Broken record here. Haven't posted, yada yada. Busy, catching up, yada yada. Where does the time go, yada yada. And how do you (completely crazy - in a nice way) people who post once (or more) a day find the time? Yada yada.
We had a long-running challenge over at the Saskatoon Modern Quilt Guild for the summer. The idea was to make a quilt "Inspired by" something that had meaning for us and to tell the story at the meeting at the end of September.
I racked my brain. And then, after watching Star Trek (the new one but not the new, new one - Pine but no Cumberbatch) for the umpteenth time, it hit me: I'm a nerd. And that's my inspiration.
Quilting and sci-fi have a little in common.
1) Those who aren't a fan, don't necessarily understand the draw. We've all had a conversation with someone who doesn't get why we take perfectly good fabric and cut it apart only to sew it back together again. Or why we HAVE to HAVE the entire line of fabric from Designer X and hoard it until the end of time! Sci-fi nerds often get odd looks when folks don't recognize a reference or understand the Twitterverse exploding over a new movie, graphic novel or tv show coming out.
2) A language used by 'insiders' - think fat quarters, tumblers, scant 1/4", HSTs, FMQ for quilting... Lightsabers, phasers, Daleks for sci-fi. Or in the case of this quilt, Red Shirt.
red shirt: the throwaway character on a science fiction episode, (namely Star Trek), who will be dead by the end of the episode, identifiable by his red uniform
This quilt relies on the idea of the Red Shirt - a no-name officer who'll be toast before long so we don't lose a main character. Poor Red Shirt, whatever his name is. Was.
It ended badly for him.
Colours for this quilt were chosen based on what I've observed from Star Trek over the years. Tumblers represent officers, the navy background is the 'final frontier', and the teal thread sort of makes it sparkly but in a throwback, retro-space way. I'm really happy with how the quilting turned out.
The back was put together using the leftover tumbler halves and yardage. Approx. 71" wide.
As a bonus nerd Easter egg, there are 42 little uniformed officers on the front of this quilt. Yep, I'm a nerd... :-) And a proud one.
Ok - Gotta go catch up. Again! Trying to finish before the Blogger's Quilt Festival this weekend...!