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bite my shiny metal ass

17 May 2011 8,954 views 16 Comments

You know how sometimes you’re watching TV and an image sticks in your brain? It sits there like an earworm and won’t go away until you do something about it.

When Futurama hit Instant Netflix, the husband and I watched full seasons at a go. Episode after episode,  day after day. I hadn’t seen most of it when it was airing, but I caught up and HOW. After watching Volume 5, episode 4 (Proposition Infinity) I had this image in my brain that I couldn’t shake.

bender inspiration

(Oh Bender, I love you.)

bender inspiration

I decided to exorcise that image this weekend. I sketched, I cut up some Kona cotton, I sewed, I basted.

Bender mini quilt in progress

By the end of the day, I had my Bender mini-quilt.

Bender mini quilt

Bender mini quilt

I loves it so.

Bender mini quilt

The backing was pieced together from a fat quarter of circuit board fabric (Cogsmo from Andover Fabric) and some strips of Kona. I used the hanging pocket idea from Oh, Fransson’s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork and it works like a dream.  I didn’t have a dowel or stick kicking around the house to stick in the pockets, but a piece of super stiff cardboard did the trick.

Bender mini quilt backing

After starting the day with no plans to sew whatsoever, I think it turned out rather well.

(Oh! And! There’s a few new camera straps and biggie boxbags listed in the shop too)




  • Susan said:

    Oh, wow. This is fabulous! We are huge Futurama fans, and this is perfection. I love it! Great job!

  • alexis said:

    I just love this to infinity.

  • Danielle said:

    So fun. I’m sending this link to Thom RIGHT NOW.

  • ChristyNotHip said:

    The circuit board backing is the best.

  • Minty said:

    Cute. Jason saw your twitpic and was like “that’s bender!?”

  • pumpkinmama said:

    This is so excellent! Love.

  • Amy said:

    Do you remember the one where if he said “ass” he’d blow up the world? :) This rocks.

  • Fiona said:

    You may have just become my husband’s favourite person! Perhaps this will persuade him that quilting isn’t all bad….

  • Ellen said:

    going to watch that tonight! I love the display you’ve created.

  • grumperina said:

    I love how instantly recognizable this is :)

  • Maritza said:

    I love it! The quilting is especially fab! Thanks for info on the hanging pocket, too.

  • Preita said:

    This is beyond awesome. Seeing things like this really makes me want to learn how to quilt and sew properly.

  • thea said:

    Love,love,love the quilt!!

    We watch Futurama too – one of my fave inappropirate cartoons ever!!

  • Bertha said:

    I’ve never seen Futurama but I keep meaning to watch it! This quilt is so awesome!

  • Ivete said:

    OMG, I love it! That grid would make a pretty cool colorwork mitten too, methinks . . .

  • eling said:

    I love this quilt so hard! way better result than any one day I’ve spent making anything. also, I totally want a Bender-tiled bathroom now.

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