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Topic: Extravagantly Cozy Smocked Pillowcase & Quilt  (Read 3974 times)
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« on: December 13, 2009 10:29:21 AM »

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...  Embarrassed ) 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.  Sad  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.   Roll Eyes 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.  Cool  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.   Cheesy

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.  Grin
« Last Edit: December 13, 2009 10:31:19 AM by SkyyAngel » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009 10:36:31 AM »

Ooo I fell in love with the same one! The BF said hells no...which I agree to the price. Didn't even think to make it, yours looks awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2009 05:36:05 PM »

You did a really great job of re-creating the look! Good luck with school! I couldn't stand to be away from my husband for that long, so I think you are very brave!

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2009 10:11:29 AM »

Looks like you are a good sewer and you did a clean job. The color is beautiful and feel comfortable you did a great job.   

« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009 04:30:13 PM »

This is absolutely beautiful!! I know know what I style I am going to make our bed set in when we get the new house. I took a look at the comforter and I know it will look fabulous when you are done. Good luck!!


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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2010 12:17:57 PM »

Thanks everyone! I was hoping to have the comforter done by now (leaving in less than a week for school), but my sewing machine has bit the big one. I can't get it to sew a single stitch. (insert much tears and QQing here) I'm so very sad. I just broke 2 needles and came close to throwing the damn thing out the window. I know it's my fault. It's needed a proper cleaning/tune-up for a few months now, I just thought I could eke this one project out of it before I left for school. I guess not. Sad

I'm contemplating "starting over" and doing the smocking and whatnot by hand, then taking it to school with me and seeing if I can borrow one of the university's sewing machines (they have a nice sized fashion design program) to finish it up with the batting and backing and all that.
« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010 02:47:15 PM »

Theres a ton of info in the "Sewing in General" board about things that can go wrong with sewing machines and how to fix those problems so you should try doing some troubleshooting! If your needle is breaking when you try to sew it might be a problem with the bobbin case or maybe you needle isnt sitting right and is hitting the plate.


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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010 03:19:53 PM »

Thanks Jennique. I got a little fed up and was QQing to the husband about it and said, "I just wanted this one thing done..." and he wasn't really paying much attention and said something along the lines of "well, we can't always get what we want". So that pissed me off... lol. I took some screwdrivers to it, opened it up, sprayed the crap out of it with a can of air (omg, soooo much dust and fabric bits), took out the bobbin assembly and wiped it down, sprayed some more air... it's working passably again. Still sounds rough though. But hey, it's a Wal-Mart $60 special from like 8 years ago... I can't expect too much out of it without a professional job. I still have to do the smocking by hand, so once I finish that I'm sure the machine can at least handle sewing on the backing... then I can hand-tie in spots.

I'll be okay... I just needed to whine a bit and kick my own ass a little.
« Last Edit: January 01, 2010 03:20:41 PM by SkyyAngel » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010 06:21:12 PM »

This is beautiful! It's so elegant.  Good job. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2010 06:23:36 PM »

That is gorgeous.  It looks very luxurious and so pretty.  It will surely make your dorm room seem a lot more cozy.  What a fantastic piece.

Sorry to hear about your sewing machine.  I hope you can finish the quilt.

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