Vader Quilt

Yeahhhhh, Vader. I designed and made this for a Vader-loving girl in New Orleans as part of the 2016 May the 4th Mini Quilt Swap #MayThe4thMQS. It measures 24″ x 24″ and includes 5 colors of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton: black, pepper, charcoal, coal, and iron.

The design started with a photo, then I applied some digital effects, put it in a grid, and drew strategic straight lines to make it into a foundation paper piecing (FPP) sewing pattern. This project “forced” me to hone my Adobe Illustrator skills 🙂

Most of the squares are made from very simple FPP, and some are just plain fabric squares. I sewed all the squares together and then it was paper removal time. A bit fussy, but so worth the effort to get such a precise design.

Wanting to see the design come to life results in a sewing frenzy that’s hard to stop, which is often how it goes for me with FPP projects. You know when you design something, and you’re not quite sure how it will actually turn out, and then it surpasses your expectation? Yeah, that! And in case you were wondering, I pressed most of the seams to the dark side.

Quilting is a simple diagonal cross-hatch.

I had a lot of fun making this, and it’ll likely be the only time I make this quilt design. I contacted Lucasfilm asking if I could make the pattern available for free, and they said no. Disappointing, but it is what it is.

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Vader Quilt, Upsized | Angela Bowman Design - September 15, 2018

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Bettyjo Oliver - September 28, 2018

How sad that it can’t be even a free pattern. I’d love to make this for my 3 grandsons. 🙁

Darleen - January 2, 2020

Maybe it could be a pattern you have to pay for. I would definitely pay a few bucks for this beautiful pattern.

Pam - February 29, 2020

Just what I was looking for to go with my other Star Wars patterns for my grandsons’ quilts. What a shame its not a free pattern.
Well done you though for having the time and patience to make it

    Angela - March 2, 2020

    Thanks! And believe me, if I had permission to release it as a pattern, I’d do it in a second!

Denise - March 8, 2020

Other people offer Star Wars and other licensed characters. See and

Katherine - June 18, 2020

Hi Angela ! I love this so so much ! I’m new to the quilting world and my husband loves this design , hes obsessed with Vader ! I understand you cant make the pattern available, but would you be ok if I tried to replicate your design as a birthday gift for him ?

Sarah - October 18, 2020

What computer program did you use to plan out the large quilt ???

    Angela - November 27, 2020

    Hi there! I used Adobe Illustrator.

Natalie - January 24, 2021

Where can I find this pattern?!

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