Friday, August 16, 2013

SSU Master Bedroom: New Quilted Pillow and Table Runner

It seems the pep talk I gave myself on Wednesday worked and I was able to turn things around energy-wise. I forged ahead with my two quilting projects for the master bedroom spruce up and I am happy to share them with you today.

First is the decorative pillow cover made for the bed. Previously, I just had a solid off-white colored pillow in front (see before post here), which was nice, but all the other decorative pillows were solid too so I wanted to break it up and add some prints and other colors.
To make the pillow, I chose a white Kona cotton and paired that with four prints from my stash, along with a piece from the new bedroom curtains and a piece from the bed quilt. Quick story about the bed quilt -- When we first moved into the house, I couldn't find  affordable bedding that I liked so when I found a King size sheet set on clearance from Target in a print I liked, I scooped it up. The quilt is whole cloth backed with a solid brown. I have quite a bit of leftover so I was able to incorporate it other places, including the back of this pillow. I quilted the pillow using 1/2" straight stitching, added some brown piping along the edge and filled it with a 12 x 24 down insert.
I also made a table runner for the new dresser top to sit underneath the TV and the lamps. Since I painted the dresser top, I wanted to provide a little bit of protection to the surface. I wanted you to be able to see the whole thing the first time around so I photographed it in my dining room instead of the bedroom for right now.
Using the same fabrics as the pillow, along with a few others from my stash, I pieced a border around Essex cotton linen.
I quilted it using organic straight stitching. It was kind of nice to free myself from the marking pen and perfect lines. I also was able to practice more on machine quilting the binding. This time around I used 2.25" binding instead of 2.5", which worked out better. I use this method for items where you'll probably never see the back, but for quilts, I'm still a hand-stitched binding kind of girl. The table runner measures 16" x 60".
I'm taking a break today to have a do-whatever-the-kids-want-to-do day. I'll be finishing up the master bedroom over the weekend and will have the final reveal for you early next week.

Have a great weekend!
P.S. I am linked up to Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday.

1 comment:

  1. Love these additions to your bedroom - the fabric choices are great!!