Saturday, June 5, 2010

My first curtain panel--a simple sewing project

For Summer,and to basically play with my new sewing machine, last week made my first pillow case. Easy, no pattern, no measuring....just used 3/4 yard of remnant from the quilt shop that blended soooooo well with my quilt in the bedroom. I loved it!

Being an amateur machine seamstress is  at the very least the ability to finish the backs of pillows after stitching samplers or simple, simple stuff.

I found this vintagey-looking piece of remnant for .75 cents about 3 months ago at a thrift shop and decided this morning to make a curtain panel for the kitchen. As the colors of red, white and blue with the daises are so Summery, I became giddy even though it's so basic  project.

The fabric, of course was not big enough for 2 panels but that was ok by me because I like to see out of my kitchen window and not cover it up, so here's a pic of my panel. I used some red rick-rack to tie back. It perked up the kitchen for the summer. I didn't line this on purpose for more sunlight to peek through.
I added my flag in the kitchen flowers, the one I waved to Brandon as he was coming home at 4am in the morning in March. It's a special little flag.

I love old-looking rick-rack.

And Sweet Annie

Here is a Dutch sampler I stitched in 2007. I really like it. It's graced our kitchen since then. The year 2001 for when we moved into the house. The fiber was Weeks Charcoal, coffee stained linen by me and framed by me and thee.

I'm trying to rejuvenate my African violets right now. They are definitely wimpy but a little African violet food and maybe a birth control pill in the soil and they usually come back good.
Yep, you read that right birth control pills make flowers thrive alot.
A secret among the GYN providers over the years.  LOL

My simple homey kitchen, definitely not modern but we like it this way.

Hope your Saturday is full of sunshine too!!!


  1. You panel came out great Jennifer. I'm like you - don't like things covering the windows - I love to see the world around me.

    And can you send me some of those birth control pills. I'm a real plant killer! LOL

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Oh, I love the fabric you found to use! Very sweet :)

  3. Estimada amiga la felicito por sus trabajos ,esas cortinas le han quedado bellisimas me encantan ese tipo de bordados ,un abrazo a la distancia.

  4. Love how your curtain turned out! So sweet and prim and perfect for summer :)

    Congrats on all your recent xstitch finishes too, they're darling!


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