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SO.........WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON TODAY??
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Coordinating window treatments and pillows were made for two sisters whose rooms are across the hall from each other. The round pillows are boxed, and small square pillows and shams have a flat flange that is gathered in the corners.
All welting and banding is done in the same pink dot that covers the window seat cushion.
Over the window seat in the little sister's bedroom is an Imperial valance out of a crazy-quilt print. The back is faced so the dot is visible peeking out from behind the horns. Blackout lining inside eliminates the shadow the 4" shaped facing would have cast. The dot worked nicely as 3/8" welting.
The older daughter's room has a 12' window with a flat, shaped, banded valance. Here it is laid out on the table. Luckily this large polka-dot could be railroaded. The 1/2" banding was done binding-style.
To draft the pattern for the bottom serpentine silhouette, I drew the general shape right onto the fabric with a purple disappearing pen. Then I laid gridded paper over my roughly sketched line to begin drafting the pattern. The 12' section has 7 scallops. The serpentine shape continues onto the separate 2' sections at each side for the small windows at right angles to the 12' window.
After cutting the face I laid it wrong sides together against napped lining, cut, and pinned well. The bias banding strips were a little over 2" wide; it stretched enough to ease around the curves with a 1/2" seam allowance; then wrapped perfectly around to the back to make a 1/2" band on the front. This is just like binding a quilt.
To finish the back, there are 3 options- top-stitch by machine from the front side, bond with glue or other adhesive, or hand-sew. I chose to top-stitch-in-the-ditch for this product since the fabrics were well-behaved and they didn't warp with stitching.