillow, of course it would not be exactly the same!!

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  12. This is totally amazing--I love it!

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  13. Oh That's really cool!! Me and my brother are star wars fans (the first saga only!), one of this days (probably years) I have to try and make one to him!

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  14. This is awesome Shelley! You should totally submit this to CRAFT, they love star wars crafts :)

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  15. Fantastic! Well done! :-)) If he isn't happy with that... nothing will make him happy!

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  16. Ah!! That is so cute/funny/sweet! What a nice wife! So creative of you too!! :) Thanks for linking up to Fabric Tuesday!

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  17. This is so awesome, I am bookmarking this for my brother, He just got a darth vador tattoo! lol

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  18. What is physically incorrect with the photo on PInk Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album?

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  19. How can you complete the game on light side or dark side in star wars the force unleashed?

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