I am having such fun finishing up decorating my new sewing space, in between diaper changes, laundry, and other things that keep a mom of 4 busy that is…
Today I finished my quilted bookshelf . Yes, I quilted a bookshelf! This particular piece was built eons ago by my great grandfather. It has stood sentry in many a place, with many a family member. Too many coats of paint to recall and as many uses. It began life as a cabinet in a post war tea room that my great grandmother ran in connection with the YWCA in northern NJ.
I have had possession of it for some time now and am ashamed to say it has sat rather neglected until now. I knew right away that I wanted it in my new sewing room but I didn’t want to just slap another coat of paint on and call it a day.
Drawing on my fascination with the QAYG method I discovered not long ago from a post by Maureen Cracknell (check out the full tutorial here) and digging through my fat quarter stash to discover a few beauties I have wanted to use for some time now, I had a light bulb moment!! Why not quilt it!
So quilt it I have! I cut my strips 2″ wide and using some solids and linen scraps (cause you all know we love scraps!) I set to work sewing them on batting blocks I cut to the size of the backsplash. This project took no time at all and the result was wonderful! After I quilted them I used some spray adhesive to stick them to the backsplash. Super easy and a great way to use those small fabrics you’ve been hanging onto for ages!
This is now set in my area near a cozy chair and houses just a few things to help with my creative process! I now have a spot to sit and blog! (Maybe my sons won’t be able to find me). I even have a cool coaster my son made me for my coffee cup.
I am beginning to feel a bit more zen.
If you have a unique way of using something to brighten your space please send me a picture! I would love to see what you’ve been creating!