Feeling rather daring …..!

Yes, in a small way, this weekend I am indeed feeling rather daring!  The spring sunshine has exposed the dusty corners that went unnoticed all winter long and so I have been indulging in an orgy of dusting, hoovering and (ahem!) cobweb removal.  Then, feeling very enthusiastic, I have decided to start redecorating my bedroom at last.

Since I moved here in June I’ve gradually been changing my little cottage to suit my own tastes.  It is around 250 years old, with thick stone walls and smallish, deep-set windows that mean the rooms can tend to be a little dark, particularly during the winter months.  The previous owners had kept it beautifully, but preferred deep, rich shades, embracing the darkness rather than my own preference for painting everything light and bright, bringing as much light as possible indoors.

I didn’t want to decorate my bedroom in the winter as I planned to paint in the mornings, then allow the room to air with the windows wide open for the rest of the day so all the paint fumes would have time to dissipate before bedtime. (this would have been a little chilly in January!)   Instead I have been planning my scheme …

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For many years I have had a blue and yellow bedroom – but now, feeling rather daring, I find myself moving more towards soft pinks.  My bed is a lovely duck egg blue so I began with that as the basis for my new scheme.  I chose my curtain fabric when I first moved into my cottage, and it will work beautifully – it’s Dandelion by Vanessa Arbuthnott.  Following the fashion for painted furniture I have begun to paint my wardrobe – not white – but Pink Slip, whilst the walls will be First Light (both by Little Greene).  My rabbit cushion sits on my bed, and my Alice in Wonderland hoops on one wall.  I will enlist the help of my wallpapering assistant (Rosie’s husband Dan!) and paper one wall in Sanderson’s Swallows wallpaper.  So far so good – but now I need some help please ….

For quite a few years I have proudly displayed my first quilt on my bed.  I am still proud of it – though parts are rather wonky and there are some odd joins on the back (I was experimenting with quilt-as-you-go).  But I think it’s time for a change – for one thing the colours are all wrong for my new scheme ….

I have acquired a small bundle of lovely French vintage fabrics from ebay and would like to incorporate them into my new quilt …

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There won’t be enough for a whole quilt though, and I’ll need to include more – so please can anyone help me with suggestions for any currently available quilting cottons that will work both with this fabric and with my new colour scheme as a whole?  I would really appreciate some help – and thank you so much for any suggestions you may have.

Meanwhile, totally unrelated to my bedroom redecorating, I thought you might like to see my new “plant house” from Ikea.  I think it looks really good on my kitchen windowsill …..

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And was an absolute bargain (like most things from Ikea).   I am also pleased to report that for almost the first time ever I managed not to get lost going around the Ikea store.  Rosie still loves to remind me of the time I went to fetch a trolley for all our marketplace purchases, took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up going down the escalators, out of the store and coming back round again!  I do find their layout rather bewildering I must confess!

The final most daring thing I’ve done this weekend is to extend our special offer on Magazine Annual Subscriptions.  Our accountant lady didn’t think this was a good idea, but I do so love sharing.  (and she won’t be back in her office till Monday so won’t realise I’ve extended our best-ever offer haha!)  To find out more please just CLICK HERE to visit the annual subscription page.

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HiHelen, how I wish your e,mail had reached me sooner, I was at the Exeter quilt show on Saturday and there was a French fabric stall, but it was not my style so didn’t take any notice, sorry.
How about putting duck egg blue with your fabric or if you have the selvege take a look at the colour dots which show which colour dyes that have been used. From my computer screen, colours that I would choose would be pastels in green, blue and yellow. When choosing colours the general rule for quilts are, dark medium and light, but I prefer to go with what I like, after all it’s no good working with colours or fabric you don’t like. Hope that helps a little.

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I think duck egg blue would be nice Gill, no selvage sadly, and French would definitely continue the theme, thanks so much for your ideas. Hope the quilt show was good, I always feel so inspired after visiting these events xx

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Have you checked out the new 3 Sisters line Larkspur? Their old line Seaside Rose would be perfect but hard to find. You can find pieces of it if you search for 3 Sisters Favorites.

Brenda Riddle also has a line coming out soon Bespoke Blooms that might work. Or her previous line Ambleside.

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Hi Helen,
In reply to your request for help finding quilting fabric, I have a fab shop near to me (how lucky, but spend far too much !) The Web address is -thecosycabin.co.uk
Hope you find something you like.
Best wishes
Jan

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Thank you so much Jan, I am so enjoying looking at everyone’s suggestions xx

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Fig tree fabrics would fit in nicely I think any of her lines Joanna Figaruo (I my have miss spelled her last name) she is a Moda designer.
Robyn Pandolf (spelling may be off here as well)
I don’t know her current fabric lines but her past fabrics have had this soft feel to them

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Oh how I love your creative ideas and colors! I’m also attracted predominately to pastels myself. Love your bed! I’m not a quilter but perhaps there’s a local quilting shop or fabric store where an expert there can assist you in choosing fabrics and colors to help complete your quilt? I’m sure you’ll figure it out perfectly for you! Enjoy!

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Thanks so much Valerie, I think a lot of the fun is in choosing all the fabric, might even be my favourite part xx

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I have red and white gingham curtains in my kitchen also. I’m redoing it to be yellow with red accents. Maybe a little blue thrown in.

As for your bedroom goes, I love the pink, but why not add in the blues and yellows and maybe some greens, but as accent colors with maybe the pink as the main color. I am redoing our bedroom in blues and yellows with a small amount of pinks and greens. Right now it’s got hunter green curtains and the quilt is burgundy and green with small amounts of other colors. Too dark for me.

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Thanks Deborah, I will definitely try a few alternative pastels and see how they look. Good luck with your bedroom xx

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Hello Helen,

Those are very pretty colors for your bedroom. Make sure to show us pics of your new quilt!

How are Ben & Daisy? I love reading about them. I didn’t get a chance to comment on your other post, but the way you used to pick the winner using dog treats was absolutely adorable!

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Aw, thanks so much. They’re very well thanks and enjoying the lovely spring weather xx

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Hello Helen,
Have you seen Jo Colwill’s website – http://www.cowslipworkshops.co.uk? She has a lot of lovely fabrics, including some vintage rolls of linen and cotton and lots more in soft colours, e.g. Tilda fabrics, that I think would suit your planned decor very well.
I’m glad to hear that Ben and Miss. Daisy are well and enjoying the spring weather.
Hope that helps and that you find what you want.
Love,
Diana. xx

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Thanks so much Diana – I popped across on your recommendation and while I was there one or two goodies just happened to fall into my basket haha!! All are well here thank you, though Daisy wasn’t great a couple of weeks ago. Luckily the vet was able to tweak her medication and she’s doing much better again now. Love to you and yours xx

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Hi again Helen,

You’re not on your own – I find things just fall into my basket, too!
So glad to hear Daisy’s picked up again – she must be quite a worry for you.

Love,
Diana. xx

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Thanks Diana – yes I do worry about her, but she is such a cheerful “little” dog (she is very small for a Newfie, only 2/3 Ben’s size) it’s all worthwhile. She has a very happy life, so even if it is shorter than the average at least she will have enjoyed herself while she’s here! xx

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Hi yet again, Helen,
I’ve just had a look at http://www.billowfabrics.co.uk and they have a collection of Tilda fabrics (some at sale prices!) called “Attic Flowers” and it looks just the kind of thing that you’re looking for – lovely soft, quiet colours with roses etc. on (I had to put “Attic Flowers” into their search facility to find it). They also do some lovely scandinavian check fabrics in soft colours – you’ll find them under the “Vintage” heading, then click on “Swedish Farmhouse”. On top of all that they do super wool felt.
Fabrics have definitely fallen into my basket several times from this company!
Love,
Diana. xx
P.S. I don’t work for them!

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Hi Diana – thanks so much for that – yes Billow are lovely – in fact we featured them in the magazine last year, so we’re obviously both totally in tune when it comes to fabric choices haha!! xxx

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Hello :), I’ve recently started reading/following your magazine and designs. Everything is so inspiring happy❤️❤️❤️
In regards to your quilt, Tanya Whelan has loads of fabric lines that should work well. Good luck!

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