Monday, August 2, 2010

IKEA score

Yesterday we trekked up to Portland to take my daughter to OMSI camp for the week. The lucky girl gets to canoe off the San Juan's and spot Orca's. Yes it's a tough life when you are 8. Meanwhile, the rest of her family, that's us, decided to make a trip to IKEA. I convinced hubby we needed barstools (we do) and I figured we should head on over there and check out the fabric offerings, well, among other things, that may have been my modis operandi.

I managed to score some really awesome large scale prints in grey tones which will be perfect as new tablecloths for the kitchen. These prints are right up my alley - really modern, which I LOVE. These are REALLY large scale, those top flowers are about 24" across. These prints will be great for the kitchen table.

Large scale prints from IKEA

And did you know, that you can get really cheap down/feather pillow inserts at IKEA? Well, I didn't but I was sure glad to find that out since I have a multitude of pillow outsides here that need stuffing. So as a result, I managed to finish and stuff my fade to blue pillow, which was originally slated for PTS3 until I decided it wasn't up to snuff enough for that swap.

Fade to blue pillow complete

So now we have another new pillow in our living room. Still have a few to make, but this is a nice start. Also the new pillow inserts should solve the pillow lumpies - you know when your family members leave the pillow wedged between the sofa and the sofa cushion and this, somehow over time, results in a lumpy pillow indeed? At least the feather ones are re-fluffable.

Fade to blue pillow

And lastly, my trip to Portland would not be complete without a visit to Bolt. It was my first trip to the 'famed' fabric shop in Portland's Art district. I did enjoy seeing the organic and japanese fabrics in person. However, I came away empty handed, which has to be a first for me, and I'm not sure but it might be because hubby was along. He thinks we have enough fabric in our house - silly!

Happy Sewing!


Anonymous said...

OMG - I LOVE your pillow - do you sell them on your site - I will have to check! Well done!

Samelia's Mum said...

silly hubby. you can never have too much fabric.

Megan said...

I'm sorry? Too much fabric? I don't understand.....

IKEA is one of my favorite haunts! I use their 100% cotton sheets as basic solid fabrics and love them.

Katy said...

The pillow is so gorgeous. I know it's a long time since you made it but can you remember which fabric you used for the darker blues as they are stunning.

Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign said...


With the exception of the lightest print (which was Jessica Levitt) the other prints were all from the same collection. I don't remember the name of the line but when i'm home i'll see if i can find a selvage on a scrap - i think i still have some. ;)