Monday, March 07, 2011

Crown Royal, anyone?

My friend Sharon Dixon, of Katy T-Shirt Quilts, has done what I had always thought was impossible ... she actually made a beautiful Crown Royal quilt!

Crown Royal Quilt, double-bed size
People have been trying to make quilts from the pretty little Crown Royal liquor bags for many years, and I had never seen one that was very nice.  For one thing, the bags are not manufactured with the intent that they be used as anything other than marketing tools to sell the liquor, and therefore are not what we would call "quilt-shop quality" fabric.  For another, people who have tried to make quilts from them generally just try to sew them all together to make a quilt top ... not usually a pretty sight.

Sharon, however, has used her quilt-making skills to actually create a lovely quilt top that happens to incorporate the Crown Royal bags without overwhelming the design of the quilt.  She first purchases two different fabrics to match or harmonize with the bags, then stabilizes the bag fabric before piecing them into her quilt-top design.  She quilts with an overall design on her longarm quilting machine, and hand-binds the quilt for a beautiful finish.

detail of Crown Royal quilt
What do you think?  Isn't this the prettiest Crown Royal quilt you can imagine?  She made this first one to order, and will also make custom sizes if you visit her Etsy shop.  I just had to brag on her here, as I think this one is very unique.  Now I wish I'd saved all my Grandpa's old Crown Royal bags!

5 comments:

  1. Very cool! What a great idea.

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  2. Whoa! That was FIFTY bottles of Crown Royal. Nicely Done, Sharon! And thanks for sharing, Linda. {{hugs}} ~Nancy~

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  3. That fantastic! realy! these website is way better then everything I ever saw.

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  4. Really nice job...I gave all my Crown Royal bags to other quilters to put their featherweight foot pedals in!

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  5. @YankeeQuilter ... I had to laugh ... another great use for the bags!

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