Hey, guys! It’s been awhile, and also the world is kind of a disaster right now! Hurray!
At any rate, I wanted to share this crazy thing I’ve been working on for like three months because, well, I had to abandon my craft blog for personal safety reasons and I haven’t had a presence in fandom communities since I quit Tumblr in like 2013. This is the place I have to share and given my favorite topic of exuberant essays I figured y’all wouldn’t mind.
Behold, my quilt of over-intensity! I made a Captain America one last year, and then a Winter Soldier one for a friend. Everyone had to know a FitzSimmons one was coming, right? There are a ton of pictures and info under the cut. Two things: please excuse the lighting and quality of these photos—I work a night shift and never see the sun; second, share these wherever you want, I only ask that you please credit me and/or link back to here.
“What the hell possessed you to do this?” A few things. 1) I have incredible anxiety and doing something with my hands helps with it. This was a ton of applique and I hand-quilted it so there was plenty to do with my hands. 2) If you’re reading this you probably already know how insanely much I love FitzSimmons. I’ve had this in my head since December of 2014 and it wanted to come out. 3) I like quilting, and I like making fan works, and I like Agents of SHIELD.
Here’s the rotary cutting instructions for a 6″ plaid quilt block. You can scale it up or down with your own math(!).
Many years ago I made a fanmix for Season 1 of Agents of SHIELD that basically had a song for every character and then a few that went through the basics of the season plot. I never did anything with that mix, but “Heroes” by David Bowie was my character song for Fitz and Simmons. For me, that’s still the song that best exemplifies them. (Also, a plug! I do have FitzSimmons specific mixes for every season: 1, 2, 3 because of course I do. Shhh, I’ll stop now.)
And here’s a gallery of like 20+ photos from the whole thing in process:
Also, I’ve got like six different, highly detailed, overly academic historical/literary/media studies/scientific reasons that I love these two butts. Just so you don’t think this crazy came out of nowhere. I love them more than anything for so so many reasons. (Here’s my AoSessay collection for some proof but, one note on those is that I was in the throes of severe PTSD when I banged them out so they’re a bit unfocused. They get the point across.)
Aaaaaaaand that’s it!
Bonus, here’s the Captain America one I made that made me realize I could do literally anything with fabric:
I cannot make one for you. The materials are expensive and each one is hundreds of hours of labor. For me, they’re about love not money.
There is no pattern so I can’t post it. I just cut out the shapes and sew them together.
Yes, you could do this! All you have to do is practice. I set myself a bunch of challenges every time I make one to do things I’ve never tried before. These wouldn’t win any awards for crafstmanship. Learn! Practice! Have fun!
Yes, you can share these pics wherever. Just link back here and/or credit me please.