Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I'm Working On

What am I working on, you may ask.  And I will answer, too many things at once.  My own fault because I want to do them all and I want to do them all now.  So here's the rundown.

Bench cushion for the mudroom project.  The mudroom itself is still not done either.  Still working on the painting.  Have not even started installing the floor - although the tiles are sitting in the front foyer which is driving my husband crazy.  Ordered the new light which will be here on Friday.

Anyways here is my fabric for the bench cushion.  It is a Colonial Williamsburg fabric called Nassau Vine Toile Onyx.  I really like it and am also thinking of ordering more to use in the kitchen.  I think the black and white make for a good neutral background and it wouldn't clash with other things in the kitchen like tablecloths or dishes or holiday decor.  But until the mudroom and a few other things get done I won't let myself add anything else to the project list.

I am still deciding which way to go with the cushion itself.  Should I do...

...contrasting piping like this photo or...

...a tufted looking edge like these from Ballard Designs...

I am leaning toward the tufted version only because those look more solid and sturdy and look like they can put up with the abuse my family will give them.

Here is the pinwheel quilt for my sister.

As soon as that ric rac gets sewn down the top will be done and we'll be on to basting and quilting.

Next is the baby quilt for my husband's coworker.

This is also pinwheels done in Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille.  The blocks are all laid out and just waiting for me to sew them together.  I'm keeping it simple with this one - no borders or fancy trims.  

Of course, there are a few other things going on too that are not picture worthy yet or maybe never.  Unless you like pictures of our damp basement, weedy garden, or toilets being replaced:).

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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  1. I love the rick rack! So cute. Good luck with your cushion! I personally like the simple piping, but I can totally see what you mean about wanting something more stable for your family! ;)

    1. Thanks Tiffany - I would use ric rac on everything if I could:)!

  2. Both quilts are adorable! As for the bench cushion -- I strongly recommend going with the narrow contrast piping, and this is coming to you from an interior designer, FWIW. Why? First, the regular narrow piping is going to be easier to sew. You can make and attach that kind of welt cord easily by either regular sewing machine or serger. The deconstructed lumpy jumbo welt on the Ballard cushions would be a nightmare -- it's at least 1/2" diameter cording, and you have to oversize the entire cushion cover to accommodate the girth of the cording on all four sides. Then you have to sew those tacking stitches to keep the cording in place BY HAND, once you have completely finished making the cover. This is not a more durable edge treatment, either -- the regular contrast welt (or self welt, because no one says you HAVE to use a different fabric to cover the cord) adds a lot more structure and durability to the edges of the cushion, which is where it gets the most wear. But finally, the most important reason I suggest going with a completely sewn welt cord inserted in the seam is that it is going to look much better with the fabric you have chosen. You never see that Ballard edge treatment done on a crisp fabric with a bold print, for good reason -- it looks great with burlap or rumpled solid linen, where you want an ultra-casual, deconstructed fabric, but I honestly think it would be a mistake to go that route with your cushion fabric (which I do love, by the way!). And now, of course, you can do whatever you like, because it's your cushion in your house! :-)

    1. So I was totally thinking same thing about the print not being quite right with the Ballard style so I have some black piping on hand and I'm going to give it a go. I'm sure I'll post pictures so you all can see the results. Thanks for all your thoughts - I really appreciate the input.

  3. I agree with Rebecca Grace for all the reasons she so nicely stated.

  4. Ric rac on a quilt! Never would've thought it, but it's just so darn cute! :)

    1. How does the rick-rack look after washing? If it's not washed very often I guess I can imagine it being ironed flat.

    2. The ric rac will hold up nicely in my experience. After a bunch of washes it may get a little curly on the edges and then the iron will take care of it.

  5. I love ric rac on a quilt - so cute! I like the contrast piping for the cushions. Thanks for sharing your accomplishments!


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