Blair's post about tufting the other day inspired me, in the way that I am often inspired when my thoughts turn to tufted things (which happens more often than you might think, especially because I periodically gaze lovingly at this sofa, which is like the tidy white antithesis of our rumply family-friendly thing & so I like to imagine how serene my life would be if I lived with it) to dig out this old issue of Marie Claire Idees (Spring 01) with the stack of lovely colorful thin tufted mattresses. (Also! There are no snow days during Le Temps Des Fleurs! No!)
Although, upon closer inspection + actually reading the directions for once, I now realize that they are not tufted after all, but wouldn't they be even more excellent if they were? After seeing the MSL camp furniture article from last summer (& that day bed needs some buttons too, no?), my thin tufted mattress idylls now combine the two ideas -- although, really, I can't imagine a tippier thing to bring into a house with two young hectic children, a folding camp cot topped with a tall squashy pile of probably-lopsided handsewn mattresses. Still, though, there's something about that MCI spread that particularly grabs me.
I finally started working on my big shade project this weekend, kicking things off with a 175" long pieced strip (I'm making five shades total). I thought about a few different techniques to get the no-repeat look I wanted, but in the end I just sliced up my strips & then pieced them together based on what I thought might look good next. I got a new sewing machine for Christmas (thanks, Mom!), & while it feels a little, um, daintier than my no-nonsense little Janome (& boy did I bend some needles while figuring that out), it's got a great piecing stitch that very grippily* & tidily makes a 6.5mm seam, & I sure do love the needle up/down button. I'm looking forward to trying out its quilting stitches on these shades, though first I have to finish wrestling with the stupid poly batting I bought for them (my thinking: poly = closer to fiberglass insulation (insulation being the whole point of the project) than cotton would be, but I may end up going back to cotton yet).
*not an actual technical sewing term, but maybe it should be.