Friday, August 21, 2015

Baby Yoshi

About a year ago I saw an awesome Yoshi blanket on Quiltoni's blog.    I made the mental note to remember it as it would make a perfect baby quilt.  
Normally I use pre-existing sprites when I make video game quilts, but Quiltoni had actually written this pattern herself. Talented, eh?     So I sat down and looked at her finished quilt and in a grid drew the pattern in   Once finished I plugged the pattern into the software my husband wrote for me and viola!  I had all the measurements and amount of fabric to purchase.
I've wanted to make a quilt using mostly Batik's and decided that this quilt was the perfect quilt to do so.    I'm very glad that I made this decision as the colors all came together so well!   Yoshi is so cute!
I wanted to give the quilt a bit more of a tropical feel so I taught myself how to do a free-motion feather stitch.   It took a while to get it to be somewhat consistent, but the effort paid off!
  For the backing snuggle bubble fabric was used making Yoshi even more cuddly!   Now not to wear out the blanket before the baby comes!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mario and Zelda Coasters

Perler beads are so much fun and there are so many different things that one can create with them.  
I'd seen images of Mario and Zelda coaster sets and had to sit down to make some.   At the bottom of the post I included a few of the patterns that I created when making the coasters.
The perler beads are usually purchased at JoAnn fabrics with 50% or 60% coupons.   The beads are cheaper at Michael's, but Michael's doesn't allow more than one coupon a day and the Michael's that I haunt doesn't have very many colors.   Thankfully JoAnn's has tons of perler bead colors.
For the corkboard that I attach to the bottom of the coasters I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a roll adhesive cork.    I purchased the roll that is a foot wide as I can get three backings for each four inch cut.
The finished size of the coasters is roughly 4x4 inches and is a 20x20 perler bead square.

Monday, August 17, 2015


I recently finished a 72x86 pixeled Bowser quilt.    All-in-all I'm happy with how it turned out, though I think that it would have been better had the black and orange fabric had less of a pattern.    I do love the background fabric though... it's so Bowser!  
I also decided to fill in the empty top-right corner with a bit of applique.   I hate applique but want to learn how to do it so I need to start somewhere!  I'm getting better at it, but still need to work on it- just like I need to work on getting my backs to lie flat.   I seem to be good at getting a few bunches in the back.
The fabric on the back is a bed sheet.  I'm a bargain shopper and always have to check out the clearance aisle and to my delight I found Mario sheet sets discounted.  How awesome is that?
Once again I used the program that my husband wrote for me to calculate the amount of yardage needed for the quilt.   It so beats doing it by hand, or rather head!
For the applique letters I used Mario Bros. font that I download.   I printed out the letters on a piece of paper and then used them as a pattern to cut the fabric and heat 'n' bond.