Ok- now we are now on the home stretch. My previous post has the blanket half way finished....now for the final half!
Alright....I knew that I was going to have a battle scene for my blanket. In order to put up a good fight, Mario had to get big, but I couldn't fit all of the characters/scenes I wanted previously with Mario taking up so much space. So, towards the end of the blanket, he finally gets a Big Man mushroom. Hmmm.....where does this pipe lead??
To an underground level with a fire flower! Ok, another geeky tidbit...in world 4-2, an underground level, there is a hidden warp zone. You go up a vine to an upper sky, mushroom land level....
Now, in the game, the warp zone does not have a Flying Koopa Troopa; however, he was the one enemy I didn't have in my blanket, so here is his cameo. :)
WARP ZONE! To..... 8-4?? Hey- it's my blanket....I have the artistic license to do as I please....
Now that he's warped to the castle, brave Fire Mario (with "spit power" as mom would say) gets to battle a fire fan....right before doing battle in the castle.....
Ok- I ain't even going to lie....this is my hands-down all-time favorite of all the panels. I dreamed about making this panel since the very beginning. It came out just as I imagined! I am so incredibly proud of it! It's HUGE! It's 3 panels wide and 2 tall- roughly about 4' x 3'. It can be a wall hanging- something I've been debating about doing. I wanted to keep this one all by itself b/c it's so awesome. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!!!!
Ahhh...the end of my quest. I had debated about whether or not to just leave it as, "Thank you Mario!" But, this truly has felt like a quest for me. I spent so much time and energy in planning this blanket and doing the math to make things just right. I am so incredibly proud of this work! My quest truly is over. :)
I hope you have enjoyed this journey along with me. It has been a long time coming! I do need to finish off the ends (I'm not weaving them in- I'm tying little knots and then am going to sew a backing on the blanket). I have put in so much into this blanket and now truly feel like a quest has been completed. I know my husband loves this blanket and will treasure it for many many years to come. :) Now, I can get back to my regularly scheduled life....and crochet projects. :)
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