I haven't shared this quilt on this blog yet, but it happens to be my most popular quilt on Flickr! I give you the Minecraft Quilt:
If you don't know, Minecraft is a computer game which happens to have very pixelated graphics (is that correct grammar?) much like the Ninetendo games were of my youth. My older sons were dreaming up quilt ideas last year when I got into quilting and offered to make them quilts. Initially they had complex plans for "map" quilts with plenty of appliqué and fancy stitches... yikes, I thought. When I watched them playing Minecraft I suddenly saw quilts! And the idea was born. It was relatively simple to design with Kona solids (thank goodness for my colour card) and some graph paper. It changed as we went along and put it up on the design wall. But it came together and we think it looks pretty neat. (I also sewed this before I learned about pressing seams to the side and nesting them together! Ai yi yi... how did I manage to match up the corners? Well, often I didn't!!)
The other day my son had the idea to google "minecraft quilt"! I was shocked to see my pictures on Flickr linked on many minecraft blogs and sites! (It felt good to have my son look at me with a bit of awe, his mother being "found" on the internet). Anyways. Don't ask me for a pattern or to make you one, though! It wasn't something I care to repeat right now, as fun as it was. I found another lady's interpretation of minecraft in a quilt and was wowed, she did some things I'd like to try. In fact, I DO have a slightly minecraft quilt in the works right now for my other son. I just keep putting it aside for "prettier" things! Ooops.
Oh! And speaking of "pixelated" quilts! Have you seen this book coming out by Emily Cier? I love her quilts and was inspired partly by her work to try the minecraft quilt! I love the quilt with the roads she gave us a peek of on her blog. What a brilliant idea! My little sons already use patterns on my quilts as roads for their cars and landscapes, etc! Must make one with real roads and forests and lakes...