Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DON'T LET THE DOOR STOP YOU BLOG HOP

It's finally my day in the DON'T LET THE DOOR STOP YOU BLOG HOP!  I've been anxiously waiting for this.  I really wanted to participate in the SHE WHO SEWS blog hop, but missed out on the sign up.  Booo hooo!  I had soooo many ideas.  But never fear, there's another blog hop to funnel my creative juices to and that wasn't going to STOP me!

My first DOOR STOP  light bulb moment came to a sudden STOP when I couldn't find the right supplies.  My thought was to take a hexagon shaped stepping stone, cover it with a hexi grandmother's flower garden quilt block and ta da... a DOOR STOP.  Now I know I've seen those hexi stepping stones before but none were to be found in my area of Texas.

OK, light bulb #2 and DOOR STOP #1

I took an old "cutter quilt" I picked up at a garage sale for a song
and covered this landscaping  rock.

The gail force winds of Texas won't blow this door open with this door stop.
What was I thinking, putting a handle on this.  Well, I was thinking I could pick it up by the handle and move it out of the way or do another door.  YEAH RIGHT!  Did you see the condition of that cutter quilt.  It's seen it's better days and when I tried to pick this boat anchor DOOR STOP up, I start hearing rip.  STOP, just pick it up with both hands and forget the handle!   I had to laugh at my optimism though.

OK, that was kinda cheesy and not good enough to compete with all those other, other, other ladies (wink, wink). So back to the drawing board.  I'm brainstorming with my friend Marcella (well Marcella did most of the brainstorming), who gave me this pin cushion for Christmas and it hit me again....

Light bulb #3 and DOOR STOP #2

I ask Marcella if she would help me make a DOOR STOP like my pin cushion only on steroids.  I can't paint like Marcella can but if she would paint the face, I could do the rest.  (Marcella is famous you know... she's written lots of books back in the day on painting and used to paint for Jim Shore and we all know who he is!)  Well, Marcella is kinda like all of us, an over achiever zealous kind of girl and a couple of days later she calls me and says, "I have your DOOR STOP finished!  Here she is.  Isn't she the sassiest QUEENIE you've ever seen.  I just LOVE HER TO PIECES (Marcella AND the DOOR STOP QUEENIE).  She even has a crown to go with her sauciness!  If she had red hair she might remind me of someone else I know.  (wink, wink)


But I technically didn't make it.  It is hand crafted, just not by my hands.  So how was I going to top that.  Days went by and I thought and thought and then in the middle of the night...

LIGHT BULB #4 and DOOR STOP #3

A crown, every QUEEN needs a CROWN!  And not just any crown will do.  I have several of those and they were great inspiration.

I started by drawing a pattern, added some sparkly white fabric, a round tin, a bag of pea gravel, a couple of yards of sequins, and sequins trim, and some jewels. I shared my idea with my loyal King, and he wasn't nearly as excited or impressed as I was.  But not to be discouraged!  I trudged on... And TA! DAH! I BRING YOU  A CROWN FIT FOR A QUEEN'S DOOR!  Won't it look absolutely marvelous in my studio!



And by the way, I won the King's approval with the finished royal product.

Be sure to check out the other DOOR STOPS participating in this hop.  They're sure to STOP you in your tracks!

February 5th
More Stars in Comanche 
Buzzing and Bumbling
Sew and Sow Farm
Purl Buttons Blog
Carretel E Agulha
The Quilting Queen (you're in the queen's palace right now)
Pig Tales and Quilts

You can see the entire schedule here.


Many, many thanks to our sponsors Quilting Treasures

And last, but certainly not least, our fearless leader Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and our awesome cheerleader Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks!  You girls ROCK!

Now, don't STOP yet, leave me a comment, join my site and/or follow me,  and/or, like my page on FB, all (or just one) for a chance to win this cool panel of Handmaids to make some of the SEW adorable projects you've seen on the SHE WHO SEWS Blog Hop going on in conjunction with this one.  How smart as that Carla; two blog hops in one!

Have a ROYAL quilting kind of day!



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54 comments

  1. Doris! I love love your Crown! That was a great idea and perfectly suited to your blog!. I also love the upcycled quilt. Great job of repurposing! LOVE IT!
    Thanks for sharing! And I would love to win the Handmaids panel! Thanks for the chance. I am a happy follower.
    xo jan

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  2. Love your crown door stopper, very royal! Marcella did a fabulous job on her Quilting Queen, you are sew lucky to have her for a friend. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Your door stoppers are wonderful. The painting your friend did for Queenie is fabulous!

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  4. Of course a quilting queen needs a crown door stop in her studio. It is a wonderful crown. I almost hate to see such beauty on the floor. Your quilt door stop is a great idea. Thank you for sharing your Door Stop Queenie. She is simply gorgeous and really has a personality all her own.
    Thanks for hopping and showing lots of inspiration. Your post was very entertaining and fun!

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  5. You are queen for a day, for sure. The pin cushion on steroids is terrific - you have a marvelous friend. I love your crown for your sewing room, too. Every rock needs a "pick me up" whether it's a covering or a handle. The rock is beautiful, now. Thanks for participating and being a great inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway, too.

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  6. What pretty projects your have. I truly like Marcella. She is so sweet. Than.nk you for sharing.

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  7. ha! they are great - love what your friend - she is sure talented. You have made beautiful projects to share.

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  8. I love your Marcella and the stopper from the old quilt is awesome. But the crown.... It is so lovely. Thanks for sharing

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  9. No matter who made her she is wonderful - and of course she would need a crown. :) blessings, marlene

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  10. Olá.
    Seus trabalhos são bem diferentes. Gostei da rainha. Que perfeição!
    Bjs...
    Mari Bein

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  11. You really came up with some original ideas...Love the lady and crown. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  12. Very good ideas all. I think you now have 3 wonderful door stops to use.

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  13. Your projects are all fun and wonderfully made!

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  14. That collaborative one is just amazing! What a stunner :)

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  15. Wonderful ideas. Love the quilting queen stop and a perfect ides gor repurposing the worn quilt.

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  16. The first one is my favorite (they are all great!!), but I love seeing new ideas on how to use old quilts :)

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  17. Wow great ideas! All of them. The queen sure is spectacular and the crown is very clever. Also love your use of an old quilt. Just wonderful!

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  18. Wonderful work on these pieces!! I love the crown though.

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  19. Va Va Va Voom...your friend Marcella did one fabulous job of your very special Queen!! I love the idea of covering the landscape block with the cutter quilt. That is just too cute. But the crown is best, and so fitting for a queens sewing room! :-)

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  20. The Queen is beautiful! Isn't it great to have friends in high places. :)

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  21. wellll royalty has certainly bestowed some very lovely over the top door stoppers in your castle…truly a smiley moment when I noted her wellll voluptuous well you know…the crown is a crown …lol

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  22. Your royalty for sure ! The cutter quilt idea was a fabulous one and the saucy queen that Marcella (our precious, sweet, wonderful, giving, zealous friend ) made, is just to over the top adorable. I'm glad you still showed it ! But alas...the crown is fit for a Queen.....that would be YOU ! Great idea and beautiful execution Doris !

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  23. All your doorstops are great! How fun to have so many light bulb moments. I'm lucky to have one a month. It's okay though 'cause they hurt my little brain!hehehe Hey, wouldn't it have been funny if you had a light bulb moment to make a LIGHT BULB?!!!! bahahahaa

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  24. Those are great doorstops. I love the crown!

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  25. Very cute doorstops!! Like your idea about covering the stone too! Very clever! : ) I've been following you on Bloglovin!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  26. Oh, my, your Queenie is adorable! I love the crown, too.
    The first is a great idea. Perhaps the quilt could be reinforced with a canvas fabric that could bear the weight! I love the idea of the handle!

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  27. Your lightbulbs going off made you very busy and so creative! I love the use of that old quilt and the crown is totally fitting for you! Lucky you to have a friend make that amazing doorstop...she's beautiful!

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  28. I like the idea of your doorstop suiting your royal theme. It is a very pretty crown, too!

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  29. Doris, your crown is just gorgeous--perfect for a quilting queen. And your friends creation is really lovely. I also like the idea of using old quilts for new things and your use of it for the doorstop was great. Old quilts are kinda delicate though. Thank you for sharing today.

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  30. What fun!!
    I love your queen and your crown!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    GFC follower!

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  31. Great door stop. Your crown reminds us all the we deserve to be Queen for a day, at least in our own sewing rooms.

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  32. Your friend's Queenie is a great compliment to your crown doorstop…love them both!! Thanks for sharing…I'm now following :)

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  33. It's great to see old quilts get put to use even if only as doorstop cover. I must say, I like the tiara/crown doorstop better though. Nice work. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  34. Your story just made me laugh, putting a handle on an old quilt and a brick!!

    Tami
    tamiquilts(at)att(dot)net

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  35. That's some sassy queen! Love the red!

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  36. Your queen is great and the crown is perfect.

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  37. Great idea for a cutter quilt. Sew cute. The queen is adorable!

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  38. Each of your Door Stoppers are wonderful. Thank you sew very much for Hopping...

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  39. So many ideas, and each one of them are so creative!! I love each and every one of your doorstops. I especially love the sparkly crown, very fancy. ;) Nice work!

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  40. Wow! You are such a creative lady! I love all of your projects...and enjoyed the info about Marcella. I had no idea! Keep up the great work and I hope I win the panel...I love the fabric line!

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  41. Tombstone + old quilt = Great Door Stop!!!!! Love the queen too! Everyone is "sew" creative!

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  42. I think that your door stop is very clever. Covering it with an old cutter quilt is perfect, and your Queen & her crown are delightfully sweet. Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  43. Very clever all of them but I love Queenie the best and her face is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  44. Great doorstoppers. To add a handle to the first one make a handle, sew it into a circle and wrap it around the bottom and sides. Of course you'd have to hand or machine sew it to the quilt.

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  45. Thank you for this project. I love that crown.

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  46. I love Queenie and the crown! Just what a Quilting Queen needs!

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  47. Wow. You certainly ended up with a few door stops. I love them.

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  48. The are all adorable! I do love that crown, and if it's good enough for the King. . . .

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  49. What a great use for an old quilt. Your fun little queen that your friend made is over the top. I can't imagine using her for a doorstop. The crown is quite adorable. All of them are just so fun!

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  50. I, too, laughed when I saw your first doorstop - those hunks of concrete are mucho heavy. Queenie was outstanding and I can see Marcella's talent and her "Jim Stone" techniques in the face. Love your crown - The Quilting Queen needs her own crown doorstop, for sure!

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