22 May 2009

Framing the View

We built the house we live in and moved in 15 months ago. I had schemed all the colors, textures, hardware, lighting, flooring, ad nausem, down to the thread colors prior to moving which included buying all the window hardware and most of the fabric.

I set out to sew the first panel for the front room. I am used to sewing quilts or dolls which involves inches of straight grain cottons. Then I selected this linen and rayon or some slinky thing and there were miles of it. I made the first puckered pathetic panel. I gave in and called someone in who gave me a bid, took my fabric and returned with the panels. And a bill. The panels were not quite what I had in mind and neither was that bottom line. What is the point of bidding a job if the final bill is a different number? Anyhow, they were done and we had some privacy. Now a year later I still don't have the drapery on those windows. The ceiling is really tall and those windows need some drama. Strike that, they need something dramatic, I really don't want drama. I am trying to avoid drama, that is why I have had this fabric waiting for so long... but it is just two windows.

I have now owned the striped fabric below for a year and a half. I went looking for a nice taupe lining fabric and came home with this dramatic heavy tapestry in green, hmmm. I started thinking how cool for the panels to be reversible. Perfect plan for one who really doesn't always even remember how to thread the machine.

This is a really nice room and I have substandard skills. But I have a particular event that I am using as the deadline. I think I am ready.... I have done my figuring.

I'm scared. There are 24 yards of fabric.

The first cut is the deepest.

So I cut one and hem it, cut another and hem it then cutting the reamaining fabric, I realize Hancock Fabrics has shorted me one yard. So I have 23 not 24 yards of fabric.

I spend the morning driving to different Hancocks looking for the fabric. There is none.

I have to start again looking for lining fabric. Not today. I am frustrated.


It is Memorial Day. There are dead soldiers. And its only fabric.....


  1. Your house looks beautiful, and I am very impressed at the degree of planning you put into the decorations. I'm sorry to hear that you got shorted on your fabric purchase, but at least you're able to go on with your day. I sometimes have to remind myself that little setbacks are not the end of the world.

    I hope you have a happy Memorial day!

  2. I had to smile over your last thought: There are dead soldiers and it's only fabric.

    Thanks for keeping such a great perspective and I can't wait to see the finished treasures.

  3. Substandard skills? What the heck are you talking 'bout, woman?

  4. Can't wait to see how it all comes out! Great blog! I love to sew and I like your style!

  5. well, fabric be-damned, but the living room looks good anyhow! awww, I want to design a house! that seems like so much fun! maybe some day ;)
    Love your living room!~

  6. Dare I say that this is a cute post because I feel bad for your frustration, but I loved the way you expressed your feelings of the day and the whole fabric "thing".
    Your home looks beautiful. No doubt that if you can build something as beautiful as this, your curtains shall be just as beautiful...in time.
    Well, let me say...this IS a cute post! ;)
    everything vintage

  7. I am always amazed at what you come up with. I know when you are finished they will be beautiful ..........so glad to see you are sewing once again! You go girl!


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