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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 1up mushroom quilted pillow on: May 27, 2008 12:07:43 PM
This is my first quilting project, so I decided to start small, with just a pillow.  I think I may be hooked now!

I'm a PhD student working in a games research lab and we've been attempting to make our lab space feel more game-related.  I used a 1up mushroom sprite from the Mario games as my pattern.  I've seen quilted versions of the sprites before, but they're generally using solid colors.  I come from a big crafting family, so I wanted to see what it would look like with more traditional quilting fabrics.  Here's the finished product:




I took a lot of pictures along the way on my camera phone to document the whole process.

The whole thing was a bit more complicated than it should have been given that I changed my mind about a billion times during the process and ended up changing the pattern in the end. 

This is the initial layout.  You can see my little template and everything.  This is stuck to the side of my friend's cube.  Later I went out and bought a yard of flannel so I could use it as my design board.  It made it a lot more pleasant for moving the squares around.


I'd laid out the entire thing, and as I was walking back to the lab I suddenly had a realization... Isn't the 1up mushroom green with WHITE spots, not white with GREEN spots?  Turns out it did show up in one game as white with green spots, but in general it is represented as green with white spots.  However the fabrics I had didn't look good that way.


So I got more fabric.  That's the obvious solution, right?  This took two trips to Hart's Fabric, and swapping what sections got what fabric, and using a less symmetrical version of the graphic so it showed more of the green cap.  Finally I was happy so I started stitching.

This is how much the final product shrank due to the seam allowances.  It was a much more dramatic decrease in size than I was expecting.  Suddenly I wasn't concerned that my pillow was going to be ginormous.

I somehow managed to sew the top half mirrored of what it should have been.  Oops.  I didn't notice until I sewed the top and the bottom half together.  That was a lot of seams to rip out, by the way.


Finally, all done!

The final pillow is 16x16" and each square is 1" big.  I put in a border so that it would be easier to fit the puffy pillow inside.

Other than the ironing of all the seams multiple times, it was pretty darn fun.

But now I'm not quite sure what to work on next.  I did somehow end up with a whole heck of a lot of fat quarters that have nothing to do with this project.  I guess I'll need to find SOME use for them... Wink
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / french beaded flowers - poinsettias on: April 27, 2008 08:49:56 PM
For Christmas last year, I decided to make poinsettia gift decorations using french beaded techniques.  I'd never tried it before and perhaps I should have started with something smaller, but I was really happy with the way they came out.   They're a lot heavier than I expected!

I chose white, silver, light gold, and light green beads.





The stems were wrapped with white floral tape so they could be used as a decoration throughout the year.
3  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Yoshi Mosaic on: April 27, 2008 07:59:36 PM
This is the first mosaic I've done, and it's a lot harder than it looks! :O 
My friend and I worked on it for a decoration for our lab at grad school.  We do research in video games, hence the utter geekery.  Wink

First, the non-grouted, "taken with a cell phone" picture.


We had Yoshi sitting like that for a few weeks before we finally had time today to try grouting.  We made WAY too much grout.  Oops. Also, the grout has kind of found it's way into little pockets in the glass tiles.  I'm not sure what to do about that.  However, we're really happy with the way it looks anyway!

Closeup and distance shots with a real camera.




Now we just need to figure out what to do to finish it off.  Frame?  Table?  No idea!
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / grout color suggestions on: April 13, 2008 10:16:09 PM
Hello,

I've just finished my first mosaic pattern.  I'm a grad student in a video game research lab, and we've been trying to find ways to spruce up the place with a gaming influence.  Hence the geekery.  Well, that and I just love Yoshi.  Smiley

Anyhow, I have no real experience with choosing grout colors and I was hoping someone here would be able to suggest the appropriate color.  I'm leaning towards black, but would white or grey be a better option?

Thanks in advance for any help!

(I'm too new to post a picture directly, so here's the link!)
http://www.asdesigned.com/mosaics/yoshidone.jpg
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