Try it: Spoonflower’s Fill-a-Yard tool and 8-bit Art
Spoonflower has a new Fill-A-Yard tool. It’s very simple to use.
- Create a collection of fabrics.
- Choose a template (this is 1 yard with 6 inch squares).
- Click the fabric you want from the thumbnails on the right, then click the square you want to fill with the fabric design.
- It will print as a “cheater quilt” as one piece of fabric with this design of squares filled with other designs.
As I was demonstrating this for a class a few days ago I suddenly had a brainstorm: I wondered if I could make a picture. It would have to be something ultra simple like 8-bit art (think PacMan or Space Invaders) because there aren’t very many squares to work with. So this morning, I collected a bunch of fabrics to try making a rubber ducky. Here’s my rubber ducky quilt. I think it’s pretty charming and it would make a sweet baby gift.
Want to see how it works? You can try this out with the Just Duckie collection of fabrics I put together. From that collection, just click where it says “Want to use this collection for a Fill-A-Yard project? Start Designing”.
What else can you “draw” using just 42 squares? I’d love to hear about it!