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??


My own design: Window Scenes Wall Quilt
My own design: Window Scenes Wall Quilt

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):

Attic window/log cabin variation wall quilt.
Attic window/log cabin variation wall quilt.


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 This prototype was one I originally made for my oldest daughter who at that time lived in a small apartment in Boston while going to school.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:


Log cabin photo quilt and pillows.
Log cabin photo 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.


K-Lee's Kollectibles Bag Designs
K-Lee’s Kollectibles Bag Designs
K-Lee's Kollectibles Pillow Designs
K-Lee’s Kollectibles Pillow Designs


K-Lee's Kollectibles Wall Quilt Designs
K-Lee’s Kollectibles Wall Quilt Designs
K-Lee's Kollectibles Quilt & Pillow Set Designs
K-Lee’s Kollectibles Quilt & Pillow Set Designs





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?

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20 comments to “Inventions of the Fabric Variety”

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  1. Snarky Momma With - January 12, 2015 Reply

    What great ideas you have. Especially for people who want custom quilts with specific window views. Miss the sight of that old home stead? K-Lee Quilts brings it right to your bed room wall for you! Great job!

  2. Amy Bovaird - January 12, 2015 Reply

    These are great designs! And quilting is IN! You will have a ready-made market for them! Love ’em!
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  3. Heidi - January 12, 2015 Reply

    I love the idea of a quilt being a window. It is a way to brighten a space, to bring in a it of warmth.

  4. Amy Bovaird - January 12, 2015 Reply

    Here I’m visiting from the UBC. I have always loved quilts and think anyone who can make them and an adapted design must be really clever! It’s very exciting and I do hope you go through with it! I love seeing what others are doing with their crafty designs!!
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  5. elly stornebrink - January 13, 2015 Reply

    Wow! That’s a lot of creative ideas and projects Karen! How do you find the time to do all that! 😉 <3
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  6. Francene Stanley - January 13, 2015 Reply

    I like your wall quilt designs. They remind me of tapestry hangings in the castles of old, which would have, not only decorated the wall, but warmed the room.
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  7. Alana - January 13, 2015 Reply

    I love quilts, but have never been a sewing person. Instead, I crochet, but not using my own patterns. I do it more for relaxation than creativity. I agree – so clever. Go for it!
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  8. Misty Spears - January 13, 2015 Reply

    I love these. I’ve never learned how to quilt but I love the window quilt idea! I’d watch you on Shark Tank! 🙂
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  9. Alexandria Gunn - January 13, 2015 Reply

    These are lovely ideas. I have no idea what Shark Tank is but I’d love to see more of your ideas and products.
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  10. Joan Harrington - January 13, 2015 Reply

    Hi K Lee 🙂

    Beautiful designs and quilts!! You could definately compete on Shark Tank girl! You are so creative and talented 🙂 Nice post and share!
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  11. Mary - January 13, 2015 Reply

    I love your quilts. Beautiful!
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  12. Ashley - January 13, 2015 Reply

    Aww… this reminds me of my grandma. She used to make quilts before she passed away. Made one for everyone in her family. How beautiful are yours too!

  13. Elisabeth - January 13, 2015 Reply

    So beautiful. And yes, I do feel like we’ve missed a few weeks!

    I really like the out the window style look. I’ll have to send the lady who owns our local quilting shop this link!
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  14. Patricia - January 13, 2015 Reply

    My days seem to just blur together these days. Such lovely quilts! You have a real talent.
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  15. Cassandra - January 13, 2015 Reply

    I’ve always wanted to learn to sew. These are beautiful!

  16. Ruth Bowers - January 14, 2015 Reply

    Great ideas and beautiful quilts! I really like the wall ones with the window views. It would be much nicer to look at something like that instead of the brick walls next door!
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  17. Melinda - January 14, 2015 Reply

    Those look so nice! I have a lovely quilted Christmas table runner that my sister in law made for me. So happy to have such a gift. Thanks for sharing your creations. They are inspiring!
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  18. jen - January 14, 2015 Reply

    I love the idea of a window quilt! and you other ideas although not shark tank worthy…lol…are great none the less!
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  19. Amy White - January 18, 2015 Reply

    I LOVE the wall hanging quilt that resembles a look outside!! Think of how many people have a dark inside room without a window. Such a great idea! I’ve recently started designing and selling my own jewelry line and there is such s beautiful experience that comes with creating- Sharktank worthy or not!!

  20. Michelle - January 26, 2015 Reply

    I love the log cabin quilts. They are so fun to make.
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