Thursday, June 27, 2013

patching again

This week I heard from Kathy of Pink Chalk Fabrics that I'm going to need a nice shot of my sewing space.  Naturally, I thought, "Now's the time to recover those black office chairs that have been on my to do list forever!"

patching again

So, here we are patching again.  I cut 2.5" squares mostly from scrap, with a nice helping of Flea Market Fancy green seeds and Glimma Kita in fog from the fabric cabinet.  My sewing room has bright fern green walls and black/brown Ikea furniture.  Slowly but surely I've been incorporating more colors too.   So, I'm thinking mostly green with red, pink, yellow, gray and multi-colored fabrics too.  I'm definitely being influenced by this awesome watermelon-colored do. Good Stitches quilt and also something I think I saw at Ikea once.  How's that for specific?

recovering this Ikea Klemens chair

This is the Klemens chair that I'd like to recover.  I have two - one for sewing and one at my desk - and they're actually really comfy chairs.  Recovering will be a little tricky since the chair back doesn't come apart in a helpful way.  I think I'm going to hand sew the finished patchwork onto the existing black twill fabric with button thread.  We'll see though....

patching again

For starters, I'm joining squares in pairs.  Funny, with this type of "random" patchwork I would normally grab two squares which I felt complimented each other, but also contrasted in color.  After reading Jodi's post at Tickle and Hide, I'm inspired to try her approach of choosing like colors to create a more fluent, watery movement of color, instead of so many hard stops. 

chain piecing!

This is one of those times when chain piecing doesn't just save time and thread, but makes pretty garlands too.  Happy, happy!

p.s. looking forward to announcing the winner of the Penny Sampler premium spot tomorrow!

14 comments:

  1. I can tell this is gonna be one awesome makeover! Can't wait to see the finish!

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  2. Good luck recovering those, they look like they'll be a little bit of a challenge, but I'm sure they will look awesome when finished. That quilt is also gorgeous!

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  3. I like your new profile picture!

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  4. Do not dispair Rachel, great idea and it is not as hard as you think once you start. And you can get that back off. If you want to send me pic od back and that seat I can probably help. I did this and here is what I did and tutorial...
    http://goldentouchhome.blogspot.com/2011/03/yawn-to-sunshine.html
    Cat

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  5. You could make a quilted slip cover...

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    1. Totally true, but I don't usually like slip covers. I want it not to shift, you know?

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  6. Sorry, just saw the link to the chairs and saw the back and seat. I bet anything you don't even need that plastic back portion, then you could staple on the front piece around the edges of the back and do a back cover as I did on the link above. Hope that helps!!!
    Cat

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  7. do you mind sharing what kind of sewing machine you have? is it a JUKI? I love all of your projects!

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    1. Yes! It is a Juki TL2010Q. I LOVE it. Wrote about it a bit here: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2013/03/the-story-of-my-juki.html

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  8. Thanks for the link! Can't wait to see how they turn out! I love that you've included some black too.

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  9. Recovering the chairs sounds like the perfect adventure for you being so crafty and resourceful! Hope I entered your giveaway! I've been I busy at vbs I have been really behind in reading blogs. I enjoyed Jodi's post about making a scrappy quilt more fluid too but I'm not sure I could mimic it yet. I am excited to see yours. I'm the kind of person who needs to mull it over a long time before it clicks when it comes to more artsy pursuits.

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  10. Great challenge! But will you be able to sit on it? Think I'd be looking at all the pretty fabrics.

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  11. Can't wait to see how you end up doing this! I have a sewing room chair that needs a little TLC and this is such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  12. Thanks for sharing which chair that is. I always sit in all of them at IKEA and hem and haw about whether to buy it or not. Since our IKEA is over 3 hours away, the purchases like this require lots of deliberation.

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