Growing Up ~ A New Quilt and Room

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Funny thing about kids…they grow up on you. My daughter is about a month away from turning 10. This past year has seen a lot of changes. She is in that weird space between little kid and teenager. She has a desire to be older – wanting to be included in all conversations, craving independence in all things. But she still has the qualities I love from earlier years ~ playing with her dolls, wanting to be tucked in at night, holding my hand when we are out together. One thing she asked for earlier this year though, was an update to her room.

This was her old room.

Little girl's room : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh, how I loved that room. The light yellow, the bunting, the handmade quilt. But I could also see how she felt she had outgrown it. (I believe she was 2 when we decorated it!) Last winter we went to work picking new paint colors and collecting some wall art. Of course she wanted a stripe – new technique to me! The room looked great, but I still owed her a summer quilt for her bed.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

The colors of her room were inspired by fabric (naturally!). She loved the Paparounes Crimson print from Skopelos by Katarina Roccella. We decided that it would make a great whole cloth quilt. I’ve never made one before and I’m not sure I realized what I was getting myself into with the seam matching on this fabric. There is a seam down the entire length of the quilt, right in the middle. I’m so proud of how it is matched – you can’t even tell! It was a work of patience though.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

My daughter wanted the quilt to hang quite a bit down the sides of her bed, so I really was pushing the space limits in my house when basting.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Quilting on my BERNINA 770QE was no problem though, that large throat space made this quilt very doable on a home machine. I used the dual feed and quilted a 2″ grid pattern. This was the same as her previous bed quilt, and it always washed up great and was nice and flexible and cozy.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Usually I use Quilter’s Dream Request loft batting (lowest loft) but I opted for Select loft this time. It’s just slightly heavier – I’m hoping it helps prevent the quilt from falling off her bed all the time.

A Whole Cloth Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I think it’s the perfect finishing touch in her new, updated space.

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25 Comments

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    Lindsay

    August 26, 2016

    WOW this is a gorgeous room!

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    Dotty Mandlin

    August 26, 2016

    How very lovely. Her “old quilt” is now an heirloom.

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    Susanne

    August 26, 2016

    Love the room makeover! What a fun project to do with your daughter. Love the new and old quilts.

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    Vicki

    August 26, 2016

    My Son is almost 10. Sometimes he acts 35, sometimes 6. But he is always growing up too fast for me 🙁 He’d also love a room makeover – especially one that didn’t include his little brother! This is lovely. Deep Navy and pink is one of my all time favourite combo’s.

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    anna

    August 26, 2016

    I love this so much Faith!!! I bet she is just sooooo excited about it. The wholecloth quilt is amazing! And I love the gallery wall. You are such a pro decorator!

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    Debbie

    August 26, 2016

    oh yeah! This is lovely and I love the whole cloth quilt finish!

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    Mair Dyer

    August 26, 2016

    Lucky girl, what a beautiful room. The quilt is gorgeous, I love that fabric !

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    Daryl

    August 26, 2016

    Wow Faith – you matched those stripes perfectly!! Beautiful room, lucky girl.

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    Linda Crawford

    August 26, 2016

    Such a nice room. You all did a great job!

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    Rosemary B

    August 26, 2016

    I love that fabric too. I have it in both colorways for — something one day.
    Your daughters new room is very sweet! I do love the bold colors. She could totally pull that teal out and paint some picture frames!
    Well done mama

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    Sally

    August 26, 2016

    That is a spectacular room “upgrade” for her! Wow, really pretty! And great job on that whole cloth quilt.

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    Elana Goldberg

    August 26, 2016

    Gorgeous!!! What a great project to do on behalf of a young lady growing up too fast. My middle twins are off to college in just a few days. There are no words for how much we miss these days when they’re little. Enjoy and relish in the fact that she want to decorate her room with your help!

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    Kim B.

    August 26, 2016

    Oh your daughter must be almost *exactly* the same age as my niece, who I just spent two weeks with. I can just see that transition you’re talking about, and I have a feeling she would love this room — and that QUILT! — too. Well done, Mom!

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    Amanda

    August 26, 2016

    You’re a good mommy! The quilt and room look great. I love the saturated wall colours 🙂

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    Angela Atkins

    August 26, 2016

    What a lovely update! I like the change of storage bins too. You did an awesome job matching the seam.

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    Barbara Macey

    August 26, 2016

    How sweet to see the stuffed animal siting by her bed–she is growing up for sure but there are those “little girl” evidences around.

    Beautiful–both rooms but I do like what you did with this last one. KUDOS!

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    Little Quiltsong

    August 26, 2016

    What a beautiful bedroom makeover! Everything matches so wonderfully! Love the striped walls and the quilt just adds the right touch. Great job matching the seam!

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    Robby

    August 26, 2016

    What a gorgeous new room, and one that will easily take her into her teens. I don’t know about the heavier batting, but I would think the extra long sides of the quilt would help with it falling off the bed, more counter-weight to hold it in place?

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    Jane Franks

    August 26, 2016

    I love both rooms, too. My personal favorite would probably be the yellow and LOVE that quilt. However. . .the navy and pink is very striking and has that modern touch and a bit of sophistication that kids love. It does look terrific. Well done!! I love the whole cloth quilt and that fabric is perfect for it, giving the large dramatic print great viewing space. Very nice!

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    Joanna

    August 26, 2016

    I love it! The colors, the stripes, everything! I’ve even bookmarked it for when my 7-year-old twins decide they are ready for separate rooms and it’s time to redecorate.

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    Karen

    August 27, 2016

    What a wonderful room! It will take her through her tweens and teens in great style. Lucky girl!

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    Katie

    August 27, 2016

    It looks so fantastic!

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    Heidi Staples

    August 28, 2016

    Faith, it’s gorgeous! I love that print, and the room is beautiful. My oldest daughter is 9 and at the very same stage as yours. It’s so hard to find that balance between helping her grow up and not letting her grow up too quickly!

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    Lynnette

    August 29, 2016

    Wow! Loved the new quilt and the new room!

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    Karen

    September 26, 2017

    I just love what you did for your daughter’s room! It’s just beautiful and oh so girly too. The whole cloth quilt is beautiful! You did a perfect job making that seam down the front.

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