Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feathers

Yesterday I bit the bullet and finished of a quilt that has been on my frame for over a month. I had to "make" myself work on this because I had to rip out some stitching where the tension was less than perfect. The main reason though is that my machine resides in the garage. It has been hot and muggy for the last few months here in middle Tennessee. I have two ceiling fans plus a powerful box fan I use while quilting. I also drink lots of ice water. Despite these measures it is still pretty warm out there! Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do to do what you love!
~Norma
blog.petitdesignco.com

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sidetracked

I haven't made any more progress on my slipcover as per my plan. We got sidetracked last Sunday. We woke up refreshed from an afternoon nap and decided to start on a little kitchen update. We are adding board and batten to our kitchen walls. We've had the material sitting on the kitchen floor and it seemed like a good time to get things started.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Success... so far

Last night I only got as far as washing and ironing about 9 yards of canvas. I figured that was enough to at least get the main part of the slip cover done. I got up this morning and got right to work. It took most of the morning to get to this point of pin fitted and excess fabric trimmed:

It was actually kind of fun and not too difficult to get to this point. I did make one mistake, I must have been distracted by the kids because I trimmed the front way too high. It's OK though because I'll just make it more of a waterfall skirt. I had intended to only raise the skirt about 3" ... whoops!

After a couple more hours of setting up my sewing machine, trying to keep the almost 3 year old from touching anything and general distractions, I was able to get it sewn together. By golly it actually fit quite nicely:
 I am pleased as punch with the results. I did end up with 2 little tucks on one arm but it's not something I feel I need to re-do. Tomorrow after church I will tackle the skirt. Once that is done I will serge all the seams and then I plan on top-stitching for that nice crisp look. I probably won't be able to tackle any of the 8 cushions until next weekend.

~ Norma
blog.petitdesignco.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Date Night


I've got a date with my not-so-white-anymore couch tonight. I'm prepping yards and yards of natural colored canvas so that I can get started on that slipcover I mentioned. The canvas is more off white/almond colored than I had hoped but it will do for now, especially since I don't really know what I'm doing! Ha!

I often dive into projects without really knowing what I am doing but I'm usually pretty confident going in because I tend to research things to death. I plan on making a basic slip cover with a box pleat skirt. The cushions will be individually slip-covered as well. I am forgoing the piping because I don't feel like making it and because I'm not 100% in love with the color of the fabric.

How about you, do you have any weekend sewing plans?
~ Norma
blog.petitdesignco.co
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