Monday, April 8, 2013

The Pixel Project Post 2: Choosing and Cutting Fabric

It's been a while since I wrote my first post on my Pixel Project. A lot has changed from my original design idea and intent for this project. This tends to be the way I work. I start out with one idea, and it morphs over the course of months to something completely different.

As I mentioned in my last Pixel Project post, here was my inspiration photo. I was inspired by the bright colors against the neutral background.
Source: Ann Cantelow's Photo of the Dav via Pinterest

I'm designing this project with 1" finished squares. Charm packs are perfect for pixel projects. Since I'm cutting 1.5" squares to sew, I can get nine from each charm. Using these charm packs gives me great variation in color. I chose my fabrics from seven different Kona charm packs I picked up Quilt Market Sample Spree last fall. I also bought a Michael Miller Cotton Couture charm pack that includes one of each color from that line. Pellon kindly sent me a bolt of Stick-N-Washaway to try out for this project. I'll be talking more about the pros and cons of the product in a later post. 

I pulled in some Pure Elements from my stash as well as several neutrals. I started selecting my fabrics from these piles.

This is what made the cut from my colored solids. For the most part, I was looking for very saturated, bold colors. I threw in a few lighter colors for variation, but most of the softer tones will come from the neutrals.

Then it was time to cut. I used a brand new rotary blade and went to work. When the pieces are this small, it takes more care to get precise cuts. I cut a lot of little squares, but this is just a beginning. I know I'll be cutting many more 1.5" squares from my neutrals, but this gives me a good start. I love all the little stacks. Now to start sewing!

On a side-note, it's the last day for the Craftsy Spring Sale. Nearly all classes are on sale today. I signed up for the Artisan Bread Making class and Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Sampler class which have both been on my list for a while. I'll let you know how they go once I get a chance to work through those videos!


  1. Love what you do with bright colors!! Can't wait to see where this goes... Enjoy!

  2. This will be amazing - love all the bright colours!

  3. Looking forward to following progress on this quilt. I do understand what you mean about an idea changing in your head as it takes shape. That is the sign of a creative mind! Love those little square stacks.

  4. All those bright colors are so exciting! I love the inspiration photo and will be eager to see what you come up with. :)

  5. You brave soul to work with such small squares! I'm excited to see how it progresses.

  6. Hi Kati! Exiting project! I love the 'door' and your fabrics and colours are fantastic! x Teje

  7. Ooooooh! You'll love Leah's class!

  8. Mmm all those colors... Swoooon.