We're sharing our best tips for making a stylish bed – everything from fabric and designs to consider when making a bed quilt, how to make your bed pretty, and tips for measuring your bed to make the perfect size quilt.
episode 470

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Our Guide to Making a Stylish Bed

If you're a quilter, the odds are high that you have a quilt on your bed. It seems that one of the Hallmark moments in a quilter's life is making their first quilt for their bed. But once the quilt is made, there are still some things to consider. Lindsay Mayland and Elizabeth Stumbo chat about how to make your bed the most stylish.

Visit here to see 8 things to consider before tackling a bed quilt including some creative styling ideas.

We'll admit it – making your bed isn't the most fun to-do item. It's hard to devote yourself to this daily task when you know you're just going to have to unmake your bed later. But making your bed can have a positive impact on your day. And as a quilter, it's a fantastic way to show off handmade bedding and throws. See research on why making your bed should be on your to-do list here.

Ask Us Anything

Next, Lindsay and Elizabeth answer a common reader question: how to measure your bed for a quilt.A few years ago, making a bed quilt was a little easier. Beds came in pretty standard sizes and people made their beds in a pretty uniform way. But now there are so many different mattress heights, bed frame or platform options, and even different ways people like to turn or tuck their quilts when making their beds. All these things can factor into the size quilt you need for your bed.

Sweet, Quilty Home: Week 1

We are so excited to share all these tips about bed quilts and adding one to your room, because today starts our Sweet, Quilty Home challenge we're hosting on the podcast and social media! This challenge will last for 10 weeks this summer (July 6-September 13). This program focuses on creating your best home -- a beautiful place to relax and be creative. Each week, we'll issue a challenge: one small step you can take throughout the week to brighten your home and set your space up for sewing success. This week's challenge is to add a quilt to your bed (or style it pretty if you already have one on your bed).

What We're Loving

Lindsay shares What We're Loving, a segment where we share some products, books, or people we're loving right now! We've seen a lot of people pick up handwork recently, so we thought it would be fun to share a few products that make handwork easier! Links to products below:

 What's On Your Work Space

Alison Gamm shares what's on her work space right now. About a year ago, Alison dug the smaller scraps out of her scrap bins and cut them into 1.5" squares. She's kept them sorted by color and always have them in a spot that's easily accessible. Granny Squares are her favorite quilt block, so she thought it'd be fun to turn her scraps into small blocks. Alison has a tutorial for her blocks on her Instagram.

Quilting Changes Everything

Alison moves on to Quilting Changes Everything, a segment sharing stories of quilters making a difference in their communities.

A small community outside of Sheffield in England is using quilting to put their thoughts onto fabric during this pandemic. Amy Chambers, a community member and organizer of a Community Quilt, has encouraged town citizens to stitch, draw, embroider, paint, or stamp onto a square of cotton to show how they're feeling at this unusual time. Each square finishes around 5". Once all of the squares have been collected, they will be sewn together to make a community quilt that will be on public display. Read more here.

While many kids are on summer break from school, three girls from Cohasset, Massachusetts, have been hard at work sewing dog bandanas. Twins Sydni and Jaeden, along with their friend Amelia (all 12 years old) came up with the idea to create customizable dog bandanas to help raise money for St. Jude's Hospital for Children's Research and the Scituate Animal Shelter. The girls got to work right away on sewing bandanas for their new business, Bandanary. Right now, they are taking sales through their Instagram and Facebook pages. Read more here.