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I must admit that I was not very happy when hubby brought this rickety old chair home. But his mother had rocked him in it when he was a baby. How could I say no? Besides, we like to’reclaim and repurpose’ items that would otherwise go into the landfill. After looking at it for a year or two, it was time to do something.
My first job was to strip it. Obviously, previous owners did not deem that to be a necessity. The chair had 4 layers of fabric on it. Every time a new layer was added the nails got bigger – or for me, with each layer removed the nails got smaller.
The final layer of fabric was pretty (very!) disgusting. Needless to say, I handled it as little as possible although I had to use it as my general pattern.
The fabric I wanted to use was purchased in Barbados last winter. Being a typical quilter, I look for fabric stores where ever we go. I never did find quilting cottons but came across some lovely upholstery cotton. The weave was not as tight as I would have liked, so I decided quilting the fabric would add strength, and reduce fraying. Certainly, a little more padding wouldn’t hurt!
Unfortunately, when I purchased the fabric I didn’t know what I was going to use it for and I had not bought enough. Could I be creative? Could I make it stretch? For some pieces there was no way to twist or turn it to make it fit. It took a whole bunch of thinking, breaking the ‘straight of grain’ rules, way more time than it would of otherwise, some very strategic piecing, and maybe even a glass of wine to make it all come together!
In this case I hope you don’t see the quilting or piecing. This is not the place for it to shine.