I missed the quilt-along, but I remember seeing the Super Mario quilt when it started. Now that I've seen the final quilt, I decided Kevin needs a Mario quilt. So during Fabric.com's 12 days of Christmas sale I ordered some fabric, and it was scheduled to get here the 21st- perfect, as I would have multiple days of uninterrupted quilting fun.
Needless to say, I didn't get to quilt Christmas. The fabric came on the 26th while I was at work, and I got it prewashed and then ironed and starched, and yesterday I started on the quilt.
Kevin's favorite characters are Boo and Dry Bones, neither were in the quilt. I found a Boo, but haven't been able to get Dry Bones as 18 x 18 (anyone talented want to draw him for me?) I may put his on the back in a larger size.
Since he was only a few colors and would be easy to cut the squares for, Boo was up first.
Now that I decided it worked (but not as well as my practice piece...) I am cutting the almost 4,000 squares needed for the quilt (each block has 324 squares). I have the star and mushroom pressed and ready to be sewn, I will probably sew them tonight.
Step 1: Mark grids on cheap interfacing (99 cents a yard, plus I had a 50% off coupon- way better than the $100 on wash-away the QAL call for, even though it does change the hand of the fabric a bit.) This is what I spent the holiday doing.
This will give you a big squished Boo.
Step 5: Sew seams in other direction.
Step 6: Cut open seams (This time I tried with a rotary cutter, much easier to cut, but the smaller seam allowance made it harder to press, I won't do this again.)
Here is what he looks like from the back. See- lots and lots of seams, and because of the interfacing quilting this is not going to be easy!