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A stunning piece of a mixed media, steam punk quilt. Inspired by a challenge this quilt takes into account all things zippers - a zipper quilt block, zipper coils, zippers in the top, and even zippers on the binding. The dark turquoise and kohl grey fabric colors truly add to the industrial feel of this quilt. Tight coiled free motion quilting mimics the art of the coiled zippers - fitting this piece perfectly. Grommets were added to the piece to create even more movement and more of an industrial feel. A true work of art.

Approximate Quilt Size: 25-inches: I do want to note here that this piece is not exactly square. One corner is about a half inch longer than the rest. It's only noticeable when you hang it straight but if you turn it on point you'll never know. This off-size adds to the arty feel of the piece.

The Story Behind the Quilt.

This quilt was inspired by a Project QUILTING City Challenge: http://kimscraftyapple.blogspot.com/2011/01/project-quilting-season-2-challenge-2.html

Inspirational City: Zip City, AL

When I first saw this challenge I immediately went to google and searched for 'Strange City Names'. I scrolled through the list and wrote down anything that caught my eye. The second time through I saw 'Zip City'. I instantly knew I was going to use this as an inspiration for a zipper quilt!

My mind raced with all the possiblities. I started one idea - it didn't work out but then a second did.

The 'zipper' blocks. Four of my blocks incorporate a zipper. I sewed a zipper between two triangular fabrics to create the corner blocks.

To create the blocks in between each corner block I decided to go with a zipper quilt block - something else I had found during google searches.

For the center block I did some crazy things with diagonals...I don't even know how to describe it but it worked.

Once I had the main portion of the quilt done I added the border. I only had four fabrics in the quilt - the deep turquoise and the dark grey - I needed a little 'pop' before the black border so I put in a skinny 'lip' of pink/purple/grey wavy striped fabric all around.

Time to quilt! I used thread colors in each corner that was the color fo the zipper in the opposite corner and quilted in a tight, swirl/twirl pattern.

I then bound the quilt with strips of zipper and black fabric - creating an urban look for the quilt.

It just wasn't enough so I added in some grommets, hand stitched zippers in fun swirl patterns and put in some silver studs to balance the silver in the quilt..

The first photo was taken by Angela of Green Paint Photography at the RAW: Madison Solstice Show.

Mixed Media Steampunk Art Quilt - Zip City

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: fabric, zippers, grommets, thread, batting
  • Only ships to United States from Wisconsin, United States.
  • Feedback: 295 reviews
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