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