Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pieced Duvet Cover

2 days in a row! Wha?! I know!!

I bought this pack of precut 10x10 squares with a gift certificate from a local quilting store. It's Tonga Treat from Timeless Treasures in the "Coffee Cake" colorway (i think. I lost the label. oops)

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I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what to do with it. I didn't want to waste any of the fabric. I knew I wanted to do a duvet cover or something that would get a lot of use. I finally had a flash of inspiration one morning when I woke up (does that happen to other people?) and decided to do strips of pieced fabric alternating with strips of a solid.

I cut each 10x10 piece into thirds and grouped the fabrics by lights & darks. I sewed these into strips, alternating light & dark. At first I planned to piece these on the seams but realized the individual cuts weren't all exactly the same length so, to save my sanity, I ended up offsetting the seams.

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The solid is a sheet from Ikea (hence the matching pillow cases! woo!) and the back is made from another sheet. I really should have taken pictures of the process. I don't have much floor space in my apartment and sewing something this size is quite an operation. I needed to move my couch, plants, desk all as far out of the way as I could. My ironing board was in my kitchen, so that presented a challenge when my sewing time overlapped my need-to-eat something time.

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Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I like the fact it's a departure from my usual color palette (but it still has my beloved blues represented). Nice to check this one off my to-make list.

5 comments:

  1. I love it! I've been wanting to make a bedspread from bandannas, and I'm thinking I could do something like this.

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  2. This is great, the solid strips really work well!

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  3. VERY cool! Great job! AND, I love the artwork above your bed. The design is great!

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  4. ooo very nice! the colored blocks are the size/shape of that subway tile that's so popular right now. I hate our duvet covers...you inspire me to sew something better.

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  5. Love Love Love the idea of jazzing up linens from Ikea! Not sure I'm coordinated enough to pull this off but so glad to see your fantastic finished product :)

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