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Rapid City Space Quilt

I got a request for a twin-sized quilt for a boy who loved all things Outer Space. But of course, it couldn’t be that simple. The requester, who would be gifting this quilt to said boy, prefers bright saturated colors and so would need those incorporated among the space-themed fabrics. And “space-themed” needed to include rockets.

Once we had settled on a pattern and I had acquired some fabrics (including some overt, novelty rocket fabrics — not my general fave), an additional AND was given: AND the boy’s favorite color is orange and so that has to be included.

All these parameters just serve to make me feel like a dynamic and flexible quilt maker though. I love just making it work.

So, the pattern I settled on was the Rapid City quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, from her book, Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics. I am just fresh off making a queen sized version of one of her other patterns, New Wave, and I gotta say, Elizabeth Hartman is a quilt pattern writing genius. This book is a great investment. The patterns look very complicated, and they usually do require a full day dedicated solely to cutting up the fabric and labeling the pieces, but the end results are always worth it. And in every pattern I’ve seen of hers, she breaks down the process so sensibly, from cutting in the most efficient/ least wasteful manner, to choosing fabrics and colors in a way that will make each quilt unique and mod and unified.

This pattern suggests using 8 prints and 8 coordinating solids. She has fully converted me to incorporating solids into every quilt, ever since taking her Craftsy class on modern quilts. But I did sneak one blender into my coordinating choices. So 8 space-themed prints, 7 solids (including orange, of course), and some cobalt blue Sprinkle from Cotton + Steel.

Last week, I spent one full day cutting and labeling pieces as dictated by the pattern, and then the blocks came together quickly (as her patterns usually do because of all the intense preparation). Today will be dedicated to piecing the top together, maybe getting as far as basting and starting the quilting. My hope is to finish this entirely by this weekend, when I will be seeing the purchaser, so I can hand deliver her final products.

One pieced block (of 16 total):

Fabrics are Kona Ash and Black, prints from Lizzy House’s Natural History Collection, astronauts and space shuttles from Makower Galaxy collection, which are really adorable in these small amounts.