Saturday, February 4, 2012

Home Sights

Miss Harriet has been after me to post some pictures from my home.  Since it's been over a month since I posted and since I've not finished a quilt, her wish is granted.  Mind you, she's been asking for many months, and I just haven't managed it.  I decided to put a new quilt on my bed today--needed a change of quilt to inspire me to wait for spring.  Right now our winter is much milder than last year (about this time last year we had a low of -34 F).

 This quilt is "Dolly's Baskets." I dreamed about it for years before I started it in 2002 (with fabric I'd been collecting for 10 years).  I finished it in 2007--hard to believe it's been finished for five years!
It was inspired by a similar basket quilt of solid white and solid violet made by my paternal grandmother in the early 20th century.  When I saw this set on a Mennonite quilt from the same period, I wanted to use it because of all the lovely spaces for quilting--feathers, of course!
I do love the haven my home, and especially, my bedroom, provides.  (And, yes, I know my bedside table is cluttered. Sorry.)  That table was part of the red maple bedroom set in my room when I was a child.  I painted it white 20 years or so ago--and have never regretted it.

 The pillowcases are lonely singles I've collected over the last 15 or 20 years--maybe longer.

 I do love boxes.  I've loved and collected boxes since I was in primary school.
Of course, I have no trouble filling them up!
The bed and armoire as well as the dresser that's not pictured are from a furniture series that was for many years the most popular one in the U.S. I painted the bedroom furniture white about ten years ago--it was a menopausal thing, I think.  I just couldn't get enough light into my life.

I also purchased other furnishings from the same line. I gave away the TV/stereo armoire because it was just too big for my small house.  I have a farm table from the same line, although I now use it in my sewing studio. I have two chairs from the line too.  They've not been painted white, but I did recover their cushions with a very small lavender and white plaid a few weeks ago.

After I added sweet LED lights to the kitchen for the holidays, I decided to leave them up.  See that ugly florescent light fixture?  I really dislike it.  I don't know what era it's from, but I'm certain its era was long before the house was built.  Someday it will be replaced, but for now the other lights are bright enough to make our meals very pleasant.
Okay, those are a few sights from my home/haven.

I did finish quilting my great nephew's John Deere quilt, but I want to get the binding on before I show it--and I haven't even cut the binding yet. I'm suddenly behind on children's and baby's quilts--one of my nieces gave birth to a daughter this past Tuesday [they sent a picture to my phone, but since I have pins with heads bigger than the baby's photo, I'm not quite sure what she looks like]; one of my former kindergarten students will soon have a daughter; and one of the members of my youth choir from 20+ years ago is about to have a son, her third.

I do need to figure out a way to get more quilting time into this busy, tiring winter!


Pokey said...

Your bedroom is warm and cozy, the lavender walls are so attractive with your quilt. Oh, and it is a lovely quilt, too!! The baskets scattered among the white floral print are beautiful.
I like the LED light strand, too. In our other house, I had a strand of lights wrapped with a flower garland, hung on my curtain rod, and plugged into a Clapper, you know what that is, right? I called them our happy lights, because if we got excited our loud with laughter, they would go on and off! Kinda fun, anyway your lights made me think of them.

DragonPoodle said...

lovely, lovely! how restful and peaceful, too. My bedroom has a Singer 99 stripped down for repair on a table, lol!

MQuilter said...

Dolly's Basket is a beautiful quilt that looks lovely in your cozy, lavender bedroom.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the peek into your surroundings. Your bedroom is so peaceful. What a perfect escape for you.


ps - I thought all nightstands were cluttered. Don't they sell them that way?? :)

Hillbilly Tonya said...

I think it is beautiful...makes me want to visit!

Anonymous said...

The pillowcase you have on the left...I have a pair just like it!
I inherited all my mother's linens and she had something like 50+sets of pillowcases all embroidered and crocheted when she was married in 1951! we wore a lot of them out over the years but when she died 1979 there were still considerable number that survived. Unfortunately they are almost wore out...Nice to see someone else values the pretty your quilt and home...Elaine in Alberta Canada.
waiting for spring here too!

Pamela said...

That is a beautiful quilt - very soft and romantic looking!

Quilter Kathy said...

What a beautiful and restful haven you have created...enjoy!

Sandra Kaye said...

Lovely purple room! And I really like the basket quilt!! Hugs

Brooke said...

So sweet! The quilt is precious, and those delicate pillowcases are truly charming!

Mary said...

I love the Lavender Baskets. My mother always said Lavender was a 'restful' color. LOL, it didn't keep me from staying up all night.

Anonymous said...

Hi ... I love your quilt! I am getting ready to make a basket quilt myself. Your pillow cases are beautiful and look so wonderful on the quilt. I also love boxes, and yours are to be envied! Thank you for sharing.

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