A bit of mending

I have these dress slacks that have needed attention for some time.  A few years ago, long enough that I can’t remember who was the culprit anymore, one of the cats decided to climb the clothing in the closet.  The bottom few inches of these pants were ruined with snags and rips.  Being that this was a really nice, high quality pair being fully lined, I couldn’t stand the idea of just tossing them.  At some point I did cut off the ruined portions.  The remainder has been haunting my studio since.  I had the glimmerings of an idea last night a dug through my box of trims and some trim grab bags I had.  This morning, I converted that idea into reality.  I hemmed both pants and lining, and added a bit of fun trim to the pants hems.  Now they are capris and have touch of seam lace that peaks out just below the hem and a small band of black and white gingham.  I’m quite pleased with the results and have already imagined outfit pairings.

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Quick Cushion

I needed an “instant gratification” project as the mystery quilt is taking time.  Not just in the quilting of it, but the cats keep deciding it’s the purrfect place to snooze, so I keep having to clean the fur off of it.  Stinkers.

Munchkin had a little upholstered stool that at some point recently became highly unstable.  Some part of its structure was broken and it had to go in the bin.  We were out at Cost Plus today and saw this small rattan stool and accompanying cushion.  They were, of course, sold separately.  And the cost of the cushion, well, it was hard to justify knowing that I have a towering boxes of fabric, both new cuts and stuff to be re- or up-cycled.

I knew before we got home what I wanted to use.  The box of denim pieces.  Only a small bit of cutting was required as much of it was cut already.  I threw some random pieces together, and stitched them up to make two pieces that could accommodate 18″ circle cuts.  I laid them down right sides together, and marked 4 cardinal points then drew arcs connecting them to make the circle.  I pinned it, with different ones to call out the turning opening.  I stitched the circled twice just to be sure, took out the pins, turned it and stuffed it with a combination of poly fill and cuttings not suitable for scraps (selvages and the like).  A quick whip stitch sealed it up, and now we have a cushion for considerably less.

And it was a fun little quick project.

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Mystery WIP progress pic 3

A bit more quilting done.

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Mystery WIP progress pic 2

After a few hours of yard work today, I’ve cleaned up and am back to hand quilting my mystery project. Here’s an image from the back.

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Mystery WIP progress pic 1

I  may have shared bits of this before but can’t recall.  It needs to be a mystery as it has a intended recipient.  Now that the Dragon Fruit quilt top is done I am back to hand quilting ths one with perle cotton.

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Dragon Fruit progress pic 12

The quilt top is done!  I’m very happy with it.  I have barring, backing and binding materials already but need to celebrate this milestone first.

This patters is from the October 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.
The majority of the fabric is thrift shop finds.

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Dragon Fruit progress pic 11

All the inside borders are done and attached now.

  Next comes the outer border. I was going to use the swirly black and white, but it is too busy for my eyes.  I put up a grey pillowcase to see what that would look like. 

I like the grey idea however that one is too light.  I do have a cut of a black and grey plaid that will work, but I  need to dig it out and see if there is enough. But not tonight. 

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