Friday, September 24, 2010

PB Inspired Pillows

We found out pretty quick that the deck chairs were nice to look at, but not quite as comfortable as we would have hoped. We've decided to continue the search for other chairs, but in the meantime, I made a couple of pillows to help with the comfort.

I saw some really cool pillows last spring in the Pottery Barn catalog, and wanted to create something similar ever since. These are made out of simple canvas duck cloth, and they are actually pillow shams. A lightweight pillow is tucked inside.

I got out my trusty craft paints, and free handed the designs, based on pillows in the catalog. Sprayed with Scotchguard, they should repel water and be fine under the porch.

Now we won't sit quite so far back in the chair. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Briley Completed

I posted about this quilt top a while back, and had to put it aside for a time to finish other projects. I finally completed it last night and am pretty pleased with the result.

I did all the applique with a strait stitch. I love the idea of it fraying over time and being really soft. When I was thinking of exactly what I wanted to applique, I just started thinking about all the things little girls think about and play with.

1. Hearts (All little girls love drawing hearts, don't they?

2. Flowers (Same goes.)

3. Umbrellas (Don't you remember loving it when you got to use your umbrella as a child?)

4. Ballet Slippers (I don't know a woman grown, who didn't at one time or another want to be a ballerina.)

5. Her name. (Enough said.)

As you can see in these photos, I decided to do a bit of hand work around the applique to make it stand out. That gave it even more of a personal touch. Instead of binding the quilt with something different, I just made the backing large enough to fold over for binding. It made it pretty simple in my opinion.

 So this Christmas, Briley will be getting a girly girl quilt. (Shhhhh, don't tell!)  I can hardly wait.....

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vintage Sheets

I found a blog that utilizes vintage sheets. What a great idea. It's called The Vintage Sheet Blog and they are having a giveway! I'm entering......are you?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fabric Tuesday

I'm linking up to Quiltstory for Fabric Tuesday. It's really fun! Lots of great stuff out there.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wisteria Conquered

Most of you know the story of the Wisteria Quilt. Last Spring, as I walked around the neighborhood, I spotted a beautiful Wisteria bush that was as large as a tree. It was in full bloom, and the aroma was heady. As I walked past it day after day, I decided to take a photo and see if I could come up with a quilt design that would resemble the beautiful purple blooms hanging down. I drew it out, and bought fabric, thinking all the while that I was going to take my time with this. There was no hurry because the lucky recipient of this particular quilt, would be me.

As I worked on it, the still small voice of the Lord whispered to me..."Purple is your mother's favorite color." I agreed with Him, and carried on. This little conversation was to be repeated several times. I often replied that I knew it was her favorite color, but this quilt was for me. It's mine.

My mother has been battling cancer for two years. I did feel a little guilty for telling God no, but she was doing ok and I wanted this quilt. While she was in the hospital for some seemingly unrelated malady, I took the squares with me and worked on them by hand in her hospital room. I decided then to just make the whole thing by hand. And I worked nightly to piece all of the small squares together, while I gently ignored the "voice".

The seemingly unrelated malady, was indeed more cancer. This time....there will be no cure. She will undergo chemo, but for comfort purposes only. We don't know how long it will keep things at bay, but time is limited now. That still small "voice" became louder and stronger, and this time I had no choice but to say "yes Lord." I no longer minded that it wouldn't be my quilt, but I didn't want to spend months working on it by hand, so back to the sewing machine I went.

I had some trouble with the quilting, as part of it was hand pieced and part by machine. For me, it was not doable, so I instead tacked each square with  purple yarn. It made a nice grid on the back and it worked out nicely I think.

 I gave it to my mother this weekend, when I brought her home from her holiday weekend in the hospital. She seemed pleased with it, but the real point was that I obeyed God's urging, albeit reluctantly at first. And I feel better for it.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another Giveaway

Kristie at OCD is giving away some beautiful fabric. Check out her blog.