Tuesday, July 2, 2013

do Come In

Hello there!  Do come in.  I've finished recovering my sewing chair.  Come see!  Come see!

tada!  Happy patchwork chair

Ok, so the making took longer than I expected.  Once I had patched those 168 squares, I basted the patchwork fabric to the chair back with basting pins like so:

basted

Then, I pulled the fabric around the sides, trimmed to the right shape and folded under raw edges.  Pinning everything just so was slow, but critical.

pinned

Next, after a lengthy hunt for my one curved needle, stitching began.  Thimble definitely required here (or these great stick-on pads)!  The curved needle was key since I'm sewing through the black twill chair fabric pulled tight up against a hard plastic back.  There is no way to flex a needle to get it back out, which is why most of my straight pins in the previous step just go straight in.  The curved needle goes in and comes back out almost spacing the stitches automatically based on the curve of the needle.

circular needle

Last of all, I hand quilted the chair back in place, sewing through the black twill chair fabric and catching the cushion underneath sometimes too.   This should prevent the patchwork fabric from stretching and shifting... I hope.

hand quilted

Phew! In comparison, making the chair seat was easy-peesy.  It only needed 100 squares and no fancy attachment.  I simply created a drawstring casing around the edges of my square work, wrapped it over the chair seat and cinched it tight.

patchwork covered Ikea chair

Voila!

pretty from behind

I really love how it looks from the back too.  I've only recovered one chair so far.... but someday I'll do the one that goes at my desk as well.

Juki HEARTS patchwork

For now, this happy patchwork sewing chair is going to live over by the Juki.  Because Juki's HEART patchwork and I HEART my Juki.  Lots of love going round this space!

where I sew

I was inspired to get this project done when Kathy asked me to be a part of her annual Where I Sew series.  The series has already started at the Pink Chalk Studio blog, where you can enter to win one of fifty $20 gift certificates all month long by commenting on each post... all while visiting sewing spaces across the globe.  Such a fun idea!

Thanks for stopping by.  Do come again!

41 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel! That is the most beautiful quilter's chair!!! All your room looks wonderful - where you hide all your projects? I can only imagine how much work that gorgeus chair needed absolutely worth of it! x Teje

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    1. Thanks, Teje! I do work best when I only have one project out at a time, so I keep things tucked away in a WIP drawer and a cabinet. I'm in between things just now, actually. About to start a new quilt!

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  2. Your sewing space is wonderful!

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  3. Gorgeous chair, Rachel! Definitely worth all the effort, and it looks so cheerful in your sewing room.

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  4. It turned out beautiful rachel. Love it. I am sitting here in my ugly old worn out chair thinking. Wow Wish I had Her chair....And I need to get off fmy lazy tail and fix this one...lol

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  5. You did excellent job! The chair is perfect, the colours are so nice! Your craftroom is really beautiful place to work.
    Zuzana

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  6. Love it!! Shall I give you the dimensions to my chair now? ;)

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  7. Well, that is one of the coolest things ever! You must smile every time you walk in that room and see the chair! o:)

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  8. Oh, I love it! It compliments so many other elements in the room just perfectly. Well done!

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  9. wow :D I like it very much! :)

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  10. love the chair and love all of the natural light in your sewing space! Your chair looks super comfy and the way you attached the patchwork cover is great!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  11. Wow! I'm inspired to redo my chair! It was a thrifting find and it's drab and blah! Did you use a certain type of thread?! I love you ginormous table! Oh and all the lovely natural light! You have a gorgeous space!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! I did use button thread to attach the fabric to the chair back. Button thread is a very heavy thread, also for upholstery. It's available at most store by Coats & Clark.

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  12. Your recover is soooo much nicer than the slip cover I suggested a few posts ago! Well done! It looks beautiful!

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  13. It looks beautiful and thanks for sharing. What a great place to create in.

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  14. You did such a great job. I'd love to do upholstery one day.

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  15. It is lovely! I take pleasure in the fact that we, colectively, as crafters, quilters, and artists see more than a utilitarian chair. You saw one more way to make your space uniquely yours. A statement of your creativity! It is an expression of you!

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  16. Wow! I love this! I've been wanting to recover my sewing chair, just not sure which way I should go about it! Thanks for some lovely inspiration!

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  17. That is completely delightful!
    When I finally get a craft chair I am definitely going to follow your example. :-)

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  18. Wow, that turned out great! I would have guessed that a chair like that would be impossible to cover nicely, but yours looks professional.

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  19. It's so cheerful and lovely. Beautiful job on the back stitching too!

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  20. Your chair turned out lovely! Nicely done.

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  21. Amazing job Rachel! I would never have even thought to undertake such a project. Very fitting for a sewing chair.

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  22. wow! looks fantastic and so cheery.

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  23. The chair turned out wonderfully! Thanks for sharing how you did it!

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  24. Wow, Rachel! The new chair cover is perfect for your sewing room and Juki. As always, you do a great job of showing how you accomplished the task.

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  25. That chair cover is so nice! I was wondering what else curved needles could be used for. Most of the time, I use either a darning needle (for knitting) or quilter's sharps (for everything else). I'm trying to find things that make sewing easier, faster, and with better quality.

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  26. As usual, you're an inspiration! Your chair is amazing, and your sewing room is my kind of workspace!

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  27. Love the chair! Great job! I also love your new profile picture!

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  28. It turned out great!!

    When I recently upholstered a footstool with patchwork I ironed the fabric squares to lightweight fusible interfacing before sewing them together. That made meeting the corners of the squares easier and gave the piece nice stability.

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  29. Your chair has transformed! it looks wonderful and I'm totally impressed!

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  30. That is awesome! I can't think of a better place to sew.

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  31. I have a chair like that! Recover time you create such beautiful things! Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  32. It looks so great. I'm glad the round needle made your task a little easier :)

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  33. Gorgeous chair - clever girl!!

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  34. wow - lots of work but it looks absolutely fabulous and so worth it - can you make one for me now !! :)

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  35. i love your chair!!! I need to make a cushion for mine

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  36. Oh, such a great centerpiece for your room. It's beautiful, Rachel. And I'm so inspired with how you attached it. Makes any furniture reno seem possible.

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  37. I enjoyed your account of covering your chair! Very professional looking and I KNOW the hand sewing & quilting wasn't easy! I slip-covered an office chair that I used to use in my sewing room! It was a thrifty find and has now graduated (sans slipcover) to hubs' hunting hut!

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