My nephew Elliot turned six this year and the bed quilt he's using now has started to look a little juvenile to me. I asked Elliot whether he wanted a new quilt and, if so, what he wanted it to look like. His response was "black, like Batman." I know that Batman fabric is something that I could probably buy, but it's a) not my style and b) something I doubt my sister wants in her house either. I also think it's likely that Elliot doesn't remember what he told me, so I'm not too concerned about my decision to take the quilt in a different direction!
I already had a piece of this Timeless Treasures print that I found at Cool Cottons and I decided to use it. I kept calling the little guys on the print "robots" or "aliens," but my husband was adamant that they were actually Space Invaders. Clearly, I know nothing about video games. Except Ms. Pacman. I could beat you all at Ms. Pacman, most especially if we were playing on a Commodore 64.
I played around with a couple of different ideas before I determined that I didn't actually want to use any of the print on the front of the quilt. Instead, I decided to play with the pixelated look of the print and make the quilt top into a super-enlarged version of the fabric. I started by sketching out each of the Space Invaders on graph paper.
Then, I found Kona solids that matched the colors of the print (which I plan to use on the quilt back). The winners were Turquoise, Chartreuse and Aloe. I cut a bunch of 2" squares from each, as well as some squares of coordinating monochromatic print fabrics. My concept is to use just a few print pieces in each invader, giving the quilt a pixelated, but still patchworky vibe.
I've mentioned before that I really don't like to use solid black fabric as a background fabric. It's just not a look that I like. I needed something "almost black" though, so I decided to use Kona Pepper. The photo above is of some of the 1,600 little squares I cut from the Pepper fabric.
Now I need to get down to piecing!