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March 2014

Patchwork ironing board cover

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Courthouse steps 1

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Courthouse steps 2

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Board cover inspiration

Inspired a litle quilting. (These images and their sources can be found on my Pinterest board here.)

I have one of these old wooden ironing boards.  I found it in a quirky thrift shop in Flinders Lane.  I walked through the city with it tucked under my arm like a surfer in search of a wave.

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This is not really a practical or usable ironing board, particularly if you use a steam function.  

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This is a Denyse Schmidt fabric bundle - I'm not sure which range.  I like the pop of red.

Patchwork ironing board cover 1

I bound it in a plain red and then ran a running stitch around the binding which I pulled in to get it to hug the board.  It was a relatively quick project to make.

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This will be more of a decorative piece in the studio in our new house.

Speaking of which, renovations are in full swing.  As is invariably the case, the scope and timing of the renovation has blown out enormously.  We will be lucky to be in by Christmas. The house is a mere shell; with walls, floors, ceilings, the roof and plaster missing.

The simple suggestion to line the roof and put in a few dormer windows to create an attic studio has turned into a major element of the project.  Our architect does not do things by halves.  We now have a beautiful space taking shape on the roof, complete with French doors opening to a small north facing terrace and a lovely deep window seat overlooking the back yard.  The views from up there are fantastic - looking out over the neighbours roof and the treetops. From the street you would never know it was there.

Attic studio 1

This photo was taken a few weeks ago.  The opening on the left will be where the French doors go.  The opening on the right is the dormer window overlooking the back yard.  A pair of windows flanks the French doors.

Attic studio 2

This is the space looking back the other way, with Adelaide standing at the top of the stairs.  Through the openings you can see the roof tiles on the front part of the house.  There will be some fabulous roof storage in that section.  You can never have too much storage.

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In the meantime, this little craft project is casually waiting around in my current sewing studio (and getting in the way really).