Friday, March 2, 2012

A QWERTY Quilt

Modern Mini Challenge

Lightbulb! I'd been mulling over what to make for the Modern Mini Challenge sponsored by Ellison Lane Quilts, and then it hit me. It was an idea I'd had for a while, but I'd never spent the brain power to pull it all together, though I couldn't seem to let it go either. We all know the asterisk block . . .
and you might have seen a pound symbol block . . .
Well what about the other special symbols on the QWERTY keyboard?
It only make sense, doesn't it?
So I went at it - piecing when I could, appliqueing when necessary. I figured out each symbol by-guess-and-by-golly, concentrating on the symbols above the numerical digits. The text fabric is Wordplay by Benartex, the brights Sketch by Timeless Treasures. I opted for no borders, and chose very dense organic straight-line quilting, overlapping in a grid in the diagonal spaces between blocks.
The challenges were in creating the various symbols, the bit of applique, and the quilting - as compact as I'd ever done. (It gave the little 17" quilt such interesting texture!) It's nothing outrageous, but an unassuming homage to the keyboard that's been a part of my life for years and years. (Thank you, 10th grade typing class!)

Linking up with the Modern Mini ChallengeFinish It Up Friday, {sew} Modern Monday, & Fabric Tuesday!

39 comments:

  1. What a great idea! This looks great! Would be perfect for someone to use to decorate their cubicle :)

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  2. How cute! These are the symbols we use everyday without a second thought. How great to give them a little homage! The background fabric is perfect.

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  3. STOP it! This quilt is SO much fun! Love it!!!

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  4. that is so cute! what a great idea :-)

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  5. So adorable! Such a great quilt and goodness knows we all spend some time at the computer. Love it! Good luck and thanks for linking up.

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  6. Love it! What a fun concept for the quilt. It looks great!

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  7. What a fun mini, looks wonderful, Debbie.

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  8. What a fun idea and a great mini-quilt!

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  9. Such an awesome idea! I would've never thought of it! The colors are just lovely and the quilt goes really well with the rod it's hanging off. Great job!

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  10. Very cool Debbie - and original!

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  11. Great idea! It would look great hanging in my office!

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  12. Oh how cool, love the idea behind it and the fabrics you chose!

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  13. Very fun mini, Debbie! I love the mix of bright colors and text. That quilting looks great, too. Good luck!

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  14. I would totally hang that in my office...love it! Good luck!

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  15. ha - I saw your quilt right next to mine in the linky, and never clued in that it was yours until I saw your new blog post. :)

    It's so cute, and original. Love it!!

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  16. Brilliant!! Don't you just LOVE it when inspiration strikes??!! Especially when it's not the middle of the night?! hehe! Such an fabulous idea!

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  17. Love it! What a beautiful mini! This really would be awesome hanging in an office or cubicle. Good job!

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  18. It's so fun Debbie, I love it!
    And your quilting is wonderful!

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  19. Yay! Love this little quilt!

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  20. Absolutely adorable quilt Debbie - love the applique on the wordy print!

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  21. Super original, una idea estupenda

    saludos

    ane

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  22. Debbie this is brilliant. 'nuff said

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  23. I agree---totally Brilliant!

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  24. brilliant idea!! Love the fabrics you chose too, perfect! :)

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  25. Clever mini quilt! Love the wordplay fabric

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  26. Clever! Your fabric choices are wonderful.

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  27. What a cute quilt! Beautiful colors.

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  28. What an original idea. You did a great job with the applique, design, and fabric choices. I also love to quilt and cook. I am your newest blog follower. Happy Quilting!

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  29. Wow, I haven't seen this! Great idea and so beautiful! x Teje

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  30. This is so cool and so unique.
    leena

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