My big ideas are best served in small portions. If I want to make a quilt, it needs to be a small quilt if it will ever see the sunny side of a mattress. It took me a very long time to realize that there was a place for me and my limitations in the wide spectrum that constitutes “quilting.” Queen-sized quilts are born from big ideas, big bags of fabric and big hours on the sewing machine. I love stitching, but I have a short attention span. My solution? A Bed Wrap.
A Bed Wrap is my name for the artful device found in opulent-to-ho-hum hotel rooms around the world. I have not seen them in the quilting world, but they seem to be a perfect solution for quilters who don’t quilt B-I-G. These wraps can be as simple as a folded blanket or a banded bit of colorful fabric. Some wraps are large enough to be a throw cover while others are nothing more that a textile strip. These wraps are the sophisticated substitutes for overly fussy (and usually icky) bedspreads. They add punch to a simple room, often reflecting the color of an accent wall or accessories. They usually sit atop welcoming, fluffy white duvets and can fit in with most any decor scheme.
Bed wraps make good economic sense. Simply changing the wrap and a few throw pillows can refresh any tired room. They also take far less fabric and time to finish. Instead of draping my bed in one “quilt of a lifetime,” I can change it up on a whim with a different wrap to suit the mood or season.
A quick google image search yielded these examples of bed wraps in action.
(In Part II, I will show what I have done to wrap my own bed)