Idea for you

I was slow getting this idea completed, too many other things ahead of it on the never ending list.  I know you have one of these ‘never ending’ lists comprised of quilts and other projects you want to make.  This makes us kindred spirits doesn’t it.   🙂

Today I want to share this idea . . .  I cut two ample size pieces of a woven from my ‘Simple Charm’  line (early 2012), I selected the dark plaid as it looked nice with the ‘Bridgeport’ free to use quilt , more on the quilt later.  Next I emailed one of my long arm quilters Lori K. in KS, yes she would MQ this for me.  I sent the woven fabric with ample cotton batting and a one-piece backing, requested the two woven pieces be MQ in a cross hatch design, with the lines spaced approximately one inch apart.

You could try machine quilting your shams on your domestic machine, if you don’t want to have it professionally machine quilted.

To finish, I selected the bird toile, also from ‘Simple Charm’ line with the dark background.  Phyllis (one of my friends who I hired for Sewing Saturdays), measured and sewed these for me, she made an envelope back for the pillow shams for our bed.

This is a shared idea:  my friend Leslie in Illinois did this same thing only she selected an uneven ticking stripe (from a few years ago), and added a print ruffle, the fabrics were chosen to go with a favorite quilt she had made for her guest room.  Thanks to Leslie I knew that if I had the fabric machine quilted with batting and backing it would add firmness and body to the sham and it wouldn’t be a limp sham.  And, I didn’t have to look for decorator fabric for shams.

Tips:  measure the chosen pillow insert in both directions, use those measurements to draw sewing lines on the wrong side your quilted fabric to make the shams.

You could change your shams up a bit by adding a ruffle or add enough fabric for a flange.  You could also opt to add cording for a nice color accent.  Don’t you love options!

'Bridgeport' quilt with the plaid pillow shams.

‘Bridgeport’ quilt with the plaid pillow shams.

Now to finish up about the ‘Bridgeport’ quilt.  I REALLY loved this quilt when Candy got it completed for Andover.  Candy offered to make the quilt top for me if I sent her the fabric – oh my yes!!!  The top, batting and backing was sent to Maggi H. in Plano, TX to machine quilt just like she did the first one.  I REALLY love this quilt on our bed.  I sometimes use it folded across the foot of the bed.  Love the options when decorating with quilts.

When I go to department stores or speciality stores, nothing I like goes with my quilts or our bedroom.  Guess you can think of these shams as ‘custom’.    🙂

Now the question is, will you do this too?

Let me know what you do with this idea.




Idea for you — 4 Comments

  1. Jo – I love making matching shams for my bed-size quilts. Sometimes they’re kinda plain, using a coordinating fabric; sometimes I use leftover blocks; and sometimes I’ll put strips of leftover fabrics going down one end to jazz them up. So many possibilities! I’ve learned to buy an extra couple of yards for them when I get the quilt fabrics. I love how the bed looks so “finished” with the shams.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.