August 17, 2011

What Do You Get When You Think Hardware Store!

 If you are a regular reader of my blog you will recall this post that discusses a group that I started with 12 other women and we call ourselves The Bakers Dozen.  The group was formed after I happened upon the Twelve x Twelve blog and was so inspired, I decided to start a group similar to it!

Every 6 weeks we have a challenge theme and we all interpret it the way we choose.  Your interpretation does not have to be in quilt form but if it is, the quilt should be 12 x 12.
Over the past few weeks we have been interpreting the theme of Hardware Store...

I went to the local Ace Hardware and walked around for what seemed like forever trying to let inspiration hit!

When I walked into the store the man behind the counter asked if he could help me find something.  I told him he probably had never had a request like mine and he said "Oh I bet I have".

I told him that I was looking for things to make a quilt with and he looked like he had swallowed something.  He said "Nope! Hadn't had that one and went to laughing!".

So, I just galavanted around the store for a while picking up one thing and eventually laying it down for something else. I finally spied the Flag Tape and thought how cool it would be to make my own fabric out of that!  wrong!!!  I didn't think about how I was going to affix it to something to hold its shape!  I was just happy I had found something I could work with!

An idea started brewing and I went and retrieved a lock, light switch and a plug in.... Can you see where I am going?????

Well... here it is in all it's glory! I had to leave off the plug in because it would have been over crowded...

This started out as a mini quilt....  I had the hair brained idea to lay out the Flag Tape into a braid-like design on to double sided Peltex. When I took it to the ironing board, I laid a piece of fabric over the piece and laid my iron down and picked it up and down until I had gone over the whole area.

Well... it bowed up a little... Enough that if I had left it in quilt form, it would not have laid flat. So I reverted to a pillow and I LOVE it!!

Before I finished the pillow I sewed up and down the strips so that the braid design would not shift... I then found a backing and cut a piece of batting and sewed the pillow form.  It was a heck of a job turning it right side out but I finally won!

I embellished with the lock and light switch with one of the long doll making needles after I stuffed the pillow.  If I had thought I could have sewn them on before I stuffed it! Oh well, I am a gluton for punishment. :)

I hope you like my interpretation! It won't win any awards but I do like how it turned out!

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scg said...

Ilove your sense of humour and adventure in this little 'quilted' pillow - it definitely needs the plug know it does! lol.

Barb said...

did you get my quilt?

enjoyed your post

Esther said...

What a great idea, I love a challenge. It's always motivating.

susane said...

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