belated valentine's quilt, and subsequent impromptu peek inside my house (but just a little one so don't expect too much!)
I started this quilt 4 weeks ago. I made the top in an evening (if you follow me on Instagram, you already knew that) and top-stitched/bound it the following weekend. I just didn't get around to blogging about it until today, when I found some time to photograph it on my new oh-my-gosh-do-I-ever-love-you-so-much-where-have-you-been-all-my-life sofa. :)
I bought a 1/2 yard of all the pink and red prints from Tanya Whelan's "Petal" collection last year with the plan to make this quilt I found on Pinterest.
I was going to make a big quilt for my bed. But we recently upgraded to a king bed (husband is rather tall) and I didn't have enough of this fabric for a king quilt. I was also inspired to make it last month for 2 reasons: Valentine's Day was coming up and I was in the mood for some seasonal decoration, and my sewing cupboards are so full I figured that if I used up this fabric there would be that much less for me to fold, stack and store.
It's been ages since I made a simple, just-squares quilt. I normally prefer smaller-scale prints, but "Petal" has such volumptuous prints that they beg for larger cuts to show themselves off. I love this quilt. It's the perfect sofa size and it's just the right amount of colour. I wish I'd had enough left over to make little cushions for the gray chairs that flank the fireplace, but life will just have to go on without them. :)
Anyhow, while I was taking pictures of the quilt, I took a few more of the main floor of our house. I know, I promised to show you all of the house and I still will! It's just still not quite finished and furnished the way I want it. (Still cardboard in the windows that require privacy, I'm embarrassed to admit. The irony of someone who has a ton of fabric and no curtains is not lost on me, I assure you.) But we're getting close ...
Our old dining set was a cute antique set. And by cute I mean built for little people. Not my tall husband. He always looked so awkward on the little chair and lower than average table. No one was ever really comfortable sitting there - except maybe the kids when they were smaller - and we NEVER lingered after dinner. But our new dining set makes me deliriously happy. We love hanging out there now. It's beautiful, comfortable ... makes me feel like a grown up. Between the dining set and the stately, traditional, tufted sofa, the style of the entire main floor has been elevated. Plus I've wanted that oval/X-back chair for decades. I'm not kidding. I almost called this blog post, "I'm Bringing Ex-y Back"! LOL!
Before you chide me for choosing a light upholstery for dining chairs, let me explain a few things: I used microfiber, had them protected, got the extended warranty, and have emphatically threatened eternal dishwashing duty to anyone who dares to stain them. So far, so good.
Ok. Time to prep for the Oscars! (And by prep I mean get into my favourite pjs, open the jumbo pack of Twizzlers - the red ones, of course - dump some chips in a bowl and claim the best spot on the sofa. :)