Looking back at “Tails”

Tails Quilt, made for Gareth
Miles “Tails” Prower
74″ x 94″
made 2008, photographed July 2011

Once upon a time, I made a quilt for my son.  The coolest part about this quilt is that he designed it himself. Gareth was 10* at the time.

Tails Chart

With a tiny bit of help from me, Gareth created this chart using an image he loved of his favorite video game character.  The main part of the quilt, excluding the solid pieces of fabric at the top and bottom, is made of 1,054 individual 2″ squares.

Tails in progress from the back
I pieced almost all of the mosaic while at retreat with my bee in 2008 on my Singer 301A. I remember chain piecing from different colored stacks of 2 1/2″ squares that I had cut beforehand. I pieced and pieced…and pieced, all along following Gareth’s chart and keeping track of everything with Post-It notes!

Much of the following is taken from a post I made over on Fandom Quilts back in June 2008, after I’d completed quilting and binding the quilt.

The blue sparkle background fabric was cut in 2 1/2″ strips (except the top and bottom, which were wider), with the other colors all being 2 1/2″ squares (2″ finished). I quilted 2″ squares to give the illusion that the entire quilt was made from squares. You can still see the chalk lines from the grid I drew on the solid fabric.

The entire quilt was quilted on my home sewing machine using a walking foot and straight-line quilting.

Happy boy with one big quilt!
Gareth, with “Tails,” 2008

Miles "Tails" Prower
Hanging from the side of our trampoline (photo taken in 2008) just for SCALE. You can see the quilting better in here. I think you can also tell that there are two colors of orange, and the subtle difference between the white and off-white. We gave this trampoline away earlier this year, 2011.

quilting on Miles "Tails" Prower quiltThis awesome swirly red fabric chosen by G for the back (fun fact – I’ve mentioned to several people that are using this fabric in a variety of colors for the Project of Doom that I “put it on the back of Gareth’s quilt” and now here it is!)

For quilting, I outlined the major shapes (the white quilting in the pic is one of the hands). When there were more than two or three blocks of the same color, I quilted around to echo the outside shape.

quilting on Miles "Tails" Prower quilt
Grid quilting the top and bottom of the quilt created the illusion of 2″ squares on the solid top and bottom pieces of the quilt top.

If you’ve made it all the way to the end of this post and you like what you see, visit The Quilting Gallery’s Quilts for Little Boys contest and vote! There are lots of great quilts there to see, including “Tails!”

*If you’re here from the Quilting Gallery contest, I erroneously listed his age as 7.  I was going by the date on the photo I had uploaded to flickr, which ended up being incorrect. I’ve since found the original chart (below), which is dated March, 2008. Oops!

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