Monday, April 15, 2013

Patchwork Dining Chairs

 Patchwork chair covers!

Do you know what's awesome?  Patchwork dining room chairs, that's what.  Or me, possibly?  I've been feeling pretty awesome...

using all my favorites

I started these chair covers last Monday, somehow under the impression that I could whip them out in one day.  Laugh.  So, 21-inch patchwork blocks, each made up of (49) 3" finished squares... yeah, those take a while, even when strip-piecing.  Especially when you need eight.

Juki FMQ = joy

And then I quilted them too, so I pretty much made a throw quilt last week and them stapled it to my dining room chairs.

I love dogwood quilting.

Free motion quilting on the Juki!  I do love making those dogwoods.  It was such fun to go all-out with my favorite fabrics for this project.  What better place to constantly enjoy them?

a little reinforcement

At last minute, I attached some twill-like selvedge trimmings around the edges of the patchwork squares to reinforce the outer seams and give the staples something strong to attach through.  Not sure if that was necessary, but I had been saving those white twill selvedges for something.

finished!

After ripping out old staples, trashing the old covers, painstakingly cleaning all wood and reattaching the spanking new covers, we sat down to a late dinner on Saturday night and I beamed the whole way through. 

Or maybe not the whole way.  There was that part when Liam spilled milk on them...

little Liam feet

That's ok, he made up for it by being awesome himself.  Loved the way I found his feet crossed just so.  He's always creating with paper and pens and colored pencils and sharpies and anything else. We got Faber Castell art setsfor the kids for Christmas.  Mmm... all those pretty colors set in wood.  I could almost frame it!

working on the Big Empty Wall

So, in other house makeover news, I spray-painted some frames yesterday for the Big Blank Wall over the buffet.  We're going to take down those shelves and put up a photo collection there.

Patchwork chair love

Also, I did remove two pieces of furniture from the living room (thanks Craigslist!) and reorganize.  Loving it!

My creative friend, Heather, who has been cheering me on and even pressing patchwork seems, helped me redecorate a niche in my kitchen.

before

From "blah" and cluttered and not-working picture frames.

after

To clean and organized and check out those hanging mugs!

spools and mugs

Heather and I randomly started redecorating this niche on Saturday night.  Miraculously I had hanging hooks stashed away in the laundry room that worked perfectly. When does that happen?

What a weekend!  I'm feeling giddy and a wee bit surprised to see so. much. progress.  That's like 3 and 1/2 things from my list!  And I even completed another project completely non-house related.  Wuahhat? Crossing fingers I can ride this momentum through to my next project!

63 comments:

  1. You are indeed awesome,those chairs are beautiful and well worth the effort.
    Laura xx

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  2. absolutely stunningly beautiful!!!! What fun projects and they brighten up your space so nicely. I want to drop everything now and make chair pads for my kitchen chairs :)

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  3. I like what you did with the chairs! And I think you did the right thing with the Twill selvages. Keep going... it's looking great!

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  4. I totally LOVE your chairs! Wow they look great... and I can't wait to see what you do next!

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  5. I love the idea of covering the chair cushions with patchwork covers! I absolutely need to do this!

    Thank you for the lovely idea!

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  6. I wonder if you could spray some Scotchguard on the chair covers to protect them?

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  7. Love how the chairs came out and you even quilted them! Too cute!
    Did you think of sealing them with Scotchguard? I can't live without that stuff! I use it on a canvas bag that I take on flying trips, so I can put the bag down in front of me and put my feet (with shoes on)on it to use as my footstool!! Once you spray it on, you won't have to worry about any spills!!!

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  8. I love the cushion covers. They turned out great!!!

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  9. "I pretty much made a throw quilt last week and them stapled it to my dining room chairs" LOL

    You did so much ! It's amazing. Will have to steal this idea because my chairs also need some love and yours look sooo good !

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  10. That looks so good! Now I want to redo my dining room chairs. Oh to find the time! And I was also wondering if you sealed the fabric in some way to protect from spills.

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    1. Go for it! No, I didn't seal them as I don't know of anything very safe to use. But, I'm pretty willing to accept the inevitable. I did make them very saturated to try to minimize noticeable stains.

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  11. Those chairs are beautiful!

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  12. I've been thinking of doing something similar for awhile now. Thanks for blazing that trail - they are indeed awesome!

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  13. You are on a roll!! It's the little things ( or not so little and lots of work) like patchwork chair covers and pretty shelves that make us giddy! Great job, everything looks beautiful!

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  14. Wow they look great - might be the inspiration I need to fancy up my chairs.

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  15. Love those chairs Rachel!! Will you do mine next? ;)

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  16. So bright and modern! Great make!

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  17. Wow! That's awesome! You've got me all inspired! I'm trying to talk Tim into making new sofas. :)

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  18. Those chairs are gorgeous! When I first saw them I wondered if you had quilted them to help with stability... and of course you did! The quilting makes them even lovelier! xoxo

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    1. Yes, I'm hoping the quilting will make them more durable, but we shall see. I'll have to let you all know =)

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  19. Awesome work on those chairs. It looks great against the black wood. And hey, what's a little milk between friends?? I agree that scotch guard could be a solution. Just to keep the pretties, well... Pretty.
    E xx

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I think Scotch Guard is a bit toxic? Not as bad as it was before 2003, but I try to stay away from chemicals =)

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  20. Yes you are totally awesome!! I love those patchwork chairs, the colours look beautiful! I can't believe how much you get done. I love to sit and ponder the ways I would redecorate my tired little house so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next!

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  21. So I think those might be my favorite thing you've ever made! Good job, my friend!

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    1. Wow, thanks Miranda! I'm so glad the old ones wore out so I had an excuse =)

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  22. Oh my goodness those chairs are just amazeing. I realy love them.

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  23. Your chairs are incredible! I love them and would have never thought they would look like that! Great job and keep the momentum going :)

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  24. Those chairs are too amazing! You have such a beautiful home!

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  25. It looks great! (Want to help me makeover my place when you're done?)

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  26. Oh my heck, those are darling!

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  27. Congrats on making so much progress! Absolutely beautiful! Love the chairs especially! :-)

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  28. These are adorable. One day when I have real chairs (instead of plastic ones from Ikea) I will have to give this a try :)

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  29. I love them! In envy of your free motion quilting skills!

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  30. loving the chairs!! and your hanging coffee cups, so cute!

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  31. Beautiful Rachel, they look fabulous! You may want to scotchquard the chairs, makes a HUGE difference. Good you put the twill on, I would have recommened that. FYI tip on your photo/gallery wall...keep things at eye level and build out/up/down from there. Do not out pics far apart (no more then 3 inches) even if you do not have that many in the beginning. They will look like they are "floating" on the wall and not "grounded"if too far apart.
    Cat!

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    1. That's very good advice on the pictures, Cat! Right now the pics are hanging on random nail holes just to put some color up. But, I like what you suggested!

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  32. The chairs are so pretty and bright! Maybe you could make the seats detachable somehow so that when there are spills, you can take the covers off and wash them. But that might be too complicated.

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  33. Totally awesome! My husband would think I'd lost my mind.

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    1. Yep, my husband knows I have. I'm totally getting away with this because it's "for the blog". hehe!

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  34. The chairs look great. I hope your next project off your list is the yellow piano.

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  35. Wow, Rachel, I love those seat covers. My chairs are a disaster, and you've inspired me try some patchwork with them.

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  36. what a fantastic idea! LOVE them!

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  37. I read this post yesterday and did not have time to comment, and then I saw the picture those chairs again today and had to come back to this post say how absolutely stunning they are. You did a beautiful job, the chairs are so fun!

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  38. Love the chairs ~ so colorful and lovely!
    I've been thinking of doing something similar to my chairs except for a floating pillow ~ thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  39. This is so inspiring! I love how a few quick changes totally transformed your niche!

    Ride that wave!

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  40. Lovely chairs! You did a terrific job, and best of luck letting them be "lived on." I struggle with that when I make something, like a pillow for the couch or a table runner, I have to consciously remind myself that its okay, it was meant to be used!

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  41. How wonderful! They will be well loved and used.

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  42. Those chairs are AH-Mazing! And add such a fun pop of color. Brilliant as usual ;)

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  43. you rocked it! go you! and i want your friend to come over and organize a niche for me, please. ;)

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  44. I LOVE your chair covers! They are so cute!

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  45. They came out great!!! Also, someone spills milk at our house every time I wash the floors. Every time.

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  46. Love those chairs!! Clever you!

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  47. Brilliant, Rachel! Love those patchwork covers (get some Scoth Guard maybe? Works wonders to repel stains). And yay for Heather helping with the niche, that looks great.

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    1. Oh never mind about the Scotch Guard, just read other comments. :)

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