I flipped through Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts and found a pattern for a pinwheel duvet cover. It required 2 yards of patterned fabric and 5 yards of double wide solid-coloured quilter's muslin. My duvet had been sitting on the bed uncovered for a few weeks, so duvet cover it was. Besides, quilts take forEVER, and I always have a pile of other projects on the go. I was on a mission to get it done fast. I had a four-day weekend and a plan to stay in anyhow, and the 2 yards of quilting weight cotton had arrived already (hand-delivered by Melinda -- thanks, Melinda!).
I found double wide white cotton in the Designer Fabric Outlet's mill ends section for $6/yard. The fabric is so blindingly white that it's almost blue (the kitty buds fabric has a slightly creamy tone; it's hard to tell in these pictures because I was lazy about proper white balance). It was cheap, it was pure cotton, and I found it locally, so it was perfect.
I didn't line up the points in the middle as precisely as she does in the book, but it was so easy to make. I think I spent more time ironing it than I spent sewing it, and I did time-wasting things like handstitch snaps onto twill tape because I couldn't find the right snap tape anywhere. I ended up using a zipper anyway! But it's done and I like it and Oreo likes it too. She kept trying to go inside it as I was sewing it.
Oh! I had enough of the fabric left over to make a tiny pillow, too. It is already covered with cat fur.
Cat paw prints appeared within seconds of smoothing the duvet on the bed.
Celine got some kitty buds fabric from Melinda for her birthday. I just know she's going to work her magic on it and make something incredible.
bougybisous: I'm so glad you like it too! Yeah, I think it's meant to be Leaside or Forest Hill or where the two meet. When I first read it I was living on Avenue Road and St Clair, at the top of "The Hill" that is mentioned in the book. It made me smirk.
kenzie: Yes! Unfortunately it takes a while to get through a book, but it's definitely amusing and the book stays with you in a different sort of way.
Jane Flanagan: It sure is, I feel lucky to be able to do this!
Michelle: Oh yes, for sure. I find that when I listen to audiobooks I remember things so differently. I once listened to I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (not the best book ever), so every time I hear the name "Charlotte" I hear it in the narrator's voice.
becka: You should try it; it's lovely. I read White Noise years and years ago, and it is so excellent! Maybe that could be the next book. I don't remember too much about it except the overall mood, which was spooky and bleak.
karyn: Aw, thanks! Oh, and don't apologize for doing your job! Haha. It looked like fun!
stephanie renee: Geoff usually falls asleep before I do, which is pretty funny!
pumkyn: I hope so too! It's a great thing to do. And it's so budget-friendly, haha.
Kennedy: Aw, thanks! You should try it.
nancy : The Sway Report: Oh, I know, he's such a great character with such a vivid fantasy life. Ha!
Walter Helena: I agree! Thanks for the link, I'll take a look when I get the chance!