Project Quilting 10.4: Pixel Play

The first order of business yesterday was to finish off the 4th challenge for Season 10 of Project Quilting. The challenge theme was "Pixel Play." This was a hard one for me. I spent hours looking through my own photographs trying to pixelate one of them into something I could use. When I came up empty, I appealed to my friend The Google, searching for different things like "pixelated quilts," or "pixelated images," or anything like that. Finally, I hit upon the sweetest inspiration for my quilt. I'm calling this quilt "Cupcake."

It finishes up at 17 x 21 inches. Here's how it looks from the back. I purchased the backing fabric while we were traveling, and it was perfect for the back and binding.

Inspiration for this design comes courtesy of Melissa who writes a blog called "Make It Yours." Melissa graciously gave me permission to use her design for my quilt. Originally, she did the same design using construction paper and Mod Podge to create some art work for her children's playroom. You can read her blog post right here. So, thank you, Melissa.

The quilting is a simple diagonal grid. I was afraid too much quilting would compete with the pixelated design and make it difficult to see the cupcake.

For once, I remembered to add my little label to the back.

And it makes a nice little wall hanging for a narrow wall above our breakfast bar. It's springy and colorful!

Thus ends this challenge, and I'll be linking up at Project Quilting when I finish this post.

With that finished, I could get back to Hocuspocusville. The next block was "Witches Stitches," and so another quilted witch was in order.

Also, a row of jack-o-lanterns in the front yard.

And I quilted in a few more pavers.

Spider webs and spiders...those are the easiest to stitch.

When the block was finished, it looked like this:

Next was "Le Witche Boutique." I stitched in some pavers and a tombstone. There wasn't much else that would fit in this block, and so it seemed a good place for the tombstone.

When the block was finished, it looked like this:

Here, I received a visit from Smitty. He was readying himself for a nap on that comfy pile of quilt. Sorry, Buddy, that isn't going to work.

Oh...purrdon me. Purrmit me to move back here. Just ignore me. You won't even know I'm here.

I've found that a generous helping of kitty treats administered to his bowl downstairs often gets rid of this purroblem.

So the final block of the day was the "Used Broom Lot." I didn't have a lot of ideas for this block, and so I quilted more shingles into the roof and some siding on the walls.

A flying bat always works.

And, of course, spiders are always welcome.

Finally, a broom below the "used brooms" sign.

When that block was finished, it looked like this:

Okay, so there are three more embroidered blocks to quilt. I was thinking I'd be ready for the binding then, but completely forgot there's an outer border. Duh. I know what I'm going to quilt there if I can pull it off, and so it should go quickly...she said...fingers crossed. I'm still hoping I can get the binding sewn on so that we can take it along this weekend.

There was a confectioner's sugar dusting of snow over night. Temperatures should be well above freezing today, and so this won't last long.

It made me happy to stitch this little flower for this morning's inchy. Spring will get here eventually.

Also, I've stitched in the latest hoop for Friendship's Garden.

Moving the hoop, that's the last of it. I'll try to finish that up tomorrow too.

Early this morning, I yanked off a hunk of bread dough from what I mixed up a few days ago. It's much more solid than the last batch, and I could actually shape it into a ball. This is looking very promising.

It's been proofing in my proofing box downstairs for the past 2 1/2 hours. I'd hoped I could get it baked up before writing this post, but it was still cold to the touch when I came upstairs. I want it at least at room temperature before I bake it. You'll have to wait for tomorrow's post to see how it turns out. I'm feeling good about it, though. Just sayin'.

Okay. I have a quick grocery trip this morning, and then I'll get back to my quilting. Wish me luck getting it all finished today...I'll need a lot of it. Luck, that is.

12 comments from clever and witty friends:

Julierose said...

Best of luck in finishing up the beautiful quilting today. I'll bet that bread will be just delish!! Your cupcake is so cute--I've made only one pixelated heart for a small mugrug-(1"' squares--what was i thinking?? yow!!)
but I have some Hello Kitty ones i'd like to make for my grandgirls--if my eyes stop pixelating themselves hahaha...
I managed a little sewing today and made my label for Stone Soup...bit by little bit
things are coming together...hugs, Julierose

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Now a cupcake is not what I envisioned, but how cute and bright a little project. I dumped a bag of scraps and the furkids have been napping and playing in it all day; so not a lot of sewing got done.

Sarah said...

I would love to know where you had your labels made - I’ve been thinking I need labels for a while now...

piecefulwendy said...

So fun to see what you are quilting into Hocus Pocus. All those little creative additions make it so fun. That little inchy cuteness! Spring seems a long way away here, but the sun is out today. We have a little break before the next snow comes. Love the pixelated cupcake with all those bright spring colors! Can't wait to see how the bread came out. Enjoy your getaway!

Californianativedaughter said...

I tried to make Piroski's this week. Even with my easy warming drawer set at "proof' the temperature in the kitchen cooled off the dough. My husband brought in a space heater but it didn't help much and her in the Bay Area I know it's warming than where you are in Oregon. This went on for two days. I had some dough left over so I had my 20 month old granddaughter "play" with it. Her little body is always warm and toasty, so her little heads heated up the dough. Together we made a little pizza. I baked the dough and put on some grated Mozzarella cheese on it and wha-la-Pizza. She kept pinching off the dough and eating it as we were working. After she ate all of her dinner and 3 little letter cookies for bonus, I cut the pizza and we shared two pieces and she was excited. I gave her the rest to take home and share with here parents.

gin said...

I love this post seeing your day as it goes. The cupcake project is great for the PQ10.4. The Halloweeny project is great. And the cat, and the baking, and all your daily routine is fun to hear about and everything in between. Have a great day!

Auntiepatch said...

You continue to amaze me with your quilting skills!

Kate said...

Love the headstone, the ghost and the witch. All those spiderwebs look great too. It's going to be such a fun quilt.

Mindy said...

What an adorable little cupcake! I've got two girls nicknamed Cupcake and Snowflake -- I may have to borrow that idea and make a little wall hanging for them. And that backing fabric is just perfect for it.

PersimonDreams said...

This is so adorable! I love your cupcake!!! :)

quiltzyx said...

Perfect backing sprinkles for the pixelated cupcake! Another fine job you've done!!

It will be interesting to see what becomes of all the inchies when they are done.

Sandra Walker said...

These Project Quilting projects are terrific DrEAMi! projects aren't they? Love your cupcake and seeing it on the wall too! Wow the Witches quilt is coming along so well, SUCH creative quilting! Thanks so much for linking up this 'sweet' squirrel you chased!