A few weeks ago I fell in love with this comforter bedset
I saw in my Soft Surroundings catalog... but at $288 for just the QUILT, there's no way I can afford it. So, I filed it away under "things to buy when I'm rich" and pretty much forgot about it.
Now I'm starting to pack up stuff for going back to school (been 4 years since I've been a full-time student and 10 since I've had to live in dorms) and I've been trying to grab things from around the house that my husband can do without for 6-8 months while I finish my degree (he's staying here...
) but I hit a small snag on bedding. I don't know how my mind works sometimes as far as getting from Point A to Point B but somewhere along the line, I decided to try my hand at making this quilt. I knew I wanted it to be at least Queen size to be able to fit our bed when it's done and obviously fit a twin bed in the dorms (I'm all for buying/making things that are in it for the long haul).
Another snag... no money for fabric.
BUUUUTT, we have several sets of sheets that are now unusable for our bed. 2 sets of this gorgeous and soft Cotton/Modal blend that's some ridiculously high thread count. One set is a full size and therefore doesn't even fit our bed and the other set is a queen but my husband got a nosebleed on it one night and then washed it in cold water so now the stain is set... lovely.
We also have a set of brown full-sized sheets I sent to my husband when he was deployed... again with some ridiculous thread count because I wanted my baby a little spoiled while he was in the sandy, hot place.
Bonus that my school's colors are gold, brown and black.
So 3 fitted sheets (2 full and 1 queen), 3 flat sheets (2 full and 1 queen) and 2 standard pillowcases later and I have 1 quilt and 1 pillowcase. Hah. Things don't usually add up like that... 3+3+2 = 2.
I'm still in the process of making the "quilt" (which I'm not sure I really want to consider quilted because it's basically just hand-tied) but I wanted to post photos of my pillowcase. I'm so in <3 with it. I have one of those oddly-shaped neck support pillows so that's why this looks a little odd, plus my sewing machine is in serious need of a professional cleaning/tune-up so some of my seams are wonky up-close but it's really not that noticeable.
Anyway... enough rambling, on with the pics!!
Before I added the back:
And before I did the smocking:
I can't wait to finish the quilt and post photos of my craftily decorated dorm room next month too.