Wednesday, March 9, 2011

bedroom progress

I have been working on our bedroom these past few weeks. Really, I was waiting on my bird quilt, which I finally finished last week, and on some artwork. Collecting art and frames is quite a process for me! Especially because I'm rather cheap that way, which means it takes that much more creativity to try and use what I already have! Here's what I have so far:
Not bad, right?
The pillow shams I made yesterday out of a table cloth I got on clearance at Target. I'd had my eye on it for awhile so I'm glad I held out!
Here's a closer view of the "art":
The larger, brown piece closest to you is a 1929 calendar page I found at an antique store, along with the leaf hankie to its left. The other large piece is something my mom brought back from Fiji recently and the shadow box on the lower left is a painting of a mother and daughter from Mongolia along with some little Mongolian boots. The Rise & Shine and Olive You prints were FREE downloads from this guy. He has several other really great ones too. Almost all the frames came out of my stash. I did buy the scrapbook frame for the hankie and a couple of the cheap clip frames, but that's all. I like the look of so many hodge-podge (non-matchy, non-linear) art arrangements I've seen in magazines and such lately, so that's what I was going for here.

Here's my finished quilt!!
I fussy-cut the birds and then dug out all the yellow, green and brown fabrics I could find. I then cut them into five-inch widths (varying lengths) and put them in rows. I used 5-inch cream sashing and 10-inch borders. There ya go :) I think the orange thread on the quilting makes I really interesting, I'm glad I went that way.
And the back:
That bottom-most fabric is something an older lady at church gave me. It's from the '60's and had a Sears tag on it that said 50 cents! If only, right!?


  1. WOW! The quilt is beautiful and the artwork is so creative!! Love it Nikki!!

  2. Way to go Nikki!! I love everything about it! Just like I love everything about your house that you have done!!

  3. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the quilt!!! My favorite part is the orange stitching... of course:) Now I need to go and sew! one word for you... Inspiring!