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bed runner and valance - new room!

Old 06-27-2012, 01:13 PM
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My husband and I have been married nearly 39 years and have probably had ... 4 new bed sets in that time. So it was about time for a change. The runner pattern is from a book called "Bed Runners Using Precut Fabrics". I didn't use the strips it called for - I bought 1/4 yd of each of 8 different red/cream/blue fabrics and cut the strips from those. That means I didn't have the larger variety of prints you would get from a jelly roll, but it worked okay. (When I went in to get fabric the quilt shop didn't have an appropriate jelly roll - I'm glad they didn't - this was cheaper and I knew I liked all the fabrics.)

The valance was made from leftover strips from the runner. I made it in the Jelly Roll Race quilt style then added borders until it was big enough. This used absolutely every scrap of fabric I had bought. One of the valance tabs even has a selvedge on the back.

The bedspread is from Walmart - I just wanted something neutral and CHEAP. The cathedral window quilt hanging on the wall was made by my grandmother for my mother. She pieced it in the 60's and told me that if my grandchildren ever played with it outside she'd come back to haunt me. She's been gone 30 years and you can see that it's not where a grandchild can get hold of it!
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:15 PM
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Nice and cozy bedroom. I love it. thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:19 PM
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This is very nice, love those fabrics
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:29 PM
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I like it.
You did a great job.
I think your bed deserve a change. Looks great.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:43 PM
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Nice idea for your room.....
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:34 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:38 PM
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Very nice!! I love to see pieced valances. Would you mind sharing how you did it? What does the other side look like? Thanks!!
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You go girl that is super. Glad grandma didn't have to come back to haunt you. BrendaK
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:52 PM
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For the valance I took all the little 2 1/2" scraps I had from the runner - they ranged in length from about 4" to width of fabric - 42" or so. I first sewed them together on the short end - making one really long strip of fabric. (Search "Jelly roll race" for a better description.) I pressed to open the seams then took the two ends of the long strip and started sewing together on the long side - now instead of one long skinny strip I had a strip that was 2 strips wide. I kept doing this - cutting the piece when I got to the end after sewing the long strips together. When it began to be about the length/width I needed it to be I took some of the strips and made the tabs. The borders are the same border fabric as the runner. For the back I used a solid piece of white fabric. If I had a darker piece - khaki color - I would have used it, but I had white. It turned out to be a bit too narrow so I added the borders on the sides after I was done.
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Looks very good, you did a wonderful job.
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