So I ordered 1 yard of the solid Kona Poppy red fabric and 1 yard of licensed Star Trek fabric (affiliate links). I had a general idea in my head of keeping it really simple with just the solid color with the communicator symbol. It wasn't until the night I sat down to actually put the quilt together that I discovered all the red-shirt jokes. Remember...as geeky as our family is, I'm just not a Trekkie, so I didn't realize the red-shirts are always the expendable ones.
But I had the fabric, and his favorite character was Scotty, so I went ahead anyway. The communicator symbol and outline are from black and gold Kona cotton scraps and machine appliqued on using Heat'n Bond Lite (affiliate link) adhesive and a tight zigzag stitch. The engineering symbol on the communicator was too fine to for me to want to do applique...the whole thing would be pretty much been covered with the thread, so I used some freezer paper stencil for that part instead.
The real inspiration that I think really made the whole quilt come together came with the quilting. I was having a hard time deciding what pattern to use to quilt it because I really didn't want the quilting to distract from the simplicity of the design. Then at the last minute it hit me...I needed to do a bunch on converging lines to resemble the way the stars look when the star ships jump to light speed. And then as one really last minute stroke of genius...I added a small USS Enterprise heading into the point of convergence.
I really think that's what brought the whole quilt together.
I used red thread for the quilting so that it wouldn't really show on the front, and I really liked the effect it ended up having on the back.
We mailed it off a bit before Katie's baby brother was born. Her birth dad and his wife loved it, although with the Star Trek themed outfits we made to go along with it, but those will have to be saved for another blog post.
Know any Trekkies expecting a baby soon? Even without being a Trekkie, I liked the design of this quilt that I wanted to make another one. I have a yellow "command" uniform quilt all basted and ready for quilting. I'll get it finished and listed in my shop eventually, but if you know someone who would like a Star Trek Themed baby quilt soon, email me and I could get it finished and we could talk about pricing.
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