Minecraft Quilt Block 8: Pig

We have reached the halfway point – today is block 8; 8 blocks to go plus the Title Block and then Finishing. How is it going on your end? Today I want to introduce you to the Pig – sweet and simple, only three colors, and mostly a single color like Enderman was.

Minecraft Quilt Block Pig

To make the Pig block you will need the following Kona solids:
Carnation
Black
White

As always, be sure to check for any leftover squares from previous blocks, and save any extra squares for future blocks.

Please share your progress on Instagram – find me @myrainydaydesigns and use the hashtag #MinecraftQAL. I would love to see your blocks!

Minecraft Quilt Block 7: Mooshroom

How are the blocks coming along? Any questions, or photos to share before we get to the next block, Mooshroom?

Today is Mooshroom Day! I love the bright red in this block, alongside the Black, White and Grey.

Minecraft Quilt Block Mooshroom

To make the Mooshroom block you will need the following Kona solids:
Cardinal
White
Black
Shadow

Remember to save any extra squares you cut for future blocks, or see if you have any leftovers from previous blocks. Don’t toss any until you are done with the blocks!

Please share your progress with me using the Instagram hashtag #MinecraftQAL and find me @myrainydaydesigns. Back soon with the Pig!

Minecraft Quilt Block 6: Ghast

It’s time to go minimalistic with Black, White and Grey. The Ghost is the first of two in this color scheme and should be quick and easy to put together!

Minecraft Quilt Block Ghast

For the Ghast block you will need the following Kona solids:
White
Shadow
Black

Since you have used these three colors in previous blocks, see how many squares you have left over and use them for this block. And share your progress with me using the Instagram hashtag #MinecraftQAL and find me @myrainydaydesigns.

Minecraft Quilt Block 5: Enderman

We finally get to my favorite block – Enderman!

Minecraft Quilt Block Enderman

I haven’t played the game and I don’t know just how villainous Enderman is, but who doesn’t love a good villain? Maleficent is my personal favorite villain, and one of my son’s soccer teams was the Ender Dragons – but back to Minecraft! Enderman was my favorite to make not only because he is mostly black squares (all but 6) but I just love that pop of Cerise and Mulberry. I liked it so much that I made an apron to wear to the Birthday Party:

I didn’t get a shot of me in it, but I threw it together that morning, literally at the last minute. All the math calculations I had previously done went out the window. If I did it again I wouldn’t have made it as wide, but it was really nice to be able to have my phone and other little party gadgets I needed right there for me.

To make the Enderman Block you will need the following Kona solids:
Black
Cerise
Mulberry

Super easy. Super epic.

Minecraft Quilt Block 4: Dirt Block

I hope the first three quilt blocks have gone well for you. Today I have block number 4 – the Minecraft Dirt Block to share with you. After you complete this block (and the other three) you will have a whole row of the quilt completed – just 3 more rows and the Title Block to go!

Remember to keep any extra squares left over from previous blocks to use on later blocks. Most of the blocks have the same colors used more than one, and some many times. The exceptions are minimal, such as Chicken and Enderman.

To create the Dirt Block you will need the following Kona solids:
Earth
Sour Apple
Raffia
Jungle
White

And please share your progress with me on Instagram! You can find me @myrainydaydesigns and use the hashtag #MinecraftQAL.

Minecraft Quilt Block 3: Creeper

Have you started the Chicken or Cow yet? I’m here to share one of the most popular characters now – the Creeper! This block was really fun to select colors for, and I think he turned out really well – I love how well the black squares lined up!

Minecraft Quilt Block Creeper

Kona solids for the Creeper:
Black
Kiwi
Sour Apple
Jungle
Mint

I would love for you to share your progress with me on Instagram. You can find me @myrainydaydesigns and use the hashtag #MinecraftQAL.

Minecraft Quilt Block 2: Cow

Have you taken a look at the first Minecraft Quilt Block yet, the Chicken? I will also be posting a tutorial soon on my method of using fusible grid to create the quilt blocks, be sure to look out for that if you have any questions about using fusible grid.

Now I can share the Minecraft Cow block with you. At the last minute this block when through a design change; my son saw me working on the patterns to try and finish and post them, and he came running over “We have to change the Cow I will help you!!!”. So we reworked the design, added in some Kona Steel, and I quickly created a new block:

Minecraft Quilt Block Cow

Kona fabrics for the Cow Block:
Coffee
White
Steel
Shadow
Black

I hope you enjoy creating the Minecraft Cow – I’ll be back soon with the Creeper!

I would love for you to share your progress with me on Instagram. You can find me @myrainydaydesigns and use the hashtag #MinecraftQAL.

Minecraft Quilt Block 1: Chicken

Welcome to my Minecraft Quilt Along! Today I will be sharing the first blocks with you – the Chicken. It was the first block I made for both the Mug Rugs and the Quilt Blocks, I was working in alphabetical order, of course! It’s also a pretty fun block to put together – mostly Kona White with just a pop of color.

Minecraft Quilt Block Chicken

The pattern references QuiltFuse fusible grid – it is optional, but as you can see in the photo above, the seams do line up nicely. It is not without its own challenges; I can’t say that it’s any easier than just piecing the squares together, but I think it does have a nicer outcome. I will be redoing a block in the next couple days which will give me a chance to create a quick tutorial on my method of creating these blocks using fusible grid.

You can also piece together the block using standard methods – just sew the squares together! I would advise to use Best Press to stiffen the fabric before you cut into squares and sew them together – this is recommended for either the fusible grid method or standard piecing.

Kona fabrics for the Chicken Block:
White
Grellow
Yarrow
Cardinal
Black

Share your progress with me on Instagram. You can find me @myrainydaydesigns and use the hashtag #MinecraftQAL.

A Crafty Quilt

Do you have a sweet little (or big) someone in your life that has found the addiction that is Minecraft? My sweet little boy found the game and we threw him a Minecraft Birthday Party for his 7th birthday. At the party I sent all the boys home with an individual Minecraft Mug Rug as party favors. Each one was different, and they got to pick their character, out of 15 characters, I created one of each.

The Minecraft Mug Rug patterns were just the beginning, and a practice run for the actual bigger gift: a Minecraft Quilt. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to complete it in time for the party – I was overwhelmed with sewing mug rugs and aprons and setting up party games, etc. But that gave me time to take a break from Minecraft for a little while, and take the time to pay attention to all the tiny little pieces, and be able to create the blocks a little better.

The finished size is roughly 60″ x 71″ and should fit nicely on his Full size bed, or be really fun to drag downstairs to the sofa while he plays Minecraft.

Minecraft Quilt

These are the fabrics you will need for the blocks, listed in yardage, and should give you some room for extra pieces – scraps could also work. Each block pattern will also list its fabric requirements if you would rather go block by block.

Kona Black: 1 yard + 2 yards for Borders, Sashing and Binding
Kona White: 1-1/4 yards
Kona Blush Pink: Scrap 4″ x 8″
Kona Bone: 1/8 yard
Kona Cardinal: 1/4 yard
Kona Carnation: 1/4 yard
Kona Cerise: Scrap Piece 2″ x 8″ or 4″ square
Kona Champagne: 1/8 yard
Kona Coffee: 1/4 yard
Kona Earth: 1/8 yard
Kona Grellow: Scrap piece 2″ x 8″ or 4″ square
Kona Jungle: 1/4 yard
Kona Kiwi: 1/8 yard
Kona Laurel: 1/8 yard
Kona Leaf: 1/8 yard
Kona Malibu: 1/8 yard
Kona Mint: 1/8 yard
Kona Mulberry: Scrap piece 2″ x 4″
Kona Raffia: 1/8 yard
Kona Shadow: 1/3 yard
Kona Sour Apple: 1/8 yard
Kona Steel: Scrap piece 4″ x 10″
Kona Yarrow: Scrap piece 2″ x 8″ or 4″ square

Optional: 2″ Fusible grid: about 4 yards

I used this Fusible grid: Quilt Fuse 2″ Fusible Grid Style 3240-1 Width 48″.

All squares will be cut at 2″ or 1-1/4″. I used the 2″ fusible grid for everything, regardless of the cut size – I just ignored the lines.

Individual Blocks will be posted soon.

QR Code Quilt

My very first quilt on display in a shop!

This was a challenge bag – get a mystery bag of fabric, make something using all of the included fabric selections. I didn’t realize until I was driving home just how big this challenge would be for me. The bags are sealed in the store so you never know what the contents will be. I always open the bag in the car and brainstorm ideas on the way home. Usually by the time I get home I have an idea of what I want to do, and this time (with a short drive) was no exception. Except that I didn’t realize the scale of the finished product that I was planning, and just how big it was going to be.

I got started right away – I found a few different websites to create QR codes and found one I liked. From there, I took my created code and made a Photoshop Template so that each code square would be accounted for. Do you know that there are over 1000 little black and white squares in the center of this quilt that make up the QR code? (1089 to be exact).

I cut them out and pieced them together one by one in strips until the center was complete. The challenge fabrics make up the border fabrics (everything but the solid black and white) and the 2 fabrics on the back: the polka dots and the animals.

My final challenge, one the top and back were complete, was how to finish the project on time and deliver to the store before the cutoff. I did a straight machine stitch with Monopoly thread so it would be invisible front and back to not detract from the code itself, and I didn’t want stripes down on the back over the animals. I think it worked fairly well for what I wanted to accomplish. Working with the Monopoly thread was a little tricky, but once I figured out its quirks it was a little easier. Hint: go slow at the beginning and make sure you are starting needle down into the quilt, not before the quilt – on my machine, starting before the fabric just caused problems and I would need to correct a knot or rethread the machine.

QR Code Quilt Front
QR Code Quilt Back