Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time for a Change

Holy crap. I can't believe it has been two months since I last posted!
I have been experiencing a mixture of extreme laziness and outright obsessive production over the last eight weeks. I have been obsessing over my latest fabric collection (still in production) which is inspired by the American frontier lands of the mid 19th century.

The more I research this era the more obsessed I become with it. It seems I can't get enough of prairie pastures dotted with wild buffalo, worn linen dresses, indian beaded bags and sod houses with crooked chimneys - amongst many other romantic visions of the West.

I have a hankering to wear long prairie dresses with worn brown leather boots and wander aimlessly through meadows collecting wildflowers :)

I have a Pinterest board for such visual goodness as this here, please feel free to drop by and take a
look. I will be releasing my latest collection in the next few weeks, I can't wait to share it!

More recently I've been painting the house, moving furniture and just giving the house a new look where possible. The old wooden country style dining chairs we've had for years were starting to look quite disgusting (as happens with young kids in the house). I had re-covered them about two years ago with an IKEA fabric but they have long since failed to look as good as when they were freshly done.

old grotty chair pads with IKEA fabric covers

I thought about buying some fabric specifically for covering them again, but seemed a little ridiculous considering the amount of fabric spilling out of every corner of my studio/sewing room.
So I cut out the basic shape of the seat plus a few inches from some canvas, whipped up some flying geese blocks and began to piece them onto the centre line of the canvas quilt-as-you-go style.
once the centre line of geese was done I added strips to each side and bingo-bango-bongo...

freshly covered and ready for use!

and another....

all done! 6 quilt-as-you-go covered chairs

Have you been working on anything around the home lately?