Monday, May 23, 2016

How I Enlarged a Quilt


Have you ever had a comforter or quilt that you loved but it just wasn't quite big enough for your bed?  Such was the case with the quilt we use in the master bedroom.  I've had the quilt for a while and it is the perfect weight for the summer, but it was like a ladies top that just didn't quite cover the tummy area. You know what I mean?  If you pulled enough it would look 'ok', but still not right.  When we made the bed, it would have to be pulled longer on the side facing the door to cover the huge mattress we have, the the backside would be too short and show the sheets.  Just a real aggravation!!

I decided I'd pulled and tugged on it long enough, and granted, I probably could have bought another cover for the money I put in my fix, but it's extremely hard to find comforters/quilts to cover this KING size bed.  It has a high box springs, and a high mattress on top of that, so I wouldn't have been any better off.

You can see what I mean in this old photo.   It barely covers the mattress and was even shorter on the other side.  

So what did I do?  I made it into a ruffled spread and I really like it!

I simply bought dust ruffles and sewed them on.  The ruffles are those found at Wal Mart that don't have the center fabric. They have elastic around the top and are made to fit any size bed, and they worked great.  It took 1 ruffle, and 2/3 of another to reach around the quilt, then I bought the third ruffle to go around the box springs and reach the floor!  SO MUCH BETTER. I bought the ecru color because that matches the window panels I recently made, and the quilt isn't pure white, but an off-white.

All I did was place the front side of the ruffle to the back side of the quilt, and sew all the way around.  This is a simple project, and could be done by using hem bond if you don't sew or have access to a sewing machine.  I was afraid the bulk would be hard for my small machine, but it went surprisingly well.  I love the shabby chic look of the ruffles.

Back side of the bedspread is no longer short.

If you do this, and use the same type ruffle that I did, DO NOT stretch out the elastic that is already sewn in.  Just place the two pieces together as if there were no elastic there.  If you stretch it at all, it will pucker and won't lay correctly on the bed. I may have found this out the hard way.  :)  I might have also had to use a seam ripper....

With all the neutrals, I needed a punch of color.  I switched out the picture above the bed, changed the throw pillow, and redecorated the dresser. 

I tried to find a salmon colored throw, and coordinating fabric for more pillow covers, but no luck, so this has already changed somewhat.
I brought in a lamp that was stored in the closet, along with some books, a small floral, and a picture, for the dresser top.

I've changed the pillow, and the dresser accessories, already. Now it looks like this, and is more to my liking.  I'm always tweaking things around here.

I made these pillow covers last year, so I brought them out.

The geranium print I was using had too much red, so I switched it for this one with coral and turquoise.  

I switched the books to some with a peachy cover, added the turquoise bottle for another pop of color, since the pillow covers contain turquoise as does the picture and book case.

 Okay, for now I'm happy with the  brighter colors.  

If you have a spread or quilt that just isn't quite big enough, this is an easy fix......if you like ruffles.  No more tugging and pulling!!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Art From Note Cards

Occasionally, various organizations send address labels and note cards in hopes that you will send a contribution.  My late husband belonged to the Disabled Veterans Group, and every so often, they send beautiful cards to me.  I thought this one was beautiful, so I shopped the house for a frame, and placed a nice mat I found at Good Will for < $1 with it, and now have this sweet picture to use.

I love birds and flowers, so it quickly caught my eye.

I love how this turned out.

It is sitting on the hall tree.

Isn't it adorable?

There are a couple more that would look good with this.  I just need to find more mats.

This is an easy way to have unique art work.  Try it the next time you find a pretty card.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

If It's Tuesday......

If it's Tuesday, I'm going to Good Will!!  It's Senior discount day, and they always have the shelves full.  On this trip, I set a limit of $10.00.  Mind you, I had several more items, but I put them back because I really didn't want to spend a lot.  I did good, because after my discount, my total was $7.61!

Here are my newest treasures.

I just had to have this pitcher to add to my collection, which I'm no longer collecting!  :)

This little tray, caught my eye, and is now in the sun room.

I really liked this small china dish.  I'm using it in the guest bath as a soap dish.

My favorite find was this refrigerator juice pitcher.

I believe it is vintage.  The bottom is stamped "Italy". It must have been in someone's storage shed, considering the amount of dirt in the bottom.  I didn't know if I should put it in the dishwasher.

If you are familiar with this piece, I'd love to know about it.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

My Pitcher Collection

For several years, I collected pitchers. The other day, I gathered them and placed them in the jelly cupboard in the sun room.

Some are gifts from friends, but most are ones I purchased in consignment shops.  I have one made of green depression glass that belonged to my grandmother, and a large brown pottery pitcher that my mother used as a tea pitcher.  She also had an identical one that was even larger that I gave to my daughter to display in her farmhouse kitchen.

            depression glass;     
gift, signed/dated by potter

I love this tiny pitcher, chips and all!!

Consignment find

I fill this one with holly at Christmas.

Bottom left~my mother's tea pitcher

 The dark yellow pitcher with the twine, was given to me by a friend.  It has a rooster on the front.

 I think I have the perfect spot for my collection!

What do you collect?

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