Designer Challenge!

15 Aug

Selina and I were invited by the wonderful folks over at Fat Quarterly to participate in a designers challenge. We weren’t sure what it was we would be doing, but of course we said yes! We aren’t ones to turn down a challenge.

We were sent a printed canvas from Basic Grey and some buttons to play with. We were told we could use it anyway we wanted. We decided to make the most outlandish, bright, and bold canvas we could come up with. We love Tula Pink fabrics so we wanted to incorporate some bits of it that we have used in projects of our own. Selina is making me a quilt using the Plume fabrics, and the pink we chose is a fabric I used with Parisville to make a bag for her last Christmas.

This is the way the canvas looked when we started. Selina is pictured in the background, cutting up the fabrics we decided to use.

At first we were unsure where to go with this, but we assumed that other designers would be pretty tame and stick to the original plan of just showcasing buttons and small bits of fabric. If you know anything about us, we are not tame at all. We wanted to do something completely different with it.

We chose to sew strips of our fabrics together and cut around the design in the middle.

We were originally going to leave a raw edge, but it didn’t look quite right, so Selina folded the edges under and we used a fabric glue to hold it in place. And who doesn’t love ric rac?!?! I know we do!

Here’s Selina gluing down the ric rac around the edges. We used a light pink ric rac in the center, and a jumbo ric rac in fuchsia around the outside.

Time to stitch down the buttons. We chose the fanciest ones that they sent us to make it look like bling! And is that a feather?!?! Why yes, it sure is! We also got some letter charms, one letter “L” and one letter “S”. You know, like Laverne and Shirley!

This is our finished product. Crazy, just like us! We had so much fun making this! It might be a bit too over-the-top to win any prizes, but we love it and it will hang proudly in my sewing room. Every time I look at it, I will remember the great times we had together working on it. Thank you Fat Quarterly, for the chance to work on something like this. We hope it’s the wildest, most outlandish entry, because that would certainly be fitting for us.

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2 Responses to “Designer Challenge!”

  1. Christine August 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Love it! You guys did a fabulous job, worthy of a prize!

  2. Beth August 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Hmm, those feathers look so familiar… Makes me think of New Orleans or a burlesque show – not that I have experience with either. Looks great, ladies!

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