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« on: November 11, 2009 03:15:15 AM »

In my continuing struggle to up-cycle the hideous tent of a bridesmaid dress I was forced to wear at my sisters wedding, I have just finished this little mini art quilt. It's 12 "x10" and free motion quilted.
It's a birthday present for my partners sister. She used to have some large metal cogs hanging on her living room wall like sculpture and I always loved them.
I also like the idea of trying to picture something so hard and industrial in such a soft medium.


Here's the cogs before I started squiggling like a mad woman

I started off with a light blue squiggle all over.

Then went over with a navy blue to try and make the cogs really stand out.
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009 03:46:55 AM »

This is really awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2009 03:56:52 AM »

That's beautiful! And it rocks too Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2009 04:49:04 AM »

Wow! I love it... and I want to touch it, haha. Fantastic work  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2009 05:24:06 AM »

i like it alot. it reminds me of the days i had so much free time (or was those high school classes??) to sit and doodle with ballpoint pen Smiley the blue thread color and the way your squiggles get denser near the cog outline really remind me of drawing in ballpoint pen! great work Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2009 05:36:33 AM »

This is wonderful, great job!
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2009 05:52:11 AM »

I love it!!!!
It's beautiful Smiley You did a wonderfull job
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2009 06:06:14 AM »

i like it alot. it reminds me of the days i had so much free time (or was those high school classes??) to sit and doodle with ballpoint pen Smiley the blue thread color and the way your squiggles get denser near the cog outline really remind me of drawing in ballpoint pen! great work Smiley
That is just what I thought when I was part way through the dark blue. Reminded me of all that doodling I did in class when I should have been listening!
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2009 06:15:11 AM »

this is GORGEOUS.  too bad my most recent bridesmaid dress was a horrendous pink blush taffeta & tulle number.  fantastic gift. 
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2009 07:25:32 AM »

Very very cool!
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2009 07:43:24 AM »

Love it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2009 08:31:17 AM »

Oh.  Wow.  I LOVE this!  You made a really beautiful work of art out of a horrendous bridesmaid dress . . . at least, I think it was horrendous . . . hm, you have any "before" pictures? Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2009 09:49:52 AM »

You wanted a before pic, well here it is!!!
Don't we look thrilled... We all hated them. I'm only smiling(that's me top right) because I started early on the gin!

The best thing I can say about the dress is that it has provided a lot of fabric for projects (I took the scissors to it the day after the wedding).
I'm getting married next year and I had considered getting her back with something truly dreadful in peach with ruffles and bows, or maybe floral with leg of mutton sleeves (she'd hate me for ever she's a punk!).
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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009 10:09:59 AM »

very cool and very inspiring.....having only done some minor freehand stitching - just wonder how you keep it from bunching up anywhere....(ya know what I mean?)  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2009 11:52:39 AM »

This rocks! It's gorgeous, brilliant, and ... and I'm speechless!

ps: this would have looked awesome on the dress while you were wearing them!
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2009 01:30:41 PM »

DOH lol omg - did your sister the punk do that to you?? Ahh, but don't you look like a lovely chorus of angels *snort* Oh DEAR! I have had to wear some stuffy bridesmaid dresses, i have a navy thing and a red thing - if we use the rest of your dress and combine with mine we can make a giant US flag!! lol


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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2009 04:24:12 PM »

that is truly a work of art.
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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2009 08:51:11 PM »

I really like the finished product,
but it seems that with a reshaped neckline, cut off sleeves, hemming, and some dye and ribbon the dress wouldn't be too bad. ok, so you'd have to practically remake the dress... but still it could be worse
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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2009 09:06:58 PM »

Oooooh I like it.
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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2009 09:29:49 PM »

What a dichotomy; steel rendered in cloth. It's beautiful. it must have taken a long time to do all that quilting. I'm sure they'll love it.
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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2009 11:34:52 PM »

Any project that includes cogs is instantly awesome to me.
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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2009 04:51:50 AM »

That's beautiful. 

Great Job.
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2009 06:24:24 AM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2009 09:10:23 AM »

i love it!
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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2009 02:42:22 PM »

Amazing. That is truly a vision turned into art. Hit this rocks!
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« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2009 06:38:11 PM »

Wow! This is so interesting and great! Too bad more bridesmaid dresses don't look like that.
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« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2009 10:36:17 PM »

Must be my favourite quilt.
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« Reply #27 on: November 13, 2009 08:34:33 AM »

That quilt is awesome. But I have to admit that the initial caption made me laugh  and made my day!
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« Reply #28 on: November 13, 2009 07:35:34 PM »

so so cool!!!!
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« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2009 10:08:13 PM »

I'm awestruck by your work. I love all of it. Amazing.
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« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2009 10:55:18 PM »

That's beautiful - I like the contrast between the cogs and the fabric, and I really like the way you've used different colours and different density of quilting. 
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« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2009 07:21:47 AM »

Amazing.  Love it.
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« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2009 06:16:52 AM »

This is really amazing.  I wish that I had skills like this.  *hitting This Rocks*
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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2009 07:28:48 AM »

VERY nice!  I love the thread painting you did to add contrast. 
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« Reply #36 on: November 27, 2009 08:27:26 PM »

I love it! this rocks!!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #37 on: November 28, 2009 10:18:28 PM »

That's really awesome. The cogs came out great and the background texture really helps bring them out.
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« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2009 05:11:09 AM »

That is quite possibly the best use of a bridesmaid dress I have ever seen!  The cogs look fantastic in that fabric and the blue thread doodling is incredibly dynamic.

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« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2009 12:33:12 PM »

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« Reply #40 on: December 07, 2009 07:51:35 AM »

Go on! Whicher bad self! Cheesy This is flipping awe - to the aisome! Cheesy Great piece! thank you for sharing !:D Upcycling is alot of work sometimes! This is beautiful! Cheesy
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« Reply #41 on: December 08, 2009 10:39:22 AM »

Awesome!!  That's one way to go from fugly to fabulous!
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« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2009 02:17:42 PM »

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