FO Friday: BTTF for baby

One of my best pals recently welcomed a new baby into their family and I wanted to help celebrate this by making a quilt. Now, if you know Dan, you know that he is a big fan of, in his words, the greatest sci-fi trilogy of all time: Back to the Future.

So I decided to make a BTTF-themed baby quilt. Is it traditional? No. Is it pink or in any other way distinctly female, as this baby is a girl? No. Does anyone involved care about any of these things? No.

I started out thinking I’d do panels, each depicting something from the movies.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

Fairly quickly, though, I decided that this was going to be too literal for my taste and that I wanted to do something else. Then I came up with the idea of making the background of the quilt an interpretation of the giant speaker at the very beginning of the first movie.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

I overlaid the distinctive arrows over top of this, at both the top and bottom of the quilt. I feel like this is a nice happy medium of inspired by, but not too directly a literal depiction of, this movie.

While I was designing, I laid out the fabrics from my stash that were in keeping with the colors from the original movie poster.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

I picked out the ones that I felt fit best, and then started with the center of the quilt.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

Working my way out from the center, I added the sections of the speaker until I had the entire quilt top completed.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

Then I cut out and assembled the pieces for the arrows and pinned them in place on the quilt top. For the arrows, I chose fabrics that have a flame-esque pattern.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

To contrast the designed quilt top, I wanted the backing to be color blocked with bright colors and patterns.

Back to the Future quilt in progress

This allows the quilting, which follows the shapes of the speaker and arrows, to show a neat pattern on the back.

Back to the Future Quilt

I am so pleased with how the finished product turned out!

Back to the Future Quilt

The quilt is whimsical but not cutesy, and keeps the BTTF theme while not being too grown-up-ish. And it was well-received by Dan and his family!

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Things That Are Awesome: Wham Bam Pow

I keep thinking about things in my life that bring me joy. It only seems appropriate to share those things, to spread that joy. So here you go! The first installment of Things That Are Awesome!

Wham Bam Pow

Wham Bam Pow is a podcast from the ever-awesome Maximum Fun. It features comedians Rhea Butcher, Cameron Esposito, and Ricky Carmona talking about what they term dick flicks: action and sci-fi movies. Each episode includes movie news, fun facts, banter, and a more in-depth review of a specific movie. Usually that movie is either in the theater right now or is available streaming on Netflix/similar, so it’s easy to watch it after the episode comes out if you haven’t already seen it. I have to admit, though, that even when I haven’t seen the movie I will often listen to the podcast because it’s so funny that it doesn’t matter that I haven’t seen it.

I listen to a fair number of comedy/comedian-based podcasts and it is SO REFRESHING to hear one that is hosted by three feminists, especially since they are aware of and often discuss how ism-filled many action and sci-fi movies have been and continue to be. They super get that, yes, we like things blowing up and traveling to the distant reaches of the universe, but we ALSO want these movies to be more than just the surface level of satisfying. They get genuinely excited about a movie like Mad Max: Fury Road and the fun they have discussing is contagious. More than once, I’ve listened to an episode and then gone back to watch the movie (even though I didn’t think I wanted to) just to see the things that they’ve pointed out.

In addition to being funny people with insightful opinions, the hosts of this podcast feel like, if time and geography had worked out a little differently, they could be in your group of friends. Rhea Butcher’s favorite movies of all time are the Back to the Future trilogy, which – GREAT CHOICE. (Have you heard this awesome BTTF-related song by my amazing pal Dan Louisell? Check it out!)

So, if you’re looking for funny, thoughtful reviews of movies that don’t always get that kind of attention, check out Wham Bam Pow. I highly recommend it!

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