Piece together fabric strips in a whole new way. Pixelated imagery is part of our pop culture-now quilters can bring it to their family with these cheerful quilt designs using their favorite solid colors. Use this unique style of strip piecing to make pictures of friendly fish, dastardly pirates, and beautiful butterflies much more fun!
• Kids of all ages (and grown-ups too) will love these quilts for the crib, the bed, or just for snuggling
• Easy to strip and sew with handy cutting guides and Kona color charts
• Designs include a fish bowl, flower gardens, a treasure map, and even an aerial view of the town center
Review By: Judy Bowers, Creative Troupe - August 26, 2012
Great book for postage stamp quilters! 'Pixel Play' by Emily Cier is a wonderful book for quilters, especially those who like to make postage stamp quilts, where the finished size of the block is 1". Pixel Play does not require only squares, but uses a lot of rectangle strips, that start at 1 1/2". Ciers blocks feature Kona cotton solid fabrics, but are doable for any solid or textured solid fabric. Emily Cier has written some other wonderful books, and other patterns where she also uses the postage stamp squares, and she does beautiful work. This book includes some patterns for baby quilts that are cute, and also includes throw size and twin size quilts. Some of the patterns are available in two different sizes. Pixel Play is a great book for quilters who like to work in small scale!
Review pileofabric.com - October 5, 2012
Pixel Play has 15 quilt projects for Kids, Family & Home. All the quilts are made with 1 1/2" strips of fabric.To start off Emily gives you a pixel quilting primer.She then gives wonderful instructions on how you will cut your strips, strip piece, and assemble the quilt top. Throughout her instructions she gives some really helpful notes with each step. Like how to keep your fabric organized when cutting and piecing, or quick piecing methods, and how to properly press as you assemble your quilt top.Once the quilt top is complete she briefly touches on your backing, batting, layering, and basting.Then she moves on to five different suggestions for quilting your pixel quilt, with close up photos of these five quilting patterns on her pixel quilts (which is super helpful!).She then includes a thorough explanation of how to bind your pixel quilt with double-fold straight-grain binding.Pixel Play is filled with wonderful pixel projects to make—and to just flat out inspire you. You will be a Pixel Pro once you have completed one of these masterpieces! These quilt projects would also make fantastic gifts for all ages. In fact, I'm eyeing at least 3 quilts that I think would make great gifts for various family.
Review pileoffabric.com - November 21, 2012
When I first saw Emily's "pixel" quilts on Carolina Patchworks I had an epiphany. I realized that I could turn just about any idea into a quilt using pixels. And that's exactly what Emily has done in Pixel Play. It is the mother lode of pixel quilts. Pixel Play is filled with wonderful pixel projects to make—and to just flat out inspire you. You will be a Pixel Pro once you have completed one of these masterpieces! These quilt projects would also make fantastic gifts for all ages. In fact, I'm eyeing at least 3 quilts that I think would make great gifts for various family.Pixel Play has 15 quilt projects for Kids, Family & Home. All the quilts are made with 1 1/2" strips of fabric. You cannot beat the price. Most of Carolina Patchworks patterns are $9 for a single pattern, and you get 15 patterns for only $21.95. Pretty awesome if you ask me!
Review Fat Quarter Shop - November 15, 2012
Emily Cier's new book, Pixel Play is full of childish charm. Each project is filled with creativity, imagination and most importantly color. Emily uses solid squares and lines to create recognizable images and characters, which is enough to woo any youngster. And isn't that what it's all about, impressing our little ones? Every pattern uses Kona Solids and consists of strips and squares of solid color. One missed step and your image is unrecognizable. But have no fear! Emily's diagrams are easy to follow and the book is packed full of tips and tricks for organizing your materials and assembling your quilt tops. Using an alternative palette can quickly transform the quilt, giving it a whole new feel. Just a quick switch of the Kona color combinations can change your quilt from girly to masculine. And with a variety of themes including fish, cars, flowers and snowflakes, the possibilities are almost endless. Whether it is for your child, a niece or nephew, a friend's child or your inner child, Pixel Play has you covered. Pixel Play will definitely spark my children’s imaginations. Anything that gives them freedom to create and think outside the box has my seal of approval. Emma has started doing this thing where she takes my scraps and fashions it into little objects, like this. I just sewed up the sides for her and she’s happy as a clam with her ‘pillow’.
Review Generation Q Magazine - November 10, 2012
It’s not that Emily’s re-invented the wheel; pixel quilts have been around more than a century at least, and are more commonly known as “Postage-Stamp Quilts.” But, as with most of what Emily does, these quilts have her take on design. Strips where possible in place of all squares. Solid fabrics. Fun images. Flexible sizing and colors. And even though the cutting and piecing needed for these quilts require precision and accuracy, she’s already provided our quilting fail-safe in the patterns–an extra strip precut for mistakes and additional yardage just in case. Emily has also provided a TON of great tips for organizing your materials as you work your way through these patterns. And for quilts like these–precision and accuracy mandatory–being organized will be the difference to either making the quilt or breaking you!We especially love the pirate quilt, and the Georgia O’Keefe-turns-mod quiltZinnia. This book is worthy of your plunk-down. We promise.
Review Quilter's Connection Magazine - December 1, 2012
Fun quilts for kids of all ages! Emily uses a pixel technique and simple strip quilting methods to create unique quilt projects with scenes that kids and adults alike will recognize and cherish.
Review Quilts & More - December 1, 2012
Gather 1 ½-inch wide strips and squares of solid fabric, and prepare to look at quilts as pixels! Author Emily Cier shares 15 quilt designs – including a fish bowl, flower garden, and treasure map – achieved by simple chain-piecing.
Review Fabrications Quilting For You Magazine - March 6, 2013
There is something impressionistic about the look of a few dozen squares suddenly resolving into a complete scene. We are more familiar with pixels forming the picture in photographs and then being translated into cloth, however this book illustrates that countless shapes and scenes can be built from simple strips and squares by only sewing straight lines. The patterns are bright and quirky and for those of you who like to follow a key map, you will find the designs appealing. I must be honest and say I found some of the key map/layouts a little mind boggling, but then in quilting, as ever, it is each to their own.