22 November, 2014

Making The Bed

I've spent the afternoon making a bed... or, I should say, making bedding!  This is a doll bed for Lucy Ann for Christmas. There's no better way to get into the spirit of Christmas than spending hours on end in the sewing room watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and making gifts. I do hope my granddaughter, and her dolls, will enjoy this bed as much as we have already; because, before I could make this bed up, Mr. Goodneedle actually made the bed; this is a gift of handmade love from both grandparents.
It's a trundle bed; Lucy Ann's doll can have a doll-friend sleep over!
The bed is a treasure, handcrafted from maple, it will match the furniture in Lucy Ann's bedroom.
Mr. Goodneedle designed the raised panels and cut out the heart detail for the panel in the arched headboard; he made the mattresses for both beds from a thin sheet of plywood wrapped in upholstery weight batting.
The upper bed is completely outfitted with a fitted sheet/mattress cover, top sheet and matching pillows. The lower bed will have to wait until next week to receive the same treatment. I added a bit of piping to accent the sheet and pillow cuffs. The trundle bed's mattress is a bit smaller; the sheet set for it will be the opposite fabrics as the top (periwinkle polka dots with the whimsical print cuffs) so that Lucy Ann won't be frustrated trying to figure out which sheets fit which mattress!
I made the quilt from my stash collection of 2.5" strips, pulling out coordinating colors. The quilt is backed and bound with the same print as the sheets. (The quilt for the lower bed will be backed and bound likewise with the polka dot.)  Instead of batting I used a heavyweight flannel to achieve a soft quilt with a "drape" to it, I didn't want the quilt to be too thick or stiff and not hang well when the doll is asleep in the bed; I chose to quilt it simply with diagonal lines. Without a doubt, this is the most fun I've ever had making any bed!

Life is Good!
 

22 comments:

Janet O. said...

This just had me grinning! What a sweet gift for a special little gal! You two work well together (no surprise there) and have created something that will surely be well loved!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Spectacular . . . what a marvelous gift! SO special!

quiltkeemosabe said...

This is absolutely the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Those little pillowcases with the little animals on them are precious. You and Mr. Goodneedle have done a wonderful job!

Paula, the quilter said...

Oh my, but that is wonderful! What sweet dreams dolly and friend will have!

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Those grandbabies have the BEST grandparents!! Lovely bedding for a beautiful bed! Well done, both of you!

MJMR said...

124How special is that you and r Goodneedle make a great team! Love, love, love it! ( And thanks for the fabric. Tomorrow afternoon I am going to work on the lettersI have fabric for)

Needled Mom said...

That is just beautiful. She will love it.

Sherrill said...

WOW!!! I bet NONE of her little friends gets anything LIKE that beautiful bed! That will be something she will treasure forever. What a gift!

AnnieO said...

Can't wait to see her dollies having sweet dreams in this remarkable bed! Lucky Lucy!

jirons42 said...

This will be a precious keepsake for well beyond her "doll years".

StitchinByTheLake said...

This is so adorable! I remember years ago my sister and brother-in-law spent weeks and weeks making and collecting furnishings for a doll house they made their daughter. Not only did she get years of playtime with it, now her daughter is adding her touch to it too. blessings, marlene

Trish said...

Both the bed and the bedding are just fabulous! The fussy cut pillowcases are the frosting on the cake!

cityquilter grace said...

a dream of a gift for any little girl....

Teatime Creations said...

What fun you must have had creating this treasure. Beautiful. Lucky girl.

lindsey said...

This is absolutely beautiful, well done both of you!

Glenda in Florida said...

What a beautiful gift! I love everything about it, but the fussy cut pillowcases took it over the top!

Synthia said...

Absolutely adorable. An heirloom it will surely be!

Love Of Quilts said...

Amazing! Happy Thanksgiving.

Brenda Hanes said...

Absolute perfection.

LizA. said...

WOW! The attention to details from both of you are amazing. Lucy Ann is going to be the envy of all her friends.

Carrie P. said...

oh that is the sweetest thing ever

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Wow! This is a treasure. You both did outstanding jobs on this project. I enjoy your blog.