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« on: May 03, 2011 09:01:00 PM »

So, for this challenge I decided I'd try and spend the minimum amount of money, and with the exception of a rotary cutter and some extra blue fabric, everything came out of my fabric stash. And here she be, the Patchwork Planet. 1 inch squares, lots of (I don't know, I was going to work it out but I took a nap instead). She's 3 kilos in weight and about a 130cm around.









I'd already decided to do patchwork, but when I found a 12 gore flattened earth map online, I decided to be stupidly bold and make a 3d round earth. Because I have insane!

The following pics are thumbnailed to keep this post shortish and not desperately slow to load. If you're gasping to see them they are all linked to my flickr stream.

SO! Step one, trace the planet.

Using the highly technological method of "Taping stuff to a window". I also used some antique graph paper which my dad pinched from his workplace in about 1984.

Now, break out the felt tips.

This is the pattern making step, really. Colouring in all the earth bits green, the ice bits blue and leaving the water white. It's also when I broke down the coastlines into grid form, I used full squares and half squares for shaping.

Now play with sharp things.

I've gotten along for many years without a rotary cutter, but since this is my first major patchworking thing, I splashed out. Also in shot: Coffee. Requirements...

Now thread your bobbin...

Due to incredible planning, complicated calculations and exact sizing a complete fluke of luck, the gores ended up being marked at exactly 4 squares wide. Awesome! I just numbered them along the top and rolled a dice to see which to do next (the dice was to make it more random if I needed to add more fabric in, so that it wouldn't all pool in one spot on the planet).

Now we hope for the best...

To get the gore pattern for cutting out, I enlarged the original pattern on the photocopier until the grid squares on the paper matched the size of the fabric squares. Then I cut them all out. Yes with my fingers crossed.

Now we built a planet! (Just like Slartibartfast)

Pretty self explanatory really, just sewed all the gores together in the right order, then turned and stuffed with an entire three kilos of stuffing. Yup, she's a weighty planet alright.

Edit: A more detailed tutorial is on my blog.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011 10:03:47 PM »

Wow--what an ambitious project!  It turned out great!!

How long did this take you?
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011 10:38:40 PM »

You are really much too incredibly awesome!  I can't imagine the amount of work this must have taken, and I giggled all the way through the description. Nice work, it looks great and is probably very comfy too!  Good luck with the challenge! 
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011 10:49:20 PM »

your planet turned out great... i like your honesty (a lot of my projects go like that too). and yay! you included new zealand (we get left off the map sometimes).
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011 11:21:39 PM »

Well of course I included New Zealand! It's not a planet without the Kiwis!

Most everything is there, with the exception of the tiny islands.

How long did it take? Hrm. Probably about 30 hours all up. The sewing up of the finals gores went insanely slow, I was going to post a pic of the thing under the sewing machine foot with the caption "Actual speed".  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011 04:17:37 AM »

This piece is beautiful! Thanks for sharing  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2011 05:25:27 AM »

That is so cool! Awesome work!
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011 05:33:37 AM »

Oh my word.  That is so so cool.  You have the patience of a saint!
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011 05:40:12 AM »

stunning!
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2011 06:14:18 AM »

now I know I have seen the work of the true queen of crafting!
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2011 06:38:59 AM »

Um...Love. This.
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2011 07:08:07 AM »

Even with your pics of the process I can't wrap my mind around how you did that - I am SO impressed!!  I think Slartibartfast would be too!!!  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2011 07:55:29 AM »

This is the BEST craft EVER! Oh man, how much do I love this? Enough to try it out myself, that's how much. Thank you so much for posting and for the progress shots. I am blown away and totally inspired.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2011 08:01:12 AM »

This is mindblowingly brilliant.  You are a crafty goddess!
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2011 09:04:27 AM »

Amazing!!
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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2011 09:17:39 AM »

Amazing! You did a wonderful job! Wink Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2011 12:38:06 PM »

i am hyperventilating cause this is so awesome.

<picks jaw back up off the floor>


i will be by to steal it give it a new home. where did you say you lived again? Cheesy

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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2011 06:58:18 PM »

Mars.. I live on Mars >.> <.<

Thanks for all the planet love everyone, I'll have you know I'm blushing.

Also I'm happy to write up a full tute for those who want to make one of their own, I'll get on that right away on the condition that I get to see the finished work Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2011 07:42:37 PM »

This is really amazing
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2011 10:14:27 PM »

This is so cool! I bet this took forever to do. You're endurance to complete this amazes me, I'd probably have lost my speed after cutting out all the squares! Tongue Great work!
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« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2011 10:31:38 PM »

I had a much smaller globe when I was little that I think my parents purchased from The Discovery Store for me. I should make myself one of these adult size ones. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2011 12:35:10 AM »

I just love the way this looks - you did such an amazing job getting all the land masses to look right. Beautiful!
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2011 07:31:52 AM »

this is amazing, I love this
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2011 07:55:39 AM »

I find it amusing that you said minimal amount of work in your post.  Fantastic idea for a project!  Well done!
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2011 12:06:24 PM »

wow, I'm totally impressed!  That is fabulous!
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2011 08:38:50 PM »

So Beautiful! I love your quilted/stuffed globe!   Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2011 01:18:23 AM »

Mindblowing!
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« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2011 09:36:34 AM »

i wonder if i could make this big enough to cover my giant purple chair/exercise ball...
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« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2011 02:41:34 PM »

Brilliant!  I love maps. This looks so much work though!

Can you share the link where the original 12 gore map came from?
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« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2011 05:42:50 PM »

Freaking amazing!  I love your commentary too.  I also use the highly technical technique of taping stuff on windows.
Nice job.
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« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2011 06:49:50 PM »

A-flippin-mazing.  I love it.  Hats off to you for creativity, planning, and pnash.  Thank you for posting photos of the process as well, I love to see how others work.  :-)
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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2011 08:29:48 PM »

Brilliant!  I love maps. This looks so much work though!

Can you share the link where the original 12 gore map came from?

I'm currently out of my house and off my usual PC (which is full of all my lovely bookmarks). I'll be home in a few hours and will get the tute written up, including but not limited to the map. Which is - as far as I know right now - somewhere on the internet...

You guys are still making me blush!
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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2011 02:22:06 AM »

Wow--what an ambitious project!  It turned out great!!



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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2011 06:23:08 PM »

So very, very fantastic!! I love this!! And I love that NZ is there!!

Are you from Magrathea?
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« Reply #34 on: May 08, 2011 06:35:12 AM »

absolutely amazing..... truly fabulous..... out of this world wonderful.....

you really out did it!!.... great work... BE PROUD!!!
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« Reply #35 on: May 08, 2011 07:12:00 AM »

Goddess-like and amazing. I truly love this project. You must have been totally dedicated to doing it, I can't imagine managing to make something so complex. Well done!
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« Reply #36 on: May 08, 2011 03:50:56 PM »

Oh my gosh! Such inspiration to spend more time with my sewing machine!
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2011 12:38:17 PM »

Did the mice help you plan out your planet?
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« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2011 12:49:43 PM »

This is fantastic....especially the fjords.
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« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2011 08:11:34 PM »

I finally got around to writing a very scrappy sort of tutorial, which you can find on my blog. (Also updated OP)

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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2011 04:35:49 PM »

This is really neat! It's got so many lovely patterns and colors, something I'd have loved to own when I was a kid.
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« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2011 11:47:38 PM »

Amazing! I think this is fantastic. Good job for putting the Australia/NZ pic first since most globe pics only show N/S America.  Smiley
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« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2011 08:59:28 AM »

Guuhhhhh I need one of these! This is so awesome. If only I had the patience for patchwork.. This is totally getting 'rocked'.
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« Reply #43 on: May 21, 2011 04:13:19 PM »

Wow.  Now THAT is crazy amounts of awesomeness!
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« Reply #44 on: June 12, 2011 08:38:50 AM »

Wow!  This is amzing!!  Great job, I love it!

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« Reply #45 on: July 15, 2011 12:54:09 PM »

This is tres awesome:)
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« Reply #46 on: July 25, 2011 03:22:49 PM »

This is really unique and beautiful - I can't believe how funny you are in the how-to description... Just entered my first swap and I hope I am half the craftster that you are!
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