The curtain fiasco

It’s time I told the (boring) story of the curtain fiasco that I hinted at earlier in the week. I now kind of wish I just made it into a quilt.

Firstly, you know how I was finding the piecing so boring? Well I finished enough to make one complete curtain, deciding to finish that one before embarking on the second. I added a band of white to the top and the bottom, but the measurements were based on guesswork. Holding it up to the window, it was too short by about 5″.

At this point it wasn’t a problem, I decided to add a 6″ band of yellow to the bottom. I then sewed the lining on, which is smaller than the front of the curtain so that the front curls round the back. Only when I actually had the curtain rings did we discover it was about 6 inches trailing the floor and they were too long! So I unpicked the yellow and stitched up the hem with just the white.

Only now it was several inches too short and it didn’t cover the bottom of the window! ARGH!

So what I have done is restitch the yellow back on yet again, but made the hem smaller and because it was stitched on after the lining, it makes the construction a little different. Some how this has made it the right length at last!

Bearing in mind I kept stitching the bands the wrong way round and had a lot of unpicking along the way I have really hated making this curtain. There’s loads of stitch holes from where it was unpicked that I’m trying to ignore, and also despite washing it there is still some really horrible brown stains that must have been on the fabric when I bought it. And I have another to do for the other side! At least I know what to look out for this time. I need to buy some more curtain lining.

I do kind of like it though, especially from the picture where I can’t see the problems and the faults as clearly. I love how it showcases my favourite ever fabric line.

On a happy note, my fabric arrived for the Japanese Charm Swap so I’ve cut my squares and they’re being posted today. And I will get 56 5″ squares back in all different japanese fabrics! I feel an eye spy quilt coming on.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday as there’s another curtain to go before the month is up!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced



  1. Posted September 12, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Arrrggghhh! I hate it when things like that happen! Hopefully the next one will go more smoothly….love your squares!

  2. Posted September 12, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I feel your pain. I spend more time ripping seams than sewing them… I love the finished curtain though, it is gorgeous! I’m currently making a patchwork bathroom curtain (just the one!) and was worried it would look odd, but you’ve renewed my faith. What did you use for lining, a special lining fabric? I was going to use cotton…

    • Posted September 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

      It’s marked as curtain lining, but it’s just a cheap white cotton fabric- I actually used it for piecing the front too so I’ve gone through about 6m of it already! It seems a bit more bleached and starched than quilting cotton but when washed feels just the same so your cotton will be fine. I wish I had just made the one (big) curtain!

  3. Posted September 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just yesterday my husband remarked about having me make a quilt top to use as a curtain – doesn’t sound like fun but yours does look very pretty and creative. I still need to cut my charms and get them mailed off.

    • Posted September 13, 2012 at 6:47 am | Permalink | Reply

      I should have said, mine’s the UK and Ireland charm swap- is there another one going on at the same time is the US?

      I wouldn’t say never make a curtain, just if it looks too long don’t cut it down, the hem at the bottom takes a lot more fabric than you think! And my trial and error approach isn’t great either, coupled with my hatred of working with large pieces of fabric. Give me a jelly roll or a mini quilt any day!

  4. Posted September 13, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think it looks terrific too, and as my lounge really needs some decent new curtains, and its a massive length of curtain, you’ve inspired me to make some for it. Also, in the whole quilt making process I rather like making the quilt top, but find the actual quilting rather tedious, and with these I wouldn’t need to quilt them, yay! i think this project might have to wait a couple of months though, i’ve got loads on at the moment! Ange x

  5. Posted September 14, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m glad that you ‘do kinda like it though’ – I kind of had a feeling that you would if you kept at it.

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