This is a quilt that I made for my nephew. The finished pixels are 4-inch squares, and the final quilt measures 6 × 8 feet (just a bit bigger than twin size).
I used grid interfacing (Pellon Quilter's Grid 820) for this project, which made things go very quickly. In fact, it felt like cheating.
After laying out the fabric squares on the interfacing, I ironed them into place.
With grid interfacing, larger pieces of fabric can be used for contiguous pixels of the same color—this saves a lot of cutting.
The interfacing isn't permanent—I could reposition the pixels when I (inevitably) made mistakes.
To keep things manageable, I divided the quilt into three horizontal strips, each 8 pixels high. One of these strips was solid blue, which I halved to create the top and bottom "margins."
Liam was underwhelmed by the design.
Once the pixels were finally in their correct places, I sewed all of the horizontal seams.
Before sewing each seam, I used a few pins to keep the grid lined up and the seam straight.
After the horizontal seams were sewn, I cut the seams at the pixel intersections, pressed them in alternate directions, and then sewed the vertical seams.
I used a basting spray to hold the sandwich quilt together before quilting (Odif Usa 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive). Again, this felt like cheating because I've only ever basted by hand before.
I used invisible thread (Sulky) for the top and bottom quilting stitches. I read that invisible thread can be hard to work with, but I just made sure to wind the bobbin thread very slowly (onto steel bobbins) and everything worked fine.
I did run into a problem with the timing of my feed dogs... it was time to feed this dog!
The fabric for the backside was appropriately themed.
Since I was using invisible thread, I felt bold enough to finally try "stitch-in-the-ditch" binding. I used to finish binding by hand before, so I was struck by how fast this went. Actually, I was mostly surprised that I didn't screw it up!
Finally, I used some scraps to make this little "belt" for presentation.
I had leftover material, so I thought I would try making a mini Mario with 1-inch squares.
I thought 1/4" inch seam allowances with all those tiny squares would be hard to work with. It actually wasn't too bad.
And the final product, whatever it may be (wall hanging? cauldronholder? antimacassar?):