Thank you for joining me today on the See You in September Blog Hop! We are to show three projects we made this summer.
Remember these? I found them in a thrift shop and they started a search for souvenir plates to decorate a wall!
Then I decided I needed a quilt to go with it! I made a "Memories of Our Travels" quilt for my husband. We have done a lot of traveling in our 44 years of marriage. Since we lost all our souvenirs, I decided to make a quilt that would remind him of those happy memories every time he cuddles up in it to watch television or to read.
On the quilt I appliqued fabric "souvenir plates" with the names of some of the places we've been. I used my Riley Blake gingham in the background along with a few other fabrics I had on hand.
Here is a close up along with a few of the real plates I have. (I gave up on a photo without Sugarplum in the middle. She loves this quilt for some reason and searches it out to sit or lay on it!)
I asked Doug to choose 12 photos that brought him really nice memories and then my sister, Darla, printed them off on fabric with special washable dyes. I used them among the plates and other applique souvenirs such as sea shells.
Projects #2 and #3
I also had a lot of fun learning to reupholster. Many of you saw my Pinto Pony covered chair here (the one that many thought was "cow"! ) I also did this one, but saved it for this hop.
Here is the ottoman "before":
Here is the chair "before":
(Do you see the horsehair on the floor around it? It was falling out of the bottom!) I know my gray and bright serape stripes are daring, but I love it for the hill country! (I actually used a real Mexican serape for the upholstery!) It makes me feel happy. If I get tired of it, it will be easy to make a new bolster pillow and recover the top of the ottoman. Does a chair and ottoman count as two things?
Well, in case it doesn't, here are some throw pillows I made earlier in the summer. I have never posted them, but Debby Kratovil did last month on her blog. (Thank you, Debby!)
I was really hoping to show you a finished kitchen at the hill country house, but it looks like you'll have to wait a few more weeks. That has taken up most of my summer!!!
My thanks to Mdm. Samm (Sew We Quilt) and Shari (Living with Purpose) for hosting our fun "show and tell" from the summer!
Be sure you visit the other blogs on the hop! Here is today's schedule!
Wonderful projects, your husbands memory quilt is just sweet.ReplyDelete
What a great idea for a quilt! Love the chair and ottoman re-do, very professional. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Sugarplum knows what a dinner plate looks like, I bet she thinks there's something to eat on that quilt ! LOL I love the Mexican chair, what a cool idea ! Really cute pillows too, great shapes . Awesome as always Linda !ReplyDelete
Lovely projects; the bold ottoman is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Great projects, Linda. I love your souvenir quilt.ReplyDelete
Such a souvenir quilt is a wonderful idea, you then travel several times again back, sewing and quilting and looking at it, what a great gift for you!ReplyDelete
I love the quilt! I followed you collecting the plates on the blog. But this is an adorable idea! Loving the chair and the ottoman. They just look festive somehow. Beautiful.Looking forward to seeing your finished kitchen! Thank you for sharing all those lovelies.ReplyDelete
Gee, you sure have a knack for upholstery. Lovely re-do on your chair and ottoman. Fabulous quilt, great way to share your memories. Even Sugarplum can join in on your trip down memory lane LOLReplyDelete
I LOVE your souvenir travel quilt! What a fabulous reminder of your trips Linda! And you are becoming quite an upholsterer! I have a chair I want to re-cover too! I did it once many years ago and it needs an update!ReplyDelete
Great projects Linda and I love your travel quilt. What a great idea.ReplyDelete
Your souvenirs quilt is such a clever idea, and I LOVE the upholstered chair and ottoman.ReplyDelete
What a clever and charming quilt! And your upholstery is awesome, as are the pillows you made.ReplyDelete
Your Memory quilt is wonderful, especially the shading with the word "Travels". I always wanted to upholster--you did a beautiful job. Look forward to seeing your kitchen makeover!!ReplyDelete
a travel memory quilt..how wonderful, it is memories that keeps our soul so alive...your chair and ottoman, delightful....love upholstering...and your pillows delightful....what a creative stitching summer you hadReplyDelete
just lovely!!!! the memory items are super good ideas. and I love the ottoman and chair. pillows...I love all of it!!!!ReplyDelete
What a unique way to show off your memories. Great idea. Your "new" chair and ottoman look wonderful, and love those pillows!ReplyDelete
What great projects! WOW to the chair, you did a fabulous job. I like your quilt idea, it looks great.ReplyDelete
Linda I'm amazed you got anything done with all the work on the house! Your quilt is amazing - such a treasure house of memories. And the upholstered chair and ottoman...brilliant. I love the use of the Mexican serape. That was a perfect choice. And cute, cute pillows. As always you had some great things to show! blessings, marleneReplyDelete
You have been "buzzing". Great projects love the chair!ReplyDelete
What a special quilt, but the re-purposed chair/ottoman - oh, that would looks so sweet in my house.ReplyDelete
You have been busy, the quilt for your husband is wonderful.ReplyDelete
I love your quilt and your upholstery. I think my favourites are your cushions though.ReplyDelete
That is such a great idea and will provide so many memories. I love the pretty pillows.ReplyDelete
What a great idea to make a travel quilt! And I LOVE your ottoman and chair -- being daring really worked out on that! The pillows are beautiful -- I REALLY need to make some pillows!ReplyDelete
What neat projects Linda and love the memory quilt! I have really been enjoying watching your kitchen come to life also!ReplyDelete
Fun idea to make your own souvenir quilt, your projects always inspire!ReplyDelete
You really seem to have mastered that upholstery thing...wow...it turned out great! I love the thoughtfulness in your travel quilt and what a sweet reminder of all your trips. Amazing pillows, too! You are such an inspiration!ReplyDelete
Beautiful Projects Linda!! I love the Serape covered chair, isn't it cool when we can decorate outside the Box.....a Serape for a chair cover, who would have thought... Thanks so much for sharing, I bet your hubby loves his quilt too!!ReplyDelete
What a great memory quilt! I loove it! And the cover looks amazing, have to remember this for my todo list. Lovely projects all of them!ReplyDelete
Oh, so buzzy this summer. Lovely chair and ottaman, I know this is a loooot of work. Impressed.ReplyDelete
And the Memory Quilt!!
And then all the other projects you have been able to do. Just lovely.
I do not know how you do it all...remodeling...sewing...shopping...upholstering...sister time...photographer...stager of said photography! OH MY !!!ReplyDelete
Those projects are perfection...I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Travels quilt...it looks just like a 50s postcard you would send from some great place...You OUT DID YOURSELF on that one!
Linda. What awesome projects! Love those plates and to think you made a quilt to go with them! And yes, I was one of those who thought your pony chair was a cow - yikes! Your pillows look great in those fabulous colors. Loved what you shared today.ReplyDelete
Great job, Linda. The idea of making a memory quilt is awesome. What a wonderful way to keep them alive. This would be something parents or grandparents could make and pass down as a heirloom. Love the pillows, too. I saw these on Debby's blog and thought they were fantastic. Thanks for sharing everything.ReplyDelete
Beautiful projects all! I love the travel appliques on the quilt. Thanks for sharing you summer ... :) PatReplyDelete
All of your projects are mahvelous darlink! I always love the things you make and you never disappoint. Looking forward to seeing the progress on your home.ReplyDelete
WOW! I am blown away by your travel quilt. It is astounding...you could publish a pattern, it is that incredible. Or maybe send it to a magazine. I am bookmarking this page and will have to make something using your idea! Thanks sooo much for sharing it!ReplyDelete
You can do it all. The travel quilt is absolutely marvelous! But upholstery too? My goodness you are a busy and talented gal.ReplyDelete
What a fabulous idea, making a memory quilt like that! Beautiful work, I might add.ReplyDelete
well done indeed, all of the projects. The idea for your quilt was fantastic.ReplyDelete
Very nice projects to share, thanks!
The travel memory quilt is very funny and clever, I'm sure that your husband loves it.
You did a great job on those funitures, the loos very beautiful and comfortable.
The modern pillows are so great, love how the look!
Linda: You are the jack of all trades the projects you created are lovely, and you upholster too.ReplyDelete
All great projects!! I especially like the travel plate quilt. That is such a wonderful idea....you are ALWAYS so full of them!!!ReplyDelete
What a thoughtful quilt you made for your hubby; I think you've made 'points' with him after that!! lol You are getting to be an expert with the upholstery - the bright stripe (serape) was perfect - just what the chair was calling for.ReplyDelete
Your travels quilt is a great idea. I love it. You're so creative! And the bright stripe serape pillow and ottoman are perfect to go with the chair, very fitting for your Hill Country Home. Cute pillows too!ReplyDelete
Your plate quilt reminded me of my granmother. She would collect one from her travels with us. You made such a beautiful display of them. Love your chair and the pillows are so pretty. Just gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Linda, I love your memories quilt. I remember those plates. We had a few of them as well. Great job.ReplyDelete
I love how you incorporated those souvenir plates into the quilt. I've been anxious to see how you were going to do it and it's perfect. Lots of great memories with the pictures and little details.ReplyDelete
You are becoming quite the upholsterer. I am impressed.
I love your travel quilt. Fun!ReplyDelete
What an excellent idea your travel quilt was and I loved your pillows and the chair you did. How is the house coming? BlessingsReplyDelete
Love your souvenir quilt! What a grand idea! I wish I could upholster furniture.. and maybe I could if I would just try.ReplyDelete
Now just how fun is your memory plate quilt! I love it. Great job of the chair too.ReplyDelete
Fabulous idea for a "souvenir" quilt. What a nice reminder of special places. Your upholstered chair and ottoman turned out great. I'm dragging my feet on a project like this--you have inspired me to jump in and get it done!ReplyDelete
Your memory quilt is wonderful.... Sugarplum has great taste and also knows how nice it will be to snuggle on during that TV watching. Love the before and after chair/ottoman. You've done a great job on both chairs. ;)ReplyDelete
Your quilt of travel memories is such a joyful piece you created. Fabulous serape covered ottoman and pillow. Hill House is really coming along and your amazing skills are so creatively making it a true home. Also love the pillows with Gingham Bliss! Thank you sew very much for sharin and hopping...ReplyDelete
I'm glad you are making new memories of some of your travels. I remember how devastated I was when my first husband divorced me. In all the misunderstandings, we lost a lot of photos. They were moved where they didn't belong and my A/C leaked on them in the garage. Anyhow, I have lots of pictures in my head that no one can take away. Of course, I have some I wish I could lose, too. lol I adore the chair and ottoman. I know that is not an easy task. My mom and dad took some adult education classes in upholstery. Mom said it was WORK! Great job! Your pillows are amazing. Thanks for participating in the hop and, as always, inspiring us to new heights.ReplyDelete
The travels quilt is a wonderful idea! I enjoyed your upholstery "cow" piece yes I know it is a pinto. But the Sarape foot stool and pillow are gorgeous! Great projects.ReplyDelete
Such sweet memories!ReplyDelete
Wow! You've been busy and you've created some wonderful items. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!ReplyDelete
WOW, Linda you have been busy with your summer sewing. Luv your travel memories quilt, a great idea and the pillows are beautiful. Tackling upholstery is huge....you did a great job. I have a few small upholstery projects I would like to try. I'm procrastinating!! Thanks for sharing in the blog hop!! Happy stitching, PaulineReplyDelete
Hi Linda love the projects. I re-did my Grandmother's footstool in new fabric and it looks great, but never again, it was so hard! Hugs, Susie xReplyDelete
Sorry I'm late, your re-upholstery is great, I know how hard that is to do! And the travel quilt, adore it and what a great new memory to have, can't wait to see your big ol' Texas kitchen.ReplyDelete
Late coming around to comment but I did want to say how much I enjoyed my stop on your blog. Upholstering and making pillows this summer but wowie, is your quilt over the top wonderfully done.ReplyDelete