Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hand PIecing and Chair Makeover

I've been working on my hand pieced LeMoyne stars. This has been sitting around my sewing room for a while.....a long while. I'd do a few stitches, put it down again and then forget about them. It was time to just get this one done.......finally all the stars are ready, it really didn't take long once I focused on it......I'm sure you've heard that one before. The pattern is by Carol Hopkins Designs called Sweet William. I'm almost finished the top, so it won't be long.

I don't know why I didn't work on these sooner, there is only 5 stars and the quilt is 22"x22".

Meanwhile another project around the house. I bought this chair about a year ago, my plan was to paint it and use it to display plants. Here is the before picture, washed and ready for paint. I think I paid $10 for the chair.

And this is the same chair after one can of RED spray paint. I have a piece of metal to be cut for the seat. The basket balances okay for now but I think it would be better to fill the seat in.

Happy Quilting.

31 comments:

Ann Marie said...

Lovely idea to recycle! thanks for sharing

Jenn said...

very pretty stars! i'm just now getting into hand piecing and loving it very much!!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love the little stars! They're so cute! And what a great idea for recycling a chair.

Shelley said...

OH my word....THE CHAIR!!!!! I love the RED!! Now where can I get me a chair???LOL!

Needled Mom said...

Love those pretty stars!!!

The chair is wonderful redone in red.

Annette said...

Pretty flower arrangement. Love the red color. And your stars are beautiful.

Piecefulafternoon said...

Cute idea with that chair. Oh the blocks are so neat too.

Carol said...

Oh Wendy those stars are beautiful! Love the chair!

Stephanie said...

Very soft and pretty stars. I think your red chair/plant stand is fantastic!

Cheryl said...

Love the red chair...great plant stand! Can't wait to see the stars set in the quilt.

Shakerwood said...

Chair turned out great! As did the stars...... I often think that when I finish something small. Why did I wait so long?! It really wasn't that much of a problem.

Terry said...

Your star blocks look great! I have a couple of old chairs in the basement I think I need to pull out to sit plants on. Thanks for the idea! :0)

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Wendy... I just love the stars... You did a lovely job is sewing them... The chair came out wonderful and I believe in recycling things like that ... It is a great place to decorate a porch and for a plant... Hugs :)

Lori said...

Love your lemoyne stars! They are so pretty!!

Cheryl said...

Wonderful stars and great hand piecing...can't wait to see the quilt all together. Lovin' that chair..great transformation.

Louise said...

Your chair is so cute. Years ago I set aside a similar chair to do the same..It is still sitting in the small barn! Perhaps I will now see to it. Are those stars from Jo's book? Nice job all around.

merumo said...

Beautiful inspirations!! I've never tried hand piecing on anything, but I can imagine myself go pretty much disaster for sure! lol Yours look sooo pretty and somewhat warm... And I love the idea of chair makeover, too! Fun display!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Years ago I pieced all my blocks by hand and then I figured out I had too many projects for my lifetime and needed to step it up a bit. LOL Sweet Williams is adorable so far.
Great idea for the chair! Love that RED!!

Libby said...

I love LeMoyne stars but have never tried hand-piecing. Looks like fun.
Your chair is beautiful. I have a couple of candidates around here for a similar treatment - thank you for the idea *s*

Darlene said...

LOVE the chair - awesome idea!

Your stars are to die for - wonderful and beautiful.

tink's mom said...

Love your chair. I had the same basic idea for my front (porch is to grand a word for the 5 x 3 square of concrete at my front door but I used a Lowes plastic chair. Somehow after looking at your lovely red chair beige plastic leaves something to be desired. i will have to be on the lookout for a good recyled piece. thanks for the idea.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Hand piecing is one thing I just can't do. It seems easy when I look at it, but I just can't do it! I love your stars! And I love Carol's patterns!

Sinta Renee said...

Your stars are beaming! Beautiful work! I love the chair makeover... I am ready to get some paint and do the same:)

*kate said...

What a great use of a chair! We have one that this would work well with... One of these days :)

Candace said...

Beautiful blocks, and I love the chair idea. Very charming.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I love your red chair Wendy. I've been looking for one that I can do like that too. So so cute. Love all of your pots.
And your Lemoyne Star blocks are very nice.

Karen said...

YIKES - hand piecing - well you go girl on that one - they look beautiful and of course you just can't beat a star in my world, lol.

The red chair - be still my heart - it looks great :).

Hugs- Karen

Teresa said...

Your stars are perfect, very nicely done! Love the red chair and your floral arrangement.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, those stars are gorgeous. I love hand piecing and that looks like a great project!

Vesuviusmama said...

Re-purposing furniture is something I am always itching to do, but i dread the prep work, the sanding. Did you sand before you painted? It looks great!

audrey lefour said...

Very nice blog, thank you for the details on the shots, it will make me progress.

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