TableTop Season 4 Quilt – Episode 4: Tiny Epic Galaxies

Episode 4 of TableTop Season 4 featured Tiny Epic Galaxies, an area control and dice rolling game designed by Scott Almes. Guests included Mayim Bialik, Tim Schafer, and Andy Weir.

I’m going to be super honest and admit that even after watching this episode a half dozen times, I still don’t completely understand the game. I’d probably catch on if I was actually playing, but I don’t have any strong desire to ever play it.

But hey, not everyone loves every game they stumble upon, so no big, right? The episode was still entertaining. I loved / related to Mayim not being able to not straighten the cards. “I tried really hard to be like I don’t care, but I do.”

I decided to create the spaceship token used in the game for the block. I even had some space fabric left over from a previous project to use for the background! Woo!

Hey, remember in the Monarch Crown post that I mentioned the block size seemed off? Yea, well it happened again. I just barely squeaked out trimming down the block to finish at 10 inches without losing part of the ship to the seam allowance. This is very good because I didn’t have enough space fabric to redo the block.

After some investigating, I think I discovered the problem. There was a change in resolution between the file in which I designed the block and the file where I laid out the sections of the pattern for printing. If that’s NOT what the problem is, then I got nothing.

Regardless, the block works so I’m running with it.

What block will you see next? Whichever one I sew! Haha.

TableTop Season 4 Quilt – Episode 3: Monarch

Monarch was the game featured in episode 3 of TableTop season 4. (Did I mentioned the blocks are going to come out of order?)

Monarch is a set collecting game designed by Mary Flanagan with art by Kate Adams. It’s a really neat game, especially since all the characters in the game are women. It seems very easy to learn and quick to play.

Brea Grant, Ashley Clements, and Satine Phoenix were the guests for the game. All three have been in previously been guests on TableTop and they are some of my favorite players. (Satine Phoenix is super adorable / fun. “I like clothes!”)

I chose to create the crown for the Monarch block. Points are called crowns in this game. Also, the crown on the cover of the box was visually appealing to me.

When I sewed the block, it seemed like it came out slightly too big. I wasn’t sure why, but it trimmed down to 10 inches without a problem.

I’ll have to look into what happened with the pattern though as I tend to reuse files. It’s possible I’m going to have the same problem with other blocks. I may have accidentally included the seam allowance as part of the block and then added the seam allowance again or something silly.

Anyway, block is done and I don’t have to worry about the pattern too much since it’s just for my silly TableTop quilt.

What block is coming next?

You’ll never know!

Until I post it!

Quilt Idea: TableTop Season 4

It’s another one of those “Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear!” things. (PS – Happy belated Rex Manning Day.)

I’ve gotten into my head to make a quilt inspired by the current season of TableTop with Wil Wheaton, featured on the Geek and Sundry channel on YouTube.

TableTop makes me happy. And since anxiety is still being an asshole, I’m trying to focus on happy things. I don’t really watch TV anymore, but there are lots of web series / YouTubers that I like. TableTop is in my top 3.

The quilt will be made up of whatever I feel like making when the episode is over. That will most likely either be game art or items. Or maybe I’ll just make something totally wacky that amuses me BECAUSE I CAN.

There are already about 8 episodes out, so I’ll be playing catchup a bit. Also, the blocks will probably be coming out of order, due to sewing issues (so many sewing issues already) or not being sure what I want to make to represent an episode or whatevs. You’re definitely not going to see the Episode 1 block first.

I have absolutely no idea what I’ll do with this quilt when it’s complete, but I’ll figure that out later.

Stay tuned because a block is coming soon!!

Finish: Vulgarity and Lace (Accent Pillow)

Long story short: The background grey fabric I started using isn’t being carried by my local quilt shop anymore, so I got something else, and turned the half block I had already sewn into this pillow.

I think it’s cute. Also, I am happy that I designed my Fuck Off block in such a way that if someone wanted to just have a block reading “Fuck” instead of “Fuck Off,” it totally works. It’s like two patterns in one! One of these days I’ll start a pattern shop.

Anyway, this is what I accomplished today. (Well, I designed two more patterns this weekend too, but I didn’t test sew yet.)

Little pillow measures approximately 6.5 x 11.

I have the classiest, most elegant home furnishings around and I know you’re jealous.

Finish: An April Mini

Well…

I hoped to start an April mini today, and I powered through and finished an April mini today. My quilt stand won’t be naked next month – hooray!

The pattern is called “Spring Fling Mini 2015” and it’s by JmzB Quilts. You can get it for free at Craftsy by clicking here.

It didn’t take long to put together at all. I even got a little creative with the quilting! Instead of doing my standard straight lines, I added little raindrops. Admittedly, halfway through quilting, I started thinking they looked like little nooses and not rain, but whatever. It’s still cute.

It’s approximately 11.75 x 13.5. I’m pretty sure that will still fit on my quilt stand. The stand is in my office at work, so I’ll find out tomorrow.

That’s my first finish of 2017.

Update: Abandoning the Crazy Cat Quilt (for Charity!)

In January, I had thought I would use my somewhat large collection of cat-themed fabric to make some kind of crazy cat quilt. All different fabrics, different blocks, etc. It sounded fun.

But every time I take it out to work on it… I’m not having fun. I’m not sure why, but I’m not, which makes me not want to work on it.

So it’s time to call it. The Crazy Cat Quilt is dead.

But all is not lost! The blocks I’ve made are being made into minis for Comfort for Critters. Here are two tops I made so far.

I’ve got another 6 (non-cat-themed) minis that just need labels and binding. So maybe the next box I send out will have 12 quilts instead of 6.

Maybe some day I’ll try again making a Crazy Cat Quilt, but for now, I’m comfortable with diverting my energy towards charity.

2016 Goals: October Progress

Another month has gone by. Let’s check in on my 2016 goals.

Only two finishes in October, both small. I got halfway through quilting a larger quilt in September, but was trying to focus on block making this month, so it still isn’t done.

Finishes in the month of October:

I did work on the Crazy Cat Quilt a little but not much. It’s not going to get finished this year.

I made 27 blocks this month. This brings my year to date total for blocks made to 266. That means I have two months to make 84 blocks if I’m going to succeed in the 350 Block Challenge.

I started the year out making tons of blocks and didn’t think I’d have any trouble at all meeting the challenge. Weird how things turn around sometimes, huh? It doesn’t help that a lot of the blocks I am making take an hour or more to put together.

October’s breakdown:

  • Farmer’s Wife: 12
  • Comfort for Critters: 8
  • Super Mario: 2
  • Orphan Block: 1
  • Eternal Darkness Runes: 3
  • Wall-Hanging: 1

I have about 8 paper piecing patterns I’ve drafted that I need to sew, plus a whole bunch more I still need to draft. Too many ideas, not enough motivation.

I did make a tiny bit of progress in the organization of the scraps. I had a laundry basket full of yardage and scraps, so I went through it. I pulled out all the yardage and put it into the fabric dresser where it’s supposed to be. (I also organized the fabric dresser, which was a mess and why the yardage has been sitting in the basket.)

So most likely, Crazy Cat Quilt, scraps organization, and new blog banner are going to be 2017 goals.