Weekend Whims- The Steel Quilt Company’s Inspirations

Another installment of ‘Getting to know The Steel Quilt Company’!

Instead of seeing what’s inspiring me this week, I thought I’d show ya what’s inpsiring Nathan!

 

1. Nathan led me to his pinterest page for some really cool pallet pieces, including this State art piece by Kelly Simon Says.

2. Another artist that inspires Nathan is Creo. The do quite a few interesting things. This little table reminds me of a quilt pattern, but made in concrete!

3. Another piece by Creo is this concrete and wood coffee table. Love the integration of the two.

4. Ok, so I have to admit that there aren’t a lot of pallet furniture pieces that I’d want in my house, but I love this coffee table by Wilsons and Pugs! (also from Nathan’s pinterest page) It barely even looks like a pallet!

5. And check out this chair from Pierre Vedel, yes, again, from Nathan’s pinterest page! Yep, it’s from a pallet!

6. And the last thing to share is another piece from Creo. They do these great etched zinc portaits on metal. Very Cool!!

 

And don’t forget to sign up for the Steel Quilt Giveaway!

 

 

The Steel Quilt Company- A Giveaway!!

Yea!!! It’s a giveaway!!! Did you read about The Steel Quilt Company yesterday??

Well, Today it’s a giveaway! Yes, I already have one, but I really love this one too! Straight from Fort Payne, AL to you and you don’t even have to leave your home. Although, I do highly recommend a trip to AL!

Nathan graciously agreed to make one of my readers a VERY HAPPY STEEL QUILT OWNER! And it could be you!!

And if you didn’t read about them yesterday, be sure to check it out!

 

Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1) Leave a comment below telling us why you love it so! Leave one comment. (one entry)

2) Become a fan of The Steel Quilt Company on Facebook. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3) Become a fan of Feelin’ Crafty on Facebook. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4) Subscribe to Feelin’ Crafty.  Leave one comment. (one entry)

5) Share the Giveaway on your blog/FB/tweet. Leave one comment. (one entry)

 

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. The giveaway will close on Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. PST. and I’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

 

This giveaway is for US address only, sorry.

 

This giveaway is a part of Sew Mama Sew’s 2012 Spring Giveaway Day!

The Steel Quilt Company- An Artist Interview

Hello again! Remember alllllll the way back to yesterday when I told you about The Steel Quilt Company?? Well, today, there’s even more great chatting about them!

As I mentioned yesterday, I found The Steel Quilt Company pieces in the Big Mill Co- Antiques & Artisans and fell in love! I totally almost missed the fact that their studio was in the same building as the Antique shop because I had my nose stuck to my phone trying to find out more information about them! So as my husband was taking pictures I sneaked in and met Will, one of the two guys that make up The Steel Quilt Company. He was very nice to the odd quilt girl who just randomly showed up in his shop, but he didn’t have too much to say about the quilt pieces, since he isn’t the one who makes them. When we went back the next day, I was hoping to meet Nathan, the other guy of The Steel Quilt Company who does make the quilt pieces. But…. He wasn’t there then either…. Sad…But happy too, since I was leaving with my very own Steel Quilt!

I got my piece and I am totally stoked about that. But throughout the rest of the trip, I kept thinking about Nathan and his art. When I got home, I emailed him and we started a little email conversation and he agreed to an interview and GIVEAWAY! Yea!

Welcome Nathan!!

When did you start creating art?

I did my first pattern, Crossed Canoes, in August 2011.  I went on a trip with my mom to Iowa in Feb 2011 and that is where I got inspired to do the barn quilts…

What inspired you to add the metal quilts to your furniture company?

I actually added the furniture side after I started the quilts.  I wanted to integrate some quilt patterns to the furniture.

The pieces are all made with reclaimed barn materials, how do you get the materials?

I tear down old structures in my spare time, so I actually harvest the materials myself, including the barn tin I use to hand cut the patterns out of.

Did your mother, grandmother, aunt, father, grandfather, uncle, etc, quilt?

Its unbelievable… no one in my family quilts or crochets.  My mom can sew but my aunt does it regularly.

Tell us about your creative process. Does the barn metal inspire the quilt or does the quilt design inspire the barn metal selection?

A little of both.  When I first started doing the quilts, I painted then because that is the way it was done. 

I longed to find another way to do them because to me, the painting demanded too much precision.  I didn’t think it reflected my personality…. Then one day, I was at my sister and brother ‘n laws and there was some barn tin I had given them for a project and it hit me!!! I took the pieces home and have been doing them this way since.  When I started cutting the barn tin I stopped painting the patterns, just the background, I started using the varying shades of rust for “color” therefore, sometimes the pattern inspires what metal I use and sometimes the metal inspires the pattern I do.  The Jacobs Ladder with the green background is a perfect example of that.

What inspires the designs?

Really my mood…. I look for different patterns online and I really like doing collections like the Underground Railroad and Civil War era patterns..My 7 year son is a big inspiration as well…he does quilts when he is in the shop with me.  He is very talented also.  Last year I was entering a barn quilt in the fair and my son wanted to enter one also.  He did and I did.  End result, he got first place AND best in show, I got nothing.. It was great!

 

Where does the magic happen?

Everywhere…but the work is done at the Big Mill. The space is so awesome and inspiring.. I am grateful to be able to work in such a great place.

Even though I was SUPER excited about finding the steel quilts, when I saw this painted one hiding out in the back by thier back door, I have to say even then I got a little giddy! hehehe…

A favorite quote to share?

I have several actually…one that I really like is “if your mind can perceive it, you can achieve it”  but the one that I have written on my project board and live by is “SIMPLE, STUPID!”

Thanks Nathan!

When I purchased my piece, the saleslady told me that the patterns Nathan uses are from the Underground Railroad. Of course, I know what the Underground Railroad is, but I wasn’t sure what she meant… What do quilt patterns have to do with the Underground Railroad??? So back to the internet for me! And wow, I keep learning sooo many great things about quilting. The people using the Underground Railroad used quilt patterns to send messages to others that were also using the Underground Railroad.

The Bear’s Paw pattern was used to tell others to ‘Take a mountain trail, out of view. Follow the path made by bear tracks; they can lead you to water and food.’

The Drunkard’s Path pattern was used to as ‘A warning signal to take a zigzag route to elude pursuing slave hunters and their hounds that are in the area. A slave spotted travelling south, for instance, would not be suspected of escaping.’

Back in the day, the barn quilts were used to distinguish the different barns from one another, which in turn made them a sort of way finding method. And this is also what was happening in the Underground Railroad. A method of way finding. And to think, I once thought quilts were just for keeping warm and cuddly!

So not only did I find a really cool artist with an most creative take on Barn Quilts, but I learned something else about the history of quilting!

And I’m happy to say I’m the proud owner of this amazing piece!

Do you want one too???  Come back later and sign up for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Or you can contact The Steel Quilt Company via:

facebook

phone, 1 (256) 418-2599

email Nathan at sales.nlw (at) gmail (dot) com

or go right to thier shop at the

Big Mill Antiques & Artisans

151 8th St NE

Fort Payne, AL 35967-2601

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An Artful Trip Through Alabama!

Steel Quilt Company Giveaway is here!

We’ve been back from vacation for a little while now, but I’m finally getting to that part of my story! I’ve been excited to share some of our adventures in my Sweet Home Alabama. And a couple of giveaways (Stay Tuned!)….

A little history, if you’d like… My family (parents, grandparents, etc) is from Alabama, but I was born in Texas and then we moved to Bama on my tenth birthday. It was not an easy adjustment for me! And I have to admit, I never fully appreciated Bama until I left. I guess that’s partly being a teen-ager and partly that whole saying, ‘The grass is always greener on the other side….’ But once I left home, I knew I had something great back home! And honestly, it’s only been over the last 6 or 7 years that I’ve come to find how much amazing art comes from my home state!

And just in case you don’t know about some of it, I’m going to share it with ya over the next week or two! I hope you enjoy this little journey as well!

Ready??? Here we go!

We flew home, grabbed a bite to eat with my mom, drove to my dad’s house, spent the night and then we were off for a family adventure to the NE corner of Alabama. Where I went to summer camp as a kid! Mentone, AL! While in this area we took in a few caves and waterfalls, which were all beautiful! And so fun. Our first stop was Little River Falls in the Little River Canyon. Our first place to take our shoes off and put our feet in the water and sit in the sun!!! Which was very much needed after a Pacific NW winter!

Warning::: You might want to stop and put on some sunglasses, our white, white legs are a bit blinding!

My husband and I love old buildings. So while we were driving around, from falls to caves, we found this cool old factory building only to find out that it was an antique and art gallery. So of course we jumped out to see what was inside! The first thing I saw when I walked in was this really cool quilt pattern art made of metal and wood.  I loved it! But left it there.

We got back in the car and I googled the artist, The Steel Quilt Company. My husband was driving around the building and while I was trying to find out more about this artist, I happened to look up and saw their sign! Right there in the building! You can google anything,but man, pay attention to what’s going on around, because I would have missed it if I had stayed online!

On our way to Sequoyah Caverns I found some barn quilts! I was sooooo excited! I just learned about the whole barn quilt thing a few months back and they aren’t common in the South at all. So to see one, was very exciting. Even my husband was pulling over and pointing them out. But it was the only barn quilts we saw!

Now barn advertising, on the other hand, that was everywhere!

And Sequoyah caverns… AMAZING! Getting off the interstate and to the caverns was a bit like stepping into a world left behind, but that only added to the adventure. A bunch of rusted out and abandoned buildings and cars, but…..  The caverns were great! The best cave I’ve ever been too. And it was us, the tour guide and some bats. How cool is that???

So that barn quilt by The Steel Quilt Company… Literally, I kept thinking about it. And I kept bringing it up to the family. So the next day when I brought it up AGAIN, it was quickly decided that we’d go back for it. And that’s what we did. We went back and I got myself my favorite one!

Pet Rock Carrier Guest Post

Hey everyone!! I’m guest posting today over at Hugs, Kisses and Snot!

What’s every kid need for the summer?? A Pet Rock Carrier of course! Check me out over at Hugs, Kisses and Snot for the tutorial to make your own carrier!

Overcoming My Fear of Cake Decorating!

I do consider myself a pretty good baker! My red velvet cake gets rave reviews… But not so much the icing or decorating… Until yesterday!

Hopefully my mom is sitting down when she reads this, because she’s going to go into shock! I made my own cream cheese icing yesterday! I bake from scratch, but I’ve always bought my icing… I know, the icing is super easy. I’ve watched my mom and I’ve seen the recipes. easy. But for some reason, after I bake, I’m not ready to make icing, too…

Here’s the thing. My son’s pre-school auction was last night and they have a dessert dash. each table raises money for the desserts and the table with the most money raised gets the first choice. So of course I volunteered to bake a cake. Then the organizer told us that they need to be pretty. I FROZE! Pretty? I can do tasty, but pretty????? AHHHHHH!!!!

(You’ll notice that you don’t really see many pictures of my son’s Dr. Seuss party cake…. And the one that I did show, shows you exactly what I’m talking about…)

So, I had pinned this easy tutorial from Annie’s Eats, and wahla….

I got a cake decorating kit for Christmas and now I’m excited, rather than intimiated, to try it out! I know I’m not Bakerella or anything, but I’m on my way!

Happy Weekend everyone! I’m about to take my sewing machine outside and sew outside today! It’s too beautiful here to sit inside and sew, but I need to get some sewing done…

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Kids Clothes Week Favorites

For some reason this week seems like it’s going slow! Maybe it was the cavities I had filled that kinda stopped me in my tracks. Or maybe I’m just exhausted from KCWC! Whatever it is, I’m doing my Weekend Whims weekly post mid week instead of this weekend… (Maybe it will bring the weekend sooner???)

During KCWC I never looked at the Elsie Marley flickr group, but since it’s over, I’ve gone through and found some amazing pieces! Here are some of my favorites!

1. How beautiful is this dress by spiegelstiksels???

2. Sophie from Cirque du bebe is awesome! I love her creativity! I’m in love with both this call me blazer and lost boys hoodie!

3. I love these cargo shorts by Jane at Buzzmills. I’ve been wanting to try this as well.

4. Love this whole little outfit by Meg at Elsie Marley (yes, the wonderful hostess of this great KCWC), but how cute is the hoodie???

5. The stitching along the bottom edge of this adorable little jean skirt by hootnz is just precious!

6. A few people made these sailboat pants, but my favorites are these white ones by This is Marzipan! I’m going to have to try the pattern myself!

7. There is just something simple, yet fun about these precious shorts by Blue Susan Makes.

8. Have you seen a trend in my favorites??? Hoodies… Yes, I’m a sucker for cute hoodies. This hoodie from Craftstorming, with the ducks, is another favorite