My Big Lebowski Quilt: Check It Out!

If you followed my low poly quilt making tutorial you might have seen it, but I am so excited to share some more today about my Big Lebowski quilt now that it’s all quilted and photographed and done. I call it “That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together” and I just submitted him to QuiltCon while crossing all of my fingers and toes and stitches.

"That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together" (Big Lebowski quilt) | Lauren Lang | Right Sides Together

My amazingly talented friend Christine Perrigo quilted him up, and all photographs here are by my other amazingly talented friend Nissa Brehmer of Page + Pixel. (“And proud we are of all of them.”) Rule #1 of quilting: know awesome people.

Do you know The Big Lebowski? Of course you do. It’s a 1998 film by the Coen brothers starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and more. And it’s a cult classic. TBL has inspired three annual festivals in the US and UK, had two spider species named after it, and served as the cornerstone of Dudeism, a new religion/practice/what-have-you. People who love the movie really love the movie, and lines from it have become part of our everyday lexicon. Hell, I’ve referenced the movie three times already in this post.

I wanted the Dude quilt to pay homage to the film, but also to comment on the way that a lot of people have worshipped it specifically (and cult movies and pop culture more generally). So I decided to combine the Dude with the religious iconography of Catholic stained glass windows. The low poly construction echoes the glass facets, and I chose lots of metallic silver and gold to weave into the piecing.

"That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together" (Big Lebowski quilt) | Lauren Lang | Right Sides Together

Next, I gave the top lovingly to Christine with a general overview of my vision and three whispered words: “bowling pin halo.”

"That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together" (Big Lebowski quilt) | Lauren Lang | Right Sides Together

Holy smokes, did she deliver. I love the little details she included throughout the quilt, from the hair and beard and clothing details to the movie allusions. Rather than traditional Roman numerals on the bottom left, she quilted the Dude’s mantra, “ABIDE.” He has bowling balls “reflecting” in his sunglasses. The background texture is taken from the design of a Persian rug (an object which holds major importance in the film).

"That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together" (Big Lebowski quilt) | Lauren Lang | Right Sides Together "That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together" (Big Lebowski quilt) | Lauren Lang | Right Sides Together

Then I sent the quilt to Nissa and Kristy Zacharias, who arranged these wonderful photos of the Dude in context, complete with a White Russian. I can’t even.

"That Quilt Really Tied the Room Together" (Big Lebowski quilt) | Lauren Lang | Right Sides Together

“I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

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2016 Black Friday Fabric Sales Are Here!

Black Friday Fabric Deals 2016 | Right Sides TogetherWelcome to Right Sides Together’s annual Black Friday fabric sales post! Want to stock up on fabric, patterns, tools, notions, thread, or other goodies? Looking for a great way to support small businesses? Shop the Black Friday fabric sales from these fabulous online retailers!

Bella Fabrics: Now through Monday, take 25% off your purchase with code GIVETHANKS2016

Bloomerie Fabrics: Now through Tuesday, save an extra 20% off eligible merchandise (including sale!) with code CHILLAX-16

Blue Dot Patterns: 30% off all patterns (no code needed)

Britex Fabrics: 20% off all fashion novelty fabrics now through Tuesday (no code needed)
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Monday Designer Fabric Sales: 10/24

Welcome to Right Sides Together’s Monday fabric sales roundup, where we present you with the Internet’s best designer fabric sales and coupons!


Bloomerie Fabrics: Quilting cotton sale going on now

Britex Fabrics: 20% off all wool fabrics online through 10/31

Fabric Depot: 15% off everything in stock–no coupon code needed

Fabricworm: Save 5% off your purchase of $50+ with code linus5 and 10% off your purchase of $100+ with code bulk10

Harts Fabric: 10% off holiday prints (both Halloween and Christmas) with code XMASISCOMING

Stash Fabrics: 25% off all organic cottons through Wednesday


HEY YOU! Where do you like to shop online? Which shops offer the best online deals and promo codes? If you frequent (or own) a shop that sells awesome fabric at ethical, sustainable prices, we want to hear about it so we can pass it on to our readers. Shoot us an e-mail or let us know in comments. Thanks so much!

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