Nursery Versery Contest Submission

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.

Love it.

It is PERFECT for Lily’s room!  I am so happy that I waited (not so patiently) 18 months to complete the room.

I used this tutorial with some minor adjustments to make the clock.  As I said, I was originally only going to make the clock, but I had 7 hoops and omg-the-fabric-is-perfect-for-her-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!

  • Hi Meg,
    These are adorable. Good Luck with the contest!
    See you in Palm Springs girl! :)

  • this is so lovely, i have a hard time picking my favorite elements! the clock is amazing (i so want to do one of those!), and the bunting with the little spider hanging down? seriously, you did a fantastic job. i just realized, by the way, that you left a comment on my blog – it was so nice to wake up to such kind words!

  • Meg, I just got your comment on my apron and wanted to say thank you! (I would have written back, but you’re listed as a no-reply blogger at the moment.) I’m so glad I came over to visit your blog because I absolutely LOVE what you did with the fabric for your little girl’s room. This is just inspired — beautiful, beautiful work!

  • wow, this is just gorgeous! i love all the details and thought you put into each hoop!

  • Girl, this is awesome! Way to be super creative with the fabric. I too was buuuummmed to miss out on the mermaid fabric, but have been collecting scraps of it when I can. A mermaid quilt will happen in a few years probably :). But you should be glad you “got over it” because as shown here, there are so many new prints SO worth having. You should also check out Sarah Jane’s fabrics, I bet you’d love them!

  • I am so glad I came to take a closer look, the clock is fantastic, but the flag hoop with the little spider tag…that’s just super awesome! Sigh, I wish I was a little girl again and somebody would make me cool stuff like that for my room!

  • And I will say, you summed up my feelings about being a new quilter and MISSING THE MERMAIDS. I get a bit forlorn every time I see somebody making a new project from their stash.

  • Very cute!!! :)

  • I’ve said it before and it needs saying again, I LOVE these hoops!

  • this is so adorable!! I love everything but my favorite is the spider hanging from the banner!

  • I love every one of these! I really admire your attention to detail – the edges on the heart, the little spider – so cute! I think I started quilting right after the mermaids because without knowing it was “the mermaids” I actually bought two of the prints on clearance but only got 1/2 yard of each – if I had only known!

  • I have never thought of using embroidery hoops as fabric frames but your little collection are inspiring. I must also agree that the bunting with the cheeky spider is also my favourite. I would love to see you win the stash and make something larger from the line. More spiders please!

  • Favorite hoop collage EVER. So many special touches and how very, very, very fitting for your little one’s room. I love this!

  • Love, love, love your wall! The whole concept, start to finish, is adorable.

    Good luck with the contest. I voted for you!

  • These are so completely adorable! Great job!! :)

  • Adorable! These make want to make some for my daughter! :)

  • Congrats on making it into the finals! I love all the hoops!

  • This is gorgeous, awesome work! I voted for you, I hope you win :)

  • These are adorable! Almost makes me want a kid just so I can decorate a nursery!

    Have you seen that the mermaids are an spoonflower? Just search heatherross (all one word, under designers). And if the etsyparty12 code still works you can get a fq for $1. Sure it’s only a couple of the prints, but it got me my first mermaids!

  • I am so in love with your hoops! LOL I voted for you and I so hope you win so you can make that quilt! It doesn’t hurt that I have a granddaughter named Lily 😉

  • I am also so in love with your hoops!! I voted for you without any hesitation at all – I LOVED yours the best. Like Dana above it didn’t hurt at all that you are called Lily as that is my elder granddaughter’s name. I really really hope you win.

  • Christy Allen

    So creative…. I just love the hoops…. Fabulous.

  • Congrats on winning! Glad I voted for you!!!

    Can’t wait to see the quilt…

  • Meg,

    I think the hoops are great. The clock one is beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration – I am thinking of making one for our school space.

  • YOU WON and you so deserved to win. CONGRATULATIONS and I’m so happy I voted for you.

  • Hi Katie,

    Thank you so much for stopping by! I think that a clock is a great idea for your school space. Are you in a classroom or do you homeschool? I was thinking of making another one with bigger numbers and hands for the kids – It might be fun to have one that they could move around to help them learn time :)