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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My Search for Cheap Fabric

I recently helped my son move into his first apartment and although he assured me he had plenty of bedding, I brought along the quilt from his bed here.  I mean, the quilts that he had were for a twin-sized dorm room bed.  He now needs full-sized quilts.  That leaves his bed here without a quilt.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  Obviously, I need to make a new quilt!  My problem is that I have a bit of a cash flow situation and no money to buy fabrics.  I remembered Bonnie Hunter’s shirt quilts from her books “Scraps & Shirttails” and “Scraps & Shirttails II” and started checking out the shirts in my son’s closet.  He has a whole collection of blue striped shirts that I’m pretty sure don’t fit him anymore. the blue stripey shirts

I didn’t even realize that he had acquired all these shirts until we moved overseas right before his senior year in high school.  They were taking senior pictures the weekend before school started and we were still living in a hotel waiting for housing.  My son said he couldn’t get his picture taken because he didn’t have a blue striped shirt.  I was like, “What?”  He explained that he had worn a blue striped shirt for all his other high school pictures and he had planned to do the same for his senior photos.  (OK, I never even noticed.)  Since I had dragged my son all the way across the world for his last year of school I figured the least I could do was find him a blue striped shirt.  Who knew it would be so hard to do in just a couple of days?  We looked at the PX and all the German department stores that we could get to.  We finally found one at the thrift store on base for $2.  So now, I’m thinking those shirts would be great in the Smith Mountain Morning quilt from “Scraps & Shirttails II”.  The colors are brown and blue – very manly.  And what a great way to remember the story of the blue stripey shirts.Some Smith Mountain Morning blocks

The quilt consists of 2 different blocks.  I made a couple so you can see how they look.  I dragged out all my brown & blue scraps as well as the cut-up shirts.  I’m thinking that I’ll need some more browns but I think I’ll see if I can find some brown shirts at a thrift store.   Bonnie claims that you can get about a yard to a yard and a half from a men’s XL shirt and they usually sell for about $3-$5 so it sounds like a pretty good deal.

As you can see, the blocks have a lot going on, which is Bonnie Hunter’s style.  I guess that way, you can use even tiny scraps.  So I only need to make 52 more of these blocks.  By that time,  my son may be buying his own house!