Monday, October 29, 2012

re-purposing

Some of you might remember this mini quilt inspired by the work of Yoshiko Jinzenji.


I made it a few months ago and as much as I like the way it turned out, I don't seem to have any use for mini quilts. There are piles of pillows and quilts all over our house and putting more quilts on the walls would be a total overkill. 

So, this poor mini spent the last couple of month sitting in my closet keeping a company to a few more projects that I made, liked, and yet didn't have any use for.


I finally fixed my dilemma this weekend. I cut off some parts of the mini to make it square and turned it into a pillow.


I love this penguin fabric and thought it would match the quilty front perfectly. 


I then installed the invisible zipper, which I'm very proud to say is really quite invisible, and that was it. Easy, peasy!

Phew, I feel so much better. I dislike clutter very, very much and having projects that are not being used is driving me crazy.

How about you? Do you make things that don't get used? 

28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous - and what is the penguin fabric? I loved it as a mini but love your mini as a pillow even more!!

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  2. That looks great - good idea for the repurposing. And I love that penguin fabric. We have way too many mini's in the house - my girls use them as doll quilts but still, way too many!

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  3. Very nice!! I always wonder what I'd do with a mini quilt so this is a great idea.

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  4. I make things I have no use for all the time!! Which is why I now have an etsy store. :)

    Your cushion is awesome, and Wow, your zipper is truly invisible.

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  5. Much like you, I'm not good with "purposeless" projects. I'm even stifled just trying to make them. I love this repurposing! Great job

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  6. Your pillow is fantastic! Someone once calmed me down by telling me, "Did anyone ever ask Picasso what he was going to do with yet another painting?" :) Now I don't care about how practical it is, as long as I enjoy making it!

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  7. Great way to recycle minis and show them off more! I too dislike redundant lovelies - always great to breathe new life into them! Jxo

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  8. I try hard not to make things that won't get used or I don't have a purpose in mind for - which limits my sewing time and keeps my budget in check! It can be tough, though.

    Great 'fix'. :-)

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  9. oooo I really like it as a pillow. I think I am going to have to copycat you!

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  10. This is gorgeous and your invisible zipper looks so well done.

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  11. Lovely lovely lovely! Your zipper is perfect too!!!

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  12. oh yeah, I have a few languishing about - I think it's time to gift at least one of them, maybe hang another! But just gotta say I adore your pillow & you added such a perfect back in those penguins!! Awesome.

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  13. So fresh looking. I love it. I have too many things lying around I don't use.

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  14. This looks so cute as a cushion! I don't like to make things without a purpose either and hate clutter!

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  15. Now that's a great idea. I have a beautiful mini from a swap and would rather have it as a cushion cover than on the wall. It's a lovely cushion!

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  16. perfect as a pillow! And LOVE those penguins :)

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  17. I loved it as a mini and even more as a pillow! I was also wondering what that cute penguin fabric is.

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  18. great idea! I love making things that will be used alot!

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  19. You know, I like it even better as a pillow, proportionally. I'm the same about wasting things. I think I may have to do the craft show again next year just as an outlet, cause I also don't like listing things on Etsy ongoing.

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  20. Svetlana, I absolutely love what you did with this little mini. It's perfect as a pillow, and I love the backing fabric you chose!

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  21. Such a great idea Svetlana! I can't enjoy my mini quilts as I don't have enough room to hang them so maybe I should make them into pillows too.

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  22. Oh love the pillow, I am trying to battle the clutter, it is a work in progress! I took a mini I had and turned it into a huge zip pouch for all my pens markers ect.

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  23. I love that mini and the penguins with texty tummies is perfect with it. Nice job!

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