My new quilted bookshelf

 

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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!

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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!

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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.image

I am beginning to feel a bit more zen.

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Happy creating!

Rebecca

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!

4 thoughts on “My new quilted bookshelf

  1. I like the cloud pillows, too.

    We have some bookcases that had tears in the cardboard backing — I stretched fabric across the back of those two shelves in front of the cardboard and then reattached the cardboard.

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    1. Thank you. I’ve had them floating around for ages, glad they finally found a home. I bet your shelf looks awesome! Isn’t it great what you can do with a bit of fabric and imagination?

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    1. Thank you! And only that corner looks tidy. lol. I moved all the clutter and even fluffed the pillows for the pictures!!

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