The Funky Zebra Print…. Fabric Leftovers

I think Zebra Print is….well, Funky.  You either love it or look the other way.

Exotic Animal fabric prints will always be in my fabric collection. But the Zebra print is my favorite.

Last month after finishing the outdoor table runner and a few pillows (See more of that post here)

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I had more Zebra print fabric left.

Inspired by  Jamala over at VivaLaVintageforyourhome stated if you have left over fabric use it in other areas of your home. She showed ways in which she used her left over fabric.  Which is exactly what I did.  I made another pouf…. Did I really need another pouf..?  No but glad I did.

I placed it in my studio office beneath the credenza. I’m pleased with how it turned out. By adding black piping between each pie shaped panel, around the top center and side skirt made a difference.  25″ Finished diameter X 14″ height.

I felt it needed a coordinating pillow. So back to Hobby Lobby I went hoping they still had more of this fabric.  On sale $4.00 a yard.   They did!   Now, the decision on what type and design of coordinating pillow?   Accent, Floor, Euro…what?   Since the pouf has pie shaped panels…hmmm…..the design I chose was hexagon shaped.

Making the pattern first started out as a circle, then dividing into 6 equal parts.

But you know me, I can’t just have 1 print.  I wanted to add another print.  The best way was to add ellipse shaped  sides.  Shown in the right picture above,  the straight bottom of the hexagon was curved up.  Then I was able to make the ellipse shape pattern for the side panels.

I added piping and soft yarn tassels, a back zipper closure and filled it softly with a combo of down and poly-fill.  The top has the option to be tufted.  After attaching the top and back buttons with a long cord I left the cords unattached on the inside.  Filled the pillow while holding the two cords.  After getting the desired fullness, I  inserted my hands and tied the cords to the desired tufted amount.  It sounds more fussy than it actually is. The finished cushion is 25″ diameter.

 

Making a little seating vignette to kick off those heels and have a champagne cocktail.  The quilt I made years ago.  Quilts are another excellent way to use left over fabric and scrap fabric.

The white pillow was made from a twisted rope shag rug.  Filled with down for extra softness.

Stacking the two looks cute too.  (Idea: Stack two velvet hexagon cushions with long beaded tassels. That would look awesome in a ladies boudoir) 🙂

Did I stop? Oh No……. Still had left over print fabric so it had to be used. 🙂 Made a large rectangle with crescent-shaped ends, piping, back zipper closure and tassels.  35″ long and 25″ wide.

With all the poufs, pillows, and cushions the girls are ready for picnic entertainment.  The wicker bowl  I used in Wok Bowl Planters received the table top from my office table which fit perfectly inside as a tray for a flat surface.

It’s certainly a Funky Zebra Fest…

Now it’s back in my studio office under the credenza…. Makes for a little extra seat.

Other ways I used left over fabric and trims:  The tigers were heavy candle holders great for what are now bookends with burlap tassels glued upside down in the candle cups. The covered book.  For the air freshener I made a fur koozie with the bottom open to slip on and the top open just enough for the spray nozzle. The wood table top is covered with wall paper.

Now that I don’t have any fabric left I guess it’s time to shop for more.

Do share ways you have used your left over fabric from finished projects?  It’s always great to get and give new ideas.  I hope to see you on my next outdoor seating vignette with some fabulous new fabric prints. Thanks again Jamala at VivaLaVintageforyourhome for the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your week-end.

Sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

 

 

Framed Floral Gallery Wall

Hi there.  Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week.

The saying April showers bring May flowers is definitely true, our garden is blooming beautiful flowers to welcome May. Aprilflowers2016Aren’t they beautiful? I wish they could stay this beautiful all year.  Since last Wednesday I’ve picked Gardenias and Roses,  placing them around the house.  There’s nothing like the fresh aroma of flowers.  It’s no doubt I love surrounding myself with beautiful flowers. Outside my studio window is a Gardenia bush and when I open the window….the room smells divine.

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These gorgeous flowers gave me an idea… Why not do a framed floral gallery wall!

First for a little background: A few years back, I did a gallery wall in our guest room.  My husband made this beautiful extra-large frame for me. 60″wide by 42″tall.  It turned out wonderful.  For the gallery backdrop I painted a suede technique. (Did I mention I do not like to paint, unless it is a spray can or a super tiny project)

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Jamali The  framed art is by “Jamali” Fine Art;  Mystical Expressionism.  I love his creative mind.  Click here to see his Amazing Art.

Although I love this gallery wall, I’m changing the guest room and decided to use this larger frame in my studio office but use fabric as the backdrop instead of painting the wall. ( I really don’t like to paint).

So come on in to my office studio and see what I’m working with.officedoor

On the back wall was my quilt:  Time to take it down for Spring and Summer. Office quiltframed

 

For the floral fabric backdrop:  Looking in my stash of remnants; this fabric by Richloom was perfect. The colors and flowers are so vibrant on the black background. Plus it coordinates well with white and black.  It’s funny how you keep something for so long knowing one day the lightbulb of creativity will turn on.  Glad I did not include this in my purge pile. fabric  label

For the frame:  I dry brushed silver on just to give the frame a little highlighted accent.   frame detail

First I  screwed 1/4″ thick plywood the size of the frame opening to the wall,  (just two screws, one in each top corner).   Stapled the fabric to the back of the frame, then hung the frame over the plywood.  By doing this, the tiny nails used to hang all the small photo frames won’t go thru the plywood so your wall won’t look like swiss cheese when and if you decide to replace it or take it down.  Command strips does not work for this application because of the fabric, which is not permanently pasted to the plywood.

Then I loaded it up with photos of my wonderful daughter and sweet grands.  I couldn’t stop there, I added a wall decal.  It’s a little on the wild side, but that’s how this old gal likes it. 🙂 IMG_9223frameit

I think I still need to tweak it a bit with the smaller frames but it’s getting there.  I have a few more photo frames to play with.   The wall decal…My first and last,  I cut each letter out so the clear tape would not show between and around each letter.  IMG_9230frame1This technique actually allows me to change the background with different fabric prints.  Which I love…changing things up.

Well, I had 1/2 yard of fabric left. Since I really didn’t “need” another pillow, I decided to take my old vanity stool and give it a new life. I get tickled every time I look at it. The red flower pillow really makes a difference. It’s placed on the side of my desk for no real purpose other than…it’s cute.  🙂 7 Vanity stool

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I did the same concept on the opposite wall, but have not decided what color to replace the white frame yet.  A mirrored frame is something that I’m considering.

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The rest of my studio office is still getting a face lift.  So I’ll be back, whenever….

If you are like me and painting walls is not your forte:

If you have a collection of picture frames:

If you love to change accessories and art without breaking the budget:

If you love colorful designer fabric prints   AND

If you are like me and love to surround yourself with beautiful flowers:

Then this may be an option for you.  Putting gallery walls together is a lot of fun!Photoframeframe

And wouldn’t you know it, last week I saw another fabric print that I like more!!!

Oh well. C’est La Vie.

Thanks for stopping by. Take time to smell the roses and enjoy loving your home.signature

 

Christmas Quilts

I love sewing and creating quilts. Now I can quilt with pure joy because  years back I made custom quilts for clients.  It became too much stress and the joy faded so I stopped making them.  The bug resurfaced this year and I made two quilts for friends. This inspired me to pull out from storage one of the Christmas quilts  I made for myself a few years back for my breakfast table.

Using Christmas traditional colors in red, green and gold,  it’s small, only 45 inch square because I made it with scrap fabrics from other orders.   This quilt block is called Drunkards Path.  Ain’t that a hoot!!  Is the name trying to tell me something?  🙂  But this quilt block has hundreds of variations in its design, it’s amazing.  (Check out Pinterest and search  Drunkard’s Path).  It’s very easy to make because you are only using 2 pattern shapes. Just arrange the block squares as you wish.

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The quilting pattern are swirls, my favorite. And the reverse is a solid gold.

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Pulled out my reindeer napkins and some of the Christmas items I used from last year. No formal place settings for breakfast. Breakfast here is coffee, juice, fruit, bagel and Go.  Now our little breakfast area can welcome the holidays.

Have you heard of the quilt block called The New York Beauty?  This is my all time favorite quilt block.  I think I made them in my sleep.  And it’s the two I did this year.  Using only Christmas traditional colors in Red Green and Gold. IMG_0627TheNewYorkBeauty

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The method is paper piecing. Looks confusing but really not. I used over 22 different fabric prints and the back is solid black. Notice the Christmas butterfly in the center? 🙂  LadyMeLange1Right now my New York Beauty has been hanging out in my morning/sun room for approx. 5 years. I don’t take it down, but it may change from wall to wall. 🙂  But I’ve always imagined hanging it framed over a mantel. 0a23217a762ae003d36406f4b6f04f4c                                                                                         Picture courtesy of Pinterestc212e72741ad9e0d645cecb055a925e3NYBF                                                                                      Picture courtesy of Pinterest.

I think I may have to create a mantel. 🙂

This one I did 3 years ago from a pattern by “Another by Anita” and donated it for a charity event auction. AnotherbyAnitaBelieve it or not, this took more time than the New York Beauty. And it’s all cut out appliques. Each little piece is individual and each piece does not touch the other.  The green background fabric is the veins between each piece. I drank lots of coffee on this one.  So you see why I had lots of scrap fabric left over for the quilt  appropriately named Drunkards Path!

I love seeing quilts during the Christmas holiday season. To me, they give the feeling of a Grandmother’s hug.  Love, soft, safe and always welcome.  Do you like quilts?  I’ll be showing more of my quilts, old and new,  now that the bug has hit again.   It’s time to finish decorating for the holidays…….Until then, sew, create and enjoy loving your home.

On the Wild Side Table Runner

Safari Animal Print Table Runner and Boston Fern Centerpiece

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Natural elements showcasing animal prints. The quilted table runner was made of scrap fabrics in a random  based design.  No pattern was used.  The size is 22″wide x 102″long.  The quilt pattern is bamboo. Can be used on the reverse side.  I wanted to use a variety of candleholders, the ceramic glazed candleholder is a handcrafted gift from my daughter, which is also a vase. For the centerpiece I did not want to use any flowers, void of color just textural elements using the Boston Fern, two stems of seed sprays and spiral wood sticks.  One the wild sideLH

See beautiful fabric selections at http://www.fabric.com