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Friday, September 15, 2017

Pokemon Fridays Sew Along Kick-Off Post

Hi! (hand waving) It's the very first Pokemon Friday! 

Do you have any Pokemon fans at your house? It was all the rage at our house this summer, from Pokemon Go to a local art camp that had a Pokemon week. So, of course, the natural progression of things led to a quilt. :D

Ever since finishing the Minecraft quilt, my son kept asking me when we were going to make another quilt and have another sew along. He had a lot of fun watching the Minecraft blocks pop up and seeing people, and esp. other kids his own age sewing along, (and drawing extra blocks himself!) so when I mentioned Pokemon being a possibility, he jumped right on board and started researching Pokemon images that we could turn into blocks. He loves to draw! Not so much sew, but draw things for me to sew. ;) 

So in case anyone else is up for a Pokemon quilt, here's the info:

These characters have more detail than the Minecraft characters, so in order to keep them beginner and kid friendly, the blocks will be bigger -- they will finish at 20". Except for the top row. That will be broken into 19" blocks, and the difference made up in the sashing. 

The quilt will turn out to be twin size. 74 x 96". There may or may not be extra blocks at then end, I'm not sure. ;) I do know my son has already sketched up a four character panel for the back of his quilt. (yay.) lol But I will tackle that when the time comes. And post the tutorial for it too, in case anyone is interested.

That's a ways down the road though. I might know the dog character's name, Rockruff is it? I could be wrong. But the others I don't know. Maybe your kids will recognize them. :) Here are some of my son's free hand drawings he did in the paint program on our computer this summer. Name those Pokemon characters.. 

I digress. haha! I've forgotten the names of them. :/ Anyway, I plan to do the same as the Minecraft Mondays, only make it Pokemon Fridays. :) I will do my best to post a new block and tutorial every other Friday, because these blocks are bigger and take more time to break down into the diagram images, cutting lists, and stitch etc. That will give us all plenty of time to work on the block before the next one comes out. 

All of the pieces will be squares and rectangles and none smaller than 1 1/2" (1" finished). Diagrams will have small grey arrows, and larger numbered arrows, just like last time. I want any kids that might want to sew along for the entire quilt, or even just a block or two, to be able to easily handle the pieces. That was my most favorite and surprising thing about the Minecraft quilt -- seeing how many kids were sewing and/or helping their parents or grandparents. It warms my heart to this day!

To make it easy, Fat Quarter Shop has put together another FQ bundle of Moda Bella Solids that we're using--that you can purchase by clicking here or under the image below. 
*Click here for bundle details*

It includes all of the colors used in the quilt top. Although the bundle does contain a FQ of each, a handful of them do require more than a FQ so you'll need to make up the difference for those. But you might want to wait and see if you have any of those colors in your stash or scraps that you can make up the difference with. Click here or under the image below to download the PDF of the complete fabric list and requirements.

*click to download PDF*

My son has picked the Bella Bright Turquoise for background, but you might have another color in mind. You'll need 5 1/2 yds. for the background. All of the info is on that sheet above. Although some of the colors require only 1/8 of a yard, I think the fat quarters will work great, as there will be some extra in case there are extra blocks at the end. And also to keep in your stash. I love having extra bits of solids around!

Here is what it looks like with a darker blue background but my son was sold on the turquoise. I can't wait to see what other colors pop up. :)

If you sew along and would like to share on social media, please use the hashtags #pokemonquilt and/or #pokemonfridays. Or tag me @kellifanninquilts. That way we can all find them and see your blocks. :) 

There will also be a Pokemon Sew Along page where I'll link to all the block tutorials. Just like the Minecraft page. You can land on that page by clicking on the Pokemon Sew Along button in the left sidebar over there. :)

Happy Sewing!! xoxoxox

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