As you can tell, I am having trouble keeping up again! I had a productive week, however, so I have much to tell.
Today, I'll report on the Eureka! quilt I finally finished for Sweet Pea. I spent the week sewing the binding on it:
I used that purple hydrangea fabric for the binding. I really love that fabric. Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers, and I love all the different purples that are in that fabric.
None of the fabrics had ever been laundered--I know there's a big debate on whether or not you should wash your fabric before you sew it or not, but I really like working with the fabric when it is still crisp off the bolt. Plus, I like how the fabric and batting shrinks up a little when you wash it. I think it makes the quilting stand out more. So, I took this to the laundromat and washed it in one of those front-loader washing machines on cold and delicate. I figured they are pretty gentle on quilts. I used a special quilt soap (shown in the lower left-hand corner of the photo). I put it in one of their dryers until it was just barely damp. Then, I hung it out over the railing on the deck to finish drying.
I also made Sweet Pea some new pillowcases to match her new quilt.
I found this beautiful pink toile one time when I was shopping with my friends, Jill and Michelle in Wyoming. Remember that weekend, Jill and Michelle??? We were at that wonderful retreat house! I so wished I had had this fabric when I started the quilt, because I would have loved to have had some in the quilt. But, I bought a couple of yards to use as pillowcases. I thought it would go well with the quilt. And this time, I got the direction going correctly on the print! ha ha.
Look at the cute motifs in this fabric:
The old woman and the shoe...Humpty Dumpty...
The kittens who lost their mittens...(I'm not sure what the one is supposed to be with the woman chasing the boy and threatening him with the switch...anyone know?)...
Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle...Little Bo Peep...
and little Miss Muffett. Great fabric.
Sweet Pea saw me sewing these pillow cases, and we had an exchange that went like this:
SP: Mom! This fabric is so beautiful!
Me: I think so too!
SP: What are you making?
Me: Pillow cases.
SP: For who?
Me: You! To go with your new quilt.
SP: For me?! Really?! Oh, thank you, Mom! They are so pretty!
Me: Thank you! I am glad you like them.
SP: You're the best, Mom! I love you! (Big hug)
Me: Heart melts.
Sweet Pea is really good at giving verbal praise and reinforcement. I think she was amazed I was making this for her and not for someone else (which is usually the case...poor kid).
So, we went up and made her bed:
The afghan is one that her Aunt Linda made. She loves it because it's purple. So we hung it over the footboard so she can use it when she wants.
I made it queen-sized, even though her bed is full-sized. I did this because she has the foam mattresses that are so very tall...16" each. I like that the quilt actually comes down far enough to cover the mattress and box spring. Most full-sized quilts are so short on the sides that you can see the mattress and/or box spring below. I am debating on whether or not to put a dust ruffle down below. Hmmm....
You can see we still need to get that chair rail and baseboards up and paint the windows (but they are primed--partially). You can also see the curtains that Sweet Pea picked out for herself. Stripes...again. I don't think I've shown you the curtain rods she picked out yet. I will have to show you those later, as I cannot find the stinkin' photo right now.
A little story about this furniture...It belonged to my Grandmother. It was a wedding gift from him to her...probably circa 1930. It is all walnut. Grandpa had some farmland with all these walnut trees on it. He harvested some of the trees and took them to Amana, Iowa, where the Amish are. He hired some Amish to build this furniture for Grandma. It is all handmade. It is so beautiful. It has never been refinished. There is also a dresser, behind where I'm standing. I'll show you that later. Also, the little lamps on the tables were Grandma and Grandpa's, too. I am really honored to have this family heirloom and to be trusted with it!
Sweet Pea really loves her new bed linens. She actually ASKED to take a nap the other day so she could sleep in it! She said when she went to bed last night,"Mom, I really love my new quilt so much more than that old one I had on my bed." Awww....
And I'm feeling good because a UFO is now a FO! I still have a pillow or two I want to make to go with everything. I have one that is embroidered and says, "A princess sleeps here..." It shouldn't take too long to make, if I can ever get it started.
Hope you are all well. More tomorrow!
Until next time,