The Cicada House

My inspiration for the theme of this house came from an experience I had this summer.
The house is finished. It is 22 1/2″ tall, 9″ wide and 4″ deep.
To construct it I made one inch wide strips with fusible web on the back. I used left over strips from my last painted project for the outside strips and I used the dark blue cotton matching the back side for inside. I fused a strip on the back first and then fused a strip on the outside while bending the edge to create a bent corner. Then I stitched along the edges. I added strips of metal to the roof, that had to be sewn on pretty early in the construction. Once the whole body of the house was put together, I bent the metal along the roof edges and used E600 to glue the top of the house to the metal edging.

The last thing I want to do is make a metal edge for the bottom of the house to finish it off.

15 Responses to “The Cicada House”

  1. WOW! That turned out SO cool…I LOVE the paint job…and your style of painting….Bella Bella!!
    ~The Bella Modiste~

  2. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful, beautiful!

  3. kristin L says:

    It turned out really nice. My favorite part is being able to see teh cicadas on the inside — it’s a wonderful surprise.

  4. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous! I adore it.

  5. Deb Silva says:

    this is totally smurfy!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Jaw droppingly fabulous…..Love the metal detail….!


  7. Cordula says:

    What a wonderful idea! The painting looks beautiful (like ever). I think that to develop the “flat” picture into a 3-D-project was a great solution. The metalic effects and also the painting of the cicadas are a real “eye-catcher”.
    I admire your style and your creations and read your blog very often. Wonderful!

  8. thanks, I have to say this was a fun departure from working flat (quilt) i really want to do more structures now. I like taking quilt elements and bringing them into some new hybrid form of art.

  9. Judy one of my local guilds had done a “Quilt outside the box” challenge and I saw the quilts hanging in the local library. Nice. But not not as “outside” as I would have expected. Your box is exactly what I was expecting to see. Thank you for sharing it!

  10. Karen says:

    This turned out wonderfully! I can’t imagine that is was an easy task sewing it together. The metal details are perfect and so ‘you’.Taking the quilt into another dimension.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I just love your piece and I hope to see it in person one day. Just fabooo.

    Trish Williams

  12. Blind Spot says:

    hi your blog’s amazing. How did you get the header pic from the template? Did you write your own css code? Where can I find them?

  13. Hi blind spot, thanks, I wrote a post a while back on redesigning my blog that may be able to answer your question, it is in the august archive. I did it a couple months ago with my daughter and am feeling forgetful and tired at the moment to give you a clear answer. so I am sending you here.

    the link to where we found the template design is at the bottom of my blog page.

  14. suze says:

    Just found your blog.Love your work!

  15. Susie Monday says:

    Rayna G. is looking for examples for a slide show about turning those pieces that just don’t work into something that does. I bet she would love to include this one.

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