Blogger's Quilt Festival: my pixelated sewing machine

9:04:00 PM

I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, going on right now at Amy's Creative Side.


My absolute favorite quilt I have ever made was my pixelated version of my very first sewing machine, a Brother Pacesetter from the 1970's which my mum handed down to me when I first moved out on my own.
I wanted to make a funky wall-hanging/mini-quilt, and I thought, hey, why not 'pixelate' the Brother?

I started out with a load of 1" squares in 13 colors (12 shades of green, including Kona Emerald):
I then got to work setting out my 'pixels' and sewing them all together in sections:

 ...and then attached those larger sections together:
...got to work basting the layers,
...and then started quilting it, trimming threads as I went...
 Quilting, quilting, quilting...
And, all done, bound in my one 'other' color, Kona Hibiscus, also integrated in the machine in 5 pixels, finished size (27.5" x 22"):

I thought I'd link this up for entry into the "Small Quilts" Category.

I would love it if you would vote in the Festival! And remember to link up your Viewer's Choice link for the quilt you like the most!

My quilt, and all of the others in the Small Quilts Category can be found 


Happy sewing everyone!

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32 comments

  1. This is very cute. Love the colour you chose

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  2. Glad to see you entered, Erin! And of course, this is one of my favourites of yours.... I never tire of it - it's just so great!

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  3. that is so cool! It would suit my machine perfectly as I've got a Husqvarna Emerald!

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  4. Simply love it. I can tell those pieces are small. I am working on a pixelated project but think I am going to put my squares on a fusible to keep it organized. I can't decide but I hope it comes out half as cool as this..wow!

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  5. Just fabulous! There is so much work and precision to make this turn out so great!

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  6. I've loved this one since the first time I saw it! Great colors and concept! Such a great quilt.

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  7. Gorgeous quilt! Love the pixel work and the colors are fantastic!

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    1. Hey Shelley! You're a no-reply blogger so I'll respond to you here, and hopefully you'll come back to read my response!

      Thank you SO much. I really had a lot of fun with it, even if it took forever, lol. And I do love me a retro sewing machine!!

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  8. Those are some tiny pieces! Where did you even put (iron) the seams? ;) Very nice work. Love the colors.

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  9. That is quite amazing. You must have the patience of a saint to deal with such tiny pieces. Turned out great! Good luck!

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  10. Really great quilt. My favorite colors, too.

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  11. This is really really fabulous! great job!

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  12. Dropping by from BQF, your wall hanging is wonderful, for me it sums up the entire festival, awesome :D

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  13. Oh so wonderful. Great colors and composition.

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  14. Erin portrait sewing machine fascinates me! Bravo!

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  15. Oh, this is terrific, Erin! So glad you shared it on BQF! I just bought an old Kaiser sewing machine for $50 that is just about this color - my fave! And the pixelated idea - 1" squares = 1/2" finished?? Marvelous!

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  16. Oh. My. Goodness. This is awesome!
    - Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting

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  17. I think I saw this at Pantone quilt challenge - Emerald. If I'm not mistaken. It truly is awesome!

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  18. Erin!! Congratulations on making it into the Blogger's Choice Viewer's Choice!! Hooray! Hooray! This little quilt is certainly deserving of the recognition...and you, too, for the awesome vision!

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  19. Very cute. I have made a hexagon sewing machine for a swap but nothing this elaborate.

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  20. Fun and very creative :) Congratulations with your nomination.

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  21. cool and effective. love it

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  22. Very cool. Great and fun idea.

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  23. Well, yay for you! Congratulations on your win.

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  24. A+ for originality!! stunning colours & beautifully quilted.
    A well deserved win!!

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  25. Congratulations on your win. This is terrific. I know how much work a pixel quilt can be because I'm working on a large one, which you can view in progress here: http://catscrossing-laura.blogspot.ca/2014/03/work-in-progress-bluenose-ii-pixel.html

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  26. this is my kind of quilt - all my favorite colors! congratulations!!

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  27. The information and the aspect were just wonderful. I think that your viewpoint is deep, it’s just well thought out and truly incredible to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts so well. Good job! remalladora

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