Saturday, August 29, 2015

Using Perler Bead Patterns for Quilts - Am I the Only Crazy One?


As I described in some of my previous quilting posts, I am in the midst of a monster quilt project that started with a perler bead pattern.

I am bound and determined to finish the quilt.  I've made progress over the past 24 hours.  I'm machine quilting it, and I've finally settled into a rhythm.  It's not perfect.  I've run into a few places where I've made an unavoidable (well, at least at this point) gather or two.  Still, I think I've got it figured out.  Actually, I'm excited to get done with it so I can start another one.

I'm not sure what kind of a quilter I'll become, but I don't think it's going to be along the lines of Little House on the Prairie.  That whole motif is just not me, though I was an avid reader of the books and watcher of the TV series as a kid.

I love the subversive and pop-culture cross stitch patterns that tend to show up on Pinterest.  I pin them - see?  I'll never have time to stitch them all!

Is there such a thing as subversive quilting?  I don't know . . . but look what I found!

And here's another:

And another:



These patterns are all from  I tried to post the links for each pattern, but for some reason it wouldn't work when I tried to go to the site from Pinterest.  They are also all pinned on my Pinterest quilts board.

So, in case you thought I was a cool kid, I just cleared it up for you.  No.  I'm one of the biggest geeks out there.  I have to try making one of these!  But . . . SO MANY SQUARES!  I'm tempted to try making a lap size quilt using squares slightly under 3 inches.  I did some calculations for the R2D2 pattern last night, and I could cut 2.75 inch squares and sew them with a quarter inch seam to get 2.5 inch squares.  The design is 22x24.  That would get me close to a lap size quilt, which would be much easier to deal with than the king-size plus monstrosity that has taken over my sewing machine!

I could play with the designs, too.  I think I might make the background of the R2D2 design light blue, and then add a red back to play off of the single red square on the front.

I'm not going to lie.  When I watch the trailers for the new Star Wars movie with the old cast members back in the mix, I feel like an eight-year-old again.  I'm so excited!!!

So . . . perler bead patterns for quilts.  Is this even a thing?  Am I the only one that does this?  Please share your thoughts!  I would love some comments.

Thanks for reading!  :)

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