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« on: January 02, 2014 08:44:18 PM »

35 12x12 Squares! You know for my first set of curtains I really could have, and should have for my sanity bought some yardage and made nice and simple curtains! These were still pretty simple, just a lot of cutting, pinning, and crawling around on the floor.

I am happy I had a clear floor in the den to rearrange these squares about 20 times until I liked the way they were. Sounds simple right? The floor sucks when you are 34 weeks pregnant, ouch!

Then I realized after I sewed all the squares together, I would have ugly rough edges all behind the curtains. We found an old fitted sheet in the closet that has ripped on the edges about 20 times and no amount of sewing can keep it together, so it was retired as curtain backing. I cut off all the elastic, placed my curtain on it, and trimmed it down to size.


Then with all my measuring I didnt factor in the fact that I would have to roll some over on the top to fit the curtain rod up top so I took what Im sure is the longest route to do this. What do you guys do? I measured all the way across the top, safety pinned it so I could try it up on the rod before I did the final sewing, and when I had it right, sewed it. If I hadnt been so close to only having enough curtain to cover the window exactly, ( oh and being a math dummy) Im sure I could have avoided the safety pins and just sewed right after measuring.


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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014 09:11:16 PM »

Well you were wrong on at least one point... patchwork is never simple. But it does use up smaller bits of fabric. And yours looks lovely. I like the blends of colors you used. And it is much more cozy than just a simple yardage would have been. Well worth the time spent, though I think I would want to leave the pregnant part out next time.  Grin Not a great time to be crawling on the floor. That will come later with baby out!

I think you did great. The pinning took more time. I might have just added an extra layer to the bottom hem edge. If you still had enough coordinating fabrics. As in one more row of piecework across the bottom? Or a wide strip of single fabric either top or bottom, or both. But a very beautiful project you created. And I love how you repurposed the sheet material for the backing. Very good use for what otherwise would end up as a rag.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014 02:39:53 AM »

Very pretty and very vintage but with pops of color. Congratulations on your upcoming newest family member Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014 07:15:22 AM »

Thanks guys!
You know, I did think about doing a ruffly edge along the bottom after I was done to elongate, or if I had enough of the sheet left doing a long strip up top for the curtain rod part, but I just hit that "I want to hang this up and be done" portion of the project! Cheesy
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