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Pixel Play: 15 Quilt Projects for Kids, Family & Home Paperback – September 16, 2012
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To start off Emily gives you a pixel quilting primer.
She then gives wonderful instructions on how you will cut your strips, strip piece, and assemble the quilt top. Throughout her instructions she gives some really helpful notes with each step. Like how to keep your fabric organized when cutting and piecing, or quick piecing methods, and how to properly press as you assemble your quilt top.
Once the quilt top is complete she briefly touches on your backing, batting, layering, and basting.Then she moves on to five different suggestions for quilting your pixel quilt, with close up photos of these five quilting patterns on her pixel quilts (which is super helpful!).
She then includes a thorough explanation of how to bind your pixel quilt with double-fold straight-grain binding.
Pixel Play is filled with wonderful pixel projects to make—and to just flat out inspire you. You will be a Pixel Pro once you have completed one of these masterpieces! These quilt projects would also make fantastic gifts for all ages. In fact, I'm eyeing at least 3 quilts that I think would make great gifts for various family.
When I first saw Emily's 'pixel' quilts on Carolina Patchworks I had an epiphany. I realized that I could turn just about any idea into a quilt using pixels. And that's exactly what Emily has done in Pixel Play. It is the mother lode of pixel quilts.
Pixel Play is filled with wonderful pixel projects to make—and to just flat out inspire you. You will be a Pixel Pro once you have completed one of these masterpieces! These quilt projects would also make fantastic gifts for all ages. In fact, I'm eyeing at least 3 quilts that I think would make great gifts for various family.Pixel Play has 15 quilt projects for Kids, Family & Home. All the quilts are made with 1 1/2" strips of fabric.
You cannot beat the price. Most of Carolina Patchworks patterns are $9 for a single pattern, and you get 15 patterns for only $21.95. Pretty awesome if you ask me!
Emily Cier's new book, Pixel Play is full of childish charm. Each project is filled with creativity, imagination and most importantly color. Emily uses solid squares and lines to create recognizable images and characters, which is enough to woo any youngster. And isn't that what it's all about, impressing our little ones? Every pattern uses Kona Solids and consists of strips and squares of solid color. One missed step and your image is unrecognizable. But have no fear! Emily's diagrams are easy to follow and the book is packed full of tips and tricks for organizing your materials and assembling your quilt tops. Using an alternative palette can quickly transform the quilt, giving it a whole new feel. Just a quick switch of the Kona color combinations can change your quilt from girly to masculine. And with a variety of themes including fish, cars, flowers and snowflakes, the possibilities are almost endless. Whether it is for your child, a niece or nephew, a friend's child or your inner child, Pixel Play has you covered. Pixel Play will definitely spark my children’s imaginations. Anything that gives them freedom to create and think outside the box has my seal of approval. Emma has started doing this thing where she takes my scraps and fashions it into little objects, like this. I just sewed up the sides for her and she’s happy as a clam with her ‘pillow.’
(Fat Quarter Shop, 11/15/12)
It’s not that Emily’s re-invented the wheel; pixel quilts have been around more than a century at least, and are more commonly known as 'Postage-Stamp Quilts.' But, as with most of what Emily does, these quilts have her take on design. Strips where possible in place of all squares. Solid fabrics. Fun images. Flexible sizing and colors. And even though the cutting and piecing needed for these quilts require precision and accuracy, she’s already provided our quilting fail-safe in the patterns—an extra strip precut for mistakes and additional yardage just in case. Emily has also provided a TON of great tips for organizing your materials as you work your way through these patterns. And for quilts like these—precision and accuracy mandatory—being organized will be the difference to either making the quilt or breaking you!
We especially love the pirate quilt, and the Georgia O’Keefe-turns-mod quiltZinnia. This book is worthy of your plunk-down. We promise.
(Generation Q Magazine, 11/15/12)
Fun quilts for kids of all ages! Emily uses a pixel technique and simple strip quilting methods to create unique quilt projects with scenes that kids and adults alike will recognize and cherish.
(Quilter's Connection Magazine, Winter 2012/2013)
Gather 1 ½-inch wide strips and squares of solid fabric, and prepare to look at quilts as pixels! Author Emily Cier shares 15 quilt designs—including a fish bowl, flower garden, and treasure map—achieved by simple chain-piecing.
(Quilts & More, 12/1/12)
There is something impressionistic about the look of a few dozen squares suddenly resolving into a complete scene. We are more familiar with pixels forming the picture in photographs and then being translated into cloth, however this book illustrates that countless shapes and scenes can be built from simple strips and squares by only sewing straight lines. The patterns are bright and quirky and for those of you who like to follow a key map, you will find the designs appealing. I must be honest and say I found some of the key map/layouts a little mind boggling, but then in quilting, as ever, it is each to their own.
(Fabrications Quilting For You, February/March 2013)
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I would suggest this for anyone who as some experience with quilting and is ready for a fun learning experience and challenge.
You cannot beat the price. Most of Carolina Patchworks patterns are $9 for a single pattern, and you get 15 patterns for less than $20. Pretty awesome if you ask me! You can see a complete book review on my blog at [...]