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.

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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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I’m back!

Well we made the move and I’ve uncovered my sewing machine!  I’ve been painting and cleaning and unpacking but I really just want to be sewing.  I have lot’s to share though.

First of all, I was sewing on my dining room table in my dining room so I had to find a new place to sew.  I moved into the basement family room but couldn’t bring the dining room table with me.  I was just going to set up a folding table to sew on for now but I found this cute little table at the Randolph Mercantile here in town.  It’s my new favorite store.

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Isn’t this cute?  It’s an old sewing machine base with a wooden top added.  Perfect for now.  After we get things fixed up in our new house we will be turning our attention to the workshop in our backyard which will be … MY QUILTING STUDIO!!!

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I’m super excited to have some space to spread out and do my thing.  Sure -it has a garage-y smell right now but after we clean it up, add some paint and flooring, I think it will work just fine.  I’ve been driving all over to test and compare long arm machines and then measuring and planning my space.  Lots of work to be done but we’re getting closer.

OK back to actual sewing.  Have you checked out Bobbins’ Bargains over at Kansas City Star Quilts facebook page or the PickledishStore.com?  You really should because you cannot pass up these deals – well I couldn’t pass up these deals.  A couple weeks ago I bought “Roaring Through the 20’s” by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick for less than $7 (I can’t remember the exact price but it was a super deal).  This book has paper pieced quilt blocks from the 1920’s and what I liked about it was that the patterns are in 2 different sizes.  You can make 10″ blocks or 4″ blocks.  I love doing paper piecing so I thought how fun it would be to make a little quilt out of 4″ blocks.  There are some very tiny pieces!  I made a couple of the easier ones already.  I’m doing these blocks in blue, green & white.

tiny 20's blocks