What’s on your bed?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen this question show up on a number of blogs that I read, adn this is the first chance I’ve had to go take a picture of my bed (first, I had to change the sheets and MAKE the bed…)

This is mostly a question about the QUILT that might be on your bed, but I’m going to digress and talk about my sheets, too., because that’s the most exciting thing on the bed right now.

We have a Select Comfort bed (my sleep number is 95! LOL!), and it is an Expanded Queen. I would have loved to have gotten a King, but our headboard is Queen sized, so we went with this size instead. It is 66 by 80 (instead of 60 by 80). You wouldn’t think that 6 inches makes much of a difference, but it does!

The only trouble is that our choice in sheets is very limited. And they are expensive. The last 2 sets we bought were from Sears and the quality was terrible. Last night we were at the mall, and I stopped in to see how much the Select Comfort brand sheets were — they were on sale! They only had them in Caramel (not a color I would actually choose), but we decided it didn’t really matter since it is usually dark when we are in there anyway.


I can’t wait to sleep under the new sheets tonight — they are very silky and smooth!

The quilt that is on the bed is something I made several years ago. The pattern is Minnesota Hot Dish by Terry Atkinson.  It is actually a King-sized quilt, because I think there is nothing worse than not having enough covers.

One of these years I want to paint the walls and get rid of the carpet.  Eventually, I want to hang a quilt on the wall that is on the right in the picture.  I’m having trouble it quilted, though.  I have quilted and unquilted parts of this poor thing 2 times now.


I think it’s fear:  it’s my own quilt, and it’s going to hang on my wall, where I can see it, and I want it to be “perfect.”   It’s nearly the best piecing I’ve ever done, and I’m fearful of “ruining” it.

There is great irony in all of this fear, though, because I’m famous for telling people in my classes that finished is better than perfect. I KNOW that I’m my own worst critic…but sometimes I don’t seem to be able to take my own advice.

I’m trying to get over myself and just get it quilted, but there are a number of quilts that I need to get done first.  And of course I would need to paint the wall first….

So, that’s what is on my bed:  what’s on yours?  If you haven’t posted to your blog yet, I hope you will consider doing so — make sure you leave me a comment if  you do!




  1. Angela says:

    Um, there’s a quilt on my bed. Somewhere. Along with a lot of other stuff. Nope, not gonna join in on this one. As for the quilt you want on the wall — take your own advice!!!

  2. Donna says:

    I had someone quilt a quilt for me quite some time ago. It is not my best piecing that I have ever done, but it is my favorite quilt. It is a 2 color quilt that took a long time to put together because I hadn’t done a lot of quilting and I wasn’t sure what to use for sashings or how big I wanted it or even if I wanted sashings. When I got it back from the quilter, I was sooooo disappointed in the job she had done that I have never bound it. It has been finished up to the binding point for more than a year. The binding is in the bag with the quilt laying on a chair in my sewing room. I have been told that I can put it on my hand quilting frame and remove aaallll those machine stitches without ruining the quilt top. I learned a lesson about taking my quilt to be quilted. Now I have a lady who does my quilting—-all my quilting—-and she does a beautiful job! I paid very good money to have a quilt quilted and now I have to take it all out and have someone else do it again and pay again. The whole point of this comment is that I know how you feel about wanting it to be perfect. You will know when you are ready to do it. I think maybe this is a lesson in patience.

  3. Sharon says:

    Love the quilt! Very cheery!
    We also have a sleep number bed. For years I hated it, couldn’t get the number right. Then I settled on 95 also. Love a firm bed!
    I get my sheets from Costco. Silky smooth! First we bought from a high end store and the sheets fell apart as soon as we washed them. Plus exact sheet sets were different prices…….by almost $50 and they refused to give us the same price. So I threw them away!

  4. Jeanne Turner McBrayer says:

    Hi Suzanne, I took you up on your challenge to feature our bed quilts. I love a comfortable bed with lovely, satiny linens, a down comforter, and a quilt on top. My blog of November 21 features my beds at home and in the mountain cabin. Thanks for the good idea!

  5. Dawn says:

    Just found your blog tonight! So I”m quickly scrolling through to see what is all on it! I LOVE your feathered star quilt – no wonder your nervous! It is a beauty! But I love your quilting so I”m sure you can do something beautiful on it! I love your ribbon quilting on the tumblers and the xmas star one.

  6. Catherine says:

    We are glad to see how much you are enjoying your Sleep Number bed. Are you satisfied with the Select Comfort sheet’s you purchased? For future reference, I would recommend looking for sheets at stores such as Simmons (www.simmons.com), Bed Bath and Beyond (www.bedbathandbeyond.com), and Linens N Things (www.lnt.com). A good thing to remember is that Expanded Queen sheets are also sometimes called “Olympic Queen” sheets. We would encourage you to visit our new site, http://www.beds.com and share your Sleep Number experience with others! If you have any questions about how to find accessories for your bed in the future, you can give us a ring at 1-800-472-7185.

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