Thursday, June 25, 2015

Anthropologie Inspired Curtain Makeover

We have just returned from a visit to visit our new grandchildren in North Carolina.  On the way home to Western New York, we stopped off to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Baltimore.  It's always fun to work on some projects with the kids while we are visiting.  We hung and planted some really nice window boxes.  So pretty!

We also put together the bedding in the guest room.  I made a quilt in the colors of sea glass using the pattern, Placid Curves from the book Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis...

And had it quilted in waves.

My daughter wanted some Euro shams and regular pillow shams so we picked some complimenting fabric in a decorator weight.
 For the Euro shams, I used a zipper closure to avoid any gaps in the back. I used Zippers by the Yard from  These zippers are sturdy and super easy to use.

We chose yellow for the regular shams.  I added flanges to the outside edges.

I love the mixture of patterns.  The larger prints in the pillows go nicely with the small design in the quilt.

My favorite project of the weekend was a very easy one.  My daughter loved the look of these Anthropologie pom pom curtains but she wasn't thrilled with the price.

For our budget friendly version, we started with these Ritva curtains from Ikea.
This photo doesn't show the real quality of these curtains.  Here's a close-up of the fabric.  It diffuses light without being too heavy.

We measured the inside edge and bottom of the curtains and ordered enough yardage of 1/2" pom pom trim from  Oodles of colors are available.

Sewing the trim to the edges of the curtains was super simple.

Here's the a fraction of the price of the originals.

We are pretty pleased with the result!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ombre Rick Rack Runner- Love those triangles!

Greetings, sewing friends!  Sorry that I haven't posted lately but I have been in the midst of a kitchen remodel...not a total tear out but new counter tops, sink and back splash.  As is often the case in home renovation, things have not gone as smoothly as I had hoped. I decided to take my mind off the mess by finishing a UFO that has been hanging around for a looooong time.  I'm not sure why I didn't finish this zigzag quilt.  It actually fell out of the cupboard when I was looking for a piece of batting and seemed to say to me, "Hey lady!  Why don't you finish me?!"  I had most of the rows done so it was a quick completion.  I still have to quilt and bind but I am happy for now moving it into the "Tops to be quilted" pile.

Someone else is happy with the completed top!
I really enjoyed the whole triangle thing so I decided to make a new runner for my soon to be new kitchen.  I call it Ombre Rick Rack Runner.

  You can get the free pattern by clicking HERE.             .

You will need 4 fat quarters of the same color in graduated hues plus 1/2 yard of a background fabric. I actually used one piece of graduated fabric and fussy cut my squares to get the colors that I wanted.

From each of four colors and the background, cut 4 squares, each measuring 4 1/2".  Sub cut these twice diagonally to yield 4 triangles from each square.

Cut from each colored fabric and the background 2 squares measuring 2 1/2" each. Sub cut these diagonally once to yield 4 triangles of each.

From the background, cut one piece 20 "x 13 1/2".

Following the diagram in the pattern, lay out your triangles to form a zig zag pattern.

Sew the triangles together, right sides together, using the chain stitch method.

Clip off the tips to reduce bulk and press the seams to one side.

 When each row is assembled, sew the rows together with right sides together.

Press well and square up these end pieces if necessary.  Attach each end unit to the remaining piece of background fabric with right sides together.  Layer, quilt and bind as desired.  I chose to quilt the top and batting together with straight lines.

 I then put the backing right sides together with the quilted top and sewed a 1/4" seam around the outside, leaving a 6" opening for turning.  After turning and pressing well, I edge stitched around the outside edge.

I think this runner would be nice with bright rainbow colors and could easily be made larger by starting with larger squares.  Enjoy!