The term “pixelated” refers to a digital image which is divided into individual pixels. So what is a pixel? It is the smallest addressable picture element in an image.
We are most familiar with pixelated images which create a picture with squares. We see these in video games and we also see them in quilts. My interest in the pixelated concept began with my son playing endless hours of Minecraft on the xbox. This video game features pixelated graphics. I created a pixelated quilt depicting Minecraft, as pictured below. This quilt was made with squares sewn together as described later in this post.
In our wonderful world of quilting, we use our fabric to create pixelated images into actual pictures, such as the scene from Minecraft above and the heart below. The pixelated technique can be used to not only create a picture with the placement of fabrics, but also it can become a mosaic background for appliques. With the use of blues, greens and purples, you can have an underwater scene. With placement of blues, browns and greens, you can create a backdrop for a garden scene. For a more detailed complex project, the pixelated technique can be used to depict faces.
This example below shows the outline of the squares used to create a heart image.
If you wish to create a picture with your pixelated quilt, it would be helpful to use graph paper, coloring in the squares on the paper to represent your picture. This will help guide the placement of the fabrics. The more detail you desire for your hidden image, the smaller you want your pixel or square of fabric to be. Click here for a free downloadable printable graph paper. You can decide what scale your graph paper represents for your fabric squares. Usually a finished square size of 1″ or 2″ would be best.
Think of the colored squares on your graph paper as your road map for fabric placement.
Like all things quilting, there is always more than one way to achieve a desired finished product. One way to use your fabric squares for a pixelated quilt, is to sew the squares together in rows, then the rows are sewn together.
Another method is with the use of fusible grid. Fusible grid is available in 1” or 2” grid sizes. The grid is printed on the fusible stabilizer. You place your fabrics in the grid and fuse into place with your iron. Next step is to fold the fusible grid with fabric in place on the dotted line and stitch the rows. After all rows are sewn in one direction, then you fold on the lines perpendicular and sew those columns.
Why not try your own pixelated quilt?! Below are a few examples of several simple pixelated quilts we created using EQ7. Feel free to use these ideas to inspire your own pixelated creation. As always, please send a picture of your project and we will showcase it in our Gallery.
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