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!

6 comments:

  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!

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  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.
    Kristie

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

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  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.

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

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  6. Hi! Greetings from Finland! Your quilts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world! www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Yours, Ulla

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