A Quilter Makes Curtains & A Finish

In the middle of my rearranging I did to my sewing studio I kept looking at the window and thought that I really needed curtains. Then I looked for my window coverings book and couldn’t find it.  The thought kept nagging at me anyway so I decided to see if I could find a simple tutorial online for curtain making.  I found a good one!

Design Sponge – Curtain Making 101 – Photo Tutorial

I don’t know why making curtains or other various home dec items (I.E. – pillows) scares the pants off me but it does.  I joked on Twitter that I felt more comfortable doing free motion quilting for the first time than to sew up a curtain.

I agonized for about 45 minutes to an hour over which fabric to go with. I even mulled it over with a complete stranger that was also picking some home dec fabrics for a purse she was making.  Neither of us went with the suggestion we made for each other.  I settled on this fabric and I think it is going to look nice when it is complete:

So far I’ve cut my fabrics and hemmed the sides of one of the panels. That was much easier than I thought! I’ve got the bottom hem pinned  so I can sew that when I get home and do the rod pocket for one finished panel.  I didn’t do a lining on these since I wanted to keep it simple but I think I could do a lining next time.

I’m going to dig through my stash and find some cute pink fabric to make some tiebacks with buttons.

I finished the binding on my longarm practice sample quilt this weekend! The corgis are already breaking it in. I’m glad it is getting some use now.

I also put away a bunch of fabric that needed to be rolled up onto my mini bolts:

Somehow I ended up with a bunch of wine fabric and panels – I might make a wall hanging with some applique that would be cute in a kitchen. For now it’ll sit with my other panels awaiting to be sewn and quilted.  I’m done stashing neutrals for a while!  I had to put my oriental fabrics into their own separate bin to make room for all my neutrals that I now own.  So that’s it!  I’m going on another fabric diet.

Not pictured is a UFO I worked on too – the black floral panel wall hanging.  It is quilted now, just need to trim it and bind it. I’m not in love with it at all so it’ll probably go to work with me to hang on a wall I don’t stare at all day.

Don’t forget to enter the two giveaways I’ve got going on!  One for some Bali pops and the other for a jelly roll book and ruler!

What did you work on this weekend?


  1. I really like Your fabric choice, it’s gonna be really pretty!

  2. That looks like a nice fabric for curtains. Not too overwhelming and definitely not drab!

    • After 45 minutes I was tired of debating! They kind of blend in with the wall but I’ve still got to make tiebacks so maybe that’ll change things.

  3. Your fabrics are quite lovely, but your Corgi is just an absolute darling.

  4. Laura Filbeck says:

    I love your curtain fabric choice. I can’t wait to see what you have done. I know what you mean about making curtains and quilting. I’ve had fabric for windows and a curtain for my sewing table and there it sits, with my window naked. I guess I should look online for a window curtain idea. This weekend I’ve been working on a baby quilt made using the Twister tool and charm squares. I also sandwiched my grandma’s quilt with the help from my lovely husband. The quilt top is made from 36 year old squares of Carolina Ladies that my grandma hand appliqued. She asked me if I would make her a quilt using them. The back my husband and I designed so that my grandma would have her quilt and mine also. I’m hoping to fmq it this week. She has not seen it yet.

    • Wow Laura you were busy too! I love the twister quilts that I’ve seen, I haven’t made one yet (don’t have the tool either) but I saw the most adorable mini twister quilt at the last guild meeting and I was drooling all over it.

  5. I’v got that same wine bottle fabric and it’s been sitting in my stash for awhile – I think I got it thinking I was going to make placemats but never did. I like your curtain fabric but as a quilter I keep thinking I want to see at least 4 other fabrics that go with it and how would it look if you cut it up? crazy how the mind works.

  6. Looks like a lot of people are working on UFOs! I made a charity baby quilt from scraps I got at the quilt shop.


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