One of the things that can hold me back from creating for my home is time.
I too often look at things through a restrictive clock lens.
"Mmm, I'd love to make a runner/cushion for that large bookcase/coffee table/ desk/ couch/ bedroom...but I'll need a week to stitch the blocks, piece the patchwork, quilt and bind, add buttons...oh, well, anther time maybe."
Why do I need to add a stitchery or some patchwork piecing on everything I make?
The new response is "I don't".
Remember when I cleaned out my small pantry cupboard the other day, and told you I had a larger one still to do? I mentioned that there was an oversupply of plastic kitchen containers to cull, too.
On Wednesday I decided it was time to muck in and get those chores done, but it also jogged my memory about an idea I'd had last year to make a runner for the top of some small bookshelves we use as storage for canned goods and dry groceries, one that was sized to fit snugly.
So the new gentle domestic me did not plan a stitchery or search online for a patchwork runner that would take me at least a day or two to complete - no, I chose to simplify and use just three fabrics from my stash for the top, binding, and backing...
The feature print is by Anni Downs from her 'Button Tree" lane fabric range, and it really was perfect for my project.
I also discovered a long forgotten 10" wide length of teal stripe I'd purchased years back, and it matched the teal in the paisley print perfectly!
The backing was cut from a large piece of pink tonal I stocked up on for $5 metre some time ago.
I simply measured the dimensions I needed to cover the top of the shelving, cut the feature print to the same size, and sandwiched it with some cotton wadding/batting and my backing fabric. Within 20 minutes I had quilted with wavy lines and made to the binding stage...
A cup of coffee and 30 minutes later it was done!
The colours work beautifully with my mosaic photo frame, as did my bowl of shells, collected on Sunday adventures by the sea with Mr E.
With the sewing complete, it was time to swap the canned goods from the book shelf to the larger pantry cupboard, sort through my plasticware and donate what was excess or no longer needed, and re-stack the plastic and glass containers I wanted to keep over in the book shelf.
Pantry all tidy!
Shelves all neat!
I still need to do two things, but did not have on hand what I needed so these will have to be done in the next week or so.
I'd like to line all the shelving in the pantry cupboard and bookcase with pretty contact paper, and I want to make a thin muslin curtain to hang across the open bookshelf to hide the plastics.
But for the day, it was a task that brought great satisfaction.
I like to decorate with inspirational door hangers, and this one is an older design of mine, but so relevant for this year.
It's home is on the pantry door now...
Is there a project you've wanted to make but have put off because you believe you'll need to invest a lot of time and effort into it?
Is there a chance you could simplify like I did with my pretty runner?
I'd love to know what you're planning!