Archive for the ‘quilted slip cover’ Category

Here’s what I’ve been working on:

Bro’s and Sista’s (Brother’s and Sister’s from the book Kindred Spirits (Yellow Creek Quilt Designs) – It’s ready to hand quilt.  It’s sitting in the tv room waiting for me.  It’s ALMOST cool enough in the evenings to sit with this BAQ on my lap.  I’ll be using Big Stitch technique with size 12 Finca perle cotton thread.  Circles.  Freeform circles.  Last night while catching up on my blogs, I ran across the idea from Tim Latimer Quilts.  Time to start forming a callous on my naughty finger again.  This is a King Size so I’m guessing it will take me all winter.


Mr. W’s favorite reading chair has sprung a leak so I’m thinking to make a slipcover for it from an extra quilt.


Below are the blocks I have so far for The Splendid Sampler quilt by Jane Davidson & Pat Sloan.  They are 6.5 inch blocks.  Two per week for a year.  Did I mention **free**?  I’m using batiks from my scrap bag.


Below is my version of The Circle Games by Jen Kingwell.  Two borders finished (appliqué circles) two to go.  I’m really enjoying the appliqué work.  Think I need to find another appliqué project once this one is finished.  I’m tempted to start on the Quilty 365 project – or perhaps my version of it.


Next we have my next 2 projects from Sherri Lynn Wood‘s book on Improv quilting.  The first one is called Rhythmic Grid and the second one Patchwork Doodle.  They are both in the preliminary stages on the design wall.

And finally, we have my version of Sue Spargo‘s Magnolia.  Again, two borders finished, two to go.  This quilt is such a RIOT of color but I’m really liking it.  I am enjoying learning new embroidery stitches from Sue’s book Creative Stitching.  I’ve also been drooling while looking at her book Stitches to Savor – an amazing coffee table book of her work.


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This explanation may not be of interest to most – but I’m putting it all out here for those that might find use to it.  If you’re not interested in my process – no worries!

It all started with my Fabric Vomit Crumbs.  I had several pieces put together but really didn’t know what I was going to do with them.  I kept coming back to the thought “what is a woman to do when she wants to keep making quilts but doesn’t NEED any more quilts?”  (Almost everyone I know has been given at least one (if not 6) quilts.  I’m a huge supporter of giving quilts as I typically give at least 6 quilts to a charity each year.  I’ve also supported Project Linus and made 60+ cancer hats one year.)  ANYWAY…. while surfing Google Images, I ran across a quilted upholstered chair.  Well, we have two Barnes & Noble-type chairs in a fairly ugly green floral fabric.  Ding, ding, ding…….instant idea!

I started researching how to slipcover.  I decided that my quilted pieces needed some kind of support as I didn’t think they would stand up to long term wear otherwise.  I had about 10 yards (or more) of a black velour that had previously been used for a photography backdrop and more recently been used for a design wall.  I decided to use this as the backing for my pieced work.  It was heavy enough that it didn’t require any batting.  I was mainly looking for stability.

I used spray baste rather than pin basting.  The product I used was Quilt Basting Spray 101.  It was ok.  Some people swear by spray basting and in this case – it did the job.  However, for my quilts – I’ll stick with pin basting.  It might take a little while longer, but I think I get less puckering.  And honestly, I thought it felt a little ‘gooooey’ while quilting it and my darning foot is now sticky and needs a good cleaning.

I did large FMQ (free motion quilting) over all the pieces.  How many pieces, you ask?  Well, let’s see……2 arms, 2 sides, a front, a back, an inside, and front and back of 2 cushions.  The gussets are un-quilted as they are solid black pieces of fabric.

Inspiration for my piecing and colors came primarily from Hundertwasser (the artist we discovered in Austria in 2014) but there was also definite influence from Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession, Anna Williams, Rayna Gillman and many more that I simply can’t remember.  Oh, and the back side of the cushions is from the Bonnie Hunter 2014 mystery quilt (my cushions will be reversible).

Education for making a slip cover came from several sources.  I downloaded a Craftsy class, Custom Fit Slipcovers, with Cherie Killalea .  Great class for general beginners information.  Also, there are several internet sources I found with excellent information.

Since the quilting isn’t going to show (much), I used this opportunity to use up all the bobbin bits and pieces from other projects.  I used either lime green or neon orange for the top thread.

That’s it!  Once I had the pieces ready – it just took a little perseverance to finish it.  The fit isn’t perfect – but it’s good enough.  It’s a little sloppy or loose but I think that’s ok since it’s a ‘sink in’ chair.  It seriously makes me smile every time I walk into our little house.  The next step in the redecoration/remodel is to get rid of the ping pong table, take down the more traditional quilts from the walls and put up some of my bright quilts.  Then, we’ll set up the painting easel for Mr. W and set him loose painting.

If anyone has any specific questions – don’t hesitate to ask.

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I finished my slip cover today. I LOVE it! Standing on one leg love it!

Anyway….here’s a couple pictures. I’ll post some details in the next day or two for those that may be interested.

I’ll probably never do another slip cover but it really wasn’t that bad of a process.

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Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last couple blog posts.

We were off line for two weeks (December 23 onward) due to a major electric storm that tore through our area.  We are back online now and I’m hoping to be caught up on blog comments in the next day or two.

Weather is hot and humid so I have very little incentive to quilt as our little house gets beastly sticky by about 10am each morning.  I have several projects that I’m itching to get to though so…..roll on Autumn!

Here’s a peak at a project that I’m hot and heavy on figuring out.  I’m about 1/2 finished with quilting ‘pieces’ to use as a slip cover for one of our ‘Barnes and Noble’-type chairs.  I’m using my Fabric Vomit Crumbs pieces and inspiration from the Hundertwasser museum in Vienna that we visited year before last.  Trust me…..it’s going to be WILD – another ‘requires sunglasses’ project!



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