"OK, Tessie. I didn't do it on purpose. I was just trying to unbend the bottom bar on the foot board."
I really didn't mean to do it. One of the cross bars on the top was already loose. I gently bent the foot piece and the whole thing fell apart, much to Tessie's horror.
At first, she just stood there with her mouth open, imitating a guppy...."Oh! Oh! Oh!"
Then she settled down into a mild rage. "You broke it on purpose, so that you wouldn't have to dress it for me!", she accused.
I calmed her and explained that it could be easily fixed. She was having none of it until I sat down and put it back together. Then I weighted it down with the gesso bottle and let it dry.
That made her feel a bit better, but she stood guard over it and watched the iPad through the bars until she was sure.
It made her feel even better as she watched me glue the three pieces of the bed skirt to the sides and start trimming the top. I discovered that the way that this mattress is done, I can't tuck the top edge between the layers. So I simply trimmed the top where the foam start,s so that I wouldn't have to bend it. I will show you the other way soon.
Of course, Tessie had to test it for bouncing. I held my breath whilst she jumped up and down on the mattress. I was just keeping my fingers crossed that she wouldn't break it again. It held. Thank goodness!
After it passed the bounce test, I started making the bed coverlet. I discovered that the fabric that I had picked out was way thicker than I usually use. I guess I didn't unfold it after I purchased it. I just stashed it. No three layer quilt with this stuff.
I tried quilting just through one layer. That didn't look right...No puff to it. I pulled that out and then tried French knots all over....Too heavy or too light. Just not right.
Then Tessie solved the problem....."I want a large, fancy monogram right smack dab in the center of the blanket! A big, "T"!
To humor her, I tried it. Actually, it doesn't look half bad. At least if the owner of the bed is an egomaniac. Who? Tessie? Nah......
I am not happy with the whites though. The white in the skirt and sheet are VERY white. The white in the monogram, not so much. I am debating looking for something else...
Anyway, That's all I am going to do for now. With my luck, if I work on it any more, I will surely re-disassemble it....That wouldn't be a good thing at all.
See you tomorrow. P.S. I just winged the T on the bed, but if you are interested in doing something similar, this blog has hundreds of patterns for alphabets for stitching. http://patternmakercharts.blogspot.com/