Monday, April 4, 2016

Flock Curtains + daring to dream

Saturday was drapery day in the Hauser home!  Thanks to Mad About Patchwork and Pink Door Fabrics, both of which sent Flock yardage for this project, I was able to deck Liam's windows with my favorite Bluebird print.  Hurrah!

Flock Curtains

Making curtains is a great way to start at sewing for your home.  They're flat and relatively quick, but give you important experience with cutting, hemming and estimating fabric needs.  I typically sew very simple, straight curtains that hang from rods with clips - no tabs, no trims, no fuss.  I often opt for a 1" doublefold hem at both sides, a 1.5" doublefold hem at top and a 3" wide doublefold hem at bottom.  The wider hem at the bottom helps curtains to fall straight.  If you're going for a lighter, billowy look, stick with a 1.5" doublefold hem at bottom too.

Flock Curtains

Hang your rod first, then take measurements to see how tall your drapes should be, from rod to desired floor clearance.  For width, measure your windows and multiply by about 1.5.  Don't forget to calculate extra inches for hem allowances.  Also, consider ordering a lining fabric.  This time I purchased a 115" wide drapery lining, huge enough to not require any piecing.  The lining will guard against fading, reduce pass-through light and conceal any seams from the wrong side.  I chose to finish all my seams though (1/2 seams with seam allowances pressed open, tucked under and sewn flat), for extra durability.

Flock Curtains

To keep costs down, I contrasted my main fabric with Kona Tomato solid red, a large 16" band near the floor.  Turned out to be a fantastic design decision if I do say so myself!  But then, I am always looking for something to patchwork, aren't I?

Flock Curtains

With Liam's new floors, new drapes and new Ikea dresser, identical to the one I original bought as a changing table, this room is looking rather inviting.  I have to admit, those birds would probably not have been Liam's first choice, though he's very happy with his new curtains!  I went 100% with his colors and found a print I could imagine for a maybe-baby.... because my husband and I have decided we are open to having a new baby this year.  And if that blessing should come to us, he or she will share this room with Liam.  We'll be looking for ways to make another pregnancy/baby feel different, and a different nursery is just one of them.  So, I imagine this red, white and navy room with the addition of pale blues for a boy or with peach for a girl.

You might realize that these curtains will remind me of my bluebird that flew away far too soon, but then I am reminded of her by nearly everything and will be thinking of her constantly most especially if a baby should come.  Always joy and sorrow. Always.

But daring again to dream.

xo,

Rachel Hauser

p.s.  If you're searching in vain for the Flock print, be cheered to know it is being reprinted and will be available again near the end of April.  Contact Mad About Patchwork or Pink Door Fabric to inquire about a preorder.  Also, note there's a black/white/metallic version due to release soon!

***Update:  Pink Door Fabrics just received another bolt of Flock!

29 comments:

  1. Thank you for continuing to share about your memories and your grief for the loss of your baby. I can appreciate that it is both difficult and needed for you to do. And I would like to add that it is helping me through my own grief for my loss in January. I like the phrasing of "always joy and sorrow."

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    1. Janelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for encouraging me to share. I think about my loss so often that if I wrote about it freely this would become a bereavement blog. Well, not only that, but that too. Maybe it is that blog already, though? I have been reading many memoirs of those who have lost pregnancies, infants and their infant's health. These memoirs have been so helpful for me as I grieve. Maybe I should write more about that...

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    2. I am so sorry too, Janelle.
      I know that pain and sadness as well.
      You are not alone.
      ((((hug))))♥️

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  2. I love your curtains. And I'm so happy that you are open to the possibility of another baby. A new baby could never never replace your Eleni, but they would bring joy nonetheless, and maybe some healing for wounds you might bear. Joy and sorrow. I pray that God would grant the desires of your heart.

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  3. Love the curtains! The red definitely makes them so much better! You are a strong person and will pray God guides you and your family!

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  4. I have not stopped praying for you & your family, dear friend, for our babies were born so close to one another. We almost lost our 8th child in September, due to him getting backed over by a FedEx truck. And he will have life lasting disabilities from it. May the Lord grant you your desire, for a new life is something worth treasuring!

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    1. Love and blessings to you, Jennifer. I hate that things like that happen. No matter how much I trust that God is good, it is heartbreaking the seemingly avoidable suffering that occurs in this world.

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  5. I love these new curtains and am delighted to hear you are daring to dream again!

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  6. I would love to think that Miss Eleni would be part of sending you a wonderful maybe-baby blessing. I so admire your ability to keep your heart open -- whether it be sharing your story and feelings so eloquently or contemplating another baby to love. Love to you always.

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  7. You might enjoy "Learning to Walk in the Dark" by Barbara Brown Taylor. It goes along with joys and sorrows.

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  8. Your curtains are fabulous! I love the idea that they might be nursery curtains in the future...how wonderful that your hearts are healing so well.

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  9. The curtains are snazzy. I love the happy red on the bottom and the birdies flying over, like they are flying to a field of tulips
    I know God will give all of you a baby. I will keep you in my prayers.
    My youngest daughter, Lizzie and her Jerome are also trying for a baby, now that he is home from Afghanistan.
    Ugh, I hated it that he was there. He was working as a civilian head auditor. He loved it and loved telling us all about it, but I was quietly not happy. ...No, it was really a great experience for him and he met a lot of great Afghan people, and just, well no more of that. :-P

    Have a fun week.

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  10. I have been praying for you (and myself as I dream of another baby). Hoping and knowing that God will send us exactly what we need at the right time.


    This verse was sent to me today, reminding me to be patient.

    We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so that you will have the endurance and patience you need. Colossians 1 : 11.

    I don't know if it speaks to you, but it sure did to me today. Glad you are still dreaming. :)

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    1. That is a wonderful verse. Thank you so much for sharing it. I'm in a situation now where I pray daily for patience & endurance. I love having single verses to remember. It will go into my collection of quotes and special verses.

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  11. Love those curtains. Even more, I love that you are open to a new baby. There are many that would not have the courage to try again but all of us who read your blog know that you have courage to spare. I am certain that Eleni would smile on this decision.

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  12. My heart jumped for joy when you said you were open to another baby. I will continue to pray for you. Eleni was the angel who blessed your life and ours for such a short time. Maybe she was sent as preparation for you to have an even richer life. Tell Liam that I love his new curtains! Especially the pop of red at the bottom! He has THE COOLEST curtains I've ever seen.

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  13. So so happy to hear your hearts are open for whatever the Lord has for you and your family....
    Blessings to you..... "In His time He makes all thing beautiful, in His time...."🎶

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  14. I look forward to your posts more than any other. You are a brave woman with a beautiful soul. What a loving family you have been blessed with. I look forward to your loving and kind words in future posts. I hope another soul blesses your household.

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  15. Great news, Rachel. I've had my eye on the Flock fabric for a long time. How appropriate for your son's room....it's time to soar!!!

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  16. Liam's room looks great and I'm happy that he loves it! And yeah, great news about the baby I'm wishing you all the best:-)

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  17. Joys and sorrows, mixed. That is life. Rachel, I'm so happy to hear that you are open to the idea of having a new baby. Liam's new curtains are so perfect, both design wise and emotionally. It is even more perfect that they will always remind you of your own little bluebird.

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  18. The curtains are absolutely beautiful and I'm so happy to hear about your openness to expanding your family. I know you've had such ups and downs this past year, a big up would be wonderful. That quilt that was in your last post made me cry. I can't ever seem to comment from bloglovin, but I wanted to let you know I was so happy for you that a kind soul was inspired to make that for your family - and how beautiful it turned out. This community continues to awe me!

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  19. Joy and sorrow. Yes, always.
    I pray all your dreams come true :)
    and I do love his curtains!

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  20. I'm so glad you are going to try for another baby. Really really happy for you!

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  21. rachel, i'm just catching up with you and am so thrilled to read your little announcement at the end of this post. i had so hoped you would open yourselves up to another baby. and i hope and pray this works out well for your family. it would be so lovely to see you find that joy alongside your sorrow. hugs for you all!

    ps - do you know sheye rosemeyer? i'm still overjoyed every time i see her twins (now over two) that finally came about out of her grief over loosing her 3 yr old daughter. such a beautiful, bittersweet family story.

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  22. rachel, i'm just catching up with you and am so thrilled to read your little announcement at the end of this post. i had so hoped you would open yourselves up to another baby. and i hope and pray this works out well for your family. it would be so lovely to see you find that joy alongside your sorrow. hugs for you all!

    ps - do you know sheye rosemeyer? i'm still overjoyed every time i see her twins (now over two) that finally came about out of her grief over loosing her 3 yr old daughter. such a beautiful, bittersweet family story.

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