Wednesday, 12 January 2011

DQS and a door

Firstly, in my Ringo Pie bee, we are set seemingly more difficult challenges each month.  This month Lisa (vintage modern quilts) asked for Mid Century Modern doors.  I've kind of put this off and put it off because, although a door's square and should be easy, I couldn't quite think how to make it into a block.  Well, I finally kicked myself into gear today and made this attractive orange door with bottle bottom glass in it, tasteful wallpaper and carpet and a piece of modern artwork hanging slightly askew by the front door.  Knowing next to nothing about styles and eras, I suspect I have mixed seventies carpet and wallpaper in with 80s artwork and a mid-century door.  The other people in this bee are all cooler than me and know this stuff and seem to have the kind of fabrics that make this stuff look cool.  Me, not so much.  I'm more Mum jeans and a nice Marks & Spencers jumper.

But I do need to know whether I need some kind of door handle and, if so, what and how - embroider?  machine sew?  button?  round or one of those sort of L-on-its-side ones?  If my sister or Mum read this, they'll know what is "period" door furniture for this kind of door and will be able to advise but they will probably also gasp in horror at the non-era-appropriate room decorations.
Mid Century Modern Door for Lisa

Secondly, the DQS which is a "doll quilt swap" has just kicked off over on Flickr. Each person in the swap makes a mini quilt for the person to whom they are secretly assigned. The maximum size for the quilt is 24" X 24" so it is a fun way to try out new ideas and make something small, relatively quick and fun.  While we were waiting for it to start, there was a button competition and this was the winner, designed by Amy badskirt:
DQS10 logo contest entry

12 comments:

  1. Good job on the 'door' block! Not sure I would have come up with anything at all! So I am NO help regarding a door handle, but maybe something embroidered to go with the picture 'hook' and hanging string! Congrats on DQS - see you there!

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  2. This is like catching up on the latest news- I thought Amy's would win, so pleased loved it- now down to your wonderful block! The little tack holding the art up is inspired as is the bottle glass, great idea. I like the L handle on its side- very fitting. Oh it is good that door block!

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  3. What the heck is a mid-century modern door? Oh! It's just like the one in your fabulous block!! Nice. Sorry, can't help you on the door hardware. Didn't they just kick 'em open in the 50's because their hands were full of martinis?

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  4. Leave it as is - it can be a modern swing door - the block looks fab

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  5. You did a great job with the door! and the blog button is cute.

    I don't want to suggest a handle, cause I have no idea what kind of door that would be...or where it belongs in time. =)

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  6. This reminds me a lot of the first house we bought in 1990. It was a house built in 1952 and last decorated in the mid-70's. Your artwork is almost certainly '60s. The door would have a rather boring round doornob since the owner would have run out of money to update the door hardware after buying the groovy wallpaper and carpet.

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  7. Imho it needs a glass looking button as the door knob

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  8. I would say buttons because I would use any excuse to put a button on anything (being a buttonaholic). That's the DQS button I voted for so I am happy (but it was a hard choice). I am also happy I got in again, yay! Please see separate email with request for help too.

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  9. That is a very cool block!! The hanging picture and tac holding it are just so fantastic. What a great lightbulb moment when Lisa came up with the idea of a quilt of doors!! Amy's button is so cute and sums up DQS perfectly. I'm so excited that I got in!!

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  10. great block - I think a little spherical glass button would be cool ... a 50s door would probably still have a 19th C knob.

    I'm totally over-excited about the DQS! I even dreamt about it last night lol

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  11. No, no, no. Now I know nothing about quilts, but give me a mid-century modern door and I know what I'm talking about. You need a horizontal steel bar (ie pale grey horizontal rectangle in quilting terms).

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  12. Oh and it has to be high up. Between the top window and the next window down.

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