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More Christmas goodies

This Christmas, RR decided he needed a new iPad. One of those new, shiny iPad Airs. To be fair, his old iPad was past its best. It was 4 years old and getting very creaky, creaky as in every time you turned it sideways it crashed. And it couldn’t run the latest version of the Apple software. And anyway, he just wanted one. So that was settled.

Of course we had to go to buy the iPad together, otherwise I would surely have bought the wrong thing – not enough GB or too many or the wrong colour or whatever. I also wanted to buy it before we went to New York so I didn’t have to stress about present-shopping once we got back.  And so it came to pass that for a month before Christmas, a shiny new iPad was sitting in my cupboard, waiting to be unwrapped by my hunnybunny on the Big Day…

Now, I’ve been wanting to make a present for my lovely RR for ages, but he’s not really a quilt kind of chap. He appreciates their beauty and all the work that goes into them, he loves having them on the bed, and is wonderful at helping pick out the fabric and working on layouts. He just doesn’t like to snuggle up underneath them in front of the tv like I do. So what to make? Well, every time I opened my cupboard, I saw his iPad staring back at me. And, I figured, who could possibly resist a hand-made iPad cover to protect their shiny new toy? Especially if I made it Really Cool and Not At All Girly. And how more cool and ungirly could it get than a Darth Vader themed case??!

So, after searching online, I found this amazing Darth Vader fabric at Spoonflower…

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And this utterly cool paper-pieced Lego Darth Vader pattern on Craftsy, by Kristy at Quiet Play

LEGO Darth Vader Paper Pieced Pattern

And I combined them with an iPad cover tutorial which I adapted from the latest PatCHquilt newsletter

To create this…

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Cool, huh?!

For the front I used lots of little scraps from my scrap bin in various shades of grey and black, and bordered it with a skinny piece of appropriately Sith-red fabric. The zipper had, of course, to be black 🙂 I added fusible fleece to both the outside and inside of the case to give the iPad more padding and protection.

To finish it off, I quilted Lord Vader in the ditch between all the twiddly little pieces, to give his mask definition, then I stitched some straight lines on the background,  spaced about 1/2″ apart. The back and the inside of the case were quilted with wavy lines between the columns of Vader heads. I finished it off with a black Lego brick keychain on the zip, a little extra for my favourite Lego fan…

It was great fun to make, and what do you know? Although he loves the iPad, the case was actually his favourite present!

Success all round, methinks 🙂

WIP Wednesday

Sadly not much to report this week, despite all my good intentions.

I finished putting together the quilt top for the Broken Herringbone quilt along – I absolutely love it! It makes me think of beautiful, vibrant stained glass windows, and it was an absolute joy to piece. I’m still trying to decide how to quilt it, though. Any ideas?

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Then I fixed the zip on mum’s bag and made a couple of little extras with the remaining fabric – a mini make-up bag, and a glasses case. I think she’ll like it – well, I hope she will, anyway.

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These gifts are currently winging their way mum-wards, courtesy of my lovely friend Chris who has taken them back to the UK with her to post -this is going to save me a small fortune in stamps, so thanks, Chris! I can hardly believe that it’s only mid-November and I’ve already finished one Christmas present – get me, super-organised Pusscat!

I also finished my summery polka dot top – I took it in a few inches at the sides, covered the buttons with the darker turquoise fabric I’d used on the shoulders and added some more as a contrast ruffle hem using my Extremely Complicated New Ruffler Attachment. I thought it was super-cute until RR said it makes me look like a waitress in a 1950s diner. And the sad thing is, he may well have a point there 😦 Hmmmm. I do still like it, though, and I’m already dreaming up new ruffler-related projects…

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I’m now planning my next dressmaking project too – a simple tunic dress, made from a gloriously soft pink corduroy, which I’ll wear with long sleeved t shirts over the winter. RR remains unconvinced, as he thinks the fabric “looks like something your nan might cover chairs with”. He has a way with words, that one…

And whilst I worked on these projects, one of my little helpers deserted me. Mr Boy, who usually likes to chill out with me in my sewing room, has instead been helping RR re-configure the Lego Death Star after Master I’s visit. It had temporarily turned into Jurassic Death star, with the addition of bits of Lego T-Rex to make it super-fierce, but now it’s just back to being a moon-sized Imperial battlestation, soon to be destroyed by Luke Skywalker and the Rebel Alliance…

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Anyway, hopefully more will be going on next week – I’m planning to finish off my Kitty Camouflage quilt top, get started on a quilt for baby Daniel, and make some placemats to take to our friends in NY for Thanksgiving.

All the things I was going to work on this week, in fact.

Hmmmm, better get a shift on, then…..

Linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced – pop on over and see what other people have been up to 🙂