Friday, March 23, 2012

It's done! It's done! Welcome to Rigel VII

Hooray!!!          Hooray!!!          Hooray!!!!
Front of Rigel VII.
Finally,  after many a set back including my sewing machine being out of commission, I finally finished this quilt.  I present to you Rigel VII.

Wonky pieced quilt back.

How did this quilt come about?  Well originally it was going to be a blue and white hexagon quilt, like this red one:
Image from: Treasured Things Antiques
But that didn't quite work out.  Apparently I'm not good at cutting hexagons from a cardboard template.  If you ever want wonky uneven hexies, I'm your gal.

So I went on a search for a pattern I liked that I thought Mrblocko wouldn't dub "too girly."  I really liked the monochromatic blue and white of this quilt:
Image from: Jane's Fabric Patch
But I could not figure out how the thing was pieced.  It looked like crazy diamond pieces that were inset and that was way beyond my cutting and piecing and sewing skill level.

The pattern is called Hunter's Star, so I did a Google image search on Hunter's star quilts. Aaaaand I came across this beauty:
Image from: Betty A's Designs
Now that was something I could figure out.  It was just a bunch of half square triangles.  I know how to make half square triangles.  So a scrappy blue and white Hunter's Star quilt it was.

Now how on earth did I come up with the name Rigel VII?  Come with me down the twisted path I traveled to come up with that crazy name.  So I looked to see if there was actually a "hunter's star," but couldn't find anything.  So then I thought, well Orion is known as the hunter, so I wiki'ed the constilation Orion.

Well, what do you know, Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation.   Not only that, Rigel is a blue super giant star.  Well that was just perfect.  My quilt had huge blue stars!

Image from:The Sonia Show
I couldn't help thinking how much Rigel sounded familiar.  So I did a bit more searching and found that Rigel is featured in a lot of science fiction. Particularly Rigel Seven.

Rigel 7 is mentioned in the Original Star Trek Series Pilot "The Cage, " a  Star Wars Comic Book, and as the home planet of Kang and Kodos from the Simpsons.

(Although there is a bit of a debate whether or not their home planet is Rigel IV or Rigel VII.)

Fancy quilt label.

Well, Star Trek, Star Wars AND Simpsons?

Yeah, I was sold on that mega geekery.

And thusly, Rigel VII was born.


  1. LOVE your quilt. I haven't done any quilting in a while. I blame my 3rd child who took away my craft room. We'll be moving her into her into another room within 6 months!

  2. So pretty! I absolutely LOVE finishes! Congrats on the beautiful quilty!

  3. Beautiful quilt! What effort to find a name for the quilt----from one mega geek to another!

  4. The quilt is beautiful! What a great job you have done!

  5. Stunning! I like the story of the star too! Blue is my favorite color too!


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