I posted this picture from a magazine a few weeks ago as the plan to update my mauve couch from nearly 18 years ago. Yes I said mauve and yes I said nearly 18 years ago. Hey. It's an 8 way hand tied custom couch and its in really great shape except for the gum on one cushion and a few wear marks. It's been in the living room and it doesn't get used that much. If I was really brave like Camille, I'd recover it in red with white dots but I'm too afraid of the upholstering process at this point. Have you seen that red chair of Camille's? Wow. Now that would look fantastic in my house.
So here is the fabric for the quilt for the bottom cushion of the couch - like in the picture. The dot fabric is the quilt back. I took the fabric to the machine quilter last week and hopefully by the end of the week I'll have it back. I'll still have to scallop the edges and bind it then. But I think that will be fun.
I made my own version of the cushion on the back of the couch. It was harder that you'd think. I layered 6 pieces of 80/20 batting and tried to cut them the same size as I cut the fabric for the cushion. I had to try stuffing and re-cutting 3 times before I got it sorta right. That was a pain. I wanted it kind of flat and not too overstuffed/puffy. It turned out ok and its comfortable to sit against.
I used a contrast fabric for the buttons - home dec weight. Its a heavier sateen fabric from Amy Butler called August Fields. I thought I could make pillows or something with it or accent in another part of the room with the fabric.
Then I also made a pillow. I wanted to make an eye catching pillow but not quite as busy as the one in the picture. I want to use punches of red in this room despite the mauve. The back of the pillow and one of the reds is cotten velvet. I thought it would be fun to have some texture and I love the cotton velvet.
For some reason the yellow, red and the blue aren't too bad with the mauve since you'll still see that mauve peaking out from the bottom, arms and top of the couch. I can't wait to get the quilt done and see how it looks with the quilt over the cushions. I need better lighting when I take my next picture.
I've also been working on more dress blocks. I'm making a baby sized version of the quilt to use as an alternative view for the new pattern. This orange dress from vintage fabric is one of my favorites. I have to say I do not get tired of appliqueing dresses.
So what did you do while watching the Olympics this past week or so?