I have been brainstorming ideas on how to design the wall above Lily’s crib since I started her nursery in early 2011. I really wanted to do embroidery hoops, but at the time I didn’t know how to embroider, applique, quilt, etc. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of just fabric floating on the wall, and if I was going to do that, the fabric would really have to be just right.
Her nursery is incredibly gender neutral; I used a beige on her walls with white trim, and the furniture in her room is a hodge podge of beige and honey. She also has fabric decals of woodland creatures in golden yellows, greens, reds, teal, and coral (found here – I highly recommend them if you are looking for a reusable solution that is more “green” than vinyl). Her bedding is a soft pink/beige and soft gray/beige stripe, and her curtains are the same pink/beige color.
When I saw Heather Ross’s new Nursery Versery line, I was “eh” about it. I have some underlying baggage; having started sewing and quilting so late in the game, I missed the mermaids. In my head, nothing will ever come close to filling the void. After seeing that Rachel was hosting a contest for the whole line in 1/2 yard cuts, I thought that perhaps it was time for me to get over myself and stop comparing everything to the mermaids.
I really did not like the Nursery Versery line based on the images used by the online stockists because I had a hard time getting a feel for the colors in the line. I started searching the blog world for better images to see how other quilters and sewists were using the material. Of course Rachel’s images are awesome, and by the time I found Red Pepper Quilts post, I began to think that maybe the pink and red/orange and gold used in Nursery Versery was the EXACT SAME pink/beige and red/orange and gold that I used in Lily’s room. Yup, I was completely converted.
I LOVE Nursery Versery.
It is PERFECT for Lily’s room! I am so happy that I waited (not so patiently) 18 months to complete the room.
In the image above, you can see the two hoops that I completed after the clock. I had to get an “L” for Lily in there somehow! And I just thought that the baby mouse with her mommy and daddy mouse was so sweet, so they were framed in a heart, and hung with a bow! One of my favorite parts of this project are the three little green stitches that I added on the heart hoop.
I completed the oval piece as a filler for the wall, and the fussy cut block with little farmer mouse and his radish (turnip?) next. I thought I was done, but once I had them all up on the wall, I really felt that the right side needed something to balance that big ol’ honkin’ clock
that got me into this mess. I thought and thought (and thought some more) and woke up this morning with the idea to do a bunting hoop. I decided on a lighter fabric for the background to balance the heavy patchwork print on the clock, and I’m really glad I did. I loosely followed the pattern in Zakka Style for this hoop, and added the itsy bitsy spider from the selvedge, along with some hand embroidered love.
One regret is that I didn’t check all of my fat quarters before I started cutting to find that I only had one itsy bitsy spider in the lot, and I realized too late how close I cut that little guy. Oh well, he still looks cute and carefree!
Thank you *so* much for stopping by to read about my project! I am so happy that I
got over my mermaid issues gave Nursery Versery a second chance. Right now I can’t afford to buy the whole line, so if I won I would be super excited because I would be able to make Lily a big girl quilt to go along with these hoops. I already have it all planned out in my head. Just think, modern patchwork, a flannel back, and brightly colored ties. I’m just beside myself thinking about it (and imagining future-2-year-old-Lily-with-bouncing-pigtails dragging it around next year. And then maybe Mommy-Lily-in-the-way-way-future wrapping up her own little babe)!
Oh, and if you haven’t already, please make sure you head over and check out the other entries. There are some really beautiful and creative posts!
Have a wonderful Friday!