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!