Weekend projects

The weekend just flew by for me! It’s been a busy one and I need at least one more day. I’ve been working on house projects and Bunny Hill projects! Look at all the fun things from the weekend! Mary Sanderson sent me a photo of the little quilt she made using my free pattern. Isn’t it cute? She featured little bug fabric! I’ve added it to my Flickr set and you can see them all here http://www.flickr.com/photos/11824218@N07/sets/72157603428702502/ If you want to make this quilt you can get the pattern here http://bunnyhilldesigns.com/dynamic/?page=Free%20Patterns

Remember the log cabin block I showed you a few posts back?

Well, I’m also doing a “shabby cabin” version of the same quilt! Here’s the same block in soft, cottage colors. Notice the pink center for the “heart of the cabin”. I’m using Serenity from Moda Fabrics. You’ll find it in the stores any day now so if you think you might like to make this log cabin quilt buy a fat quarter of the whole line and add it to your stash. Better yet, just buy the fat quarter bundle. You’ll love it!

Our old red chair joined our family again this weekend! It’s been sitting in the garage since we moved last May. It comes in and then goes back out. It’s has sentimental value and I just can’t part with it. Years ago I decided to take an upholstery class, and my husband found the chair for me at the thrift store for $50.00. I took it to class, the instructor took one look at it and said, “get rid of it, it’s not worth doing”. So we all carried it out to the dumpster. I went home, looked at my husband, and knew I had to go back and get the chair. So back we went to retrieve the chair. I believe they call that “dumpster diving”! I quit the class and sent the chair to be upholstered, and my $50 chair became a $600 chair.

Now, years later, the chair is starting to look pretty bad again, but as bad as it looks we still love it. This weekend we carried it up to my studio where it sits waiting for a new slip cover. Yes, I’m making a new white slip cover for this old red chair. I made a pattern using a sheet, and now I’m ready to sew the slip cover. Nothing fancy…no piping. Whatever I do, has to look better than this!

I’ll show you the results, good or bad in a few weeks.
Have a great week!
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  • Anonymous - Anne,
    I enjoy reading your blog so much. Thank you for all your inspiration. The little quilt is to cute. Enjoyed seeing the log cabin block worked up two ways and can’t wait to see your chair cover. Give Bitsy a hug from me.
    –RebeckaReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Ohhh pretty pictures. Love the chair, can’t wait to see the slipcover. Love the log cabins. Love the dogs. Love you!ReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Anne, I always enjoy your blog. You have so much to share. The little quilt is adorable, the block is coming right along. The pastel sure gives it a whole different look, more cottage looking. I love the chair and your little ones look like they are glad you brought it back in too.
    Have fun making the slip cover.
    Thanks so much for always sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - One mans junk is another mans treasure. Its a good thing you quit that class. My mom upholstered and slipcovered everything we had and most of it was junk but she made it into great things. One love seat she upholstered 40 years ago is still in fabulous shape and my kids all fight over who gets it when I want to get rid of it. Its in a green tweed and still looks up to date. I’m in the process of slip covering myself but have never done it before. Why didn’t I pay more attention when my mom was alive? Dangit. My question is how deep do you measure into the creases of the wings (where the back meets the wing sides) in the chair? I have 2 chairs similar to yours and I don’t know how deep to go into the crease with the slipcover. I’m going to do them sort of loose and shabby with not much piping. Easy does it. Any help you can give would be great. Thank you. And as always, I love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks so much for showing off my quilt. It was SO much fun to make. Your instructions are very user-friendly.

    Now … good luck on that slipcover. My first attempt at that was also a wing chair and I am happy to say that I survived the experience.

    And, I love my new wing chair.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - LOVE the Shabby Cabin block! Its beautiful!ReplyCancel