I’ve never given much thought towards “memorial quilts” and what they might entail. I recently had the privilege to work on one for a colleague. There wasn’t much to work with, very few outfits, as her sweet baby girl passed at four months of age many years ago.
What a humbling opportunity. Although, I did not know this mother so long ago when this tragedy happened, working on this quilt was a little emotional for me. Each little smocked dress or printed sleeper has a story I am sure.
The use of ticking for decorative purposes is not a recent trend. Seventy years ago, the American decorating original, Sister Parish, made use of ticking fabric evoking a “cozy old-money, part opulent, part hand-me-down, English country house aesthetic. “¹
An online perusal attests that ticking featured décor has not diminished, but rather expanded. Reminiscent of a more humble time, the clean simple lines and color tones of cotton ticking inspires a modern-vintage lure without kitsch.
Another “snow day” has allowed me to continue working on my outdated, dark and not-so-large bedroom. While doing so, I don’t want to break the bank. It’s challenging but it is progressing.
Creative storage will include lidded baskets to hide all of that extraneous crap in our room, a DIY floordrobe wall hanger and possibly an over-the-door shelf. I know I can scrounge up a basket or two from around the house. I have scrap lumber and door knobs or hooks. I do like these and plan to sew similar pillowcases. One night stand completed; one left to build.
Last I checked I was living on the Virginia coast? Two snowfalls in two weeks. The good: the school snow days off has allowed me to work on a room that desperately needs updating. The bad: we’ll have to make up these days. 😦
This room begs for updated lighting, bedside tables, new scatter rugs, bedding and window treatments.
The first task, finding the right bedside table, proved a little harder than I thought.
But, finally after months searching I figured out what it was that I wanted. I want a combination of Ana White’s farm table plan . . . a green side table I saw on a Pinterest board . . .