Monday, 24 November 2008

The Easy Way or The Hard Way

I have this knack. Thinking that I am oh-so-clever and inventing all sorts of lovely designs in my head, only to find that executing them is not so simple. Creativity is a curse sometimes.

Take children's bedlinen for example. The girls needed new, matching bedlinen. (I was over the non-matching look.) All I wanted was something sweet, simple, not garish, that went with all the quilts I will make them one day:) Something with a little pink, just the right pink, but not too much pink. I know most people would just go out and buy something from the shops!!! But I thought I would be clever and make it.

Easier said that done. I have laboured over this project for months, not in sewing time but thinking and planning time. Running to and fro to the shops and back, trying to make it all work and on a budget if possible. (Two doona covers made from patchwork fabric ain't cheap) Finally, I have completed two covers with all the right colours. Not without a few dramas, which I might share one day.





I actually ended up using Ella's old cover in part of the quilts. A beautiful Charlie Brown design called Geisha Girl...now discontinued. I also made two of the quilted pillow shams that I did for Edward's bedroom. They make arranging the bed so easy.



So here it is, finished at last. I would love to applique a breakfast cushion and have been very inspired by all of Kellie's gorgeous work. But that will be when I have some spare time, which has not been very plentiful of late!

P.S. Would anyone be interested in a tutorial on the cushion covers or can you all just work it out for yourselves?
P.P.S For more pictures of the girls bedroom, see one of my original posts.

14 comments:

Selina said...

I would love a tutorial please. I love both the bedrooms. All the planning was worth it in my opinion!

Beth said...

oh please Tam, post a tut! for a beginner girl like me it would be muchly appreciated.... love your work...

Soo said...

they look just lovely! such a nice combination of pink and green, well worth all the work!

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Alan said...

So once again you have proved that you are the most creative person in our family. Top work, sis. They look great. I'm sure you have made a lot of mums very jealous.

thriftymrs said...

They look terrific, great work.

Corrie said...

gorgeous! I just love their room...my hubby is always telling me little girls can't share rooms but I think he's wrong (since I shared with my little sis) and I just love it

oh a tutorial would be lovely!

Corrie:)

Little White Dove said...

They look great! Top work!

Christie said...

so beautiful!

kid's bedline is hard, everything at a reasonable pricepoint has cartoon characters on it or is over the top & superbright-ewww!

love the coluor combinations, you've got me all inspired!

Pennie said...

I agree with Christie, my girls are 8 and 10, we are on the move soon and I would like to replace their bed linen but there is not much around I like.

Love what you have done,the beds look great...

ingrid said...

It all looks so lovely Tamara, perfectly peaceful and girly!

Duyvken said...

pink and green is one of my favourite girly colour combinations. My oldest daughter has a room in these colours.

chaletgirl said...

Oh I love what you did with their bed linen! Absolutely gorgeous!

And I'll add my voice to the chorus for a tutorial - yes please!

Laura said...

Oh Tam, thank you so much for posting these photos up. It transports me back home, just for a little while. I miss you all such a lot! -Laura