The AMAZING Emily Herrick, over at Crazy Old Ladies Quilts has really done it this time with her new book Geared For Guys! The patterns just plain ROCK!!! I am SO happy to be a part of her GFG Remix Tour showcasing the quilts from Geared For Guys made with a twist ;D
Since Emily wanted a bit of a twist on her original colorway, I decided on my 20 year old daughter who is a MAJOR gamer :) One problem, she HATES pink, so I went with purple for the back ground and citrus colors for the letters, per my daughters directive. Her exact words, "How about a purple background with citrus colored letters." I said, "Citrus?" She said, "YES! You know, yellow, orange and green! DUGH!!!"
Emily's instructions in the book were very clear and easy to follow. I made two mistakes :( One was TOTALLY my fault and the other one was too :( I cut one of the back ground pieces a 1/4" too small because I can't read! The other mistake was easily fixed and I made a note in the book so I wont make it again :D I tend to be a repeat offender when it comes to messing things up ;D
I am a highly visual person, so added directions and notes are often required for me. Arrows are especially helpful ;) (I erred when I cut my G, E and R pieces only to the mid line :p)
I also like my piles and post-it's.
Here are my letter fabrics cut and labeled.
This is my pile of back ground fabric all cut out and in a heap :)
The applique was very simple. Just be sure that if your fabric is directional, you take that into account when you are placing your wonder under/heat-n-bond/Steam A Seam, etc. I kept the book right by me for directional reference.
Here is my top section all sewn together :)
If you look closely in the middle section, you can see where I had to add fabric to my erroneous 4-1/2" section to make it the CORRECT 4-3/4" :p
Here is the bottom section sewn up :)
Isn't this orange floral CUTE??? ...Anna doesn't mind flowers... just pink ;)
Next you add the center section to the bottom of the top section and start adding the applique pieces.
I did it a little different than in the instructions
...at least in my mixed up brain ;)
I added only part of the applique before I added the bottom section.
In this picture, the bottom section is sewed on, but I added only these applique pieces before I sewed it on. To align the bottom chunk of the "G", I used a long ruler to line up the sides with the top panel's long green line. To sew the bottom panel onto the middle applique section, I used the bottom chunk of the "g" to align the green stripe in the bottom panel. I used the yellow "R" applique and the 1/2" space needed to the right of it, to align the yellow stripe in the bottom panel. I didn't add the "M" or the rest of the "R" until after I sewed on the bottom panel so I could make sure they aligned with the bottom panel stripes, like so...
Once it was all sewn up, I used a zig zag to affix the appliques.
The top is small enough that I didn't have a problem with the bulk of the top getting in the way as I appliqued.
Here are my goofy quilt top models.
Yes, one of my boys is in a swim suit...
...and the other is in his pj's...
I think my boys may have the fashion sense of a rock!
A Quilt Ghost anyone?
Maybe it's my Quilting Ancestors trying to talk to me? :)
For the back, I am using a design copied from MineCraft. It's a creeper and will work nicely with minky and the "Gamer" theme :) Here is the design rendered by my son.
The Creeper is the green one on the left.
|This is a MineCraft Creeper|
So now for the back with the Creeper on it :) I used three scrap pieces of minky that I had squirreled away :)
I did a simple applique. It's a bit wonky and I can live with it :) The dotted green minky is pretty perfect for a creeper :)
For the quilting I did an all over fmq that I like to call "Pixelated." To me it looks like an 8 bit video game. Perfect for this Gamer quilt!
For the binding, I went scrappy with the left over letter fabric.
Here is the back all quilted and bound.
I like to quilt the name of the recipient on the quilt.
...and the year.
Are you ready for the full view of the quilt?
Give me a "G"
Give me an "A"
Give me an "M"
Give me an "E"
Give me an "R"
What does that spell???
Sept 4: Ericka - High Voltage
Sept 5: Lisa - Helix
Sept 6: April M.- Oddball
Sept 7: Vickie - Caution
Sept 8: Sinta - Ivy League
Sept 9: ME!!!- Gamer
Sept 10: Sherri - Urban Decay
Sept 11: April R. - Switchback
Sept 12: Tricia - Caution
Sept 13: Shannon - Urban Decay
Sept 14: Shari - Ivy League
Sept 15: Michael - Helix
Sept 16: back to Crazy Old Ladies for the giveaway!