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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 1up mushroom quilted pillow on: July 01, 2008 11:27:20 PM
Yep, 1.5x1.5" squares.  Smiley  With the 1/4" seam, the final squares are 1"x1".  Makes the math MUCH easier for figuring out what size pillow form to get.  Wink

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!  I'm hoping to start work on another one soon, I'm just in the middle of finding a new place to live, then moving, etc.  Sad  Less life stress, more crafting!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: 1up mushroom quilted pillow on: May 27, 2008 05:35:50 PM
smudgycat: The face in the light green fabric was not intentional! Smiley  I didn't even see it until you pointed it out.

avari20: I love the 1up mushroom!  I have a t-shirt with the 1up mushroom on it as well, but I'm fortunate that I'm surrounded by bunches of geeks who all know and love what it means. Smiley

Thanks so much everyone!  I'm happy you like the patterned fabrics.  I spent so much time looking for fabrics, it was probably one of my favorite parts of the project!  I ended up with SO many extra fabric samples, though... :O
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney cross stitch on: May 27, 2008 02:28:58 PM
That looks fantastic!!  I love Phoenix Wright and had considered doing it as a cross stitch but it seemed way too daunting.  Having read your tale about creating it, I'm not sure I would have ever finished it!

Such a great job!  *clicking this rocks*
4  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
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: May 14, 2008 11:31:12 AM
I don't recall if I've replied to this already or not, but just in case I haven't, this is the coolest thing ever!  I love Cooking Mama and the craftsmanship is superb!
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Yoshi Mosaic on: May 12, 2008 10:51:11 AM
Thanks everyone!  It may take a while to make into a table, so in the meantime we're working on new projects.  We're working on a quilting project and starting to think of designs for a second mosaic.  I have a scrap piece of plywood that's long and somewhat narrow, so I'm considering doing a piranha plant in a pipe.  It would also use the same colors of tiles we already have which is always a plus. Smiley

There are a few larger projects I'd like to do, but it's hard to narrow it down!
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Yoshi Mosaic on: May 03, 2008 09:36:50 AM
Thanks again everyone!  Cheesy

kittenbonanza: I'm in the computer science department, so we do AI research.  I'm not that familiar with sociology, but I can tell you there are various cultures within the gaming world, especially when it comes to MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online games).  If you want to chat about it, feel free to email me!  anne.and.kita 
!a!t! gmail !d!o!t! com.  If you give me an idea of what directions you're looking at, I can try to help. Smiley
8  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Yoshi Mosaic on: April 30, 2008 10:16:23 PM
Thanks everyone!  Here are the answers to the questions I can remember!

It took about 4-5 hours to do the yoshi part.  We did the background afterwards because we didn't know what we wanted to do with it.  That took a bit longer; we did it in 10-15 minute increments when we had time or wanted a break from research.  The grouting was fast.  Smiley

I definitely want to make another one!  I haven't planned out what it will be yet.  We have tons of tiles left (we bought sheets of each color, and because they're so small, there were 1000 per sheet iirc.)  So whatever we do will hopefully have lots of red and green in it.  Wink

Saphire, you should totally mosaic your garage tables!  It's really fun!

Finally, here are some progress photos.

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Yoshi Mosaic on: April 28, 2008 05:19:00 PM
Thanks for all the encouragement, everyone!!

I'm beginning to agree that a coffee table or something like that would be the perfect use for Yoshi.  Now we just need to figure out how to make one. Wink
10  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: My new plates on: April 28, 2008 03:00:33 PM
I really love the first one!  They're so pretty.  Smiley
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