Inventions of the Fabric Variety
Here we are, day 12 of 2015–almost halfway through the month of January already! Did anyone else lose track of nearly two weeks??
And today’s Ultimate Blog Challenge blogging idea was this:
Day 12: Shark Tank Day
If you were to invent something or have a business idea
to present on the TV show Shark Tank,
what would it be?
Well, honestly, I don’t think any of my inventions of the fabric variety are worthy of Shark Tank, but I do have a few ideas for new products, or variations of products. Some I’ve only made into prototypes so far (only one of each design that I’ve ever made at this point), while others are still merely ideas or rough sketches.
One idea is the “Window Scenes” wall quilt in the picture above. I have long admired the attic window quilt block, similar to what I used to make this wall quilt maybe 20 years ago (although this is more of a log cabin block variation):
Anyway, I decided to modify it a bit and go for the look of peering out a window. I had a fabric panel depicting horses engaged in various activities. I used that as the “scene” and then created the “window” over and around it, complete with curtains! This prototype was one I originally made for my oldest daughter who at that time lived in a small apartment in Boston while going to school. She’s an avid equestrian, so I thought she would enjoy having country scenery of her beloved horses out of a faux window in the middle of Boston.
Since then, I’ve wanted to create some with a variety of typical outdoor scenery based on themes (such as butterflies, cows, sheep, mountain, lake or ocean), as well as seasonal themes (such as fall leaves, winter snowflakes and snowmen, spring and summer flowers). I could also make use of my imprinting process to create my own scenes for each window frame.
Another more recent idea is my log cabin photo blocks, such as those I assembled into this quilt and pillows:
I also have numerous ideas about adding entire lines to my products featuring the photography of different people who have given me permission to use their photos; the collections will be named after them, with proper attributions and links to their respective blogs or sites.
Then I have ideas for my own K-Lee’s Kollectibles, which will be an assortment of ready-to-buy items, to supplement and/or complement my current custom orders. I’ve noticed how many views I get of certain items at both Etsy and Bonanza, and I’ve also received inquiries from people about buying items outright. So I think 2015 is the year I’ll add some of these items to my online sites!
These are my ideas of the types of designs and items I want to include in my K-Lee’s Kollectibles for ready-to-buy items that would feature my own photography or quilt blocks in place of the photos.
So what do you think? Probably not “Shark Tank” worthy, but I’m excited about watching my ideas take shape in physical form!
How about you? Have you even designed or invented anything? Do you have ideas for designs or inventions?