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From Teenage Kingdom To Calm Oasis!

Wallpaper Proud!, Rocking Dog

Wallpaper Proud!

Finally yesterday I swapped paint for paper. Like sewing I find wallpapering very therapeutic, especially if there’s a pattern to match! I bought the paper from Anthropologie in a sale nearly a year ago because I simply LOVED it. It was always destined for youngest daughter’s bedroom. Although I loved her black and white paper, it had slightly lost its appeal with Ann Summers having used the silver version in all its branches! Last decorated nine years ago the room had done well and withstood a whole array of colourful beauty products, so I didn’t feel too guilty!

With the little Ferguson’s all having flown the nest, I fleetingly thought we should be “neutralising” with some cans of Magnolia in case we downsized in the near future. However, I remembered when we took on the house it had a ghastly mink brown bathroom suite and bodged kitchen together with a forest of conifers. We recognised the potential, as well as appreciating the lovely features (flagstones, original sash windows, murals and a good roof). So Nah! i’m not going to succumb to Magnolia, never have and never will!

The paper certainly reflects the many leafy, and invariably muddy walks on the doorstep. With Ammonite, Churlish, Brassica reassuringly dry, and looking fabulous, it was time to get the paper pasting table out. I chickened out of hanging the paper as per instructed by the label and resorted to a vat of readymade wallpaper paste. Had I not been such a coward I should have simply dipped the paper in water for thirty seconds and hung. I decided to put the new paper over the old, not ideal, but with crumbly walls I treated the paper as a patterned lining paper.

The biggest issue was yet to come, the paper didn’t have an obvious pattern match, so I resorted to looking at a Google image. I followed another customer’s pattern matching and I can only hope that they did it right!

A Roman blind now needs to be made, i’ll put skills acquired at “The Makery” into use again. Meanwhile, there are some VERY heavy lanterns (£60 the pair from Ben’s Tiles & Reclamation) that need wiring and hung from their brackets. Phil, please come back from your Norwegian fishing trip….your expertise and muscle is needed!

The best bit is that I have paper left over, so I look forward to thinking up lots of crafty ways of using it!

Doorstep Inspiration, Rocking Dog

Doorstep Inspiration

Anthropologie Purchase, Rocking Dog

Anthropologie Purchase

Then & Now, Rocking Dog

Then & Now

Baffling Pattern Match, Rocking Dog

Baffling Pattern Match

Going, Going...., Rocking Dog

Going, Going….

Come Back Phil!, Rocking Dog

Come Back Phil!

A Bed Without A Quilt………

Selection Made, Rocking Dog

Selection Made

“A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars”. The bedroom I am looking to decorate with the fabulous Curators Gallery wallpaper will hence have a lovingly made quilt. I am not the worlds greatest sleeper, so this project will keep me sewing joyfully into the wee hours over a few nights.

The fabrics are all ones from my own notorious material mountain. I have chosen to use a plethora of William Morris and vintage Sanderson prints, all of which came from charity shops, flea markets or are nostalgic family remnants. I am including a Liberty print that was an off cut from curtains made by mum for the family kitchen. There are also squares of Designers Guild Geranium fabric which came from curtains that hung in one or two of our lounges along the way. The colour tones are subtle and the patterns influenced by nature, perfect for room scheme I have planned.

In the past I have been helped with simple patch-working using a You Tube tutorial from Professor Pincushion. It is a great resource for anyone making their first quilt and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.

So far I have selected my fabrics and cut the selected fabrics into 22cm squares using a rotary cutter (dressmaking shears are fine). I have then gone onto lay out the squares onto a clear flat surface to achieve a good pattern mix. The rows of squares have been carefully gathered up and each row bulldog clipped with a row number.

Tomorrow the sewing will begin sewing the squares into strips and ultimately sewing the strips together. Cotton batting will be added together with a backing fabric, decorative buttons and edging bobbles. Voila!

I make it sound so easy!

To see some wonderful patchwork quilts take a trip to The American Museum in Bath.

Past Patchwork, Rocking Dog

Past Patchwork

Fabric Stash, Rocking Dog

Fabric Stash

22cm Square, Rocking Dog

22cm Square

Neatly Piled, Rocking Dog

Neatly Piled

Pattern Mix Up, Rocking Dog

Pattern Mix Up

Ready To Sew, Rocking Dog

Ready To Sew