The Project Quilting Hardware Challenge required at least 3 items of inspiration from a hardware store.
While I don't normally shop there for quilt stuff (although it has happened), I love the hardware store here in town, Knapp & Steiner True Value. A visit to the hardware store in Chicago would generally make me uncomfortable. I'd have to admit I didn't know what I was doing, didn't know what I was looking for, and was probably using the wrong words to describe it. All this to a stranger. But here, you walk in and they call you by name, help without making you feel stupid, or leave you alone if you need to look around. There is usually a pleasantry exchanged, a smile, a laugh. And, as often as not, you run into someone else you know. Always a pleasant visit.
So here is how my quilt came to be....
Walking through our local hardware store I am always drawn to dowel rods. They are just the handiest thing.
Sun is a circle plus separate rays, all reinforced with heavy stablilizer. It's fashioned after a large metal decorative sun that was hanging in the store.
Spring quilt is pieced bright colors with appliqued letters and winding leaves (soon to sport flowers?). Instead of binding, ric rac is peeking out of the edges that hold the front, back and batting together. Quilt can be removed - it is hanging with another dowel rod. With the flowers and quilt removable, the entire project can be changed to adjust for the seasons. More fun!
Finished quilt measures 30" x 22" and is titled "Spring IS coming".
Head on over to Kim's Crafty Apple to see a dozen more hardware store inspired quilts. Such variety and creativity! You might also win a coffee cozy!
Me, I'm heading back to my sewing room as I have enough left over inspiration from the hardware store for another quilt. Maybe when I emerge Spring will be rounding the corner.
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