wow. just, wow. i cannot believe all the compliments i've gotten over just this dumb thing
i appreciate them soooo much, you guys!
to answer all your questions... (sorry i haven't really posted anything... i've had some personal issues in my life to deal with)
Were the small squares difficult to work with?
- yes and no. once i got the hang of it and got a rythm going, it was a piece of cake. yes, very tedious cake.
How are you planning to bind it?
- this is how it looks as of now:
as you see, i binded it in black with about a 1 inch binding.
How much you think a work like this would cost if you were to sell it (if i were a gazillionaire I'd convince you to sell it to me!)?
- wow, i couldn't even put a price on it, i don't think. materials alone, i'd say about $200-250. but i am quite attached to it and also the labor i put into would have to factor in!
Is it hand quilted or machine quilted?
- machine, on a sweet sixteen machine.
How did you map out all of the colors ... or did you find it somewhere?
- i found the screencap on a website somewhere, then made a grid on PSP 8 to "map" it all out (each little block on the grid was 1 inch). its all very mathmatical. but all the colors were already picked on the screencap for me.
I have Paint Shop Pro 7, but I am not very familiar with using it. How exactly did you graph out the picture so that it printed so nicely?
- i wish i remembered EXACTLY how i did it :| i don't though. i know it had something using the graph and grid properties, screencapping the whole thing (print screen key) and graphing it again.
Could you do the same thing to just about any picture - or was it just because Mario was a video game to begin with?
- you could really do it with any picture (heck, look at Chuck Close!), but i found Mario would be the easiest. plus, i really found humor and became almost obsessive in taking a virtual character and making it into something tangible. i really dig that.
Also, did you have to change the amount of colors in the picture or did you just go with what the print out gave you?
- i went almost exactly to what the print out gave me, i wanted it as close to the real thing as possible.
Besides who doesn't like mario?
why couldn't you strip quilt it
- too difficult. there was no real pattern to where the blocks were going to go, and i really didn't want the headache from trying to figure out a non-randomized pattern to strip quilt it, either. plus, i kind of like using the long way, sometimes
how are you going to back/batt it
- i used a red to back it and used a thin cotton to batt it. it's really nice, but not too fluffy!
what kind of fabric did you use
- cotton solid, mostly moda because i got a discount working at the shop and got to use the nice stuff
what's the total size of the quilt?
-i believe it is 6 feet by 8 feet. that was the size i was aiming for, at least. i haven't measured it since completion. (maybe i should?)
Are you going to use it?
- yes, it is currently draped across my papasan chair, once i get the binding ALL done (still need to hand sew in parts) it will be used as a blanket. my friend bonnie was like "why don't you hang it on a wall?" i thought, that's boring, that's not what quilts are made for! i'd rather enjoy it and wear it in
again, thank you all SO much for the compliments and sweet comments! wow, i can't believe it. you guys are great! i love craftster