I am so excited to share my progress on the Xfiles Quilt! The first two week's blocks are posted here.
I really like how the embroidered blocks are turning out. I'm using grey Isacord thread on top of a read as black fabric from Connecting Threads. The background fabric is nearly a solid black (called mirage), all the white specks are snowflakes falling during my photo shoot!
I modified the embroidery blocks a bit by adding the character name along the right side of the profile. Some of the minor characters are kind of hard to identify just by the line drawing, but once I see the name, I know exactly who they are :)
One of my favourite characters, Krycek is the guy you love to hate. There are so many reasons to like this guy! He's tough, aloof, brainy, brawny, slick and slimy...and oh so sexy!
Deep Throat, one of the shady informants on the series, also happens to be friends with Mulder's parents - or was he?
Jeffrey Spender came later in the series, and I didn't like the character or his role in the series. This was when Xfiles was less about explaining the unexplained and more about the ins and outs of the FBI.
This guy was so awesome! He was such a dark informant that he never had a real name, just Mr. X. He was always on the side of the Truth and knew the resting places of more skeletons than most funeral directors.
The enemy/alliance between Cigarette Smoking Man and the Mulder/Scully team was the heart of the Xfiles. A government insider, a backroom deal maker, a long-time family friend, Smoking Man held many roles in the series. I remember an interview done on Inside the Actor's Studio where William B. Davis said he took up smoking just to play this role.
And the last block I assembled is the signature block. All of the quilt alongs designed and hosted by Jennifer at www.fandominstitches.com include a pattern for a signature block that she would like all participants to assemble and mail to her so she can make a memory quilt for the event. I was so busy printing the patterns that I only made one copy of this block, so now I have to print and sew a second one. I might wait until I have all the blocks in the series completed then decide which one to mail away.
Last week my machine was in the shop, so I have 2 more embroidery blocks to trace and stitch, and this week's block is a great pieced slogan. I can't wait to show you more!
Linking up to Let's Bee Social, and Linky Tuesday.
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.
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