Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Upholstery for beginners!

New Stool - beforeNew Stool - afterNew Stool - after

This is my first attempt at some 're-upholstering' ! I visited the wonderful Sunbury Antiques Market at Kempton Race Course today. Alongside some vintage fabric and cotton, two new children's chairs (for bedside tables!) I picked up this battered old stool. I stripped the old bits and pieces off and used some foam and wadding to make a cushion, then covered in this lovely Ikea fabric. Perfect for putting my feet up after a long day bargain hunting!

Monday, 13 June 2011

New stash!

New stash of fabric!

Random!, a set on Flickr.
I managed to sneak in the acquisition of some lovely new fabrics over a hectic but fabulous weekend. My new stash includes the four Liberty prints at the front at a bargain price! Not sure what I shall do with these, maybe a new bag for my mum!!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Red Pepper Quilts: Picnics and Fairgrounds Giveaway!

Red Pepper Quilts: Picnics and Fairgrounds Giveaway!: "Here's your chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of the down-under prints from the Picnics and Fairgrounds fabric collection by Denyse Schmidt..."

Thursday, 2 June 2011

First Quilt

First QuiltFirst Quilt front close upFirst Quilt backFirst Quilt back stripFirst Quilt close up of back stitchingFirst Quilt and matching cushion
First Quilt, a set on Flickr.
This is the first quilt I ever made! Under the patient guidance of Alison (the other 'madel') It was started in January 2009 and finished nearly 18 months later - with the arrival of Finn mid way through!

The quilt is made up of 7 rows of 5 panels. Each panel has 7 fabrics cut randomly to create a starburst effect. I used one of the squares to make a strip that runs up the back. The binding is made from brown and pink spot fabric. The quilting is a combination of machine and hand sewing in random lines in a mix of brown, green and pink cottons.

I had enough squares to make a cushion cover and both quilt and cushion have pride of place on a comfy chair in our living room, adding a splash of colour and a warmth on a cold evening!