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Monday, August 17, 2009

The Rain was not Kind to my Quilt

I was worried about all the reds bleeding. Well, the reds were fine. It was navy blue that ran. I am just glad it was one of my quick deck quilts and not one of my bed quilts. I think I used some of that fabric in a star quilt that I have not yet quilted. I will be just sick if that runs. Is there anything I can use now to get rid of the color run?

Over the weekend I worked on finishing my 'Which Witch' table runner.
I will do a bit of quilting on the top tomorrow. Halloween will be here before we know it.

I wanted to back it with this pink and black polka dot fabric
so I could use the back side for a totally different table runner. I only had a small piece of the fabric and it was not quite long enough. So I decided to just hem the fabric and use it for a runner. I must say it worked beautifully...I went out to the deck and picked some of my dahlias for a centerpiece.

It made a lovely table and was so easy to make compared to the witch runner. It really makes the whole table. Just imagine the runner not there and all the pizazz is gone.

I ended up using another wild fabric on the back of the witch runner.
Someday it will probably make an interesting table. At the moment I haven't the vaguest idea what dishes I would use with this!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Enjoying the Fruits of My Labor

I love to make quilted items for my deck. Once all my plants get large enough to use as accessories, I begin using them and my quilted items to decorate a seating area.

Here's the bare necessities -- unadorned furniture and a neutral rug to define the seating area.

After a massive rearrangement of plants and a few quilts, the area is almost hidden from view as you walk up the back deck steps.
Each step reveals a bit more of the area.
Quilts cover the backs of all the seating and I have made coordinating pillows.

The seat cushions are just covered with a bold floral home dec fabric. The fabric is just pinned to the cushions in the back, so it can be changed depending on which quilted items I am using. The bright yellow callas are nearing the end of their bloom. I have already cut down a few of the first bloomers. I hate to see them go, because they go so nicely with the log cabin chair backs.
As quilters, I thought some of you might enjoy seeing how we use quilts to enhance the enjoyment of our summer living space.

One of the questions everyone asks me is if I leave all of this stuff outside. Yes, I do on the weekends only. That's when we aren't working, so we have time to sit out there and enjoy it all. If I know it's going to rain, I will bring it in. Unfortunately I did not check the forecast and about an hour ago I heard thunder and ran to check...sure enough it is raining like crazy out there and everything is soaked. I guess I will soon find out if it's all colorfast.
6:40 a.m. update: It's still raining and finally light enough for me to get a picture.

sad, sad, sad.............I see the pillows have moved on the animal or wind...not sure which.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Redecorated the Deck Glider This Weekend

I didn't get anything made from my box of UFO's because I went to a farmer's market on Saturday and bought a cedar arbor. Staining the arbor and placing it into my garden took up most of my weekend. I wrote about it on my main blog.

I did have time on Sunday evening to make this pillow for the deck glider.
It goes with this $1 find at the farmer's market.
I think 2009 is the Year of the Flamingo at my house. :)

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