Friday, August 9, 2013

oh, Fridays!

Our Fridays are a bit topsy-turvy, with school taken in bits and sandwiched around a long swimming playdate and lunch and such.  If I can get myself in the right mood, I actually enjoy the recklessness of Fridays.  It's nice at the end of the week to let go!

Tilt-a-whirl blocks

So here's what else I'm letting go of - reupholstering that chair.  Somehow your chorus of "do the chair!" helped me know for sure that I don't want to do.  Sorry to be so contrary!  But the negatives all became clear -

*I don't love the shape of the chair to begin with
*It really would be a huge project and not a great one for a first reupholstery
*I'd definitely need to use home decor or even real upholstery fabric
*It would be costly in fabric (7-8 yards)
*I'd need to make a new cushion
*Plus, a bench would be better than a chair in our entry, with baskets underneath for shoes!

I was telling myself, it's now or never... and then realized "never" was exactly fabulous, haha!  I haven't told Brandon yet about the bench idea, but when the time is right (or if we go to Ikea) I'll plant the seed.  Then I could make a cute drop-in cushion for the bench which would be easy-peasy and not a big deal to redo if I make a poor fabric choice.   I'm sold!  Thanks for helping me work that out.

happy weekend!

So it looks like dresses and tobacco leaves are in my future.  This weekend I'm hoping to spend some time with my Rainbow Tilt-a-whirl quilt so that when that Briar Rose arrives I can pounce!

Happy weekend!



30 comments:

  1. such a sweet quilt design!

    happy weekend!

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  2. Sometimes all we need is a little push to know what we don't want to do... ;)

    Love that tilt a whirl!

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    1. Yep, apparently! I didn't see that coming, but it feels great =)

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  3. Those blocks look great, Can we start the Penny Sampler now so I can learn how to make them?! Looking forward to seeing your tobacco quilt take shape.

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  4. oh I like those blocks a lot!

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  5. Ikea has such great options for entry way benches. You will be much happier and it probably won't cost any more - possibly less - than reupholstering a chair you don't love.

    I love your blocks. That's going to be a great quilt.

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  6. Loving the look of this quilt.

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  7. That list is exactly why I couldn't face upholstery! Love your whirly blocks

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  8. Oooh! Really like the tilt-a-whirl. That may have to go on the to-do list. :)

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  9. great decision on that chair, I think :) I love, love, love this quilt you're working on.

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  10. The tobacco quilt and dresses will be fantastic--good choices! :)

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  11. I am enthralled with this quilt. Good choices...the dresses and the tobacco leaves quilt.

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  12. Oh, lol! I think dresses and tobacco leaves are just as nice! and the bench is a wonderful idea!

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  13. I adore your tilt-a-whirl blocks! Such happy, bright colors! And to be perfectly honest, I kinda like that wingback chair (or whatever chair it was). I thought it was a great teal color. I did notice that it would need a new cushion, but since I'm a use-it-up-wear-it-out kinda girl, I'd probably just move it into a different room (like my bedroom). I look forward to seeing your finished tilt-a-whirl quilt and your started tobacco leaves :)

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  14. So glad you decided about the chair. I was going to comment that you must use thick fabric but saw that everyone else was saying that. You could make a pieced cushion for it. I have done one of a pair of wingback chairs as my first reupholstery project and I am now in the middle of the second one (about 1 year in between at least) and it is hard. You have to love the chair and the fabric. You have to really want the finished item and I always wanted to try reupholstery, and so I enjoyed it but it took ages and needs a fair amount of fabric like you worked out. Anyway, Love your blog!

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  15. sounds like a wise decision. I saw a new bench like you described at Target last night. I was so tempted...

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  16. Love these!! Gorgeous & bright!! :) Good plan on the chair, save yourself some stress! ;)

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  17. good for you in realizing that your heart is just not into the chair and deciding against it. Love the tilt a whirl blocks too!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  18. Love love love these blocks... And givin a shout out to that Juki back there! ;)

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  19. I think a little patchwork throw would change the look of you chair... I love the blocks you're making right now!
    Myrto

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  20. I have to say attempting to upholster the chair sounded quite scary to me! I have a wing back chair needing to be reupholstered, but I believe I'll be saving my pennies {lots & lots of them!} and sending it off to a professional :)

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  21. Love the tilt-a-whirl vibrant colors!

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  22. Loving what you're making here. You DO have THE BEST EYE for color I've ever seen. Aren't you glad to know your blog is appropriately named? As for the chair, do what I've done. Find a cheap upholstery guy.

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  23. yay quilt! and that orange block in the photo with the floral fabric....I have that fabric too! Love it when I see my stash in other people's quilts!

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  24. Good to know what you don't want to do! Saved yourself a whole lot of anguish!

    Love the new project!

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  25. I love this quilt, this colours... beatiful!

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  26. You are so funny ~ I like the bench idea.
    Love the Tilt-a-whirl ~ great colors.

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  27. I really love this twirly rainbow quilt and would love to have a go, but then I've been reading your blog about less inspiration and now I'm thinking should I or shouldn't I... but you know what, I will. I'm sure when I have a fantastic idea it will push to the forefront and get made, but until then I'll keep checking out what other fab stuff other people are making and enjoy making my own version of it.

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  28. Good for you and I'm sure you are relieved. The colors in that quilt of course are my absolute favorites.

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