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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Fun with Terrain

Last time I showed you the Terrain flimsy I made for my sister's wedding present.  This time I'm going to show you some accessories.  When I make a wedding quilt, I usually like to make a bed skirt and other pieces to complete the look.  I find it especially important if the colors aren't typical "home dec" colors.  The Terrain quilt was somewhat easier because the background is white.  Instead of making everything, I had been looking at the Moda Bakeshop blog and found something that inspired me.  I just spent over a half hour trying to find the post that inspired me, but I couldn't.  What I did find were three of four projects that I "must do" ha ha. 

So I ordered a plain white pleated bedskirt and 2 tailored shams.  (King size!)  I also got a Terrain jelly roll and I went to work and created these:
This is the bedskirt. 

And this is one of the pillowshams. 

Behind the skirt.
 So what I did was take the jelly roll and pull out one strip of each fabric.  I had a yard of the purple fabric for the "backing" so I did not use the purple strip from the jelly roll.  I cut the strips in half and created strip sets.  I randomly sewed strips together until they were no more than 24 inches wide.  I stopped there because I wanted them to fit under my ruler without having to fold.  Once all the strips were sewn into strip sets, I cut across them making 2.5" strips.  So now I had strips of  squares.  After I subcut all of the different strip sets, I sewed them all together to give me yards and yards of squares.  I sewed the strip to the bottom edge of the bedskirt, right sides together. (Right on top of the hem.)  I pressed the strip set over, to extend the length of the bedskirt.  Next, I cut purple strips wider than the 2.5 inch strip sets.  I think I cut them 2.75 or 3 inches wide.  I sewed them end to end to get yards.  I pressed a 1/4 inch hem along one long, long edge of the purple strip, and then sewed the other long raw edge along the raw edge of the stip set, and then I pressed it around to the back.  Cutting it wider left it possible to have a bit of the purple strip showing on the front.

I carefully pinned it into place and then stiched from the front.  In the picture above, you can see the bit of purple from the front--creating a "binding-like" look.  I did the same thing around the pillow sham.   In that case, I just enclosed the flange of the tailored sham. 

In retrospect, I wish I had taken photos of the process, but I'm delighted to have been able to customize ready-made objects instead of making them all myself. 

I still have many jelly roll strips, misc. blocks from the quilt, and other scraps.  Usually, throwpillows and or a wall quilt made of "leftovers" becomes the first anniversary gift.  Or the third.  Or the fifth!


  1. The quilt top in the last post is beautiful and so are the pieces you made to go with it!! Thanks for explaining how you did it :-)

  2. You are so good, those look great and what a great idea! xo