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19 Great Quilts That Keep Geeks Cozy

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Everyone needs something to keep them warm at night. Geeks might want one or more of these totally nerdtastic quilts.

1. A Super Super Mario Quilt

When it comes to geek quilts, there is no more popular subject than the Mario franchise. And it makes sense—the  incredibly popular games originally came out in 8-bit format, so the characters are perfectly built for quilt squares. This quilt by Moira Fogarty is particularly delightful because it is so massive and detailed—and because it has a removable coin pillow that pops out of the question box.

2. I’d Hit That

With so many other Mario quilts out there, it’s hard to stand out, but the great humor in this creation by gamer and skilled crafter Quiltoni is certainly worth a mention.

3. The Legend of Quilting

Like Mario quilts, there are tons of great Zelda quilts out there. I’ve chosen to only include this fantastic example by Etsy seller McFrogling that features Link, his heart meter, and all kinds of icons from the game around the border.

4. More Like Samus Awesome

Metroid was one of the first games with a powerful female protagonist—and I’m a particularly big fan of this intricate design by Sprite Stitch user lucyinthesky.

5. Best Robotic Friends Forever

There are a lot of Megaman quilts out there. What distinguishes this creation by Sprite Stitch reader Lynn from the rest is the decision to include Megaman’s friendly robotic dog, Rush, in the piece.

6. Suck It In, My Friends

If you ask me, there just aren’t enough great crafts or fan art dedicated to the delightful pink blob known as Kirby. At least Etsy seller bsayasane has the inflatable cutie’s back.

7. Just Keep Jumping

QBert is a perfect inspiration for quilting because that great staircase where the game takes place is so perfectly blocky. Add in your hero and a few villains and you have a lovely quilt, like this one by Lenore Edman, celebrating the wonderfully weird game classic.

8. Great Games Galore

For those with a soft spot for classic Nintendo, it’s hard to find a more fitting tribute to the console than this quilt by Flickr user needleandthread that features some of the system’s most memorable games.

9. Keep the Insect Fighters at Bay

For those old-school gamers who preferred the arcade over the home console, Carolina Patchwork’s Galaga quilt is certain to bring back memories of quarter-eating aliens.

10. Another Alien Invasion

If you always thought Space Invaders was pretty much the exact same thing as Galaga only with less insect-like ships, you’re right. But there are still plenty of people who will argue over which of the two games is better. For those on team Space Invaders, you’ll undoubtedly prefer this great quilt by Flickr user Sloth003.

11. Smash the Pigs!

For fans of more modern games, this Angry Birds quilt by Flickr user Bubbachic is sure to get your index finger twitching as you think of all the ways you could squish those pesky piggies.

12. Cozy Kitty Rivals

Can’t get enough memes in your life? Then perhaps cuddling up with this Nyan and Waffle cat quilt by Craftster user princesspimp81 would help you dream of flying pastry kitties –or at least tasty toaster-friendly snacks.

13. Dreaming of The Doctor

You may not ever be swept off your feet by a mysterious time-traveling alien that’s over 900 years old, but at least you can dream about it while you cuddle up under a comfy TARDIS quilt. Best of all, Instractables user Tabitha de Luna has all the steps you need to make your own (assuming you know the basics of quilting).

14. Spocktacular

You have to wonder if Spock would see the logic in quilting, especially a quilt with his face on it. Either way, Star Trek fans will find Instructables user funthread’s creation, and the directions to remake the quilt, quite fascinating.

15. She Made It So

Those who prefer the Next Generation over the original would be happy to pledge their loyalty to this huge Captain Picard quilt by Craftster user Semel. Oh, and if Patrick Stewart’s face on a giant quilt isn’t good enough for you, you should know that the back features the Star Trek insignia. Semel also created an equally impressive quilt featuring Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.

16. The Force is Strong With This One

You can’t have a list of anything geeky without at least one Star Wars creation, and this R2D2 baby quilt by Craftster user dellastella is a great way to start any baby off on the path towards geeky contentedness.

17. A World of Wonder

Craftster user danynn’s great Hobbit quilt is both lovely and inspirational, something I think Tolkein himself would have appreciated.

18. Sing the Doom Song

Invader Zim may have been a relatively short-lived Nickelodeon show, but it still inspired legions of loyal fans, most of whom (including myself) are simply obsessed with Zim’s dull-witted sidekick, Gir. Craftster user lyric889 is one such fan and she managed to express her dedication with this great quilt of Gir that took a whopping 1,344 squares to finish. Impressively, this was her first attempt at quilt making.

19. Periodically Comfy

Science geeks who take comfort in the natural laws would feel nothing but cozy under this fantastic periodic table quilt by Craftster user cherry_blossom55.

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Epic Gremlins Poster Contains More Than 80 References to Classic Movies
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It’s easy to see why Gremlins (1984) appeals to movie nerds. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus, the film has horror, humor, and awesome 1980s special effects that strike a balance between campy and creepy. Perhaps it’s the movie’s status as a pop culture treasure that inspired artist Kevin Wilson to make it the center of his epic hidden-image puzzle of movie references.

According to io9, Wilson, who works under the pseudonym Ape Meets Girl, has hidden 84 nods to different movies in this Gremlins poster. The scene is taken from the movie’s opening, when Randall enters a shop in Chinatown looking for a gift for his son and leaves with a mysterious creature. Like in the film, Mr. Wing’s shop in the poster is filled with mysterious artifacts, but look closely and you’ll find some objects that look familiar. Tucked onto the bottom shelf is a Chucky doll from Child’s Play (1988); above Randall’s head is a plank of wood from the Orca ship made famous by Jaws (1975); behind Mr. Wing’s counter, which is draped with a rug from The Shining’s (1980) Overlook Hotel, is the painting of Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters II (1989). The poster was released by the Hero Complex Gallery at New York Comic Con earlier this month.

“Early on, myself and HCG had talked about having a few '80s Easter Eggs, but as we started making a list it got longer and longer,” Wilson told Mental Floss. “It soon expanded from '80s to any prop or McGuffin that would fit the curio shop setting. I had to stop somewhere so I stopped at 84, the year Gremlins was released. Since then I’ve thought of dozens more I wish I’d included.”

The ambitious artwork has already sold out, but fortunately cinema buffs can take as much time as they like scouring the poster from their computers. Once you think you’ve found all the references you can possibly find, you can check out Wilson’s key below to see what you missed (and yes, he already knows No. 1 should be Clash of the Titans [1981], not Jason and the Argonauts [1963]). For more pop culture-inspired art, follow Ape Meets Girl on Facebook and Instagram.

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[h/t io9]

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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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