Thursday, April 25, 2013

the Voiles

After such a speedy start at home re-decorating, my nothing-to-show-for-it pace as of late is driving me a little bonkers.   Hoping to turn that around this weekend, since I get to stay home and make things.  Yay!  This pile of pretties is definitely calling me...

Voiles by Anna Maria Horner

So part of the "lag" is that I'm not being a project monogamist (thanks, C, for the helpful terminology).  Instead I have my hand in quite a few pots.

Let's see, there's those pom poms I'm spinning up on some nights for that garland.  They look seriously unimpressive, so no pictures yet, but I'm still hoping.

in process...

There's the wall of photos (or lack thereof).... it still looks the same.

in process...

The big work-in-progress is the shelf I'm re-painting.  Heather and I did manage to get the first coat of color on yesterday.  It's really, really, really bright.  I might be cursed when it comes to choosing paint colors?  Seriously, I've said it before... never let me choose the paint.  But if Brandon chooses it will be black, so....  For now, it's living in my husband's wood shop (a.k.a. the garage), awaiting more layers.  More on that later.

Notice that none of those projects involve fabric?  That may be the problem.  Still, I think I need to finish at least one of them this weekend before allowing myself to cut into the fabulousness that is Anna Maria Horner voile...

Anna Maria voiles for curtains!

This pile is a collection of her voiles from Little Folks and Innocent Crush.  They are leftovers from other projects, cuts I bought before I learned Not to Mix Voile with Quilting Cotton, and ones I just bought lately to round out the colors.  You can find some of these voiles at Pink Chalk Fabrics, Lark Cottons and The Intrepid Thread.

See how nice they look with my chairs?  That's because they're going to be patchwork curtains for the dining room.  Eeeee!  How excited am I?  Just imagine.

Field Study voiles

I also picked up these two Field Study voiles from Fabricworm to add in.  The big saffron dots might help all those small floral prints not read too "Little House" and the aqua mind's eye print... well it's the same color as my shelf.  So, that's good???

We are experiencing color uncertainty.

34 comments:

  1. The shelf is bright but I sort of love that color! It's going to be the perfect 'pop' for whatever room you put it in!

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  2. I think the shelf looks great, it will probably be toned down a bit when you have stuff on it.

    I have never heard that term before, I am a total project monogamist. It is so painful for me to start new projects when I haven't finished the last.

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    1. It's a great term, right? I like being a project monogamist-ish. I like having 2 very different projects going... not the 6 or so I have now. I hear you on painful. Finishing is so satisfying!

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  3. Very excited to make curtains out of those voiles. I like your colour choice for your shelves! Beautiful. I have many projects waiting...maybe not very wise but life is to short not to try a lot of different things. That is what I tell myself over and over again to make Me believe it.( hope this English makes sense)
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  4. The shelf looks great! Love that color. And I'm so fond of Anna Maria Horners fabric, her voiles are so soft. I do have a little pile of it, and I was thinging of making it into kitchen curtains. I'm very curious to see the results. Groetjes, Gerda

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  5. Umm I LOVE that shelf. Seriously. Was it a thrift find? And the voile curtains are going to be lovely!

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    1. Oh, thanks Alecia! The shelf was actually discovered in our house when we bought it. One of the few things worth keeping! I love the lines.

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  6. I have all but one of the AMH Little Folks voiles. I can't seem to get my hands on Little Honey in INK. It makes me sad as it is one of my favorites. I considered making curtains with them as well. I myself was concerned with how to pull them together without it taking on the "Little House" feel. Perhaps I'll just wait and see what you come up with before I begin my own. If only I could find that last print.

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  7. Those are beautiful. I love voiles. I remember I had several dresses made from voile in the 60s. The shelf is great.

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  8. That pile of pretties is calling to me too - have fun cutting and sewing those. It is so nice to see houses where people aren't afraid to use colour - makes me and my sister feel normal.

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  9. Gorgeous fabric and awesome shelves!
    Esther
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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  10. They are gorgeous! I actually just bought myself a FQ bundle of AMH voiles. Can I ask why you don't mix voiles and quilting cotton, because that's exactly what I was going to do for a quilt top!

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    1. I am wondering this as well. I just finished a table runner for my wedding that used voile and quilting cottons. It's a bunch of 4 patches all put together and I am planning on quilting it quite closely. I did notice that the voile slipped a LOT when I was sewing all together however.

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  11. Every.single.time I stretch my interior color world I become paralyzed. It's such a hard step to move pass but generally, in my case, it all turns out great! From my end, I think the new color looks wonderful!

    Also, what exactly was your experience with mixing cottons and voile?

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    1. Thanks, LeAnn. I was referring to the problems I had with my daughter's quilt. I hadn't quilted it too closely and also used linen which is heavy. It started to come undone at the seams from the voile unraveling. I also combined the two (quilting cotton and voile) another time and regretted it for durability reasons, so I don't think it was just that one experience. I believe using all-voile is better than mixing weights.

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  12. I am chopping up my AMH voile too! Your colors are better than mine tho.

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  13. I just painted my bookshelf that color and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Good luck with your your project polygamy ;)

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  14. I love the colour, it'll have more perspective when it's back inside with others colours as well :)

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  15. there is a very very easy fix for colors that are to bright. You can tone it down witha wash of white paint. Mix white paint with LOTS of water, like one part apint and 8 parts water. You can always add more paint. Then take a fat brush and just "wash" it on. You can also rub it on with a rag. Now you can also make a wash with somee brown paint which will tone it down in a different way and make it look it a bit more aged. I would tell you to do this all with a "glaze" but I am sure you do not have glaze and water works fine. You may have to layer on additional coats. Better to do thin coats. It all looks SENSATIONAL!
    Cat

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  16. I bought some voiles and can't decide between skirt or scarf! Hope I have enough for both!

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    1. I have a voile skirt. It's perfect for the hot, humid summers we have in South Carolina!

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  17. I LOVE the shelf color! It makes me want to paint something at my house.

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  18. The voiles are lovely and will make a wonderful curtain ~ can't wait to see what you do!
    Love what you've done with the shelving ~ that color really is great and will be a lovely accent in whatever room you put it in!

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  19. I know someone has already mentioned this, but a chocolate glaze would tone that shelf color down while giving it a nice vintage look. I think the color is great, but my hubby would think it's too bright as well.

    I've never used, or even felt voile before (that I know of). So I am looking forward to seeing how they come together!

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  20. Please tell me the official name of the color of paint you chose and the name brand of the paint. I am smitten with the color!!!

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    1. Sure, it's Valspar (Lowe's brand) in aqua quartz

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  21. Well, I LOVE the shelf but if you needed to tone it down, you could destress it...it was black underneath, right? Or do a white wash over it, depending on the look you were going for.

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    1. We don't have anything distressed in our house, so I wonder if it would go? But, I should think about it if it still seems out of place when it comes in. Thanks!

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  22. The turquoise shelf is Hot..... It will make a good statement piece in the room, I say live with it.... And see if it doesn't grow on ya.....
    Can't wait to see an overall photo of the room/s when everything in your mind is done....

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  23. Every single time I paint something in my house it takes at least 2 weeks (and sometimes more) for me to decide whether I like it. The shelf is bright but I think it can and will look amazing once it's in place!

    I've lived with my bright bright yellow doors since I painted them last fall and I just finally decided (it's official) they need a little tweaking...

    Trust yourself. You have such great taste.

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  24. Rachel, you are such a hoot! ...not too Little House. Love your humor and style!
    And gonna have to visit your recommendations and get some Voile. Have read it makes a great scarf and I want some fun color! Have a blast!

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  25. such fun transformations! and ooh, you reminded me of my voile stash. must go pet it...or maybe even use it. :o)

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  26. Oh voile. I could look at photos of it all day. :) It was just such a great line! And the aqua shelf has my mind reeling about what I could paint in my house. SO GOOD! xx

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