Friday, April 29, 2011

Retro Kitchen Valance

 I made some new curtains for my kitchen window.  I've had this inspiration picture (above) for a while now from Sew 4 Home, and I finally started looking for the same fabric.  The fabric is dwindling out there, but I found just the right amount for what I needed at The Quilted Castle

My kitchen window BEFORE.


I love the retro colors with the red.  It goes perfectly with my favorite bowl.

I also needed a new tablecloth for our 'new to us' Craigslist table.  Since it's square it's hard to find a square tablecloth, they're either rectangle or round.  Our table is 54" square, so I bought an aqua, 60" x 84" tablecloth from Target and cut and hemmed the longer end.  Tah-dah, more retro fun colors for my kitchen!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Recycled Jeans

Our family goes through A LOT of jeans.  I have a hard time just throwing them away, so I've been stashing them for years planning to make a quilt someday. I thought it was about time to use some and I needed a project to work on anyways.  So this is what I came up with.  I used 12 fat quarters from my stash, Look and Learn by American Jane.

My kids feel left out because we don't keep most of the quilts I make.  But I wanted to keep this one so I tried to use the least girly fabric I had.  My husband thinks it's still girly because of the floral fabrics, but I like the oranges and blues...close enough.

I also needed a new purse for Spring.  I didn't use a pattern, but I knew what I wanted it to look like, so it's not perfect, but I like it.