Saturday, January 10, 2015

Boys' bedroom finish!

I am thrilled to be able to share these pictures with you because this project has been a long time in the making. My two bigger boys share a room. I picked the pattern (Cranberry Chutney by Madison Cottage Design) and began buying fabric for their big boy bed quilts in June of 2013. Since last spring, my mom and I have been working on these quilts--we each sewed about half the blocks (I think she made more than me), and then we each assembled one quilt. When I was back in my hometown in October, I visited the local quilt shop there to choose the quilting pattern and thread color, knowing that the quilts were almost done. I finished the quilt backs in November and Mom dropped the quilts off for me at Patched Works, with the promise of a mid-December delivery date.
Here are the quilts, done and on the big boys' beds:
Both beds, with the orange nightstand in the middle.
I love the teal lamps (from Target) that serve as reading lamps.
 A little closer look at each bed:

The best Christmas present? At her offer, I had given Mom the leftover fabric to make a scrappy binding. She not only made the binding for both, but sewed them to the quilts, and then hand stitched them to the back on about 90% of the quilts before we saw her after Christmas. Wow! Thanks Mom!

I finished the last bit this week and took pics on the beds this morning. Now to train the boys to make their beds!

Here are the finished backs of the quilts. Since I was putting so much time and money into these quilts, I decided to make them reversible, or at least more fun than just a single backing fabric. Each back is a version of the block concept on the front (except obviously not square). When I first came up with this idea, Thomas wanted the green and Jojo the orange. During the last few months, their favorite colors changed, and they flip flopped. I'm just happy that no one protested the colors I used!

A closer look at the green back:

And the orange back. I used a green-yellow thread on both, at the recommendation of the lovely Julie at Patched Works. You can see the quilting pattern a little better on this side, at least in the photos.

Here's the dresser on the opposite wall, as well as the wall art. The boys are really into superheroes right now, and I found these cool tin wall art pieces at Hobby Lobby. I found the center piece on Etsy. In case you can't read it, it says "Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero."

I'm really glad that their room is finished! Now on to the next project....


  1. Lucky boys. Those are really awesome quilts. I love the colours and the pattern.The backs are so special. I am sure they will enjoy them for years to come.

  2. Boys bedroom looks great. I love the colours and the quilts.