Mario and Luigi Chum Chum toys

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Mario and Luigi Chum Chum toys

Here’s some paper crafting I had a go at back in May 2011.

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These two were really fun to make. They were created from a blank Chum Chum template from Christopher Bonnette over at macula.tv. Be sure to stop by and check out his gallery. He has tons of preprinted paper creatures and almost all of them have a blank counterpart so you can do what you wish with them.

I had to do a little math and customization for Luigi because he is after all taller and thinner than Mario. It took a few tries and a lot of growling, but I finally got it. The hats are also custom. I just tinkered with a Christmas ornament pattern I found on a random website until they started to look like hats. Once I did one, the other was a piece of cake.

I attribute my step into fiber work to these two. For some reason I got it in my head that it would be fun to use quilt like patterns instead of just coloring them solid colors. This is pretty much what my idea of a quilt like pattern was two years ago. Yes, I did, in fact, draw a zillion little lines and measured out the harlequin diamonds and then colored every square inch with sharpies and pens of the like. Something about the way they looked with the different textures and blenders really appealed to me. They might even be responsible for the Bowser quilt currently in progress!

Update: I came across another picture of these guys that made me smile. Adding them….

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What is the first thing you remember piquing your interest in quilts or other arts? Where do you look for different patterns and inspirations?

 

17 Comments

  1. Wow! These are amazing. I just assumed you used preprinted paper! I can’t even imagine how you managed to do this and have it come out so perfect, but I totally get the connection to quilting.

    I think my first interest was from watching a friend of my mom’s quilt. I was fascinated by applique, which is funny because I never do applique now.

    Thanks so much for linking up!

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  2. I’ve gone through so many phases that it is hard to remember back that far”

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    • That’s a pretty darn good thing I think! Every endeavor builds towards the next right? Thanks for coming by!

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  3. I’m amazed at your perseverance and patience! And in awe of your creativity. Wow! I’m not good at little things…maybe that’s why I do mostly bed quilts. Love your Bowser quilt-in-progress too.

    My Aunt Marie was the quilter in the family. I loved her quilts. When she died, I inherited her stash. That started me quilting!

    I like scrap quilting and look for any patterns on line or in books that are scrappy. I also look at quilt patterns or blocks and think how I could make them scrappy!

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    • Wow! You’re so kind! They did take quite a bit longer than I had imagined they would. How cool that you were inspired by a family member. Thanks for sharing the story, its super cool and interesting!

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  4. My kids played that game for hours and hours and hours. Great depiction of those characters!

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    • It’s a fun one for sure! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a great comment!

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  5. I was thinking this could make a cute quilt!
    My first interest was from my Grandma “Sassy”, she was a big quilter and I was always into crafts since I don’t know when. I love looking at all these blogs. What people can do with quilts still amazes me:)

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    • It could! Make it for me! :D I can’t remember a time I wasnt making one thing or another either. I’ve certainly developed more confidence over the years, but wish that pesky job wouldn’t keep me from practicing more!

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  6. These are fabulous! I want to make a super Mario themed felt board kit for my soon when he gets a bit older.

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    • Oh neato! I’ll be sure to check that out if you’re sure to show us. :)

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  7. These are great!
    I guess I got started with crocheting because I was bored …. i was 8 at the time I first learned. My obsession, however, is more recent, only the last 3 or 4 years. I saw an amigurumi toy of some kind and got back into it. I think it was a turtle ….

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    • Thanks Karen! I’ve been thinking turtles recently. Not sure why or what I think I’m going to do with turtles, but seems like a good idea! :)

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  8. Great makes and interesting to hear about your quilt inspiration! I love automa and pop up books and illustrated stories and cut paper art – how that got me to quilting, goodness knows!

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    • I had to look up automa :) Very cool indeed. I only own one pop-up book and it is Stephen King, lol. I always enjoy looking at the art in children’s books. I’m kind of sad my daughter will soon outgrown the kids section in the library. Guess I’ll just have to go by myself! :)

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