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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy! on: December 29, 2012 05:16:50 AM
LizzyEU -- I hadn't even noticed that! Haha... Time to bust out some paint!
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy! on: December 28, 2012 06:06:51 PM
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... I decided it would be a great idea to make our son's nursery Star Wars themed. Never mind the fact that there are very few Lucasfilm products aimed at the infant set! So I ended up making a lot of the things I had in mind. This being Craftster, I'll focus on the DIY goodies.

On the recliner is my R2D2 quilt, as well as a Boppy cover that I made.

The toybox was woodburned by my sister and brother-in-law, using the art of James Hance as inspiration.

The bunting on the wall behind the crib is made out of felt, and you can read more about how I repurposed the mobile in this Craftster post. I also made the crib skirt, which you can't see too well but isn't anything special.

My husband helped me with the wiring on the lightsaber lamp. It's made out of one of the 'spares' from his collection, and some cheap IKEA lamp parts.

I also designed the two little pieces of text art in the center here. The two much nicer pieces are from James Hance.

The biggest DIY project in the room is the fiber optic starfield ceiling. I can't claim too much credit on this one -- I found the idea on Pinterest, but my husband executed 90% of it because I couldn't crawl around the attic in my delicate condition. Here is a video of it in action. I also made the roman shade, using fabric from Spoonflower.

And used the same fabric for closet curtains...

... and an upholstered cardboard initial.

This paper lantern mobile was inspired by some others that I found on Pinterest and Etsy.

Hope you enjoyed our geeky little nursery! Thanks for looking  Smiley There are lots more pictures on my flickr and my blog if you're interested.
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Our 8-bit Christmas! on: December 28, 2012 05:18:21 PM
Can't get over how awesome this is. Even my hubby is seriously impressed! Great job.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Diamonds quilt! on: December 28, 2012 05:15:09 PM
Very nice quilt! I'm trying to get an idea of the scale --- did you use charm packs for the printed bits? What are the finished dimensions? I'm hoping to bang out one more quilt before our bambino makes his appearance in the next week or two, and you have majorly inspired me!
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Star Wars Mobile on: October 21, 2012 01:18:50 PM
Recently, I repurposed a mobile and small toys for our January baby's nursery.

Star Wars Mobile by staarlight, on Flickr

Once upon a time, it looked like this:

Mobile, Before by staarlight, on Flickr

Then I took it apart, and used the fabric pieces as patterns to make new pieces from fabric leftover from the R2D2 quilt that the room is based around.

Let me be clear that I did not make the plush characters. They were 'talking plush keychains' that I repurposed for the mobile. I did make the Death Star, using felt and embroidery floss.

Star Wars Mobile, Death Star by staarlight, on Flickr

In an ideal world, it would play the Imperial Death March or something, but it's limited to a traditional lullaby. (Lame.) The characters do make their own noises when you squeeze them, though, from Chewbacca's signature roar to R2D2's beeping and booping.

Star Wars Mobile, Chewbacca by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, R2D2 by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, Jawa by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, Darth Vader by staarlight, on Flickr

Star Wars Mobile, Yoda by staarlight, on Flickr

Each plush is securely attached with floss, buttons, and generous amounts of hot glue.

Thanks for looking. C&C welcome!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 14, 2012 04:23:36 AM
Hi blair83, the answer to your question is that I used both techniques, but mostly piecing. The only parts that are appliqued are the three circles on the gray top section, and the two black rounded squares in the blue section in the center. Everything else was done with traditional piecing. The blue strip on the right of the 'eye' is a little different, too. I sewed a thin rectangle together on three sides and then inserted it into the seam along the raw edge side. So that portion was sort of 'free' until I quilted the quilt when I was sure to tack it down. Too much math to have to figure it out the 'right' way... so I cheated a bit!

Here's a close up for reference.

R2D2 Folded by staarlight, on Flickr
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 12, 2012 03:50:33 PM
embercostumer, I'm just getting my act together, but I'll be posting as I finish stuff. I want to see your quilt when it's done! Sounds very cool.
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 10, 2012 04:18:43 AM
Thanks for all the kind words! Unfortunately, I don't think I could translate the scribbles on scraps of paper laying all over my sewing room into any semblance of a pattern... Wish I could!

And as for a mobile -- yes, that's exactly what I was thinking, bunny1kenobi! I have friends of a friend who have a laser cutter, so I might have them cut some tie fighters and death stars and whatnot out of thin wood or acrylic or something.

10/26 ETA: Mobile is complete! Check it out here.
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / R2D2 Baby Quilt on: September 09, 2012 01:59:40 PM
I'm so excited to have finished the first major project for our January baby's nursery: an R2D2 quilt! No pattern -- just made it up as I went along using lots of reference photos from the movies. All of the fabrics are from JoAnn's. Approx. 36" x 48".

Kept the back very simple on purpose. I figured there was enough happening on the front. Love the effect of the rounded corners up top.

Used my machine's zig zag stitch for the embroidery on the back. It's not perfect, and got even wonkier after quilting, but overall I think it works.

Off to work on a stuffed Chewbacca...
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Settlers of Catan baby quilt on: September 09, 2012 01:49:34 PM
Great job! This is such a fun quilt.
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