When you consider we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, then it’s no wonder that decorating our bedrooms is a priority. The primary piece of furniture in any bedroom is of course the bed! How we decorate this furnishing is determined by, in a large part, the comfort and styling of the entire room. Think of the most dark of sleeping accommodations – the military bunks, where you can bounce a quarter off the bed covers. This is hardly aesthetically pleasing to the majority. Contrast this image with beds that are soft cozy and inviting, covered with fluffy, luxurious and colorful looking bed quilts. Which would you prefer?
Bed quilts often remind us of winter, when the nights are cold and the quilt is mandatory to stay warm. However, they are every bit as necessary as a decorating accessory in the summertime. Bed quilts are a boon for the home decorator. You can purchase a quilt, but you can also create a custom quilt for the upcoming season which is timeless, and can be passed down through generations as an heirloom piece your grandchildren will treasure.
Even if you don’t have a clue where to begin, you can always take a quilting class to learn the basics. If you’re looking get ideas to spark your imagination, you can visit the library or your local bookstore and check out some of the many quilting pattern books. These books range from embroidered to exotic and intricate quilts, to traditional patterns and on through what might be categorized as modern art. You’ll find a treasure trove of great ideas for bed quilts. Take a look at fabric shop pattern books which also offer a wide range of patterns, from simple to the most elaborate. There you’ll find choices for novice as well as experience quilters. There are numerous sites where you can derive inspiration from online. If you’ve got a theme in mind, do a Google search on that ‘theme+ bed quilts’ for thousands of results. You can narrow your search by including the colors which would complement the room.
As you’re planning your quilt, consider the season of use. Winter calls for fabrics heavy in weight, while summer bed quilts require sturdy, but lightweight fabrics. Batting (the filling inside the quilt) should also be season considerate. Whether you decide to create your own pattern, or choose one, the fabric shop staff can advise you on the right materials.
If you are a novice quilter, go for a pattern of large squares. The larger the square, the easier it is to match seams well and complete your quilting project quickly. It’s also quicker and easier to assemble the quilt in manageable strips, row by row.
If you’d like to be adventurous, try making your own quilting pattern, using the drawing feature located in many word processors. Experiment with colors, images and textured patterns. For example, let’s say you want a flower themed quilt. Collect some images of flowers to insert in a diagonal pattern of available squares, then try various colors for each square, alternating a rose color with a yellow or green, until you’re pleased with the composition. It’s then easy enough to find a fabric. Which you then can applique on to the squares.
Quilting has provided many people great entertainment as well as an escape, you can spend very enjoyable time on this decorating project, one that can be picked up as your schedule permits. In the end you’ll have a beautiful quilt to use or to gift to someone special in your life.