The bedroom refresh: pinwheel quilt, pillows, curtains and art.

Although I finished my eternal quilt some time ago, I didn’t want to do the big reveal until I had pillows to finish it all off (hence my teaser-post a few months ago). So for anyone who I haven’t already dragged into my bedroom to see it, here’s my quilt!! I call it the eternal quilt because it took me something like a year in a half to finish it, no joke. I  am not a quilter–I lack the patience for I am a marathon-crafter (not runner). When I start a project I like to finish it lickity split. And there is nothing lickity-split about quilting, and that’s no mistake.  But one afternoon when I was hanging around some quilt shop, I spied this beaut, and decided in a hasty moment that I would become a quilter to own that sweet blanket.  It was my first quilt, and way more than I should have ever endeavored as a beginner. It wasn’t hard, it was just agonizingly time-consuming. But it’s done! I discovered a treasure of crowd up at the Utah State Hospital who do beautiful hand-quilting for a very reasonable price (less than anyone I could find to machine quilt it–let me know if anyone would like their contact info).

So back to the big reveal: a bed is nothing without its pillows. They’re like icing on a cake. After discovering painfully that quilting is NOT cheap, we really had no $$ for pillows, and as I also discovered, pillow cases aren’t cheap either. So once again I found refuge in Walmart (don’t judge me). I feel insecure in my weakness for Walmart’s dollar fabrics because I think there’s definitely a stigma for Wal-mart fabric seamstresses. But nevertheless I say unto you that you can’t beat $1 per yard, and I have found GREAT fabric there many o time. So for the pillows I got four yards of dollar fabric  and whipped me up some cases. On the solid turquoise ones I did a little block printing. For the throw pillow I had a few circles left over from the rings in the quilt, and I used those babies to make a little yo-yo design with a little embroidery tossed in for extra spice.  All in all I’m way happy with my bed. I love how it looks with my masking-tape headboard.

mad mim new quilt/bed/pillows

mad mim dollar fabric, block printed pillow cases
mad mim masking tape headboard

mad mim yoyo pillow

I picked this owl up at the farmer’s market from a local artist I really enjoy. I like this owl’s ‘tude and colors are pppperfecto.

mad mim owl with attitude

And this treasure I found at DI. At first I was like, Wow! I love the colors! And then, What?! It’s a REAL painting!? And then, Hey I think I see the number 2 underneath that light blue… It’s a paint by number painting!! I love to imagine who the character was that got this masterpiece for Christmas and then probably spent all New Year’s Day laboring over that cobblestone. Awesome.

mad mim paint by number thrift find

To finish the room off, I recreated this look from Urban Outfitters, and made some ruffle curtains. The Urban curtains were $48 PER panel, so $96 total, and I made them for $5. I bought a 5 yard bolt of sheer white cotton at Wal-mart (once again) just because I felt it would come in handy, and what do you know–it ended up being exactly what I needed.

mad mim urban outfitter's knock-off ruffle curtains

So that’s it. For now, at least.  And what are some things you’ve done to freshen up your bedroom? (links welcome!)

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julie

love love this quilt.
inspirational… i feel the same way about quilting. i really want one, but dread the long process.
and i totally forgot the head board was fake, it looked real in the photos first glacne.
great job!

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Rach

I AM IN LOVE!! I seriously love the calm, balanced, peaceful, yet inspiring and creatively detailed space you have created for yourself! Way to go! I hope Alan appreciates it and gives it more than the common husband response, “Meh.” He is one lucky guy!

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the mither

You’re about thirty years ahead of me on the trail in the quilt department! Awesome! Can I just say that there is something deeply personal and womanly about quilting? I was a veteran non-crafter, non-project finisher, pseudo grown up tomboy when (with the incentive of an upcoming family wedding) a dear quilter friend took the time and patience to baby-step me through a simple quilt (nine-patch). And that is when I learned that along with believing that every woman who has the opportunity ought to give natural childbirth and breastfeeding a try, I needed to add every woman ought to try at least one quilt! Of all the things that you do every day that are undone (dishes, laundry, meals, tidying . . . ) a quilt is THERE! Possibly longer than you will be. And there is something amazingly satisfying about that.

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Miriam

And may I say, Mom, that you leaped from a nine-square to a kazillion square in two shakes. I LOVE my before quilt, and always will! Even after completing mine, I’m completely blown away by all those tiny little squares on the one you made me. Truly, more so now cause I understand now how much time and tedious effort that takes!!

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Rach

Dear Miriam AND Miriam’s Mom:
I could out-quilt you both.
Okay, not really.
Not even close.
I’ve never even made a quilt.
Just keep being awesome and I will keep admiring 🙂

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Amy Morby

Miriam!!! This is absolutely INCREDIBLE! The quilt is so so pretty, and the curtains? You must show us how you did it! You should know that I follow your blog religiously. As a beginner sewer just barely turning into an obsessive and eager sewer, I find great inspiration and encouragement from your site. You’re so creative and talented! Keep up the good work!

PS–This is April’s sister, Amy. 🙂

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Miriam

Amy! April told me that you were really getting into sewing, and that is so cool! How about I teach you sewing, and you teach me graphic design?! PRetty please??

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Haley

Mim, seriously your room looks amazing. I wish, I wish with all my heart that you could come here and do something with my bedroom!! It is awful, I love the colors, did you paint those lamps or did you find them that color. And the quilt, of course, is divine.

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Amy Morby

Dude, I am no graphic design master, but I’d do it in a heartbeat! Do you do sewing lessons? I want you to teach meeeee! My online class is drawing to a close (well, it goes for a year, but I’m almost done with it) and I’m worried that I’m going to lose the sewing bug once I’m done. Plus, I need to learn your mad clothing skillz!

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Emily

…..Drewl, drewl, drewl, puddle of drewl. LOVE the pillows. Love with a pove. LOVE the paintings. I’ve never seen paint by number, I’d love to try that on my own New Year’s day, and LOVE the curtains! Where did you get the ideas for your pillows? Is that screen printing on the turquoise ones. With the wall bed, its so retro and charming. Your room looks absolutely delicious by now with your painted dresser, you should include it in the pics. I bet Allan loves your bed….more than ever now too. I give you permission to dump the quilt now non-matching picture I made you, better yet, give it to mom! 🙂 (Like you needed it, I am sure its gone. Or if it matches something of April’s, and she’ll use it, send it her way. Thanks for posting, Love you, Em

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Miriam

It’s still on the wall! I love it, and I’m not worried about it not matching, cause I don’t want to be matchy matchy anyway!! I just got a couple compliments on it the other day!

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Martha

That is indeed a lovely, fresh ensemble. And those curtains make it feel so fresh and airy. Kudos for sticking with quilting. Nothing sounds more agonizing to me, I must agree. I am so relieved to hear you admit that you like quick crafts. I just finished one and couldn’t wait to just get it DONE. I thought it made me a non-crafter because I can be VERY hasty and make TONS of mistakes. But knowing you are an impatient crafter, too, makes me feel better.

I am feeling very stuck with my bedroom ensemble. Stuck for years. I thought I had some inspiration in the temple awhile back but it was false inspiration. It would be tacky for sure. I’ll have to tell you about it sometime soon…

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