Monday, May 30, 2011

This and that

I have been up to some fun stuff this past week!

Most notable was the beginning of the end for this baby:

This is my first quilt EVER (aside from a little doll quilt I made for a tiny crib last year), and it is a biggie! Bigger than a standard twin size, but not as big as queen. I made it bigger than a twin so that the sides of the quilt can be tucked in if necessary (we have always been tucking in the kids' comforters, because they love that tightly tucked in feeling!), or left loose to hide the boxspring mattress on the bed.

The quilt top has been sitting around for a while, as I have been a little more than intimidated by the actual putting together of it.

This past Thursday I had a kidless day as Aiden went to his little friend's house during school hours, so I finally bit the bullet.

I pulled out the quilt top, sewed up a quilt bottom (top photo -- blogger is not letting me move my photos around right now!!!), and sandwiched all the layers together.

I didn't have any basting spray, so I just kind of winged it and it turned out great! I taped the bottom layer to the floor, spread the other layers over top, basted every block corner, then just started sewing from the middle out.

No bubbles so far, so I am very impressed!

Now I know why avid quilters love long armed sewing machines!

Remember this lamp from Lauren's room?

I said I had plans for it, and the plan was to make a ruffled lamp shade for it!
I have seen them on other blogs, and online stores, so I thought I would give it a whirl myself.
I sewed up a whole bunch of extra quilt fabric into ruffles (easy peasy -- just set your machine on the longest stitch, the tension on the highest setting, and stitch away!)

After making the ruffles, I ironed them in half to make it easier to glue on the lampshade...

This is going to take more material than I thought!

One word of advice... be careful with a glue gun. Delicate skin does not like the hot glue.

I know.

After using up every scrap piece of material I had, this is how it turned out:

I think it looks like a tutu or something, but very Lauren, yes?
And I put the base on a diet!
Actually, I had to change the base out -- I didn't like the size of the new (and bigger) lampshade on the old base, so luckily I had this one sitting around waiting for a new table to sit on!
Lauren's room is getting there!
Hopefully the next photos will show a newly painted room with a finished quilt and all!



  1. Love them both! the lamp shade is very cool!

  2. Love the quilt! And the lampshade is really cute!


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