I have had a bit of a dilemma for a while – we are talking first world problems here, I readily admit that.
It’s all to do with a chair and a quilt. Tatty chair with inadequate cover. Big old hand-sewn, not-yet-finished hexi-quilt that I am sick of. It is referred to now as The Beast because it has taken so long and is so huge.
A couple of my favourite bloggers have been doing lots of hexi-quilt sewing recently and it made me ponder The Beast a bit more and wonder if I would ever finish it and if I did, what would I do with it.
I no longer want it in any of the bedrooms as the colours are all wrong – I have been making it so long it would have matched a bedroom about three moves ago!
One of the chairs we have in our sitting room has an original blue cover which is really tatty and tired looking (but the chair is in good condition and comfortable). It has a pale cream cover which I use to cover up the blue but then cover the cover with a blanket because otherwise the cream would get grubby so quickly. I haven’t got a blanket that really matches the colours in the sitting room so it sits there like a big old eye sore annoying me. I have been meaning to get some fabric that I like and that matches so I can make another cover.
The colours of the quilt would go in the sitting room (brown leather sofa and one chair, a mixture of reds, orange, taupe in soft furnishings – looks better than it might sound!).
So I am thinking that I might use the quilt to make a cover for the chair. I will have to cut it down and I am not exactly sure how I would do it yet – I will have to think about that some more but it would sort the chair cover problem out and mean that I do something with this enormous quilt that I have spent so many hours sewing.
Some photos to give you an idea: the chair showing the original blue and with the cream cover and the quilt –
OH thinks it would be a shame to take this apart to make pieces the right size to make a chair cover, I think it would be shame to finish it and then hide it away in a cupboard because I have got nowhere to use it. And it really feels too big to keep ‘just in case’.
For months now it has been ‘resting’ where it is photographed here, on the futon sofa in the bedroom and I want to put a nice cover on the futon and make some cushions for that (to stop it being used as a dumping surface) so I am a bit sick of seeing the quilt sitting there looking at me reproachfully all the time. Okay, I know quilts don’t have eyes and can’t look reproachfully or any other way at me, but you know what I mean?
Would you dismantle something you had spent an age making if you thought you could make better use of it?