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At first, it was just Anita in Canada, and Eileen in NJ, and me. But soon, it blew up and turned into a full fledged sew-along/the year of Minecraft, with Fat Quarter Shop selling a special FQ bundle...
|Bundle is no longer available, but there is a printable list of the fabrics used on the Sew-Along page, or by CLICKING HERE.|
..and people (and KIDS!) quilting along from all over the world. Thanks to all of you who sewed along with me and made it so much fun! Special shout-outs to 8 y.o. LuLu in Australia for being the youngest stitcher, sewing along on her Elna Mini...
...and Kristen who made FOUR. I know of a few of you that made multiple quilts!
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My hopes for surprising my son only lasted a few blocks in, when he saw a thumbnail photo on my computer that I hadn't closed out. :( BUT it ended up being a blessing in disguise, as he requested and helped to design extra blocks. (He even drew out the big Enderdragon himself on graph paper!) He was happy to be part of creating his epic 10th birthday quilt. :)
The original 20 blocks turned into over 50 block tutorials and one giant Enderdragon, and a whole alphabet of Minecraft-font letters, much of which was requested or inspired by YOU, or requested & designed by my son -- who also made for really good quality control. :) A couple of you even designed your own extra blocks and were so kind to let me draw up the tutorial and share them with everyone, too, so it really became a group project. :)
I saw pics of quilts/blocks done in solids, prints, and even batiks and civil war prints and they all looked great!
My son's quilt wasn't quite finished for his birthday as originally planned, but it WAS finished for Christmas.
Here are few photos. It's ginormous but fits perfectly on his bed. And can grow with him when he gets a full sized bed someday. It's finished size is 84"W x 93"L. I used 2" vertical sashing strips and 3" horizontal sashing strips.
And I almost forgot -- his matching pillow sham. He picked which two blocks he wanted on the sham. He is still requesting a cube pillow out of TNT blocks, but I only have one TNT block done and am having some fun sewing non-Minecraft things at the moment.. so that might get put on hold for a bit. ;)
My friend Lisa (Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting) quilted this beast and did such a good job! I could have never gotten this done on my machine.
All along, I received so many encouraging emails, from moms/grandmas who made quilts for their kids/grandkids or sewed blocks with them, to kids sewing their own blocks and even a couple who entered them into the state fair and a 4th grade talent show!
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And I'll never ever forget this one message from Bobbie in Austin, TX! :) So crazy!
There were also a couple of quilts hanging out at the Temecula outdoor quilt show.. It's been nothing short of an amazing experience! All thanks to all of YOU!
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Prize #1: (picked out by my son) a fluffy soft stuffed Ghast, to maybe go on the bed of one of those Minecraft quilt recipients. :)
AND for the quilter, a hand turned wooden seam ripper that I picked up at a wood-turning shop while on vacation last summer, just for this giveaway. I have one of this artist's seam rippers and I love it. He gets the ripper hardware from a German company, and then handturns the handles. They are beautiful. I think this one is maple? It is impossible to lose the lid for this one, which makes it my favorite, as I have lost the lid to every seam ripper I've ever owned. ;) And they're so pretty!
Prize #2: A $30 gift certificate from Wintercreek Cloth.
Prize #3: TWO rollie pollies donated by Riley Blake Designs/Penny Rose Fabrics. High Adventure & Strawberry Biscuit.
Prize #4: A $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop.
Prize #5: Tonga Treat pack of their SURF line, donated by Timeless Treasures.
Prize #6: Tonga Treat pack of their PASSION FRUIT line, donated by Timeless Treasures.
Prize #7: This FQ bundle of Pin Dot Basics rainbow-y goodness from Timeless Treasures.
Prize #8: This FQ bundle of Floral Daze from Dear Stella.
Prize #9: This FQ bundle of Sea Breeze from Timeless Treasures.
To enter, just link up a photo of your finished quilt, or your quilt or block(s) in progress to the inlinkz linky below. That way you can see each others links and quilt pics. Don't worry if you don't have a blog to link up, you can link a pic from your computer or even from your instagram. (enter the URL of the IG pic you want to enter and it will direct you) Just follow the instructions and if you have any questions shoot me an email. :) I'm happy to help!
Please only enter once, UNLESS you made more than one quilt, in which case, EXTRA CREDIT, you can enter a pic of each quilt. :) Enjoy the party! (Hoping you all link up so I'm not lonely. ha! ;) Plus, there are NINE prizes!!
Thanks to all of you for coming along on the ride with me and making the journey to this completed quilt so much fun! I'm going to enter a pic just to make sure it's working since this is the first one of these I've done. Fingers crossed!
I only found this about a month or so ago and I'm having so much fun doing the blocks. My whole family plays so they were excited to see each one come to life. I plan to make a big quilt for our den where we all play. Thanks for all your effort to make this happen. It's great fun!
I may not have stitched along (my sons are grown), but, I enjoyed seeing each block every Monday. I even told my oldest son about this, and showed him some of the blocks. He thought they were cool (he's 26). Congrats on a wonderful idea that grew and grew! So glad your son got to help. It will be even more special to him, since he helped.
Hee hee... :D My son's mini made the cut on your blog post! He'll say, "Mom, I'm famous!" ;) I added our links. We both had so much fun making the blocks, and since there are bonus blocks, I'll probably be making more in the future for pillows or something. :) Thanks so much for this fun minecraft adventure!
Oh my!!! Am I ever happy that you have given me the push that I needed to get back my sewing mojo!!! I just noticed that my cow is not sewen properly, whoops!! In January I made an effort to see something everyday, the February my mojo ended. Tomorrow, I'm going to dust off the machine and sew up a few more pixels!!! Thanks to everyone for sharing their squares and quilts!! Loving the inspiration!!
Wow Kelli! I have been so bad about blogging or even reading the blogs on my favorites list that I totally missed your Minecraft Quilt along....I love what you made for your son and is that the back of it that your son is holding up? Wow! My grandsons are both into Minecraft, especially the eldest (10 yrs)and last time I visited with them I hinted at him learning to sew like his Dad...(yes my sons know their way around a sewing machine!) This is the perfect project....I'm going to go back and look at your older posts now! And what a great giveaway you are having for your people who are linking up.....well done, My friend.......