Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pixel Play Blog Tour + Giveaway


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 posibilities 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’.


And now for our Pixel Play giveaway! But what will you be winning?


It's a mystery! All winners get a copy of Pixel Play, but what will your box include? Maybe a Robert Kaufman color card? Or some Aurifil 50wt thread for piecing your pixelated world? Or maybe C&T Publishing's Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool? Or maybe some Carolina Patchworks patterns? Every box will be a surprise -- just like Christmas when you were a kid!

Comment below letting us know what character you would pixelate for a chance to win. Winner will be chosen Monday 10/15, good luck.

Oh, be sure to follow along with the rest of the tour for more chances to win!

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Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Ah, so hard to choose! I really love those flowers on the cover, though.

SewCalGal said...

Looks like a fun book and definitely an amazing giveaway. I certainly need help with color.

I think it would be fun to pixelate a cat and dog. Of course, I'm pretty partial to any pet on a quilt! :)

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

beckyt said...

Monkeys!

Melinda said...

I love the classic video game pixelated quilts, and I saw some awesome ones with Star Wars characters too. Kind of obvious I have a little boy to sew for, isn't it?

thecalicocorner said...

I think some pixelated dinosaurs or whales would be pretty special...love this giveaway!!

Karen said...

I would love to pixelate some butterflies and birds.

Laura McCullough said...

I would do a butterfly for my daughter

Little Island Quilting said...

I would pixelate a rainbow

Tiffany said...

I would do penguins (because I love them and they are so cute!) and then I can call it "pixelated penguin party" :)

Katie B. said...

I'd have to pixelate a Ninjago character for my son!

Little Island Quilting said...

A rainbow!

Amy said...

I would love to pixelate our puppy, Ellie. She's the sweetest black Schnauzer! :)

Whitney said...

I would totally choose a sunrise with those amazing butterflies! Looks like a great book!

Kelsey said...

I would pixelate The Blues Brothers!

jednoiglec said...

I would love to pixelate cat. My whole family loves cats and I bet everyone would love to have a mini quilt with pixelated cat:)

Laura Decato said...

I would love a Dragon or Panda Bear!

Elizabeth Campbell said...

I'm actually working on quilting a (pixellated) creeper from Minecraft. The book looks great!

Katy said...

I would pixelate Hello Kitty for a quilt for my massage therapist! Yes, she's obsessed!

Charlotte said...

I would make quilts for my Grandkids. I could definitely have to do a train and a butterfly, and then think of something for the new baby.

Little Ella Lu said...

Some birds and butterflies for my girlies would be lovely.

Robin noteverstill said...

My daughter's name is ladybug and so I'd love to make her pixellated ladybug-in-a-garden kind of quilt :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the butterflies. And maybe even a hummingbird ? Great giveaway! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would pixelate the mini lego characters, my son collects them.

Kathrynn said...

I would pixelate my dog

Lotte said...

I would do a giraffe for my not yet born grand-niece, my niece loves giraffes and I have allready bought one as a squeaky toy.

Katy said...

I would pixelate a cupcake

Rosa said...

The cover looks great and I `d pìxel my newborn niece,she is adorable!

Sonia B said...

Oooo, so fun. I found a web-site with pixelated Star Wars Characters . . . my son and I got Yoda done, but that was it. Thanks for the chance.

Cameron H said...

I'd pixellate Sulley from Monsters, Inc. My four-year-old watches that movie every weekend these days!

MareMare said...

How cool! I would definitely pixelate something from the Legend of Zelda. Probably Link.

Gill said...

What a great giveaway!
How about pixelating chickens??

Janet Fox said...

What a great book. I would have to pixelate Perry the Platapus, since he's my daughters favorite.

DebrafromMD said...

I would pixellate a Lego pirate for my grandson.

Susan said...

Definitely monkeys for my sweet little 3 yo monkey!

Delores said...

I think I would have to attempt "Bumblebee" - my grandson's favourite transformer. He is obsessed and would be over the moon!

Love to win.

stephmabry said...

I love the Super Mario quilts that I've seen online, and I may actually be working on a Final Fantasy-based piece for a friend for Christmas. I"d love to do something based on the gnome that I play in World of Warcraft, but that might be a BIT too much, LOL. Or a very large quilt!

Carrie P. said...

what a fascinating book. I would like to pixelate a photo of my dog.

What's for dessert? said...

Cats

Jodie said...

I think a pixelate owl in bright colors would be great and it would match my sewing space.

Johanna said...

I would love to pixelate the Disney movie WallE, it is my favorite movie and I think the chracters would look great on a quilt.

The Amateur Quilter (Mike Pearson) said...

I've been wanting to pixelate Mickey Mouse in some grays, silvers, blacks, whites (like Steamboat Willie :))

Lindsey H said...

I would have to pixellate some of my favorite classic Nintendo characters!

Mommarock said...

I would love to pixelate Jerry Mouse as he played a little sailor mouse. I've always debated getting that as a tattoo.. I have no tattoos.. chicken bock bock bock!!!

luckycharm said...

I have been wanting to pixelate a hello kitty quilt. Sorry not very original, ive seen it done. love her. the flowers r beautiful and would make a lovely wall hanging.

Johanna said...

This looks like a great book! How about if we pixelate Justin Bieber!

Deanne said...

I would pixelate a dinosaur for a little boy I know.

Lee Ann L. said...

I would try to pizelate a cute pig for my kitchen. :-)

Anonymous said...

I would like to pixelate Santa Claus.
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

LauraH said...

I would LOVE to pixelate lego characters for my boys. This book looks like so much fun!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Oh how cute!! Being October; I would pixelate a witch or ghost...lol

Tracey said...

If I thought I could do it well, I would pixelate our dogs for my husband's next quilt!

O. said...

what a fun giveaway! I think I would like a pixelated alpaca :)

Karin said...

What a cool concept! The choices are endless and my mind is reeling! Ummm...Winnie the Pooh because he is near to my heart...and Snoopy! Thank you for such a fun giveaway and yay for a daughter who has caught the fabric bug! I love her choice of fabric!

Kay said...

Surpsrises are always fun, thanks for a cute giveaway. I would like to do an owl or an elephant which are my favourite motifs at the moment.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

I think I would pixelate something Harry Potter-ish. Maybe a Golden Snitch or Dobby. :)

Gunilla said...

I'd love to pixelate some of the Moomin characters!!! Make a quilt and gift it to a little girl , who loves these books!

B Greene said...

I think I would pixelate some Star Wars Lego minifigures in a quilt for my son :-) Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda said...

HI! MAYBE SOME DINO'S! TO MAKE LITTLE BOY-QUILTS FOR CHARITY!
WHAT A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Nancy said...

I am a cat lover and I would try to Pixelate my cat Toby.

Gertie Pye said...

I would pixelate Peppa Pig for my kids!

kbzelazny said...

It would have to be a dachshund for me! I have 4! Thanks!

Lisa Marie said...

I would pixelate a drawing of my college mascot.

Alicia said...

I like the idea of pixel-ating Harry Potter or some of the old school hanna barbarra cartoons (flinstones, jetstones, etc).

Lynda said...

I am a frog person. I have several photos of water lilies (flowers being my second thought) and I would combine the two - with some type of animated frog. I would also like to play with a tree frog with big red eyes and round tips on the toes....

Glenys said...

I would pixelate the mushroom in mario. Cause he already is. So cute!

EG said...

What character? Hmm. Maybe Harry Potter!

Elisabet Molin said...

Purple tentacle from the amazing computer game "Day of the Tentacles" would look only too cool pxelated on a quilt. I so hope I win the kona solids card...

mahoo said...

I'd pixelate the Blues Brothers for my hubby! Thanks for the chance. (Or maybe the Penguin (Nun) from the Blues Brothers!

Quiltjane said...

My 6yo is into Minecraft, so it would have to be something from that game. The book looks fantastic. I have never tried a pixilated quilt before.

DonnaP said...

I think I would pixelate my cats - thank you for the opportunity to win!

Jenelle said...

This sounds like such a fun giveaway. I really want to make a boo pillow (from super mario bros.). He's already pixelated, so I'm sure if it counts though. ;)

Kasey said...

I'd have to pixelate both of our dogs- they're the biggest characters I know!

Mom2RyandSis said...

I would love to pixelate my kids! Thanks for the chance to win!

Evy said...

What a world of options this opens! Would love to read her idea's managing all the pieces.

Monica said...

I would pixelate a bunny.

Marcia W. said...

I really like the butterfly quilt from the book. There are some closeup images of irises I have that may look great pixlelated.

hueisei said...

I would pixelate a Hello Kitty :)

Lisa E said...

Since this would be for my daughter I would pick some girly things that she likes : flowers, butterflies, and a bunny! (We have 2 pet lops, so rabbits are her favorite animal.) Thanks for the giveaway.

ritainalaska said...

i'd pixelate mario and luigi! they are such fun little characters! we had such fun with them back in the day.

allierae said...

I think it would be fun to pixelate a colorful peacock.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Jody said...

My son is into Mario and the whole Mario World. But my girls have varying interests. I would probably pixelate an image of Inuyasha (an anime character) for my oldest daughter, who is in LOVE with him. LoL

Beth said...

Looks like a great book. I'm not sure what I would pixelate - I think my kid's would like something from Harry Potter.

Anonymous said...

I have three great granddaughters that are one, and they all love Pooh Bear. So, I must pixelate our Pooh. mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com by MargaretQuilts

Francine said...

I have a Dora the Explorer fanatic in my house, so I think I'd try to pixilate her & Boots the monkey!

Norma's Clay said...

I would pixelate Woodstock from Peanuts.

barbara woods said...

polar bears

rvquilter said...

I would Pixelate Garfield for my DH!
hope I win this fantastic book.

Cheryl W. said...

I would love to pixelate things from Texas to form the entire quilt!

Christine M said...

My son would love someone from Star Wars. Maybe Yoda! I love the quilt with the butterflies and flowers. It is so effective.

Helen said...

I love the pixelated flowers on the cover and would like to pixelate a wider variety of flowers and insects.

Laura said...

I would pixelate video game characters or farm animals!

Jane said...

I would pixelate Totoro!

Tracee said...

I would love to Pixelate the family then we could all look like video game characters.

Melanie said...

My boys would love a video game character quilt :)

Allison C said...

Pixels are my favorite! I have made several video game quilts already (dig dug, Q*bert, etc) so I would try something else...maybe Spongebob, Totoro, or Hello Kitty.

Kristan said...

I am a huge Disney fan, so I'd pixelate Mickey Mouse!

Jennie P. said...

I would pixelate some of my favorite characters from 80's cartoons. Maybe a smurf, or She-ra or maybe rainbow brite!

Kallie said...

I would love to pixelate a picture of the Tardis from the newest Doctor Who series! Uber geek over here haha!

Allegory said...

I'm already trying to pick some Pokemon to pixelate! And final fantasy charcters.

Rachelle said...

I think I'd want to pixelate one of the dragons from Anne McCaffrey's Pern series

freakadoodles said...

I would love to pixelate R2D2!

Penny said...

I would pixelate Curious George!

Sharon P said...

I would love to pixelate Kirby from Kirby's Epic Yarn!

Anonymous said...

I would love to pixielate the Sesame Street characters-they are so colorful and lively.

giddy99 said...

I really want to pixelate Mayhem (from the commercials) onto a quilt, but I suppose I would start smaller than that. I'd like to do a pixelated modern (egg) chair, too.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I think it would have to be Franklin the turtle, for my daughter.

Elisabeth Woo said...

I've been waiting patiently to pixelate 'Wreck it Ralph'. He's going to be my #1 Man. <3

scottylover said...

Wow, what a great give away! I think I would pixelate Tinkerbell because I love her outfit and I could make it sparkle on her wand.

Sandy A

Lyn said...

It would be fun to pixelate my cat!

Lynn said...

Hello Kitty would be great to do!

Susie Johnson said...

I would probably do a Mii from the Wii game!teRegit

Jane S. said...

I'd like to make a quilt with a picture of our mini Australian shepherd on it. He's such a smart little guy, and is one of the prettiest dogs I've ever seen. Naw, he's not too spoiled. ;)

Ginger said...

I would have to choose Donald Duck.

ginger c at gmail dot com

Bea García said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
I'd pixelate flowers or butterflies...

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Would pixalate Master Sargent from Halo video games for my son.

Gwen said...

I would pixelate my shelties, Mandy and Kolby! :-) Thanks so much for the chance to win! :-)

Christa Marcotte said...

I would pixelate my favorite tree

Ben D said...

Maybe Batman... maybe even a Lego Batman.

Sheila said...

I would pixelate flowers and landscapes and fish and goofy robots. Sounds like lots of fun!

Kathleen D said...

I would love to make a pixilated photo of my grandson, Vaughn!

bets said...

I would like to do Sleeping Beauty for my granddaughter!

Jane said...

I'd pixelate Linus from Peanuts.

Mystica said...

Something very girly for a baby girl who is coming our way!

Debra Lee said...

Definatley some kitties!

Ella said...

I'd pixelate a python for our class, as it's our school mascot.

lynaeve said...

thanks for the chance. Batman. I'm working on a batman quilt. so him and all of the badguys.

Jayme said...

Thor!!! Who wouldn't want to sleep under a blanket of him?!!!! ;)

Kimi said...

I think I might like to pixelate a Monet waterlily scene! I love the colors in them

Judy1522 said...

This book looks like it would be fun to own. I would probably pixelate a cat or a tropical bird.

JaneB said...

I think I'd try something from the Lord of the Rings, maybe Frodo or Gandolph.

Mélanie said...

I would definitely make a Nintendo Mario and Yoshi stuff, probably some pillows or a carpet!
Well, the book seems to be excellent!

Stacey said...

goofy, if i had to pick a character

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amie said...

I think Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would be fun to create!

Serenap95 said...

I'd have to go with video game characters or tv stars

serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

Beulah said...

Thinking retro here....I would love to see Underdog in pixels!

sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

AngieSue said...

I love Emily Cier's books! I think I'd pixelate animal quilts for my kids.

Pam said...

would like to do farm animals

vwlady said...

I would do all types of frogs. My grands just love them!

Elise said...

I would like to do Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill.

Mimi said...

I would love to make some flowers - the ones on the book cover are sweet!

Mareenchen said...

I'm planning to start on a Yoshi quilt soon. Have already bought most of the yardage. :)

everinprogress said...

I would love a pixilated tardis :)

Myself said...

I would pixelate Taz- The tazmanina devil :) He is my favorite ever! Thanks fo rthe great givaway!

Mom who loves to sew said...

I would do anything with sewing items and/or anything that showed small toys. Thanks for the chance to win.

Alex said...

I'd love to pixelate a fairy tale landscape - like the roads quilt pictured, but instead of roads, mountains, dragons and castles! so much fun

drmithome said...

I would like to pixilate a Westie.

jenna said...

I would love to pixelate a person, just not sure who. I love the Ron Swanson quilt.

Anonymous said...

I think I would do flowers first. jillfroelich@yahoo.com

JCnNC said...

Everyday critters like squirrels, birds, acorns and such I think would be fun, fun. Thanks for the beautiful opportunity to win. Judy C

SheilaS said...

I would pixilate our fat black cat Mansfield. Mansfield was born on the very same farm that I was born on,although 60 years later(no money in those days. I would make a cat quilt with him and always have him near. We consider him family. Thanks for the wonderful give-a-way!

lindagw said...

Farm animals! My grandson loves them.

nimble thimble stitchery-do said...

I have big boys to sew for and Star Wars would be awsome!

Francis Paul said...

I think any pixelated animal is great :-)

thanks for the chance to win!

Denise Degnan said...

I would pixelate Boston Terriers - their faces tend to lean in that direction anyway. Thanks for the chance to win!

M.W. said...

I think I would pixel my garden with flowers and butterflies.
Shawn

SuzyMcQ said...

Oh, her book looks like so much fun and a nice break from the patterns I've sewn. As for a character I would like to pixelate Big Bird!

Debbie said...

I would pixelate The Doctor and The TARDIS from Doctor Who

Elsa said...

I was telling my son and dil about the pixel type quilt and they were wondering if you could do people too.
They want a Robert Smith (of The Cure) quilt. Me and my big mouth!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Connie said...

Pixelating is fun! I recently did a cat and would love to do a butterfly.

Lea Hunter said...

I would love to pixelate a bunny!

Mhairi said...

My daughter is obsessed with Mickey Mouse at the moment, so probably a picture of him and Minnie together would be my first choice.

Meg said...

I would love to do Hello Kitty. I think that would be awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!
megromeo@gmail.com

Grandmasewnsew said...

I would pixelate the rubber duckie.

Jodie said...

The butterflies look fun, but my son loves nothing but cars -- so cars it would have to be.

Deanna said...

Probably a video game like Mario Brothers for my daughter....I almost missing hearing the distinctive music....almost.

LeAnne said...

What a fun idea for a quilt. I think I would try a raccoon first.

ELNM said...

I think I would pixelate Tweety Bird or Snoopy. Thanks for the intro to this great book!

KellyS said...

Your store has the Star Wars fabric that just came out this year. I wanted to pixellate the fight scene from that fabric line for my hubby. I don't think it will ever happen, because I can't imagine how much work that would be!

Margaret said...

Very hard decision but I think I would like to do Eleanor Burns. I could put it up in my sewing room for inspiration.

halfstitched said...

I would love to pixelate a butterfly or an owl! What fun!!

Jacklynn said...

My husband and I are big Disney fans (we were married at Disney World), so I would pixelate Minnie and Mickey.

Lori said...

My son is really serious about a girl. I would love to pixilate a prancing horse. She graduated with management in stables and has her own horse. Thanks for a wonderful chance to win.

June Piper-Brandon said...

My daughter is getting ready to move out and is crazy for kermit the frog. So, I think I would pixelate Kermit and some other Muppet characters into a quilt for her.

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Oct. 05, 2012. Thanks again.

Erin McSweeney said...

I would pixelate eeyore for sure.

Maureen said...

I would pixulate my dog!

Mom C said...

I used to machine embroider Sesame Street characters on my kids
t shirts. My grandkids love them now. I'd do Elmo or cookie monster. They think they're funny.Thanks.

Debbie said...

I would pixelate some skeins of yarn. My other favorite craft!

SueB said...

I would do the butterflies. It is Awesome. thanks for the chance to win.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

I think I would like to pixilate my house or neighborhood, but if I had to choose a character, it would probably be a sock monkey. He's a character,right?

Darlene Fel....... said...

I would definitely try to pixelate my smallest flower garden first, then something for my very special granddaughter!

JoyceLM said...

My great nephew would love a Kung Fu Panda quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Linda said...

Hmmm, that's a tough one, but, since I've always said I'd pay to watch James Garner change a tire because I love him so much, I think I'd like to pixelate him as Jim Rockford from the Rockford Files. 8-)

Erin said...

Hmmm...I think I would pixelate Don Draper from Mad Men - 'cause who wouldn't want to cuddle up with that every night? RAWR.
hahaha!!!
Thanks for the opportunity! (the book looks amazing!)
mrserindavis@gmail.com

Nita said...

I think pixelated trucks for a little boy would be cute. Dragonflies and butterflies would be cute, too.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

I would pixelate my Corgis... that way I could have them in my lap without the shedding problem! :)

Cecilia said...

I would have to pixelate Elmo for my granddaughters. This book looks great.nthanks for the chance to win a great package.

Mara said...

What character, mmm... how about the Toy Story gang, woody, buzz, etc. that would make a very interesting quilt.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I'd pixelate Archie...and then maybe Peso the penguin (from the Octonauts) for my niece - thanks for the chance to win such wonderful prizes!

Jamie Marie said...

I would pixelate Hello Kitty for sure! She has always been a favorite of mine. Plus, my Goddaughter would love it to! Thanks for the giveaway!

Darlene Fel....... said...

I would really like to pixelate my small flower garden (maybe I should start with one flower!) and then make something for my granddaughter.

Blair said...

I would pixelate Mary Poppins! Classic yet kid friendly (and from my favorite Disney movie :) )
blair.m.davis@gmail.com

Malini said...

I would love to make the one with butterflies. My daughter loves butterflies.

Beth said...

I love this! I would pixelate the rock group Kiss for my husband. I can only imagine the list of characters my kids would give me! Thanks for the chance!

Judy said...

Decisions, decisions. I would probably try my hand at our cottage up north and turn it into a wall hanging. What a cool idea! Thanks for the chance.

ikk said...

I would love to pixelate Moomins, naver cared to much for the book, but the caracters look great;)

Chelsea said...

I'd love a pixelated quilt showing the guys from KISS in full makeup mode. Or Gwar. Either would be pretty awesome!

Marjorie Nath said...

I would love to pixelate the dragon from the movie Pete's Dragon.

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