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Thread: Considering an Ambitious Project

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    Senior Member Jennalyn's Avatar
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    Considering an Ambitious Project

    I'm not sure if anyone on this forum is familiar with the video game Journey that's recently come out for the PS3. It's honestly quite an experience. I'm considering making a quilt for myself featuring a simplified version of the game's characters and setting. In the game, they often view murals of the past in this art style, so it would be a very fitting tribute.

    It would be an ambitious project. To mimic the pixel-style of the art, I would want to do each square individually. That would be a little over 1800 2" squares (finished size 1-1/2"). All that black? More squares. A sea of squares. Eek.

    Here's a mock-up of what I'm considering in EQ7. All those seams are going to take a ton of fabric, but... if it works out? It would be really spectacular.

    I also probably wouldn't use true solids. I'd find blenders and the like that would work with the setting.

    Has anyone tackled a project similar to this? Or, I dunno, a postage stamp quilt or something of the sort? Any advice? I'm still a beginner, but this is something I feel very inspired to do. Words of wisdom before I even go out and look at fabric would be welcome.


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    I have seen something similar... someone did a Mario and Luigi. It looked really cool. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    I have seen something similar... someone did a Mario and Luigi. It looked really cool. Good luck
    Oh really? That's fantastic! We were Sega kids, but I played Mario at friends' houses and later on other systems, and my brother was always a huge Yoshi fan. (We're 25 and 22 respectively now.)

    Maybe I'll have to find them and ask for some pointers!

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    Looks like a fun and challenging project.

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    I like it!

    If you didn't want to do so many black squares, you could do them as large squares/rectangles- whatever the biggest shape you can make and fit with the other pieces, and then use your quilting lines to make them appear pieced- but "stitching in the ditch" even if there is no ditch there.

    The good news- everything is square. That will make it much less daunting than a lot of quilts!

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    A design wall would be very helpful ... stick up all your squares and then just chain piece the rows together. It really isn't hard at all.

    The hardest part .... making sure that your colours/blocks are in the right place!!

    Two examples of square work that I have done that's somewhat comparable to what you're heading towards..........

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...e-t114217.html
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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...r-t136789.html

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    Looks over my head! But I think you ought to go for it!! Just take it one block at a time and I bet it will be perfect...

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    I made this quilt. Different outcome, but same technique (I used 1 1/2" cut squares, finished at 1"). It is definitely do-able, and doesn't require a lot of experience, if you take it slowly. There are over 1600 small squares in my project.

    I would probably make the black background of larger sections, not all 1 1/2". In my star, I graduated the outer background up to 4" squares, to reduce bulk and sewing time. I think it adds to the look - keeps your eye focused on the main project. I assembled mine in squares (not long strips). Started with 4-patches, then 16-patches, then 64-patches. By then, the squares are a more manageable size

    I'd be happy to share more information - PM me if you have specific questions.

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    duplicate post. oops
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    You should check out this blogger's Space Invaders quilt. She has several different posts about the process, so you might want to dig around her blog a bit.

    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...ers-quilt.html

    Same blogger, different quilt, similar process:

    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransso...ilt-along.html

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