Here's a quick rainy day project I did for S, who loves a game called Minecraft.
We were looking at objects in the game and came across the Golden Apple. S remarked that it was a very rare but good find, as it restores all your health.
Doesn't that sound like something from a fairy tale? Find the Golden Apple, and all will be restored! I envisioned a little quilt block in the shape of a Golden Apple, something an ailing child could lie upon to feel better.
[Note to self: next time, learn about the game before making fairy tale assumptions. Partway through the pillow, I casually asked S, "Why would you need your health restored in a game?" He looked at me incredulously and said, in a tone one might use to explain why we wear coats in winter: "ZOMBIES, Mom."]
I thought this project might be useful to someone else who might also want to create a quilt block from a simple, pixelated icon. So here's how the Golden Apple was pieced.
I started by enlarging the icon to a size I could work with, like so:
This is how I diagrammed it. (Sorry about the sloppiness and water drops. It wasn't my intention to blog this when I started.) The block is divided into 6 rows, each row the height of its largest component. I changed how I pieced it as I went along. All that really matters is that it be divided into rows which are sewn together afterwards.
With each row in place, it soon looked like an apple, albeit a little elongated due to seam allowances not yet sewn.
inexpensive pillow form from Ikea. S can now use it in event of the zombie apocalypse.