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!