Now, generally speaking, I don't usually make quilts exactly the same as the examples I see. Typically, it's the pattern itself that draws itself to me. But this sample .. I just loved it as it was. The layout, the fabrics used .. it was perfect. (In fact, this layout would also be perfect some some fantastic focus fabric .. not just this space-themed one.)
It was early 2014 when I first saw it. The freebie pattern is "To Eternity and Beyond" and was designed by Wendy Sheppard for Benartex. Amazingly, it is still available here, along with other, similarly themed patterns. I don't know if the space fabric is still available, though.
Since I know that specific fabric tends to have a short shelf life, I immediately set to ordering all the fabrics specified on the pattern. I needed to order from several different online stores. But, get them I did!
And then, I packaged the fabrics and the pattern together and stored them on a shelf. For a later time.
Well, that "later time" came today. Although in over-all time, it took me about 12 hours to sew together, if you subtracted the meal times and other distractions, it really didn't take that long at all. It's all straight seams and the most "difficult" part was the construction of the half-square triangles. I had been able to devote the time strictly to sewing, I bet I could have finished the piecing in a single afternoon.
This photo isn't the greatest .... the top isn't really as wavy as it looks; there are bumps underneath the sheet that the top is pinned to. I tend to finish a lot of my tops late at night and want to share my accomplishment RIGHT THEN! I don't *want* to wait until the next morning when conditions would be better. Which means horrible lighting and a less than optimum setting!
The *only* drawback to completing this top is that it *wasn't even on my list of UFOs to work on!* It just kinda slipped its way to the top of the list, cutting right in front of the other projects. I really must be more disciplined. :-)
However, it won't be quilted right away. I not only have a client quilt waiting to be done, but I have stacks of other tops to be quilted. *This* one can jolly well wait its turn. :-)
Oh ..and the name? Well, it harkens back to a *fantastic* but short-lived scifi TV show called Space: Above and Beyond that I and my far-flung online friends were rabid fans of.