can make some cool wall art.
Anne gave me this cool metal bear's paw quilt for my birthday last year. The Metal Quilt company designs them to be hung outside on the sides of barns or the side of your house. I really wanted to hang it on the side of the guest house but I just couldn't get Chris on board with drilling holes int he side of the house.
As an aside, my Mom passed on a pretty sizable yard-art gene to me and if the two of us lived together we would probably have crap hung all over the outside of the house and I am certain that there would be at least one giant whirligig in my front yard and some sort of rustic fountain in the pond. Because I am an artful redneck.
But someone I live with it's the least bit interested in the joy of collecting large yard art so I had to figure out how to use my big metal quilt block inside.
Over the bed in the guest house seemed like a grand idea. It added some much needed color to that room and I love how it looks with the fabric behind it. I think it would have been quite boring had I hung it straight on the wall.
I "made" this in about 30 minutes. I bought frame sections like this from Hobby Lobby. The ones at Dick Blick are nicer (and more expensive) that what I bought. The quilt is 23" square so I bought 2 packs for about $20. I cut a piece of thick cardboard to 23" square and covered that with 2 layers of cotton batting. The batting fits exactly to the size of the cardboard because there isn't enough room in the frame for the batting to wrap to the back. After figuring out how I wanted the dye pattern to show through the quilt I cut the fabric about 2" larger all around the cardboard and used my favorite adhesive (duct tape) to hold the fabric in place on the back of the cardboard. Everything slid easily into the frame and I followed the frame instructions for putting it all together.
Because I used ugly printed cardboard and duct tape on the back I also slid in layer of brown craft paper to cover the back.
Now I think I should get some smaller metal quilts to hang around it........I also have "permission" to get one to hang on the front gable of the porch.