The Busy Bean

Brad’s Quilt

Okay, nothing for weeks, then two posts in a day? I was about to go to bed after writing about the swaps, but I couldn’t let the day end without getting something into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

Back in August, I was working really hard on a super secret project I promised to share. It involved these

It’s still not finished, but I thought I’d pull it out, take some poorly lit photos and show you what I gave my husband for his birthday.

See, my husband is a geek. It’s sad, but true. And I adore him. I must, since there are thousands of tiny little squares in this quilt.

He works as a writer for Engadget, a super-geek tech blog. He does a weekly podcast where they sit around and talk about cell phones. Today, as I was listening, I actually heard him say “Yeah, but who would win, the Death Star, or the Borg?” So, you get where I’m coming from here, right? I was really hoping to have a great 8-bit quilt done for him on his birthday, backed in flannel so it’s super snuggly warm and he doesn’t have to curl up under one of my girly quilts all winter. It didn’t happen, but I gave him half of the top and told him I’d get it done soon. Maybe soon-ish is more accurate.

I’ve got just one more power up to do before I can sew that side on and start quilting. The power ups take forever though. Those squares are itty-bitty. Mario and the question mark block are done in 2.5″ squares, so they finish at 2″ each. The power ups down the side? Those are 1.5″ unfinished, so they finish out at 1″ square. But honestly, it’s been quite fun to do.

I pulled up some images from the web, then started counting squares and making an Excel spreadsheet so I’d know where to put everything. I wish it had been my idea, but it wasn’t. A girl at the first Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting I went to had one started, and she told us that’s how she did it. It’s a pain. So, if anyone wants my spreadsheet files, just let me know and I will send them to you. If you’re ever insane enough to do this, it will make it a lot easier.

I’m giving myself a new deadline to finish this up. Check back for Thanksgiving… if it’s not done you can taunt me. (I just couldn’t think of a good punishment for not finishing… so let me know if you’ve got ideas!)

Thanks for stopping by. Now go check out all the other wonderful quilts here:

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17 Thoughts on “Brad’s Quilt

  1. That is seriously amazing, love it!

  2. Lol, I kind of felt that ‘honestly, it’s been quite fun to do’ was said through gritted teeth. It looks fab though :o)

  3. Very nice! Using such tiny squares is such a huge endeavor – one I don’t try unless they are in the form of strips first! Looks great!

  4. This is a Great Geek Quilt! I love it. I know it is a ton of work, but it is looking wonderful, & being a geek, I’m sure your husband will love & appreciate it!

  5. What fun quilt! Hope the DH adores it!

  6. This. Is. AWESOME! I love.

  7. That is awesome! I love it. And I would love your spreadsheet! I’m not sure I could do a quilt, but a couple of pillows would be great. My son would love it and would probably fight my husband. LOL

  8. Very cool! I can’t wait to see the finish product. I’m inspired by this website as well: I’ll definitely let Mel know that she inspired such a fun quilt.

  9. WOW! I am impressed how you worked out all the details..quite left brained genius at work there!!!!! SO MANY squares!!! Unbelievable fabulous, my boys love it! I gave my husband a pocket protector Christmas…you are on a much better path! heehee

  10. This is spectacular!!! I am so impressed! I showed my 3 boys and they are too πŸ˜‰ My 11 year old already plans of designing his own on graph paper so I can make something similar for him. Thank you for the inspiration! Smiles~Beth

  11. So creative and awesome!!!

  12. Holy cow! This is awesome! What a fantastic present! πŸ™‚

  13. How creative! The geek in me just loves it!


  14. That is crazy!
    What a great idea and gift!

  15. I love this and my boys would too. I would love to make a pillow of Mario. I would be thrilled if you shared that file. Great job! It took me 18 days to get through all the quilts at the festival and yours is the first that I thought I would like to make!

  16. I LOVE this!

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