Curtains & Some French General

This week I’m finally getting around to making curtains for my living room.  I’ve been searching for just the right fabric & I finally found it  – on sale (Yes!) at Hancocks of Paducah.  My living room is a Hodge-podge of furniture I’ve collected over the years.  It’s comfortable and I don’t want to spend money to buy new so my solution was to find the perfect curtains to bring it all together.

We painted the walls a super pale yellow, the furniture is brown leather & a tweedy brown and I have a cheap blue rug.  I have a lot of bright quilts in the room too so I really wanted to find a red print with other colors in it for my curtains.  I thought the red would really pop in the room.

Then I found this fabric:French General fabric

French General fabric

It’s glorious!  And I only paid $9 something a yard for it and it’s a very thick, good-quality fabric.  I decided since I might potentially be living here for a while, I would add a liner to my curtains.  I had to figure out how to do that and when I looked it up, I discovered that when you add a liner, you no longer have curtains – you have drapes.  Learned something new.  So, I basically just made the curtains how I normally would but added a mirror image with the liner fabric.  I cut everything, made my rod sleeve, and then ironed all the edges in, pinned the liner on and just sewed the liner to the curtain.  The woman at Joann’s told me that you can also sew them together front to front, leave one side open and turn then right side out and finish the last edge.

Here’s a little peek at my finished curtains.  With the light coming in the window, it’s very hard to get a good shot.

drapes

Now my living room doesn’t look so naked!

But back to the French General fabric.  I have a weak spot for this stuff.  I actually just bought a little quilt kit using these fabrics.quilt kit fabrics

The dark reds, browns and creams are luscious.  I love every little block I put together!  I actually made a large quilt with French General fabrics a few years ago.French General quilt

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Something about this quilt always makes me think of Christmas.  It’s very bold.

While I was searching for the perfect curtain fabric, I discovered that French General makes a line of home decorator fabrics.  They come in reds, creams, blues and greens and they’re all gorgeous.  A peek at their website http://www.frenchgeneral.com is a feast for the eyes.  It looks like they have some fancy tassels that I may have to get to add to my curtains – er, drapes.

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