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Legend of Zelda – finished cross stitch

Well, after 6 years, I put the final stitches in the Legend of Zelda cross stitch this week.It’s hard to believe that it’s actually finished. The next steps will be washing and framing it but that’s going to wait for a little bit. The first night after the cross stitch was finished, I didn’t really know what to do with myself. My next project will be a 6″ charity square for Sprite Stitch’s stitching for charity.

Zelda NES Waterfall title screen cross stitch

On the crane front, with these green guys, the total is up to 133.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

I also had an amazing Goodwill find of this display case. This is the first 100.

Origami flying cranes 1,000 paper folding

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SpriteStitch Mega Swap

I mailed my Mega Swap gift for the SpriteStitch.com swap on Saturday. It was going all the way to the UK, so I was expecting it to take 1-2 weeks to get there. It completely shocked me by arriving on Wednesday. And that means I can share the presents now.

My buddy is BlackMageHeart who is one of the moderators for Sprite Stitch (no pressure). When I first saw her name, my first thought was to make a quilt with a Black Mage sprite from Final Fantasy. I was inspired by this quilt that Quiltoni made a few years ago… until I remembered the Quiltoni made it for BMH for the Swap a few years ago *face palm* I then got the idea, with Quiltoni’s permission, to make matching pillow shams. She sent me the sprite so it was easy to put together.

Black Mage pillow cases pillowcases pillow sham Andy Warhol batik sprite

I made 2 pillow shams. Quiltoni uses batiks so I tried to match her colors. It was also my first time making shams, and I’m very happy with how they came out. I inadvertently got a body fabric that blended in with the background for the one pillow, but I think it gives it a neat effect.

In addition to the shams, I made regular pillowcases.

Black Mage pillow cases pillowcases sprite cross stitch batik Easy Schmezy pattern

I cross stitched a Black Mage sprite onto each one. This was my first time cross stitching onto fabric and it was easier than I was expecting. I drew a grid (1/8″ increments) onto the fabric using a washable marking pen. And then I got to stitching. When I was finished, I washed the pillowcases and the stitching held up perfectly (phew!)

Lastly, I was trying to think what Black Mage items BMH didn’t have and I decided to make a clock. A buddy is a carpenter and gave me some left over cabinet wood. Another buddy has a jigsaw and cut out the outline. I painted it using acrylic paints. I bought a clock kit from Klockit where they provide you with the movement, hands, and nuts in one kit and you just need to put it together. Making a clock was a lot easier than I thought it would be. The clock is 12″ x 18″ which did require an expedition to find a box that would fit it.

Black Mage clock wood plywood acrylic paint 8-bit pixel

SpriteStitch – Mini Swap

Finally!

I’m participating in a craft exchange through SpriteStitch.com. I’m participating in both the mini and mega swaps. Until our buddies receive their gifts, we’re on a media blackout for talking about what we’re doing. And for me who gets excited about anything and loves sharing, it’s been rough!

My mini swap buddy received her gift so I can talk about them. I made her a set of placemats, featuring appliques of some of her favorite games. From the top left, clockwise, we have Skyrim, Zelda, Dragon Age, and Fire Emblem. I used the Soft Fuse brand fusible web and then blanket stitched around the edges. The pink fabric is gradated and though it looks like there is some funky lighting from the top two to the bottom two, that’s actually the fabric. The placemats are machine washable.

Skyrim Legend of Zelda Fire Emblem Dragon Age placemats Michael Miller black Kona cotton placemat placemats fusible applique

My buddy also told me that she loves Disney and her favorite is Belle. I found this beautiful stained glass fabric on Spoonflower.com. People can design and print their custom fabrics, and make them available for others to purchase. And my friend Heather is again modeling the apron. The lighting was a little bright that day 🙂

Beauty and the Beast Belle Apron yellow dress stained glass red rose

Close up of the rose pocket. I knew I had this rose fabric … somewhere. I had to dig through all of my boxes to find it but I finally did find it at the very bottom of the last box. But it looks really good so I forgive the fabric for being hidden.

Beauty and the Beast Belle Apron yellow dress stained glass red rose

SpriteStitch QAL – Progress Update 4

As of my prior update, I had all of the panels sewn, cut, and ironed. The next step was to sew, cut, and iron again 🙂

The next round of sewing was fast and surprisingly easy. The pressed seams lined up really well and it wasn’t too bulky.

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

 

However, when I went to cut the seams opened, I had some difficulty. With the prior round’s seams included, there was more bulk than the first time I cut and often the fabric extended farther out than the fusible. This made it a little difficult since the fusible was what I needed to cut through. I had to cut the seams to maybe 1/8″ (instead of 1/4″) and be super careful to not cut through any of the seams. And since there were more layers, it required more pressure (and probably needed a new rotary blade *cough* ).

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

 

After I cut about 2 blocks, it occurred to me to test being able to press the seams open. Because of how small they were, I couldn’t press them open. But I could press them regularly, which was fine with me because it meant I didn’t need to cut anything else. And by “press regularly”, it was more akin to “smash the panels with an iron until they were sort of in the ballpark of flat”. I smash/pressed each panel into submission. I then attached the rows together and ran into an unexpected problem… one row was longer than the other two. I started with 1″ squares that were supposed to end at 1/2″ but there was some variability. The bigger problem was that there was a different amount of shrinkage for the first round of sewing to the second (I’m not sure if this was due to user error, small size of the squares, or is expected. The tutorial recommends quilt shop fabric to avoid fabric distortion, which I am using, so we can rule that out). When I was all “I’m going to be smart and sew whichever side has more seams first”, it resulted in my sewing the vertical seams of 6 panels and horizontal of 3. Next time, I would sew all of the vertical seams then all of the horizontal. I’d end up with a finished rectangle instead of a square, but better than my trapezoid.

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 became

 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

I was able to pin the heck out of the longer piece to get it to attach to the smaller one, so it wasn’t a huge deal and when I go to quilt it, I imagine that there will be enough stretch in the left side to get this to look close to a square. The panel is around 23″ (supposed to 25″… close enough!).

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

From the back:

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

The project is supposed to have 3 more panels but I’m questioning what I want to do. It was fun to make but a little tough on my wrists. So I don’t know, we’ll see. I was thinking of making a larger one with 1 1/2″ squares since I imagine it’ll be easier to work with. The panel would finish at 50″ (theoretically) and I could add borders and have a quilt that way.

SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 3

As of last week, I had 3 of the 9 Link panels sewn. I finished sewing the other 6. The seams need to be pressed open to reduce the bulk. Since I’m working with a single piece of fusible for each panel, the next step is slicing a tiny piece off of each seam so they can be pressed open. I flipped each panel over and (very carefully) sliced a tiny little bit off of each seam.

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

Here is the waste off of all 9 panels. It only took me about an hour and a half to cut and I didn’t cut into any of the quilt (phew).

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

 

It also reminded me of this dog art I saw last year on Bainbridge Island. I’m wondering how hard it would be to turn those pieces into the dog.

Shaggy dog art sunglasses sculpture Bainbridge Island

 

Because of the amount of cutting and tools to quickly cut a ton of squares, I knew there was a high probability that I would cut myself. Especially at this stage, my hand was going to be right next to the blade and since I was free-handing it, I bought the Klutz glove on Amazon. [Quick note – none of my links are referral links, so I don’t generate any revenue if you buy something I share. I just want to share the tools I use.] I bought the medium which is a little large, but otherwise, it’s great. The glove has wire mesh in it to protect your hand and the white grippy dots will hold onto a ruler. What’s interesting is that the front packaging says that it’s to protect your hand from the rotary cutter but the back says it shouldn’t be used with a moving blade. I’m not really sure how that works, but I feel much safer with the glove!

Fons and Porter Klutz glove rotary cutter cutting glove protection  hand protection

 

After the seams were cut, the next step was pressing them open. For one panel, I tried pressing it to one side and it made it almost impossible to fold over for the next sewing step, so I should have trusted the tutorial. I put something on Netflix and ironed all of my seams open. This is one of 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

 

And here are all 9 of the panels laid out. Each square starts at 1″ and finishes at 0.5″. Because of how I sewed the seams, there is the distorted effect in the blocks. After the next round of sewing, everyone will shrink up and fit together, since it looks pretty funky now.

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

 

Next up: Everything gets run through the machine again and the opposite seams get sewn. Then more cutting and pressing, and the panels will be complete!

SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 2

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.

SpriteStitch QAL – Progress update 1

Happy Star Wars Day!

Saturday was the official kickoff of the SpriteStitch.com Stitch/Quilt-along. Officially it’s a Stitch-along, but since I’m doing it as a quilt, it’s a Quilt-along (QAL) for me.

After we submitted designs (52 in total), everyone got a week to vote on their favorites. From our favorites, the moderator randomly selected our first pattern on Saturday. We have a week to work on it and then next Saturday, the second pattern is chosen at random. Repeat for 4 weeks.

Here is the first pattern: Cucco Attack from A Link to the Past

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

I’m really excited to try the fusible backing technique outlined on Cora’s Quilts. I’ve seen this before and have always been intrigued. The idea is that you:

  1. Take a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing (which is lightweight fabric, one side with heat activated glue) and draw a grid onto it
  2. Cut out a zillion squares
  3. Lay them on the grid
  4. Iron to fuse the squares into place
  5. Sew along the grid lines

Step 1 – draw the grid

I’m using the Pellon 906F which is a featherweight fusible. In the picture, you can see how it’s very thin and translucent so it shouldn’t add too much weight to the finished product. This project will use about 17 yards of it (it’s only 20″ wide) so I ended up buying a bolt at JoAnns of 20 yards. I cut out the different size pieces that I’ll need for my first block (what’s in the picture is just for one block).

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 Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

 

I turned on Netflix in the background and drew out my grid. The finished squares will be 1/2″ so the unfinished squares are 1″, as well as the grid. The pieces of Pellon add up to be 50″ x 50″. I just used a regular mechanical pencil to draw the grid lines on.

  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 Pellon 906F Fusible Interfacing web Steam-a-seam

Step 2: Cut the squares

Next up was cutting the zillion squares. For this, I (finally) broke down and bought the Shape Cut ruler by June Tailor. It has slots in the ruler every 1/2″ (the slots are easier to see at the bottom) so you lay out your fabric and then cut at the increment that you need. You can cut strips, and then if you want squares, you turn the ruler 90 degrees and subcut into squares. Also, the circle in the center of the ruler is my light fixture… the rulers are very reflective.

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

Since I’m cutting 10,000 squares this month, the ruler seemed like an appropriate investment. This is the first time that I used it and it was amazing. I cut about 3,000 squares in an hour and a half. To hold the fabric and ruler, I did need to get my fingers really close to the rotary blade, so I just ordered the Klutz Glove to protect my hand. The subtitle of this project is “how I finally used every tool and gadget I’ve ever purchased”. This picture is the black fabric after it had been turned into squares.

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

 

And here are all ~3,000 squares (I only need 2,500 but I cut extras of the blacks, whites, and background).

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

 

Step 3 – Layout in a grid

The next day, I went over to my ironing board, laid out the first piece of the fusible interfacing grid, and started placing my squares. These have not been ironed yet, just laid out. My ironing board can only comfortably hold about 11″ worth of squares, so I’d lay 11 rows and then iron.

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 4 – Fuse

Being very careful to not move the squares, I used the iron to fuse them into place. Here is block 1, which is 18″ x 20″

SpriteStitch 2015 Week 1 - Link to the Past Cucco Attack panel 1

I fused panels 1-4 and part of panel 5. The panels are not connected to each other; that will be the very last step in assembling the block.

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

Tonight, I plan to finish fusing panels 5-9. Then Tuesday – Friday all involve sewing and pressing seams. My goal is to have this block completely done by Saturday when the next block comes out. We’ll see!