Monday, January 16, 2017

The Lego Batman Quilt

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman! After a year of looking at my stack of Batman fabric, I finally designed, cut, sewed, quilted and bound the quilt in the last 12 days that my grandson requested last February. I can't wait to gift it to that superhero-loving five-year-old (the one that Nana and Papa scoured every sale rack last year after Halloween buying superhero costumes in every shape and form for dress-up costumes for his Christmas present).
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I'm not really sure why it took me so long to dig into this project because it went together really easy. I drafted my pattern on graph paper, then set about sewing the quilt top together in horizontal sections. I raw edge machine appliqued the Batman logo on the chest block before sewing that section.
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I thought the challenge on this quilt was going to be sewing the curved sections on the bottom of Batman's cape (I used Sew Kind of Wonderful's Quick Curve Ruler - easy peasy), but the real challenge came when trying to decide how to quilt it.
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I fell in love with this "KaPow-Slam-Wham" digital quilting pattern by It's A Quilt Thing but thought it would be too busy to quilt over the top of Batman, so I decided to quilt it as a background fill. I quilted Batman using P2P lines which I thought would not distract the eye.
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Pow! A pop of orange for the binding really punched up the drama of the quilt.
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With the left over fabric, I made a matching travel-size pillow case with an inner pillow case in orange.
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I ran out this morning after finishing the binding for a quick photo in the snow. I'm hoping to get better photos later. And I can't wait to get a photo of the quilt with my little super hero in his Batman costume!
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I would love to publish a pattern for this quilt and I'm currently researching the licensing issues on the licensed Batman character. Anyone with any knowledge or advice out there?

Quilt Stats:

  • Quilt Pattern: Lego Batman designed by me, aka Thistle Thicket Studio.
  • Fabric: #520211A, Batman: TM/MC & DC Comics, Eugene Textiles found at JoAnns. Kona Cotton solids (sorry I didn't record the exact colors).
  • Finished Size: 60" x 60"
  • Backing: The same Batman fabric listed above.
  • Binding: Kona Cotton in a shade of orange.
  • Batting: Hobbs 80-20.
  • Quilting: Quilted on a Gammill Statler longarm using P2P lines on Batman. KaPow-Slam-Wham digital pattern by It's A Quilt Thing.
  • Thread: Piecing thread was Aurifil 2730 50 wt. and Mettler 50 wt. in black. Quilting thread was Signature Solids in Buttercup, Ivory & Oyster Shell, and Aurifil 2730 50 wt.

This is my first finish of 2017 and for the first quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long. So happy to mark this one of my to-do list!

~Sharla


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2 comments:

  1. The quilt is so great, but the quilting really puts it over the top awesome, Sharla! I am sure your grandson is going to adore it. I don't have any great advice on the licensed character front and I hope you find information to help guide you.

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  2. Your grandson will love this quilt! I love the background quilting. It immediately made me think of the original Batman tv show. And the orange binding really gives the quilt a nice pop. Congrats on this finish!

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