Designing For My BGFF

I’ve been doin’ some designing up in here while I’m a sewing machine down. Do what you can, with what you have, when you have it. That’s right, I had to take my own advice! My BGFF (best gay friend forever–you should totally get one!) likes Disney a little bit. As in, he effin’ moved to Orlando to be a lifeguard for the summer at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon just so he could get free entry to Disney World anytime he wanted. Lessers, take note, this is how dedication is done.

Because he’s my BGFF, I totally need to make him a quilt. It’s how I roll, and how I express my love when other conventional ways fail me. (e.g. “Hey, here’s a birthday gift!”) So I designed this pixelated Mickey Mouse logo using Apple’s Numbers software, and plan on using Lizzy House’s Constellations range. Constellations says so much about reaching for the stars, living your dreams, magical-mystical experiences, and generally being shiny and awesome. Which, Zach does all of those things, so it’s totally on pointe.

I’ve got half yard cuts of all of these fabrics, so that should be seven yards, and plenty to complete this quilt top. The plan at the moment is to do 2″ or 2.5″ squares (?)–anything smaller and I might not consider Zach by BGFF anymore. I’ll strip piece, cross cut and chain stitch to speed up the process. I also noticed the colour scheme is pretty much that of the Cinderella’s Castle or dress. Serendipity.

What do y’all think about it being centred though? I thought throwing it into the corner and cutting some of it off might make it more modern, but then I’m not sure it needs to be any more modern. I am (at this stage) leaving it square, around a queen-ish size. That alone might lift it to that abstract point I like–you know, you don’t see what it really is until you back up off it. I’d love your thoughts in the comments!

P.s. BradsBest – you’re an NRB.

P.p.s. Grandma Sparkles arrives in the morning. For realz. You’ve seen The Muppets Take Manhattan? Well, this is gonna be better than that.

31 Responses

  1. *Cornelia* says:

    Omg this one is so cool, love the fabrics so much, and the design is fabulous, will the white be also white squares, or am I just getting insane haha

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  3. Rita says:

    I love this! I would probably off-set it and lop a bit off of an ear to modernize it. Another thought, add a sparkly star/heart for an eye (winking) or earring

  4. Love it! I think it's fab centred as it's quite a modern interpretation already! Perfect fabric choices too 🙂 Enjoy your time with Grandma Sparkles!

  5. giddy99 says:

    My hubs also loves Disney, and would be rendered speechless if I ever made anything so wonderful for him… you've inspired me! I love the design; it's brilliant!

  6. Paula says:

    I think centered is good, I'm not sure about the negative space that would result if you off-set it, unless you made it bigger ofc. Also, if your BGFF is the Disney fan he sounds to be then I think he'd prefer all rather than just part of the logo to grace his quilt.
    Enjoy Grandma Sparkle's visit and I look forward to hearing all about that most magical of suitcases.

  7. Auntie Pami says:

    I like centered. Disney is not about modern, but our nostalgia, the memories we have as children and try to relive as adults. Perfect fabric and perfect gift.

  8. Trudie says:

    I think you should go with centered. I can't wait to see the finished quilt. Enjoy your visit with Grandma Sparkles.

  9. Centered….you are gonna ROCK his WORLD! And grandma Sparkles is gonna ROCK yours,

  10. Lani Glasser says:

    I love it centered! That is fantastic!

  11. Hilary says:

    This is soooo amazing!!! I like it centered, but off to the could be really cool too.

  12. Leigh Anne says:

    While I love an off centered quilt to the moon and back I think this will be amazing centered.

    Also, I think I'm more excited for your Grandma's visit than my Mom's LOL. Of course, my Mom isn't bringing a suitcase full of goodies :-p

  13. Lynda says:

    I have a nephew and two nieces (all in their 40's and 50's now) who are obsessed with Disneyland in CA. If I were to do one, then I would have to do three – would consider a wall hanging size only. As regards your quilt, I would definitely put mickey in the corner, then when you are quilting, you can do a fireworks motif with rainbow colors in that large white space.

  14. Janarama says:

    I would center the design so when it's on his bed he'll see the whole head, not just part of it. Have a blast with Grandma Sparkles!

  15. Green says:

    That is a great design and you BGFF will be thrilled and lucky to receive it. I like it centered. Have some sparkly Grandma moments!

  16. Katy Cameron says:

    Hmm, I suspect if you decapitate Mickey in any way you will no longer be his BGFF ;o)

    Looking forward to seeing inside Grandma S's suitcase of awesome…

  17. That is going to be epic.

  18. Kelly says:

    Too cool for school!

  19. Frau Hiltrud says:

    Hmmm, I think I like the centered approach but it is so 2dimensional… I was thinking about how to make it more energetic (i hope thats the right word) and remenbered the one of your quilts I like the most. Why not adopt a little of it in this one an arrange the blues like lighter blues in the middle getting darker towards the outside or vice versa. It would make the mickey mouse stand out more and make it more dramatic. What do you think?
    By the way, i dont know how to get rid of the no response blog stuff. My blog, even though in german, is frauhiltrud(dot)blogspot(dot)de or email me at mhoelti(at)yahoo(dot)com.
    Rock on!

  20. Love the M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E (<–lyrical reference) design… But if you offset it, it would look awesome hanging on a wall… But maybe not so awesome draped on the bed, with the overhang. Those fabrics… Fabulous! Say hi to Gramma Sparkles from all of us!

  21. OMG you so totally can't lop his ear off!!! Poor Mickey 🙁
    Love the design, love the fabrics, love the idea to quilt a fireworks motif too, can't wait to see it finished!

  22. The fabrics and color scheme also reference Mickey's hat in Fantasia when he was the sorcerer's apprentice. He'll love it!

  23. I vote for centred … Enjoy G.Sparkles visit 🙂

  24. BradsBest says:

    Thanks for putting me on blast! Am I STILL an NRB??? I watched a few tutorials, went through the google app, said fifteen hail mary's, drank a couple bloody mary's, and SHOULD be a "reply" blogger now… BTW, nice minogue!

  25. bee says:

    this is amazing! great pick on fabric line too. i vote for centered – that would be a lot of squares to piece and then decide to cut….

  26. charlotte says:

    Love it love it love it! Best choice for fabric ever…the award goes to Molli Sparkles! Enjoy Grandma Sparkles visit.

  27. Althea Dene' says:

    Hey! I just wanted to pass on something I saw on Pinterest. "Glitter is my favorite color"

  28. So I'm a little late to the party, but I LOVE this design! Is there a shot of your finished quilt?
    p.s. how did you use Numbers to make the pixelated Mickey? I just bought a MacBook, and I can see that coming in handy 🙂

    • Hi Melissa – You're a no-reply blogger so I couldn't email you back. Check your Google+ settings to try and fix that. Now, as for your question, check out the Finished Quilt section of the blog to see lots of photos of the whole process. Also, as for Numbers – I created circle shapes on top of a spreadsheet and then just coloured in the appropriate squares to match up with the circles. Then I broke the whole thing into sections, and viola, a quilt! 😉

  29. Awesome! Thanks for the tips! I've updated my profile too! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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