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:
These patterns are all from www.kandipatterns.com. 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! :)