Before pictures, a conversation with my brain:
Me: Wow. I’m excited that I finished Memories of Provence. I should work on that twister quilt, or maybe start the next Weekender Bag.
My brain: Robots!
Me: Uh. Nope. We have a list.
My brain: BEEP. BOOP.
Me: So… twister quilt then?
My brain: BEEPBOOP MF’er.
Me: What does the Millennium Falcon have to do with this?
My brain: Not that MF. The *other* one.
Me: Oh… That’s not very nice.
My brain: ROBOTS! BEEPBOOPBEEPBOOP!
Me: Ugh. Fine.
So I made a robot quilt.
I’d had this panel, a Cosmo Cricket 2007 or so vintage, in my stash for a while. I used part of it to make a bag, but had these 3 robot and 3 cog panels left. Since I have a cousin whose wife is expecting next April, and we just found out it’s going to be a boy, I indulged my brain. This one time.
I pieced some 3 1/2″ squares to embiggen the cog panels to the same width as the robot panels. Then I pieced some 5″ squares to space the cogs and robots into two longish strips. AND THEN I used more 5″ squares to make the center strip, and pieced it with the turquoise to make the center. The green inner border is a grunge print from Basic Grey, and the outer border (and back) is from Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Cutebot line from a couple years ago. The whole thing measures 44×54″.
For the quilting, I wanted to do something different, so I used the “Geometric Allover” design from Angela Walters’ book. It required a bit of backwards thinking because in order to travel and make the crossings in the pattern, you have to stitch away from where you want to go and make a 270 degree turn via a square instead of just turning 90 degrees. Just to mix it up, I quilted a little heart on each robot’s chest, and in the center of the cogs.
Sometimes my brain has good ideas.