A long standing tradition at my house is to “dress” the beds for the holidays. The day after Thanksgiving, holiday quilts and pillows are the first things to be unpacked. Each year the combination changes and layering is definitely the approach. On two of the beds, I decided to combine some antique quilts with some Thimbleberries quilts. After all, my love of antique quilts ignited my whole career. And, I love to show how this wonderful heritage craft has spanned so many generations. Putting holiday quilts on the beds starts the holiday decorating season off with a bang and then things get added day by day. There is nothing more inviting than a well dressed bed.
On one of the beds, I coordinated a few of my favorite red and blue antique quilts and rolled up a wonderful antique “brick” quilt into a bedroll and displayed with the pillows. Simple directions are in Thimbleberries Christmas Cottage, published by Landauer Publishing and available from landauerpub.com. This book is chocked full of great holiday decorating ideas.
In our main guest suite, I have layered my classic (and first published pattern) Prairie Pines with an antique treasure. The pillows are from Pottery Barn a few years back. All are layered on the Heirloom Winter White quilt. The pattern for the Prairie Pines quilt is included in the book, In Celebration of Quilting available from Landauer Publishing.
On our bed, I have a personal favorite, One Way Triangles made with just two colors, red and cream. It was a project in Basic Beauties, a Thimbleberries publication from 2009. It is topped off with the Holiday Table Mat from a Thimbleberries publication, A Creative Christmas, to pull all the colors together in the room. The pillow sham is from a block in the Hometown Christmas quilt from the Hometown Christmas Series, Volumes I-IV