May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars day! I thought it would be fun to share how I have made a modern Star Wars quilt. I love a challenge, and for me, using character prints in a way that felt fresh and modern was definitely that challenge. I love how both these quilts turned out!
Just a quick note, I made both these quilts a while back and I’m just now getting around to sharing them. So, fabrics used may or may not be easy to find anymore.
Modern Irish Chain Star Wars Quilt:
First up is a modern Irish Chain quilt using mainly Star Wars fabrics. This is the Celtic Crossing pattern by Lo & Behold Stitchery. I lengthened it to make a twin sized quilt. For this quilt, I used all black, white and grey fabrics for a very literal light side/dark side Star Wars quilt.
In addition to quite a few Star Wars prints, I added in blenders that added to the “feel” of Star Wars. Most of these are old Cotton & Steel prints. There’s the Sprinkle print in black, Sprinkle print in a light grey, and a white dot on grey fabric that I don’t know the name of. And we can’t forget Bowties in black – I love this print because it looks like a bunch of Tie Fighters to me!
I quilted this quilt with my walking foot in a motif that felt very ‘star-like’ to me. I love walking foot quilting because you can create such amazing designs at home! This quilt took forever to quilt, because it is so big, but I’m really glad that I decided to go for it.
I used a flannel Star Wars print for the backing and two layers of batting to make this quilt extra cozy. It is super heavy and warm, perfect for an extra layer in our Wisconsin winters!
My favorite thing about this quilt? The Darth Vader fabric glows in the dark! Ha! I’m really happy with how this quilt turned out and the use of so many novelty fabrics. Perfect for upcoming Star Wars movie nights!
Modern Gingham Star Wars Quilt
I made this modern gingham Star Wars quilt for a friend, so I have just two pictures to share with you. This quilt was a pretty simple design made of squares. I decided to swap out some of the solid squares for novelty Star Wars fabrics while still keeping the gingham feel.
The hardest part of this gingham quilt was trying to match the solid grey fabric and the novelty grey fabrics. Grey tones can vary widely between being almost-taupe to almost-blue, so finding one that worked well with the print fabrics I had was a bit of a challenge.
I backed this Star Wars quilt in flannel as well, and it is a fairly large throw. I quilted in the ditch around all the squares on the quilt top for a simple finish, but signed my name using free-motion quilting in the corner!
I still have quite the collection of Star Wars fabric! There’s enough of the white flannel print for another throw quilt, and definitely enough prints for a quilt top. I just need to decide on a design for the next Star Wars quilt and get sewing! Since there’s quite a few blue fabrics and I haven’t made a Star Wars quilt with blue yet, I’m leaning towards those.