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    I am going to redo this chair that I picked up at a yard sale for $5. I was just going to sand it and paint it, then recover it. Then I had an AHA! moment. I remember seeing furniture that had been recovered in quilts and thought THATS what Im going to do. Heres the post about it http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-38832-1.htm Ive spend about 3 weeks looking online and in my books and magazines looking for the right pattern. Ive narrowed it down to these 3, Cathedral windows, the pineapple block or this one http://www.modabakeshop.com/search?q=1800%27s (finished size is 20 by 20 so I will have to make it a little bigger) I will be painting the chair a crisp white and thought about doing the quilt in black and whites. What are your thoughts on this? Different pattern, colors, both? Oh and anyone recognize the quilt on the bed?
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    OH, I'm so happy for you!!! Ever since I saw that post (one of the first few I saw when I showed up here!) I have been keeping an eye out for something vintage to make a quilted chair for!!!

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    It would depend on how much the chair will be used...You may want to use home dec. weight fabrics and heavier thread. I have done a bit of upholstery work. That chair should be fairly easy to do. If you use black and white, think about using a colored piping to set it off...like red or whatever fits in your color scheme... :D

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    The chair will be in my bedroom and wont get much use at all, I have a table to go beside it that is black and the top is black and white toile so thats why I decided to go with black and white. But, I can easily change the top. Plus after looking through my material, I have alot of black, but I could go with blues and yellows too!

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    I love your idea!!! :D:D:D

    I wonder about the seams in a Cathedral Window? Are you going to stitch them all down (around the windows) or leave them loose? Left loose they may not be comfortable to sit on and the sliding motion of getting in/out of the chair may distort them over time...

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    The detail work on the chair is so pretty.That's one reason I love old furniture so much. I have a hard time picturing a busy pattern on it. I wouldn't do anything quilty but that's just me.

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    Before you recover it, turn it over and look real good for a stamp or signature. It may be an antique worth a lot of $. It so, don't recover it, it will lose it's value.

    Otherwise, I love your idea! :D

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    That chair is just like a chair my mother used to have. I think it would be pretty in which ever pattern you choose.

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    Yes, Yes, Yes....QUILTED...it will be fabulous....I Think it will be a masterpiece!!!!

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    Can't wait to see the finished chair! Have fun.
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    What a pretty chair!!!!

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    What a neat idea!

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    Please post pictures when you are done! :)

    A friend of mine bought "store-bought" quilts and upholstered her couch with them! It turned out really nice!

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    If that quilt on the bed is done in cross-stitch, I think it is like one I made . Came in a kit. I believe the pattern was something like Yorktown or York?????I made it in the late 60's.

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    That chair is so pretty. What beautiful woodwork. I can't wait to see it finished. Post a pic when you are done please.

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    Love your chair and I definitely like the 1st pic with the pink quilt...it's gorgeous!! The cathedral is beautiful but I think too "busy". Just my opinion, though :)

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    Ever since I saw that picture, well, you know.....

    Hope you keep us posted, maybe a tutorial????? (wishing)

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    I think the the upholstery should be subdued so it doesn't overwhelm the beauty of the chair and the carved wood.

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    Oh, yes it will be gorgeous. I think the black and white will look fantastic. What about this pattern?

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    I could see it in something that has points (a star of sorts). The third example does not want to work for me because the chair is so ornate and the pattern so plain and square. I'm sure it will be purdy no matter what you decide.

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    Oh, yes it will be gorgeous. I think the black and white will look fantastic. What about this pattern- A diamond star. edited* I forgot that you can't post magazine pictures

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    I wouldn't paint it at all.
    I would just make a slip cover quilt and put it over the original.
    That looks like an antique.

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    I love the chair. Cant imagine it painted white, tho. Your quilt on the bed is beautiful. Maybe carry out the
    pattern and colors.

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    I have a chair just like that I have recovered it twice in the last 40 years. They are easy to recover. The first time it was a home Ec project.

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    Just because an item is old or an antique does not make it worth a lot of money. If you wish to paint it, then paint it. I've seen pics of many furniture makeovers where they have painted the furniture and it looks FANTASTIC afterward. I've done several pieces myself. You need to do what you need to do to make the chair VALUABLE TO YOU!

    Good luck with your new project and please show a pic when you are done! :)

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