Left is the bead pattern, right is my little blue Totoro from 1993 ... a perfect match. Like all pixel quilts adapted from cross stitch, knitting or bead patterns - simple and small is best - too complex and the quilt is too large and the image gets lost.
My secret weapon this time was getting an Accuquilt 2.5" square die. Yes, a few threads get caught in the die - that happens in all their dies. Starch and multiple layers of fabric worked best. Time saved, accurate squares and overall fun outweighed snipping a few threads after each pass.
My on-line fabric source for this quilt top was the The Loopy Ewe. They have a great selection of fabrics but their option to buy a linear cut or fat quarter sealed the deal. Being able to have just a FQ instead of a half yard or larger makes quilts like this very affordable.
I used Riley Blake's Basic Shades because of the subtle distressed look, and a black dimple dot minky on the back to compliment the dark cartoon outline.
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2.5" squares: Blue: 226 White: 96 Black: 200 Background: 587 Brown: 17 Orange: 61 Grey: 19
Riley Blake Basic Shades: Granite, Cobalt, Peach,Tan
Aged Solids in black / 3 Sisters for Moda
Architextures Crosshatch in Shadow / Robert Kaufman
Aurifil 50wt. Dove #2600
Warm & White batting
Dimple Dot minky: black
Size: 59" x 76"