Monday, November 21, 2011

So...I didn't sew on Friday night

I really did want to sew for the FNSI but just didn't trust that all the anesthesia was out of my system.  Drugs and a rotary cutter sounds like a really bad idea!  Thanks for all your well wishes.  It was easy surgery and I had very little post op pain.  I love my surgeon, anesthesiologist and the nursing staff at Surgical Institute of Reading.

Instead of sewing on Friday night, I washed two canvas drop cloths to make curtains for my living room.  I have had sweet white cafe' style curtains since I moved in.  I have wanted floor to ceiling drapes for a while but  they just were not high enough on my list of priorities.  My dear sister picked up the drop cloths at Home Depot for me while I was at the hospital.  She also picked up the curtain rings.  I already had 4 boxes of Rit Color Remover (in my opinion, a much better solution than bleach) to lighten color of the drop cloths.  After they were dry I ironed them and then pressed a fold down the center.  I used canvas that was 6' x 9' and I have narrow windows so three feet wide for each panel looked appropriate.  I just cut along the fold with a pair of scissors and used 1/4" wide fusible tape along the cut edge.  I ironed that on, flipped over the first hem, ironed that down and then ironed over another quarter inch.  I sewed that on the machine on Saturday morning.  I attached clips on the top (my son put the rods up for me a couple of months ago) and hung them.  They are exactly the right length without any hemming...gotta love that!  I really like the way they look and think they make the room look larger.

I have a window on either side of the front door.  The windows are not centered on the either wall.  Seriously, how hard would it have been to create a little symmetry in the front of the house?!  Look how closely that rod is placed next to the adjoining wall.  (Makes me just a little bit twitchy...)

On Saturday I finished up some sewing for the purse party I was having Sunday.  One thing I needed to do was have at least one Christmas table runner finished.  I quilted up this one really quickly and then sewed the binding on while I watched TV on Saturday night.

I stitched in the ditch around the pinwheels, meandered the outer border and stippled between the blocks.  I love using white against the bright Christmas colors.

The purse party was very successful. I received lots of orders as well as sold several bags "off the rack".  I will be displaying bags, accessories and quilts at an open house in early December.  I am only taking pre-made items with me and will not be doing any custom work again until after the holidays.  I have plenty to keep me busy until then!

As a matter of fact, the studio is calling my name right now!


  1. Glad you are feeling ok. Your drapes turned out wonderful, and your table runner is so pretty. Your quilting is gorgeous!

    Don't work too hard, and have a great week!

  2. I'm glad that all went well with your surgery. I don't blame you for not sewing Friday night. :) Love the idea of using drop cloths for curtains! Who would have thunk it? LOL! I have some very tall windows in the house so I will have to remember this when I start dealing with curtains. Nice that you got several sales and orders, I just love seeing your bags and such.

  3. Glad your surgery went well. Your curtains look wonderful and I just love white as a back drop to any block....take care!!

  4. I was wondering how you were . Glad to hear you're recovering nicely.

    I love those drapes. They look fantastic. Your table runner is so cute. I really should get motivated to make a table runner for my Christmas table.

  5. I love your curtains. Glad to hear your recovery is going well.

  6. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    Yours, Ulla


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