Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Flying Geese Curtains!

They're done.  Finally!

Liam's curtains above

When I decided to run with my hankering to make flying geese curtains for Liam's room, I had no idea I'd have to make One Hundred Ninety Seven.  Sometimes ignorance is the best way to make a start.  Yes, this project took much longer than I expected, especially done in bits and pieces between other projects.  But, hallelujah - it's done!  And I love how it coordinates with Liam's quilt.  His quilt is so simple that I figured the curtains could have more detail without overwhelming the room.

Liam's curtains closed

I used a multitude of aqua, orange and brown prints from my stash, plus Kona bone (a milky white), Kona Paprika (red/orange) and Kona mocha for a soft brown.  The rows of geese are interrupted by 3" wide sashing of Heath in chocolate by Alexander Henry. Sorry for the sub-par photos.  It's so tricky to photograph curtains! 

There was a point (ok, several) when I wondered if I was crazy to make flying geese as curtains.  And when I took the almost finished work along with me shopping for sewing machines, several ladies asked me in very concerned tones "what are you making, dear?"  I can't blame them since I had purported to be a quilter, and yet was hemming this project after backing it with microsuede....  Much relief accompanied the answer, "Oh, these are curtains!"

Liam's curtains backlit

I actually think that microsuede was a great way to go.  Not only is it on sale at this time of year at my local Hancocks, but it's not see-through like most other white fabrics.  It should have some thermal properties too, which can't hurt.  In this dark, backlit picture you can kind of see that the curtains don't let a lot of light through, even at the Kona bone sections.

Basic Grey Sampler

Hey, you haven't seen this yet either!  Yeah, I put this up in the fall and thought... I'll just wait until I get those curtains up real soon to share.  Hmm...  Well, it's a Basic Grey sampler, specifically the large Rook.  It was quite a treat to put together with scraps from his quilt and others from my scrap bin.  To secure them in place, I just used fabric glue.  Easy!

Liam's curtains corner

Liam's corner is looking uber quilty, isn't it?  Yesterday he said, "When I'm big enough to sew..." so, I don't think he minds.  Now, the next thing would be to switch out those animal pictures (original to his nursery) and repaint the matte and then also repaint the room because gray doesn't go with all this brown....

Or, not.  How about I go make a quilt instead?

P.S.  I just bought a fabric bundle at Whipstitch at $29.% off!  Coupon "extraday" is good through tomorrow on any one item.  They always share great coupons through their newsletter in case you'd like to be in the loop!

59 comments:

  1. They are so cute! You did a great job. Makes me want to make curtains for my kids!

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  2. Your quilts/crafts are so fantastic! It's so nice to find other quilters all around the world!
    www.quiltworld2.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Ulla (from Finland)

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  3. Cute curtains! I think the best part of the design is that they look equally good open and closed.

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    1. Thanks, Krista! I like them both wasy too, which is a relief. That's a tricky thing with curtains.

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  4. Whipstitch doesn't seem to offer coupon codes in Etsy - nothing shows up for it - did you just email them your coupon code?

    Love everything about this room and the curtains especially :)

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    1. Hm... I would convo them about using the code. I'm sure they'll help you out.

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  5. Great job! Wish I had thought to try microsuede for lining when I appliqued the 72' panel for my kitchen window. Nothing I tried for lining worked. You like flying geese a lot more than I ~ your curtains are perfect!

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  6. i love your curtains! the flying geese repeats tone down the busy-ness and the colors are some of my all time favorites.:) i'm totally jealous.

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  7. those curtains rock!!! Thanks for the ps about the coupon code - I just placed my first order with them and signed up for their newsletter ;)

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  8. The curtains look great Rachel! And that little sampler artwork is too cute.

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  9. They really look super! Good job!

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  10. It's looking perfectly quilty!! I love it! And I think you should replace his pictures with something that you embroider. You're so good at that and then you could have a nice project to work on when you actually sit down. You do do that right? lol Plus there are not a lot of boy embroideries done, so you can start a whole new trend. ;)

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  11. I love the color coordination! Growing up my room was never color coordinated and that always bugged me! You have one lucky kiddo! He has such a nice mom to make him curtains! :)

    xoxo Kim

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  12. That sampler is the COOLEST thing I have ever seen! Thank you for linking us! I would have never expected flying geese as curtains but those are so well done!!

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  13. Oh wowsy wowsy wow! Those curtains are AMAZING! I love the way the colours match so perfectly! Do you have any tips for matching colours, because I have to wander for AGES till I find stuff that matches.Please contact me at www.pinwheelblog.blogspot.com
    thanks so much!
    cheerio!

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    1. Thanks, Alice! Well, I do have an answer.. but most don't like it. I feel like color matching/fabric coordination is SO much easier if you keep a stash of fabrics. Just try to add things you like (really like!) bit by bit so that they're there when you need them. Nothing beets choosing fabrics at home, in natural lighting when you're not on a time crunch!

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  14. Curtains look great, They were worth the wait and effort!

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  15. Those curtains look fab! I've been wanting to try one of those samplers too, but I've held off buying for now as I have TOO much on lol (like cutting rainbow road pieces ;o) )

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  16. Oh, wow!!!! these curtains look fantastic. The whole corner is just so wonderfully quilty. I laughed out loud reading about Lian saying he'll sew when he grows up. My six year old son also announces things like that which brings a horrified expression to my husband's face.

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    1. I know that expression! Liam already went through a "men/boys don't sew" phase based on the fact that daddy doesn't. Apparently he's rethinking that!

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  17. LOVE Hancock. Love your curtains. Love that you got "concerned comments". Looking forward to your machine choice.

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  18. What a gorgeous room. Well done!

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  19. The room looks fabulous, well done.

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  20. Those curtains were so worth the effort!

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  21. Awesome curtains and love the quilt on the bed, wish I was that young again =D

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  22. Liam's curtains look wonderful! I'm a big fan of curtains to keep out the cold - sounds like the microsuede was a great choice.

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    1. Thanks! Before he had Roman shades which were a nightmare for a kid. He trashed them!

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  23. Those curtains are just wonderful ,Liam's room looks great.xxx

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  24. What a fun boy room! I love the curtains. I was wondering what you were making while trying out new machines.

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  25. Simply beautiful and well worth the effort. :)

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  26. Those are absolutely spectacular!! the combination of prints and solids is just perfect. Congrats on finishing them!

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  27. Those are very cool! I love how you threw people off while sewing machine shopping. That's hysterical :-)

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  28. I love the curtains, you did an excellent job on them and they look great with his quilt.

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  29. those curtains are so stunning i actually gasped! well done, rachel!

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  30. Whoa! Those curtains are more than wonderful!

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  31. You are so talented - the FG curtains are amazing.

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  32. Those curtains are INSANELY unreal! They are awesome! Well done.

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  33. Oooo i love them! They have a native american vibe, almost - so great!! Totally worth the effort.

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  34. I AM IN LOVE!!!!

    And I think the gray lets the brown shine! Not to dreary at all..almost a warm gray! I love the sampler!

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  35. Love love love! As a mother of two boys I just love to see a quitly boys room:) I have been wanting to make a patchwork curtain but was afraid that it will look too stiff. I can see that with a right backing it is not a problem. Looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Mari! Yes, I don't quilt my curtains, which suits me just fine becuase that's my least favorite feature, design-wise.

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  36. Rachel, it is great work!!! So nice inspiration!!! Again :-) :-) Have a nice time! J.

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  37. They turned out great! Perfect match for the quilt too.

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  38. I super love the curtains. I know they were time consuming, but I think your effort was worth it! The sampler is perfect for his room, too!

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  39. What a fun room! The curtains are so cool!

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  40. They turned even better than I had imagined! LOVE them!!!

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  41. I laughed picturing the looks you were probably getting over those curtains. They are lovely and well done.

    Hmmmm, my kitchen needs some curtains . . .

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  42. They look awesome! And go so beautifully with the quilt. Kudos!

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  43. Too good! The sashing is perfection! Xxo

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  44. Get out! Those curtains are insane! Crazy creative!

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  45. Wow! Your curtains are AWESOME!

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  46. I really like the idea and colors.
    Yasmin

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  47. Wow, those curtains are adorable, they looks so beautiful with the quilt and pictures on the wall!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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