Monday, October 17, 2011

Go Ahead, Use it!

Home decorator fabric, that is.  Pat Sloan and I talked about using unusual fabrics in quilts on her radio show recently.  Here are some quilts I've made using home dec fabrics.  I started using them because I just love the large prints and textures.  Mine come from thrift stores, but you could use new as well. 
This is the first time I used home dec fabric in a quilt.  The black is an old, faded piece and the border is a thick weave.

The border and sashing are some old curtains from the 1960's or 1970's.  I found them at Goodwill all dusty, but they washed up just fine.

Most of these houses are made of chintz upholstery samples.  The border is a thick brocade.

When I looked for a border for this quilt, this table cloth said, "pick me!"  I had to cut off the 4" long white fringe first. 
This border is another 1970's piece.  Ah, the good old days of "flower power!"

The red print was a large chintz sample, 52 x 52"

The white floral strips are from a remnant I found in Sweden.

Remember, Corduroy Appreciation Day is coming, 11-11-11!  If you plan to post anything corduroy on the big day, let me know.  I'll post links to all of you Corduroy Quilt Enthusiasts!

26 comments:

Alexis said...

Great quilts! I love your use of home dec finds, LeeAnn. Brilliant!

Buffy said...

Fabulous collection!! Can't believe that you have done so many, and what fun they are to behold.

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

FABULOUS pics of your glorious use of color and fabrics! Can't wait to hear you today on Pat's!

Miki Willa said...

These are fantastic! I love your bold use of colors and patterns. Looking forward to your radio broadcast.

Victoria said...

These are absolutely DELIGHTFUL!

And how exciting... I am looking forward to hearing your broadcast!!

Mary Keasler said...

You just do this so incredibly well. Love 'em all. Go ahead Seattle, er-um Nifty, I'm listening....

Sujata said...

I hurried and picked K up, ran some errands and back in time! Phew!!!
They all look great in this one post hanging out side by side!

Helen said...

Heard you talk about these quilts today. They are all so uniquely Nifty! Can't wait to see the corduroy.....

fiberchick said...

Love your use of color and print! Was it hard to quilt these and are they stiff???

Sharon said...

Wow, I didn't realize how many home dec quilts you'd made. I like home dec too, but haven't made many quilts with it yet. You've inspired me to do something with it! I love your bold quilts . . . so colorful.

I really enjoyed the radio show. How cool! Good for you!

farmersdotter said...

Loved all your quilts and I loved your recycling! I have quite a collection of vintage fabric that is so fun to use...I haven't done any bright things yet, but your projects are really an inspiration.
Brenda...the Farmer's Dotter

Maureen T. said...

I love your quilts!! They are fantastic! Very inspirational.

quilteuseforever said...

Fantastic quilts as usual with you! Home deco fabrics give an unusual peps to quilts, as you said probably because of a different scale in prints.
I began patchwork as there were no patch fabrics in Europe, so I used to work with deco fabrics from Provence, Ikea fabrics or shirtings... It was already recycling !

Janet said...

I've never used home decorator fabric in a quilt but I've often thought they'd be fabulous and so unlike quilting fabric. I did a class a few years back and learnt to look a bit further afield for great prints. Loved seeing your treaured quilts again.

smazoochie said...

Gorgeous & Congratulations!

Jamie Fingal said...

I just listened to your interview with Pat Sloan. Love your adventurous spirit in using all kinds of fabrics to make your quilts. Very cool! Congratulations on your interview.

Chris said...

Had no idea that so much of the gorgeousness in your quilts came from home dec fabrics! Love seeing all these quilts together, so inspiring and so inspired! Glad you keep hearing that little voice telling you to make those awesome fabric choices!

Barb said...

These are great! I love your use of red - I'll have to reconsider home decs. I just picked up a few toile' samples at guild....hhmmm
thanks again for an inspiring and fun post!!

Karen said...

Just love these - especially the spools! The baskets are wonderful, love that technique.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Such a treat to get to see so many of your amazing quilts in one post!

meli B said...

One day you will be able to host a solo show with all your quilts. I don't know how you manage to make recycling look so good. I go to op shops but never seem to have the same vision as you. It must have been fun doing the interview.

Marit said...

Love to see all these beautiful quilts together!
After a bit of fiddling I was able to hear your interview with Pat Sloan. It was a treat ; ) Love your philosophy of experimenting with different kinds of fabric, your open mindedness and your generous "putting back in the pot". Now, I'm exited about your big reveal on 11 nov 11 couroroy quilt!

Teodo said...

Your colors are fantastic and so all these quilts are MERAVIGLIOSI (amazing)
ciao ciao Linda

MulticoloredPieces said...

Marvelous fabrics. The red chintz quilt is to die for! Enjoyed your radio interview, too!
best, nadia

Theodora quilts said...

Hi leeann and thank you for stopping by to visit me,sorry for taking so long for reply,I have been very busy these days,I love all of the quilts you have they are surly artsy and nifty ofcouse,I surely feel inspired when I look at them.theodora

Anonymous said...

JUST figured out where the button was to hear you on Pat Sloan's site...LOVED hearing your voice and can't wait for 11-11-11...xxoo BH