When You Don’t Have What You Need, Use What You Have – Day 4 UBC


It’s day four for the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the #CozyFallHome Challenge. So far, posts four consecutive days in a row, on a roll here.

The Cozy Fall Home Challenge prompt is stripes for today. I had several ideas, unfortunately all of them required a trip to town. A trip to town is a two hour event, minimum. Instead, I revamped my thinking.

I started with my rocking chair with a stripped cushion. The problem is, the cushion is more summer than fall. Which makes sense, it’s actually meant to be a cushion on an outdoor chair.

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Covering the chair with an orange fabric, no sewing needed, gave it the fall look. Still missing some stripes though.

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I toyed with a couple of ideas for adding stripes to the chair. In the end, I went with the log cabin patterned pillow borrowed from the bedroom. A log cabin pattern is stripes, in a way.


Finally a plaid (more stripes) flannel throw, in browns and golds was added to the mix. The color picture did do it justice, or look as much like stripes as I’d like, so the picture in black and white shows more of the stripes.


There you have it, using items available the wooden rocker went from a summer chair to a fall sitting area.

Sometimes we have to find a different way to accomplish our goal. My first idea was a great one, except none of the essentials were available. There was no way to get the look I wanted with what was available.

Next idea, what else could be done to work with the challenge?

The summery colors of the cushion made me smile and it’s like I have a little bit of summer hidden under the fall blankets and throws. The little sitting area turned out nice, and fall like with a secret.

Do you use stripes when you decorate?

What is your favorite way of using what you have when you don’t have what you need?

What is  your favorite fall color?

About Nita

Quilter, writer, speaker, mom and grandmom. I enjoy making quilts for my grandkids, and other children. I especially love hearing and sharing quilt stories with others, that's how the book came about and this blog will continue to share quilt stories and how God works with quilts to comfort and teach us.
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2 Responses to When You Don’t Have What You Need, Use What You Have – Day 4 UBC

  1. Trine says:

    I love it, Nita. I love to be able to use some items that I already have to create a new vibe or feel when entering a different season. I have to come back and see what else you come up ewith. I might get a few ideas.

  2. Stephie G says:

    As for me, I prefer circles/dots to stripes! You did a great job with your summer chair. October is my busy time of year for using what I have instead of buying more. I mix and match outdoor finding with old decorations for my fall/Halloween decor. I also keep old clothes and turn them into cushions and costumes!

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