Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families! I'm excited to finally share a secret project I've been working on over the last month. See, my husband has tried for the last many years to convince our now almost eight-year-old son that he is indeed Batman - long before we heard of Batdad (who is quite hilarious in his own right), and this year, I got the crazy idea to make him a pixelated Batman quilt to go with his obsession. Naturally, the idea didn't dawn on me until just before Thanksgiving, so it's been a feverish kind of project that I've worked on in my spare moments whenever I could, and somehow I managed to pull it off.

Batman pixels everywhere by Elizabeth Dackson

I posted a few photos as I worked on Instagram, since my husband is one of the few people I know who isn't constantly scrolling Instagram. I chose to work in strictly white, black, and shades of gray, much like how Batman in The Lego Movie professes that he only works in "black and sometimes very dark gray."

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Batman in progress by Elizabeth Dackson
Batman Quilt in Progress - by Elizabeth Dackson

For the quilting, I kept it super simple, sticking with a stitch I can do in my sleep, a simple stipple in lovely gray Aurifil #2615. Free-motion quilting while nine months pregnant is definitely not an enviable task, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. In fact, I was able to quilt with very few modifications to my usual work setup, so it went pretty smoothly.

Finished Batman quilt by Elizabeth Dackson

I sure hope that the husband is pleased with his new quilt - I know I'm super pleased with how it turned out and the fact that I managed to keep it secret all this time, which will make the surprise when he opens it all the more special :)

A festive label by Elizabeth Dackson

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays again to you all, I hope you have a wonderful day with your families!

18 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours! The quilt is excellent, I am sure he loves it.

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  2. Soooooo perfect! Please update us with how this goes down. Maybe you should start "accidentally" leaving a gadget utility belt around for your son to find. Hilarious! Sparkle holiday to you!

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  3. That's a super awesome quilt! Merry Christmas to you and yours and thanks for all the pleasure your blog has given to me this year 😀

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  4. This looks amazing! I'm sure he will love it!

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  5. You win the Awesome Mommy award! Love it!!!

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  6. That is a glorious quilt! Merry Christmas!

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  7. What an amazing quilt! Merry Christmas

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  8. What a great quilt!!! Where did you get your labels? Or did you make them yourself? :D

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    1. I ordered them from Modern Yardage! They've got quite a selection - here's a link to view what they have: https://www.modernyardage.com/shop/category/quilt-labels/

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  9. That is just awesome. Congratulations on a fantastic finish. It's given me a little smile tonight :)

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  10. What a wonderful gift quilt. I love the label. Do you have a tutorial for it?
    Happy New Year!

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    1. No tutorial necessary, I ordered my labels from Modern Yardage! They've got quite a selection - here's a link to view what they have: https://www.modernyardage.com/shop/category/quilt-labels/

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  11. Did you make your label? If not, where do you order them from? Very nice project!

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    1. I ordered them from Modern Yardage! They've got quite a selection - here's a link to view what they have: https://www.modernyardage.com/shop/category/quilt-labels/

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  12. Wonderful quilt and thanks for posting the link for the quilt labels.

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