A day or two ago I suddenly had an urgent need to paper piece. Even though it's been ages between visits, I figured I wouldn't need to start off small with some Tippencanoe blocks, oh no, I wanted to dive straight in with the baddiest of all baddies, Darth Vader.
When I first saw this pattern, by Kristy of Quiet Play, I knew I had to make it for my cousin's Star Wars obsessed son. At just 3.5 years old he's already a full bottle on all the characters and says of Darth Vader, his absolute favourite, "He's not all that bad". Too cute!
As Mr 3.5 can be a fussy eater at times, I thought a special placemat may encourage him to sit at the table and at least try to have a few mouthfuls of dinner. Well, anything is worth a shot, right?
I was super excited when I finished the binding on this baby - the whole thing looked pretty much like I had imagined. That and I was just so glad it was finished because it was not a fun project for me.
Those following me on IG know I had at least one episode with the unpicker but, in all honesty, it was closer to 10. Talk about frustrating! I pieced the wrong pieces, I sewed over folds, I didn't have right sides together and I tried to use pieces that were too small. I was just not feeling the paper piecing love, let me tell you! At one point I even snipped my finger with the scissors. Ok, ok, I did that twice.
THEN... I had a few issues lining the seams up (totally my stupidity, nothing to do with the pattern!) so Darth Vader has ended up with a few wrinkles between his eyes. I figure that with the life he leads that was inevitable anyway. ;)
For the quilting I decided on a random grid pattern, using some of the seams to start with and then going from there. I've done this style before, on this quilt, and really like the look.
I also stitched around Darth himself, which you can see a bit better on the back.
A spotty binding finished him off at 13.5" x 9.5".
Well... I thought he was finished but after pulling this out of the washing machine I noticed a small hole where the seam had pulled out. ARGH!!!
Yes, I cursed. Loudly. More than once. He is truly a bad, bad, bad man. :(
So, dear readers, what do I do now? How do I fix this? Plan A is to scream, stomp on it and throw it in the bin. Plan B is to glam Darth up with a pretty flower - but I have a feeling Mr 3.5 may object. Any ideas for a Plan C? Anyone?
HELP! Please. With a cherry on top.
Linking up with the Paper Piecing Party over at Kristy's house.