8/14/10

A commitment fulfilled...

At Christmas, I committed to redo Sydney's bedroom. Granted, it's not what she would have chosen. But, it's what she would have chosen that I could live with...with a lot of me choosing slipped in here and there.

When she came to us, Sydney had the clothes on her back, a nightgown and 6 new pair of undies. So, while creating a space for her to feel comfortable in was important, it still had to be cheap. So, we bought one of those bed in a bag thingies with curtains and sheers and valance and comforter and shams and bedskirt and sheets and cases for about $30 so you can imagine the high quality of it. This year, it was time to get her something better. I had the moda charm pack and she liked it and I bought the layer cake and the blue print for the border and back because it was cheap. I pieced and quilted the whole thing in 3 weeks. That part was done by cmas. The, I made the shams and later the curtains and valance. That just left the bedskirt.








My mentor had given me a whole bolt of the eyelet. I used one of the fancy stitches on my machine for a hem and used paper as a stabilizer. I tore off the paper and cut along the outside of that scalloped edge, then made a strip about 8 miles long and 14.5" wide and then ran it through the ruffler foot from one of the old singers. I was about sick and tired of working on it when I remembered I have a serger and I managed to do all the rest in a couple of hours, serging all the edges. (The part between the matress and spring is a piece of dark brown poly blend that I got at an estate sale. I knew I'd find a use for that 25 cent piece of fabric. I got a bunch of bundles for a dollar each. Each bundle had 4 pieces of fabric and and one or two pieces from each bundle were poly/cotton blend. . The shortest piece was a red that was 4 yards long. YEAH bargain!)

Now I'm off to make a pot of chicken soup. My best friend is having surgery next week and I'm feeding she and her 20 year old son. Tomorrow, I'll make a couple of small lasagnas and a couple of quiche. I'll pick up a roast, but wait until next weekend to make it. And, everything I make, I'll make enough that my family can get half of. I think I can make this work with a minimum of extra work.

See ya' round the web. Lane

11 comments:

Michelle said...

Sydney's room makeover looks beautiful!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Ahhh...girl room makeovers. How I recall these from Miss P's youth. We did them at 7, 10, , 13 and 15.

Sydney's room looks lovely.

Barb said...

Any girl would die for a room like that...so lovely...great job!!!

Hummmm I am feeling kinda poorly.....(smiling)...you are so kind to do that!

Patricia said...

Good job!!! Hopefully this will last for at least a year before you have to do it again!

Becky said...

Her room is very pretty! You did a good job on the bedskirt (I need to take a nap...I first typed tree skirt) Duh.

Tammy said...

Beautiful room Lane! You did a good job. The hem on her bed-skirt is lovely.I sure hope your daughter appreciates it. Is she interested in sewing?

JoAnne said...

Lovely job! I love making my own bedskirts--and you never know what you will find as the fabric between the mattresses. On my bed right now is a skirt and the flat piece is panels for making a vest--you know, the panels where you cut the printed pieces out and stitch them together. I got them on a remant table at Walmart for something like 75 cents a panel. I love them b/c they are 60" wide and I have a queen bed, so they just fit.

Vesuviusmama said...

You are so good to her. If my boys ever ask for a room makeover, I fear they are going to be sorely disappointed.

Eli, Cattails Quilts said...

The hubs & I have promised my daughter we would redecorate her room, once she keeps it clean for 2 months. So far, she's made it a week, and that's only because she spends half her time at her father's place. I guess that's the joy of having a 10 year old girl.

Beautiful job on Sydney's room, I hope she appreciates your hard work! =)

lw said...

The bedskirt really finishes a wonderful, cozy look. What I love about Sydney's room is that it is mostly blue. I have always loved blue, but I shared my room with three sisters, and Mom decided painted the walls bright pepto bismal pink. Then she made groovy pink curtains with large flowers and made pink bedspreads. Yikes. The only thing I liked were the white chenille floor rugs-- we used to pull each other around the hardwood floors (up and down the halls) like sleds...

Cynthia L. said...

Her room looks really nice. I bet she is happy with it. It seems so grown up! I really like the retro looking chair and ottoman also!