It took six months and more hours of actual work than I’d care to count, but my Trust Cap quilt is done! I’m super-proud of it. I’ve spent the past week working on it from the time I got off work until the wee hours of the morning, but it’s been worth it.
And now, to wrap up in it like a burrito and get down to my Agents of SHIELD re-watch.
Here are some detail shots. Sorry about the lighting—my apartment is not the best on sunlight. There are a lot more photos from various states of completion in the project tag.
Soooo, if you spend literally 12 straight hours embroidering with six strands of embroidery floss on fabric, when you wake up the next morning your hands will be swollen and you’ll feel like you’ve done weight-lifting reps. Fun times! Not recommended. The problem is when I get focused on something I don’t quit until it’s done and I really wanted this done. So I present to you, not only the embroidered fine print, but the completed top and the whole basted quilt sandwich. Next up, hand quilting! Perhaps when my hands are a normal size again.
Also, re: the embroidery, the original poster had the whole fine print line centered, but I centered the SHIELD logo instead. Because we all know I how I feel about SHIELD. I thought centering it would make it more balanced.
I didn’t die; I found an apartment (still in the application process, sigh); Agents of SHIELD was cuh-razy (Simmons, my girl!); Age of Ultron sucked; I finished appliqueing the letters on; I’m in the process of embroidering the fine print onto the very bottom right now. Peace out, bitches! (Hm, that “L” there kinda disappears, doesn’t it. Ah well. This looks so… um… “rustic” would probably be most polite. It’ll quilt out, right? Whatever, I’m gonna go watch Outlander and melt my brain.)
First! My friends! I have finally acquired a full-time position! I start in three weeks! Ah! Tomorrow I’m driving down (four hours) to apartment hunt and then driving back (another four hours.) Fun stuff! All the apartments are expensive! At this point I’m just glad to fiiinally have a job!
So, basically, that kicked my ass into gear on my various WiPs. Working on this, I split it into the top square with the Cap graphic and the bottom rectangle with the propaganda words. Today I finished appliqueing the flying geese white lines with the stars, then I appliqued Cap down and finally the shield (which I had pinned on there the entire time to use as a reference point, and the pins kept stabbing me.) Here’s my lovely man with all the washable marker still on his face. I have since thrown it in the washing machine on super-ultra-gentle-handwash and all the mess came off without reducing all my hard work to a pile of string. Score! (Why do my quilts always come out so lumpy. Luckily, that tends to “quilt out” as they say.) I also embroidered on his facial features and the lines of his fingers sometime last week.
Then I cut out the letters for the bottom bit and got their placement right. For this I pretty much just up-sized the bottom part of the actual graphic, printed it off, cut out the paper letters, and traced them onto my white fabric. I contemplated making the big letters some kind of quilt motif but I’ve pretty much done them all (seriously) and the white-on-white is fine. Look how gorgeous, agh! I really really love this poster (obviously), and the Cap part was cool to see come together, but it didn’t strike me just how much I love this thing until I got the letters pinned on. The whole reason this project exists in the first place is because (I wanted this poster and it’s been sold out for three years) I sometimesfrequently get overcome with how much I love Marvel/the MCU/Captain America and making things feels like a productive outlet for all that affection. This one has the added bonus of being able to wrap around my body like a cocoon. (I shudder to think what would happen if I got my hands on a FitzSimmons propaganda poster. Lawd. And trust me, my own brain is working on it as we speak. Science! Adventure! Spies!)
I’ll update you on my travels! I’m always mildly convinced I’m going to die on the highway on long trips so here’s hoping that a.) I live long enough to complete this thing, b.) I live long enough to watch Agents of SHIELD on Tuesday, c.) I live long enough to use that Thursday night ticket I bought for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and d.) I find an apartment. Busy week!
It’s been two weeks since I’ve touched this, but today I went to a British car show, came home, and suddenly just wanted to get it done. The last bit for the top that I had to make was a series of flying geese and the three stars that are all shooting dramatically in the distance. I used the 4-at-a-time method of making flying geese and it was amazing. I’ve never made flying geese before at all, but all those triangles and bias seams and angles didn’t sound like something I’d enjoy very much. To figure out how long the lines needed to be, I had to lay out all my pieces on the actual background to run them parallel to Cap’s arm and use the other pieces to judge where they should land. So, I took a picture while I had it all out. I had to stand on a stool and hold my camera all the way up to ceiling for this! If I were to do it again, I’d definitely tone down the background a bit. I’ll have to make Cap pop with the quilting, methinks. I’m not sure what I’ll do yet. Maybe white squiggles to take some of the darkness out? Oo, or really dense white fireworks?
Some more pics from the flying geese saga:
Also, I was at the fabric store for something completely unrelated last week and their patriotic prints happened to be half price. Snagged my backing fabric! You might hear from me as this goes along, or you might never hear from me again. We’ll see if this makes me give up arts and crafts forever (not likely, but this project is certainly making me feel dramatic.)
I’ve almost got all the pieces for Cap cut out. I have to make some darker blue LeMoyne Star blocks for the last bits. That’s what was on the calendar for today but I ended up doing all the white parts and Cap’s glove instead. At least it was productive avoidance. That leaves only those dark blue parts left to do. Then I get to figure out how I want to applique this all together. I also have a few things I need to embroider like eyes, nostrils, and fingers. Plenty of work to do. I made the glove out of the leftover bits from the log cabin blocks, plus a few more. It seemed like a good use of scraps and was relatively simple.