Is a room in your home ready for an update?
It can be overwhelming to think about redecorating an entire room—so don’t! The softness of a simple quilt or the punch of a colorful pillow can instantly infuse a so-so space with fresh personality.
In the new book Sew a Modern Home, author Melissa Lunden pairs easy quilt patterns with even easier-to-make accessories—and she’s created simple, clean looks for just about every room in your home. Find stylish quilts and accents for high-traffic areas, plus pretty projects for bedrooms—baby, kid (left), and grown-up rooms are all covered. Simply choose a room you want to revamp; then follow Melissa’s lead!
We’re happy to be a part of Melissa’s blog hop for Sew a Modern Home, and to have her as a guest blogger today to share some of her decorating ideas from the book with you. Welcome, Melissa!
Hello! I’m so excited to introduce myself and to talk about my book, Sew a Modern Home. The inspiration came from wanting to decorate my home and make it a place full of beautiful, personalized items.
Like most quilters, I’m constantly making presents for family and friends. I wanted to share projects that would be perfect for anyone’s home, whether you’re making something to keep or for a special gift. The projects range in size and complexity so you have plenty of options.
I love all of the projects, but the dining-room projects are special to me. I chose my favorite color palette, but it can easily be made with colors you love. Wouldn’t it be fun to create a version with seasonal or holiday colors?
Dining-room projects from Sew a Modern Home
The table runner with matching place mats and napkins shown above makes a great housewarming or wedding gift. One unique detail is the pocket on the napkin (inset). It was inspired by the “quillow,” which is a pocket sewn onto the back a quilt so a quilt can be folded into itself for storage. I love the idea of creating a similar pocket on a napkin to hold silverware.
The handmade baby quilts I received for my daughter are still some of the most cherished items in her room; that’s why another special section for me is the nursery. I imagined these projects being made by and for expecting parents who need the basics. There are seven projects for nap time and play time, so even the busiest of crafters can find something to make for the next baby shower.
Nursery projects from Sew a Modern Home
Lastly, the “Horizon Line” quilt makes a great focal point for what might otherwise be a bland guest bedroom. This design had been bubbling around in my head for a while. I wanted something clean, crisp, and versatile. I’m also particularly proud of the quilting on this quilt. I took the time to switch thread colors. Blending the threads to the fabrics creates such a pretty texture. Straight-line quilting would also look gorgeous with this design.
“Horizon Line” quilt
When I designed this quilt, I was living in a tiny beach town in California and I was spoiled with a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. I loved looking at the water and was inspired by the colors. The teal, sea foam, and white work so well together, but I would love to see it with blues or yellows too. The possibilities are endless.
> See all the decorating possibilities in Sew a Modern Home
Thank you so much for allowing me to introduce myself and to share my book with you. Happy sewing!
Thanks for sharing your projects with us, Melissa!
What room in your home could use a fabric facelift? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew a Modern Home eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.
Follow the Sew a Modern Home blog hop. Most of the blogs are still offering giveaways, so be sure to check them out for more chances to win the eBook!
Wednesday, August 13: Lunden Designs
Thursday, August 14: Very Shannon
Friday, August 15: West Coast Crafty
Saturday, August 16: Boston Sewer
Sunday, August 17: One Shabby Chick
Monday, August 18: Cactus Needle
Tuesday, August 19: Fabric Worm
Wednesday, August 20: Generation Q
Thursday, August 21: Stitch This! (that’s us!)
Friday, August 22: Prudent Baby
Saturday, August 23: Stitchery Dickory Dock
Sunday, August 24: Fave Quilts – Seams and Scissors