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ENTRY Project QUILTING - Hardware Store Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow? | by PersimonDreams
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ENTRY Project QUILTING - Hardware Store Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?


With sawblade flowers, and washer rings,

and plus signs all in a row.


I loved this challenge as I loved the Office Supply Store Challenge. I love seeing something and being inspired to create something else from it.


The very first piece of inspiration was the top of a Phillips Screw - which is plus sign shape. After recently seeing a plus sign quilt on Ryan Walsh's 'I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts' Blog I knew that would be the perfect place to start.


I also saw a lot of spring planting supplies at the store so instantly thought of doing a flower quilt - but I wanted to add a twist to my flowers. Which is why some of them are shaped as sawblades and I hand sewed washers onto the flowers to create another dimension. I know the washer inspiration was pretty literal here but I do love the contrast of fabric and metal.


One of the fabrics in my plus sign is a commercial print of seed packets - another item I saw at the store.


I boardered the main portion of the quilt with a pink polkadot lip, then a sandy brown, geometrically rectangular print and bound with that same pink polk-a-dot fabric. I love mixing geometric elements together which is also why I added a few washers to two corners of the border.


The 'hook' sun came up at the end. I just felt like something more needed to happen. As I was looking through my supplies I saw these golden hooks and they just seemed to create the sun by themselves. I really think it's a fun, shiny extra element to this piece.


This piece measures: 24" x 26.5"


Created by Kim Lapacek

in Poynette, WI


ps. I really love the plus sign look - I will definitely be doing another one of these in the future...

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Taken on February 27, 2011