Why stop at Mario? There are so many other 8 bit Nintendo characters out there just waiting to be turned into a quilt! Link, from The Legend of Zelda, is almost as iconic as Mario, and a perfect character to be made into a quilt. I gave this quilt as a Christmas present, so I didn't do any progress posts in order to keep it a secret.
These 8 bit character quilts are easy to design, though. I just do a Google image search for the character I am looking for, then insert the picture into an Excel spreadsheet and color in the squares of the spreadsheet to match the pattern of the character. From there it is simple to calculate the size of the squares to make the quilt as big or as little as you like.
The Link quilt couldn't have turned out better, and I was delighted to give it as a gift. Even though a small part of me wanted to keep it. One can't have too many quilts, right??