Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Pixel Project Post #3: Sewing the Blocks Together & A Giveaway

It took me forever to actually start sewing this project. The idea of sewing all these tiny squares together is a little overwhelming. It's a lot of work for very little progress, but I love how they are turning out. I originally planned to make (9) 12" square blocks and piece them together for a 36" wall hanging. That idea changed quickly. I've now decided to make my blocks all different sizes and sash them with scrappy linen pieces and make a usable quilt. I'm also throwing in various solid blocks of shot cottons. I've made five blocks so far. One was used in a pillow. The four blocks below will be included in my quilt. I'm still undecided on how large the quilt will be or how many "confetti" blocks I'll make.

I really wanted to try out the interfacing technique with this project. I originally saw it on Oh Fransson then Angela from Cut to Pieces used Stick-N-Washaway from Pellon on her Mario quilt. Since I have recently signed on as a project designer for Pellon I asked if they would be willing to send me some product. They generously sent a bolt of Stick-N-Washaway for me to try out on these blocks.

There are pros and cons to this technique. If you are concerned about matching corners, using this interfacing technique really helps. I think it would also be very helpful if laying out a completed design such as Angela's Mario blocks. Although, with several extra steps, I'm not sure it actually saves time. I made three blocks using the interfacing technique. I made two blocks piecing normally. Because I am sewing my squares together randomly, I found that sewing my blocks the old fashion way was a bit easier. The trick is consistency. I have a 1/4" foot with a guide that makes a huge difference for me. I just chain pieced, and the block came together relatively quickly. I pressed seams to alternating sides for each row so the seams nested well when matching corners. Overall, it really wasn't that painful. It's pretty brainless sewing that I can do while watching a show on my laptop.

In related news, my first official Pellon tutorial is up! As I mentioned above, I made a pillow using one of my confetti blocks. The full tutorial can be downloaded here. In the tutorial I detail the process of using the Stick-N-Washaway. I found that the blocks can shrink up quite wonky as they are drying. I decided to clip my blocks to an acrylic ruler while they dry to minimize crazy shrinkage. This helped my project, particularly because I'm using a mixture of linen and cotton which shrink at different rates.



Here's a peak at my pillow I put together for the tutorial using with one confetti block. It's a great way to give tiny piecing a try.

Giveaway! Closed

Courtesy of Pellon, I have some Stick-N-Washaway to pass along to two winners. Just leave a comment and I'll sent out two yards for a couple of you to try. I'll announce winners on Wednesday.

95 comments:

  1. Cool technique!! And yummy pillow too!!!

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  2. Beautiful! I love your clips too. They seem quite handy!

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  3. Great idea to clip to the ruler to control the drying rate/shrinkage.

    happy to have my name considered!

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  4. Oooh, I love pixel quilting, but have never tried the wash away interfacing! I just end up with a really thick quilt. :)
    I love your idea of clipping it to a ruler to keep its size. That's brilliant!

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  5. Stunning! and what a great idea to clip your block to a ruler! I must find some of those clips for myself!
    I'd love to try some 'stick n washaway' - I've never heard of it before!

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  6. Obviously, I love this project (see my avatar <--- ). I know how fiddly the piecing was without stabilizer, so I would love to try it with the Pellon project. I know your quilt will be magnificent!!

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  7. that's a great way to deal with little pieces. I'd love to give it a try.

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  8. Lovely pillow! I have a pixel project I need to tackle... :S

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  9. Thanks for the chance to win some of this Pellon. I've wanted to make a postage stamp quilt since first seeing Oh!Fransson!'s post on it. Otherwise, there is no way I could sew those seams accurately enough.

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  10. You do such wonderful work. It's been fun to watch your blog grow!

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  11. so neat. I love all of those colors.

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  12. I have some tiny scraps that could be put to good use with this giveaway! LOVE the pillow!

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  13. Love the pillow! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. The confetti blocks are great, what a fun idea!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I have just recently started using interfacing and Pellon is the only brand I have tried so far. It's so very useful. wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

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  16. Love that pillow! The tiny pixels are awesome!

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  17. that looks amazing. I am thinking it would be fun to have a pillow or a sewing machine cover. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Wow! Look at all those tiny seams! Gorgeous pillow and thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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  19. Love the pillow. I'm anxious to try it.

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  20. Fun pillow! Thanks for the chance, would love to give the Pellon a try.

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  21. I've read about this Stick-N-Washaway -- sounds like something I'd like to try. Your pillow is very nice and what a clever idea clipping the block to a ruler!

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  22. 'stick n washaway' is a new product I haven't seen before. I would love a chance to try it.

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  23. Cool pillow! I'd love to try some of the Pellon washaway product.

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  24. What a great way to use small scraps. Would love to try this product.

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  25. I'm crazy about that pillow. I want to make one!

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  26. You're pillow is adorable! I'd love to make one :)

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  27. Hi Kati! I'm impressed with your tiny confetti blocks! They are so beautiful and the pillow with linen is fantastic! I want to make something like that! Thank you for a great give away - I haven't tried Pellon and would be really happy to get some! x Teje
    nerospost(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Great pillow! I love that the backgrounds match so the color looks like it is floating.

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  29. Love your pillow. Pellon is amazing stuff, too. :o)

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  30. This would be awesome to try and my first project would be a pillow similar to yours...love it!!

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  31. I love pellons products and would love to have a chance to try their wash away product

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  32. I'm amazed by these tiny blocks! WOW.

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  33. I love your pillow! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. Love the pillow! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. Ah, the pillow is gorgeous!
    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  36. love the pillow. For a while now I have been wanting to try the interfacing method I also saw on Oh Fransson. I would love to win to try it out!!!

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  37. Love your confetti blocks & pillow.
    I have never worked with the Pellon
    wash away interfacing. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Nice technique and lovely pillow.

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  39. Wow! You have done a lot of work on those blocks!!! I would love to try this product.

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  40. I've never used wash away interfacing but love the idea with these blocks. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. I was just sharing the interfacing method with a friend last week. Look forward to seeing your finished quilt with these colorful blocks.

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  42. Super cute pillow. I'd definitely like to try this new product.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  43. I love the blocks you have so far! And the pillow is very cute - I like the 2 little detached blocks at the bottom.

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  44. It's great to read about the different methods for piecing these blocks. Your Confetti Pillow is really lovely & I've added it to my (ever growing) list of projects to make - thanks for the tutorial & for the chance to win.

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  45. Love the pillow. Would love to try the product.

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  46. I wonder how stiff it would turn out for a quilt using the Pellon. I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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  47. I really love your pillow! It's so awesome ;) Thanks for the chance to win some Pellon!

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  48. I love the colors. The small blocks show patience and determination. Great job.

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  49. I LOVE your confetti pillow! I had to have a look at your tutorial immediately. It's fabulous. I really, really want one of these for my couch!!

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  50. I would love to try this pellon method. Thanks
    Susanne

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  51. I love this design. Definetly a good use of scraps. I would love to try some pellon.

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  52. I made a pixel quilt using really lightweight interfacing but it didn't wash out so this is interesting!

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  53. I saw this technique posted earlier by Oh Fransson and have been meaning to try it. Thanks for the Pellon giveaway!

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  54. Would love to try this. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  55. I really love the pillow. I like adding a splash of bright color to neutrals. Makes them pop so nicely.

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  56. Loving the blocks, but the cushion is fab! I really want your ribbon collection too ;o)

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  57. Wow those are teeny! It looks really cool, wondering if I am up to doing something similar, maybe after some meditation I'd have that sort of patience :)

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  58. Love the cushion. Thanks for the great tip to use a ruler for blocking.

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  59. Can you use the stich-n-washaway for postage stamp quilts?

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  60. Would love to try this technique

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  61. Cute pillow! Thanks for the interfacing technique review.

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  62. Love your pillow! & how creative you are...using the clips is cool idea! I have many lil' scraps saved for just such a project! :)

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  63. Oh I would love to try this out!:)

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  64. Large impact from tiny squares. Love the look.

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  65. I love your pillow! It's super cute! I would love to make one!

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  66. What a good idea to clip the square to a ruler while drying!

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  67. Awesome idea of clipping it to the ruler. I would have never thought of that.

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  68. Oh that pillowbis just wonderful. I also LOVE the other confetti blocks! I will try this out in the summermonths for sure!!!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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  69. Thanks for the tips. I'd love to try out the Pellon since I'm always looking for new techniques.
    thanks!

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  70. I am taking the pixel class on Craftsy. This would be wonderful to win. Thank you.

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  71. That would be fun to use for what I call "experimental quilting."

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  72. I would love to give it a try. Thanks

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  73. Haven't tried wash away yet. Those are some tiny blocks. They look great. Thanks.

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  74. Interesting. I have seen it used in watercolor quilts. Interested to try.

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  75. The pillow is really cute. Very nice to pin the pieces to manage the shrinking. Thanks for putting my name in your drawing!

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  76. Your pillow is great.

    Maybe prewashed fabric would be easier to use with the Pellon, as it would already have shrunk?

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  77. amazing technique! my mouth stays open!

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  78. Looks time consuming but worth it! Thanks for the chance to win some loot.

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  79. Cool beans! I've been wanting to try this for awhile now, thanks for the inspiration :)

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  80. Cool technique. I love the pillow. I need to collect more solids to be able to try this out. Love the clover clips.

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  81. I like pixelated looks...never tried that small, but maybe I will...

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  82. I love your pillow. many thanks for a great giveaway.

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  83. Great idea to clip it to the ruler to dry!

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