Adventures in the life of a gorram nerd

I’m continuing to make progress on Link. I spent a second evening gluing the squares and finished panel 5-9. The last step in the whole process will be attaching the panels.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

This is a close up of the first panel. You can see how the block looks up close with the squares next to each other.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

Step 5 – Sew

After everything was glued, I folded, right sides together, along the previously drawn lines and sewed a 1/4″ seam. I repeated for each vertical seam. When you sew using a 1/4″ seam, you lose 1/2″ total (1/4″ on each side). My squares started at 1″, so they’re going to finish at 1/2″. You can see how much the squares are shrinking up compared to their original sizes. These aren’t pressed so the shrink will ultimately be a little less dramatic, but you get the idea.

This picture is what the panels look like after all of the vertical seams are sewn. The fabric just folds around itself; it’s pretty cool looking. I was able to finish 3 of the panels last night. Once I get the other 6 completed, the next step will be cutting a tiny piece off of every seam so that I can press the seams open (there will be pictures). I am realizing that I won’t be able to do 4 panels in 30 days so I’m either going to do 2 panels in 30 days and then do some regular piecing to fill in where the other 2 panels would be, or turn this into a 4 panels in 60 days project… we’ll see. I do plan to try to keep up with the original timeline.

Sprite Stitch SpriteStitch KG Cross Stitch PC Stitch NES SNES Link Zelda Link to the Past Cucco Cuccos Chickens Attack cross stitch quilt pattern stitch-along quilt-along QAL shape cut ruler June Tailor fast rotary cutting Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

As a math person, I usually calculate how many seams I’ll need to sew on a project. For a regular project (without the fusible), it’s one fewer seam than the number of pieces. So this block is 50 squares x 50 = 2,500 pieces. If I were to have attached this regularly, it would have taken me 2,499 seams. But, with this method, it’s only about 200 seams (and could be fewer if I attached the panels first). It’s still about the same amount of thread, but so much faster.

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Comments on: "SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 2" (2)

  1. Therese said:

    I’m really interested in seeing how this finishes. I have been looking for simple ways to make pixel quilts and this is an interesting process, is there video or instructional for this technique? I am a beginner and so interested, please any info is helpful.

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