Back when it was first announced, I decided to take part in the Super Mario Bros QAL over at Cut to Pieces. Then gradually I changed my mind.... there were a couple of reasons: Michael had originally said he would like it as a "hangover quilt". He changed he mind - possibly because he hasn't had a hangover in a while (watch this space tomorrow morning!); the technique for getting perfect seams used a wash-away interfacing which was hard to get in the UK and expensive; and my stash of solids is non-existent, which meant the cost of the fabric would have been high, even if I had gone with Kona equivalents over the suggested fabrics. Then I inherited the fabric from Granny, and there were solids. I needed to add in only the flesh colour and the brown.
So here is Mario
Flickr group - my Mario has a slightly thicker neck and less of an ear.... I'll try harder with Luigi! (I can't face unpicking about a million seams to put him right)
One thing I know for certain - I would not be making a whole quilt of these! Mario alone took me over 5 hours!
Mod Pop is a new fat-quarter-friendly QAL organised by Leanne at She Can Quilt - she pattern tested a design from Distant Pickles and is now doing it again and inviting anyone who will along for the ride! Check out her version here - isn't the quilting fantastic, and the original here. Yes - you may have noticed - curved piecing! I've been looking for a reason to practice this technique for a while - I've done enough that I'm not scared any more, but I definitely need more practice. I'm making a lap quilt as a Christmas present and I'm using some fabrics I collected a couple of years ago for another quilt that I've since decided I won't be making: browns and blues.