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« on: November 01, 2008 10:18:07 PM »

A dear friend of mine is getting married and I wanted to do something really special for him and his fiance...they are two of those "people who have everything", and I wanted to give them something a little more unique then some housewares off the registry.  So I decided to make one of the ubiquitous video game quilts! I knew metroid was my friend's fave old school nintendo game, so I went with Samus.  Many many hours on this labor of love later, I am finally finished! I wanted to share how I made it, because I think I used a much easier technique than just sewing thousands of squares.



First, I drew my design and cut the squares. I did 2" squares, the finished design used 1170 squares.



Then I used fusible quilt grid and first laid out the 2" squares into the pattern, then pressed to stick to the fusible.



I sewed the horizontal rows first. Since I needed to use 2 pieces of quilt grid to accommodate the size of my quilt, i just attached the two pieces during this process.



The next step is clipping the seams at each intersection, I didn't get a photo of this, just clip the seams where the vertical fold will cross.
Fold the vertical seam and sew down the row.



Then you are done with the image!



 I added borders to make it larger. 





I sewed the batting, backing, and top together first and flipped inside out like a pillowcase, rather than do binding.  After that I topstitched in 1/4" from the edge making sure to sew the opening from flipping the quilt shut, and quilted the top and it was done.  The finished size is about 56" x 72".  I feel this method is a lot easier to control, making things more precise and saving a lot of sanity instead of sewing each square individually.  I've only done a baby quilt before, so this was my first large undertaking, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2008 10:26:13 PM »

Wow! I really love the method you used! I don't think I have seen anyone do such an efficient job of sewing before! It really payed off too, it's really incredible!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2008 10:39:57 PM »

 brilliant! I always thought that was a good idea, but figured i must not know enough about sewing to know it was stupid for some reason, or else someone would have already done it. Bravo to you!

oh yeah, sweet quilt too! I've been meaning to hop on the video game quilt bandwagon for some time, just haven't gotten around to it quite yet...
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2008 10:41:45 PM »

That's incredible. all those tiny little squares.
You did a fantastic job, and my daughter says your dog did a great job modelling it too!
What an honour to have such alovely quilt made for you, Your friends are very lucky to be recieving it!
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008 01:43:39 AM »

What a fantastically inspired method!  Thank you so much for sharing.  I love your quilt and hope that the recipients enjoy it too!
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2008 05:05:39 AM »

Thanks everyone! I'm so happy to share this method with all of you and hopefully will make making this type of quilt easier for anyone who wants to do it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2008 05:17:38 AM »

I don't know about the method, because I can't quilt Smiley
I just love your quilt, it looks fabulous, and I am very jealous of your friend!
Your color choices and motif are just super beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008 04:46:01 PM »

I found fusible quilter's grid last year!  It is the most fantasitc thing in the world.  I first used it to do an "I spy" quilt that had a bunch of 3" squares.  The best thing is, the corners always match up!  I've been toying with doing a Classic NES quilt on it, but have so many projects that i haven't yet.  Seeing it done makes me want to do it even more!!!!

Looks great, and thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2008 10:46:01 AM »

Thank you so much for writing such a detailed tutorial! This definitely rocks!
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2008 11:52:51 AM »

amazing job for your first big project, and really creative way to manage sewing all those squares!
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