Pillow covers : Jacobean Fabric W.I.P

Several months ago when I was in JoAnn Fabrics, I fell in love with a Jacobean style fabric. Trouble was, I was just running in there for something small, not a big fabric purchase. I was also there on a lunch break from work and couldn’t stay long. I shouldn’t have even been looking at the fabrics.

In my mind I could see this fabric as draperies in a large formal dining room. As I fingered the fabric lovingly, I wanted the large dining room, the house to go with it, and myriad yards of the fabric.

In the end I purchased one yard and figured that in late summer or fall I’d do something with it when I had some other projects cleared out of the way.

Since then I have looked at the fabric and thought about those draperies. I think that in the end it is good that I could not afford to buy yards and yards of the fabric because I probably would have tired of it at my windows. It’s the same debate that I have had going on in my mind about adding some color to a wall or two in my living room. I see rooms with color on the walls and I  am attracted to them. But I have to consider that I have a long narrow living room and most likely color on the walls will make it appear smaller. And that I  have sheers on my windows to let in natural light …which helps the room to appear to be larger.

So in the end, this Jacobean fabric is being used for two pillow covers in the living room. One is done…

first pillow done

The other is a W.I.P.

machine quilting top of 2nd pillow


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Work in Progress : Simple Nine Patch Couch Quilt

This is a very simple couch quilt that I had started awhile ago for my son’s home…he would not appreciate a fancy pattern and the work entailed in it,  and I was just using up some existing scrap fabric. I HAVE seen him appreciate  ” all those stitches! ”  in previous hand-quilted projects so I thought that whatever I did for him should have some hand-quilting in it.


blue and white scrap quilt on line


Simple nine patch with lots of white space for “all those stitches” …I am probably a little over half way through now.


quilt on line mostly wanted the white space


The white background fabric that I purchased has a zig zag design in it which I used for the hand-quilted blocks. I just followed the pattern in the fabric in several of them…in another I did a circle with the zig zag stitched inside.  I traced the grand children’s hands in one block. ( Pencil marks still showing : )


quilting the childrens hands


I would say that a good third or more of this is hand quilted but given that I am inexperienced with machine quilting I began to give that a try the other day. I just did some straight lines around a few of the nine patches and outlined white blocks that I had not hand quilted yet.

His living room is kind of dark…it has that ‘man-cave’ sort of look to it so I wanted to brighten it up with a couch quilt that had a lot of white.  I hope to finish this up soon as there are so many other things that I want to work on : )  This will be thrown on the floor, used as a tent, and who knows what other destruction will be heaped on to it by the grand kids :)

I’ll be working on another slow-stitching hand-quilting white block this afternoon…:)  The batting is Warm & Natural cotton batting. JoAnn Fabrics had a sale on battings several months ago and since they are not cheap I bought a Queen size, intending to use it up on several smaller projects. I really like needling through this batting…I doubt that I will ever use a poly blend again.

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