Black Flag ‘My War’ quilt
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I imagine it might color whatever activities occurred on or beneath it.
It might be cool if on its flip side, it were super-abrasive – burlap, say – like Side B of My War.
I had to track down this quilt’s creator, one Shelby Rude.
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Who are you?
Shelby Rude, an 18 year-old grrl from the Northwest.
How did you get the idea to do this quilt?
I saw a picture on the Internet of something pretty similar, and I just decided to refine it a bit.
What did this quilt involve in terms of materials and time?
Materials costed about 50 bucks. Time-wise, I had to find an old-school projector, print a transparency, trace the transparency to make a pattern, cut out the pattern, then cut out the fabric, sew most of it by hand, and then stuff it. In total, it took about a month.
You are a handy person. How does one become handy?
6th grade Home Economics! Learned to hand-sew in that class, then in 7th or 8th grade, I took over my mom’s sewing machine. I was just getting into punk music around then, and DIY ethics go hand-in-hand with punk, so it just became my passion. I used to spend hours looking for books, videos, tutorials on how to do anything crafty or handy.
What’s your next DIY project?
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Shelby is my new hero(ine). If the world were just, Bed Bath & Beyond would carry her work, and parents would buy it for their university-bound children, filling dorm rooms everywhere with the imagery of classic, nihilistic hardcore. Poison Idea pillows, not Pulp Fiction posters!
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