Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Has Arrived!

The title of my post must sound crazy to some of you, but it's true.  We're finally experiencing some steady sunny days here in the NW with temps in the 80's.  Love it!

These are lemons, if they ever turn yellow??
Strawberry plant from my dear friend, Heather, at My Everyday Graces.
The nicer weather has inspired me to do a little freshening up outside.  I posted here about our backyard getting an update last year.  We are really enjoying the water feature.

I used these fabrics to make a few seat cushions and an accent pillow to liven up the seating areas.  They're outdoor fabrics from Joann's.
 I did some cutting to get just the right flower for the front of my pillow.
 This is what I wanted for the center of the pillow.
 Here it is with a couple of store bought pillows from last year.

I backed it with the contrasting fabric and used an envelope closure (see the lens cap)
because I'm terrible at finishing a pillow with a hand stitch.

Here's the other side of the patio.
As you can see, I didn't even finish these seat cushions, but just 
tucked the remaining unsewn side like a pillow case.

  I hope summer lasts awhile!

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  1. Everything looks so pretty! I can't imagine it just now getting into the 80's. Here in Louisiana we were in the 90's-100's in May!!

  2. What a nice outdoor space. I remember when we had temps. in the 80's, it was so pleasant. It is 98-100 right now without the heat index.

    I love the idea of tucking the fabric like a pillow case...I'll have to remember that. I made a pillow and posted on it a week or so ago. I, too, wanted to feature a special impage on the front of my pillow. My friend, who is a quilter, called it "Fussy Cutting."

  3. I love your outdoor space! Fabric is beautiful and looks great on those pillows. I like the envelope closure idea.

  4. They look great, saw you on link party, now google following you, please pop by, Karima x

  5. Very nice job! Those are beautiful fabrics!

  6. Hi Petie! Those pillows turned out beautiful! Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you'd follow me to! Have a fabulous day!


  7. Hi!
    I love your blog! I'm your newest follower! Your patio and pillows are beautiful and so inviting!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

  8. Its me Rainey again... Lake Powell is in Arizona and Utah. The Colorado River runs through Utah Then Glen Canyon Dam, Colorado River... Then to Lake Mead then Hoover Dam. Lake Powell has over 140 miles of shoreline and without a map you can get very lost and in big trouble if you run out of fuel.
    I'll be posting more history about it next week. Like how the Mormons went through "Hole in the Rock" because they couldn't find a way around. And Anasazi ruins that are visible by boat.
    Thanks for visiting!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

  9. I wish it was cool her-it's about 103 here-who knows what the heat index is! Your outdoor space looks wonderful and I love those cushions.

  10. Love the new cushions! That fabric is gorgeous! Glad to hear you're getting some summer. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Hopping over from Ladybug Blessings linky party….
    What a wonderful crafty project :)
    I'd like to invite you to link your projects up at my weekly linking party at Craft Junkie Too. We'd love to have fabulous projects to share….:)
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