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!
- October 2 (Tuesday) — Pat Sloan
- October 3 (Wednesday) — Generation Q Magazine
- October 4 (Thursday) — Fat Quarter Shop
- October 5 (Friday) — Jaybird Quilts
- October 8 (Monday) — Robert Kaufman Fabrics
- October 9 (Tuesday) — Blue Nickel Studios
- October 10 (Wednesday) — Angela Walters
Ah, so hard to choose! I really love those flowers on the cover, though.
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! 🙂
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?
I think some pixelated dinosaurs or whales would be pretty special…love this giveaway!!
I would love to pixelate some butterflies and birds.
I would do a butterfly for my daughter
I would pixelate a rainbow
I would do penguins (because I love them and they are so cute!) and then I can call it "pixelated penguin party" 🙂
I'd have to pixelate a Ninjago character for my son!
I would love to pixelate our puppy, Ellie. She's the sweetest black Schnauzer! 🙂
I would totally choose a sunrise with those amazing butterflies! Looks like a great book!
I would pixelate The Blues Brothers!
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:)
I would love a Dragon or Panda Bear!
I'm actually working on quilting a (pixellated) creeper from Minecraft. The book looks great!
I would pixelate Hello Kitty for a quilt for my massage therapist! Yes, she's obsessed!
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.
Some birds and butterflies for my girlies would be lovely.
My daughter's name is ladybug and so I'd love to make her pixellated ladybug-in-a-garden kind of quilt 🙂
I love the butterflies. And maybe even a hummingbird ? Great giveaway! Thanks!
I would pixelate the mini lego characters, my son collects them.
I would pixelate my dog
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.
I would pixelate a cupcake
The cover looks great and I `d pìxel my newborn niece,she is adorable!
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.
I'd pixellate Sulley from Monsters, Inc. My four-year-old watches that movie every weekend these days!
How cool! I would definitely pixelate something from the Legend of Zelda. Probably Link.
What a great giveaway!
How about pixelating chickens??
What a great book. I would have to pixelate Perry the Platapus, since he's my daughters favorite.
I would pixellate a Lego pirate for my grandson.
Definitely monkeys for my sweet little 3 yo monkey!
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.
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!
what a fascinating book. I would like to pixelate a photo of my dog.
I think a pixelate owl in bright colors would be great and it would match my sewing space.
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.
I've been wanting to pixelate Mickey Mouse in some grays, silvers, blacks, whites (like Steamboat Willie :))
I would have to pixellate some of my favorite classic Nintendo characters!
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!!!
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.
This looks like a great book! How about if we pixelate Justin Bieber!
I would pixelate a dinosaur for a little boy I know.
I would try to pizelate a cute pig for my kitchen. 🙂
I would like to pixelate Santa Claus.
I would LOVE to pixelate lego characters for my boys. This book looks like so much fun!!
Oh how cute!! Being October; I would pixelate a witch or ghost…lol
If I thought I could do it well, I would pixelate our dogs for my husband's next quilt!
what a fun giveaway! I think I would like a pixelated alpaca 🙂
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!
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.
I think I would pixelate something Harry Potter-ish. Maybe a Golden Snitch or Dobby. 🙂
I'd love to pixelate some of the Moomin characters!!! Make a quilt and gift it to a little girl , who loves these books!
I think I would pixelate some Star Wars Lego minifigures in a quilt for my son 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
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I am a cat lover and I would try to Pixelate my cat Toby.
I would pixelate Peppa Pig for my kids!
It would have to be a dachshund for me! I have 4! Thanks!
I would pixelate a drawing of my college mascot.
I like the idea of pixel-ating Harry Potter or some of the old school hanna barbarra cartoons (flinstones, jetstones, etc).
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….
I would pixelate the mushroom in mario. Cause he already is. So cute!
What character? Hmm. Maybe Harry Potter!
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…
I'd pixelate the Blues Brothers for my hubby! Thanks for the chance. (Or maybe the Penguin (Nun) from the Blues Brothers!
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.
I think I would pixelate my cats – thank you for the opportunity to win!
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. 😉
I'd have to pixelate both of our dogs- they're the biggest characters I know!
I would love to pixelate my kids! Thanks for the chance to win!
What a world of options this opens! Would love to read her idea's managing all the pieces.
I would pixelate a bunny.
I really like the butterfly quilt from the book. There are some closeup images of irises I have that may look great pixlelated.
I would pixelate a Hello Kitty 🙂
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.
i'd pixelate mario and luigi! they are such fun little characters! we had such fun with them back in the day.
I think it would be fun to pixelate a colorful peacock.
Thanks for the great giveaway!
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
Looks like a great book. I'm not sure what I would pixelate – I think my kid's would like something from Harry Potter.
I have a Dora the Explorer fanatic in my house, so I think I'd try to pixilate her & Boots the monkey!
I would pixelate Woodstock from Peanuts.
I would Pixelate Garfield for my DH!
hope I win this fantastic book.
I would love to pixelate things from Texas to form the entire quilt!
My son would love someone from Star Wars. Maybe Yoda! I love the quilt with the butterflies and flowers. It is so effective.
I love the pixelated flowers on the cover and would like to pixelate a wider variety of flowers and insects.
I would pixelate video game characters or farm animals!
I would pixelate Totoro!
I would love to Pixelate the family then we could all look like video game characters.
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.
I am a huge Disney fan, so I'd pixelate Mickey Mouse!
I would pixelate some of my favorite characters from 80's cartoons. Maybe a smurf, or She-ra or maybe rainbow brite!
I would love to pixelate a picture of the Tardis from the newest Doctor Who series! Uber geek over here haha!
I'm already trying to pick some Pokemon to pixelate! And final fantasy charcters.
I think I'd want to pixelate one of the dragons from Anne McCaffrey's Pern series
I would love to pixelate R2D2!
I would pixelate Curious George!
I would love to pixelate Kirby from Kirby's Epic Yarn!
I would love to pixielate the Sesame Street characters-they are so colorful and lively.
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.
I think it would have to be Franklin the turtle, for my daughter.
I've been waiting patiently to pixelate 'Wreck it Ralph'. He's going to be my #1 Man. <3
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.
It would be fun to pixelate my cat!
Hello Kitty would be great to do!
I would probably do a Mii from the Wii game!teRegit
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. 😉
I would have to choose Donald Duck.
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Thanks for the chance to win!
I'd pixelate flowers or butterflies…
Would pixalate Master Sargent from Halo video games for my son.
I would pixelate my shelties, Mandy and Kolby! 🙂 Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂
I would pixelate my favorite tree
Maybe Batman… maybe even a Lego Batman.
I would pixelate flowers and landscapes and fish and goofy robots. Sounds like lots of fun!
I would love to make a pixilated photo of my grandson, Vaughn!
I would like to do Sleeping Beauty for my granddaughter!
I'd pixelate Linus from Peanuts.
Something very girly for a baby girl who is coming our way!
Definatley some kitties!
I'd pixelate a python for our class, as it's our school mascot.
thanks for the chance. Batman. I'm working on a batman quilt. so him and all of the badguys.
Thor!!! Who wouldn't want to sleep under a blanket of him?!!!! 😉
I think I might like to pixelate a Monet waterlily scene! I love the colors in them
This book looks like it would be fun to own. I would probably pixelate a cat or a tropical bird.
I think I'd try something from the Lord of the Rings, maybe Frodo or Gandolph.
I would definitely make a Nintendo Mario and Yoshi stuff, probably some pillows or a carpet!
Well, the book seems to be excellent!
goofy, if i had to pick a character
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I think Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs would be fun to create!
I'd have to go with video game characters or tv stars
Thinking retro here….I would love to see Underdog in pixels!
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I love Emily Cier's books! I think I'd pixelate animal quilts for my kids.
would like to do farm animals
I would do all types of frogs. My grands just love them!
I would like to do Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill.
I would love to make some flowers – the ones on the book cover are sweet!
I'm planning to start on a Yoshi quilt soon. Have already bought most of the yardage. 🙂
I would love a pixilated tardis 🙂
I would pixelate Taz- The tazmanina devil 🙂 He is my favorite ever! Thanks fo rthe great givaway!
I would do anything with sewing items and/or anything that showed small toys. Thanks for the chance to win.
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
I would like to pixilate a Westie.
I would love to pixelate a person, just not sure who. I love the Ron Swanson quilt.
I think I would do flowers first. email@example.com
Everyday critters like squirrels, birds, acorns and such I think would be fun, fun. Thanks for the beautiful opportunity to win. Judy C
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!
Farm animals! My grandson loves them.
I have big boys to sew for and Star Wars would be awsome!
I think any pixelated animal is great 🙂
thanks for the chance to win!
I would pixelate Boston Terriers – their faces tend to lean in that direction anyway. Thanks for the chance to win!
I think I would pixel my garden with flowers and butterflies.
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!
I would pixelate The Doctor and The TARDIS from Doctor Who
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!
Pixelating is fun! I recently did a cat and would love to do a butterfly.
I would love to pixelate a bunny!
My daughter is obsessed with Mickey Mouse at the moment, so probably a picture of him and Minnie together would be my first choice.
I would love to do Hello Kitty. I think that would be awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!
I would pixelate the rubber duckie.
The butterflies look fun, but my son loves nothing but cars — so cars it would have to be.
Probably a video game like Mario Brothers for my daughter….I almost missing hearing the distinctive music….almost.
What a fun idea for a quilt. I think I would try a raccoon first.
I think I would pixelate Tweety Bird or Snoopy. Thanks for the intro to this great book!
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!
Very hard decision but I think I would like to do Eleanor Burns. I could put it up in my sewing room for inspiration.
I would love to pixelate a butterfly or an owl! What fun!!
My husband and I are big Disney fans (we were married at Disney World), so I would pixelate Minnie and Mickey.
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.
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.
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.
I would pixelate eeyore for sure.
I would pixulate my dog!
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.
I would pixelate some skeins of yarn. My other favorite craft!
I would do the butterflies. It is Awesome. thanks for the chance to win.
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?
I would definitely try to pixelate my smallest flower garden first, then something for my very special granddaughter!
My great nephew would love a Kung Fu Panda quilt. Thanks for the great giveaway.
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. 😎
Hmmm…I think I would pixelate Don Draper from Mad Men – 'cause who wouldn't want to cuddle up with that every night? RAWR.
Thanks for the opportunity! (the book looks amazing!)
I think pixelated trucks for a little boy would be cute. Dragonflies and butterflies would be cute, too.
I would pixelate my Corgis… that way I could have them in my lap without the shedding problem! 🙂
I would have to pixelate Elmo for my granddaughters. This book looks great.nthanks for the chance to win a great package.
What character, mmm… how about the Toy Story gang, woody, buzz, etc. that would make a very interesting quilt.
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!
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!
I would really like to pixelate my small flower garden (maybe I should start with one flower!) and then make something for my granddaughter.
I would pixelate Mary Poppins! Classic yet kid friendly (and from my favorite Disney movie 🙂 )
I would love to make the one with butterflies. My daughter loves butterflies.
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!
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.
I would love to pixelate Moomins, naver cared to much for the book, but the caracters look great;)
I would love to pixelate the dragon from the movie Pete's Dragon.
I'd love a pixelated quilt showing the guys from KISS in full makeup mode. Or Gwar. Either would be pretty awesome!
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I have made a couple pixel quilts and I LOVE them, but they were all gifts, so none at home with me! I have made a mario brother;s quilt and 2 sock monkey quilts
I would probably start with some old video games – since they're pre-pixelated!
What a great giveaway! I would Pixel a Star Wars character and a monkey for my Grand children.
It would be fun to do any character, like Snoopy or Big Bird. I might do Nemo for my nephew. Fun idea.
So cute! I would like to see a mermaid!
I'd pixelate SuperMario. 🙂
I would like to do a butterfly.
I would do the flowers and butterfly. Thanks for the giveaway.
I would pixelate a heart. soparkaveataoldotcom
That's easy–Big Bird, of course.
Love the book.
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I would love to Pixelate the cars theme and I truly love the butterflies. My grandson who is almost 2 loves cars and trucks and this would just be so much fun to do for him.
Thank you for the chance to win this.
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Cars-cars-cars in different color for my grandchild
I would pixelate Donkey Kong!
Love the flowers on the cover. Thanks for the chance to win!
I think I would do some kind of a cow – my daughters favorite animal.
Fun, fun, fun! Endless possibilities here, but I'd probably try some of the plants from Plants vs. Zombies! Has a little Halloween flair even 🙂
i'd pixel my cat – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com
I woul pixelate Hello Kitty! Terrific giveaway! Thanks.
Definitely a ballerina. As I got older, a horse.
I would love to pixilate my strawberry garden! Thanks.
I would pixelate my cat, Oliver.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Mario. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love the look of these quilts. It would be so exciting to win.
Would pixate either Dr. Who's Tardis or a LEGO minifig
I like to try Yoda or Pete the Cat (children's book)
I would "pixel-late" the characters from "Yo Gaba Gaba" for my grandson.
Big Bird…could I do Big Bird?
My favorite character when I was growing up was Batman, and of course Robin. BAM! POW!
I would pixelate my little kitty, Dora! Be especially blessed, Kathy
I think I would have to pixelate Van Morrison!
I'd love to quilt a Mario and Luigi. 🙂
Making a Minecraft quilt would be fun.
Such a beautiful looking book – I would pixel several different butterflies and make a quilt for my daughter – a butterfly lover.
Thanks for the chance.
A huge Snowflake 🙂
I think I'd like to pixilate a bird and butterflies!
Dora the Explorer – my daughters current favourite.
Ooh, that road map is very cool!! I'd love to pixelate Totoro. Hmm, I seriously just might do that very soon!
I think my little boy would like dogs, cars, planes, that sort of thing 🙂 He has a favourite tv program, I bet he'd love the characters from that pixelated too!
Great question. Pixelate, love the word even. I would want to do a caricature of me playing tennis, but a real character I'd want to do is Edward from the Twilight series
I'd probaly pixelate Christmas themes (tree, present, Santa, Elf, Reindeer, etc) How much fun!
I'd probably pixilate Hello Kitty as my niece is nuts about anything HK!
I would love to pixelate a basest hound!
Very nice book!
I would love to pixelate Miffy.
I might be tempted to try to pixelate my own child…how fun it might be!
Sunflowers! They make me happy. Thank you for sharing…Judith, Texas
I would make princess peach.
What a fun idea! I think I would try a giraffe or I love the butterfly, dragonfly, and flowers quilt. So cute!
birds and hearts would be neat thanks
I just made a quilt using this technique and would love to do more.
My sister and her friend created an awesome giant pixelated pony with post-it notes, so I would have to say My Little Pony. 🙂
I'd like to see Miss Kitty pixelated!
This looks like a great book! I'd have to go with a pixelated Batman for my super hero obsessed 5th! Thanks for a fab giveaway!
I think some flower blcoks would be a nice thing to begin with!
I think the pixelville quilt is fun, but how about doing your own neighborhood??? That would be fun
I think it would be fun to make a pixel look of a person's face. Or Kick Buttowski for my son 🙂
I would do Mario brothers!
Might have to pixelate my fat, lazy cat!
a shark, for certain!
I just saw a pixelated Hello Kitty quilt that I would loooove to try – it was so fab!
Hmmm. What about words?!
I would love to try a doll house. It could be hard. But sometimes that is what a brain needs!
I would live to try snoopy
I'd love to do an image of my grandparent's farm. Maybe I should start with a flower.
A horse would be gorgeous
I would like to pixelate Timon and Pumba from the Lion King. They're great! 🙂
I'd like to do Disney's Ariel the mermaid. I think that would be so cute!
I'd love to do Hello Kitty. Seen a very good pixelated version on line, but the free tutorial was taken off by Sanrio!
I just love this book! I'm a Wizard of Oz fan so I would pixle the tin man, scarecrow, lion and Dorothy of course. Thanks for the chance to win.
I would love to pixelate a dump truck and school bus – my little guy would love those!
I would love to pixelate Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers. I call him Thor and would love to do a Clay/Green Bay quilt. Like the one on Happy Zombie of Ron Swanson!
Something special for my grandson. Right now he's partial to frogs, alligators and monkeys!
I would pixelate a whale for my nephew Jonah.
Ooh! It would be fun to pixellate a smurf!
As a police and fire dispatcher, I'd have to do our emergency vehicles. Maybe our pink Breast Cancer Awareness fire truck ambulance and police car!
I would pixelate the photo of my dog.
Probably the hardest thing to do but I would pixelate a family photo.
I would pixel Snoopy from the Peanuts gang.
My boys would love a video game character quilt 🙂
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