A couple of years ago, I fell in love with the Ron Swanson quilt. A pixelated portrait of the curmudgeonly Parks and Recreation character, the concept and execution of the quilt was LITERALLY* perfect. And what possibilities for other projects! I decided that I wanted to make a pixel quilt. I found a photo, opened it in Photoshop, pixelated it… and then got stumped. I had too many questions. How many colors did I need? How much yardage of each? And how would I put the damn thing together? My project and my dreams languished, falling further and further back into UFO-land.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, a friend told me about YouPatch. It’s a site specifically for pixel quilts: you upload a photo, adjust your resolution level, and get a pattern that includes matching Kona solids, yardage, and cutting/assembly instructions. The PDF pattern is e-mailed to you instantly, all for $9.50.
YOU GUYS: THIS IS AWESOME. It breaks the pattern down into larger squares, which makes it so much less overwhelming and keeps your work more accurate. The pattern also combines consecutive squares of a single color into one piece (so rather than two 1″ squares, you would have one 1″ x 2″ rectangle), to save time. The $9.50 is an incredible deal for this sort of customization; I would easily have spent hours trying to figure out how to make my quilt.
I bought the pattern immediately, and am now happily cutting away my shapes. I know exactly how much fabric to buy (incidentally, quite a bit less than I thought I would need) and I’m looking forward to finally piecing it all together. I’d show you what I’m making, but it’s a special gift and therefore top secret. I’ll definitely share when it’s all done, though!
Have you used YouPatch to make a quilt? Share what you’ve created with us!