Tuesday, September 2, 2008

3-Year Curtain Drama



Here are some pictures of my 3-year curtains. "Three year old curtains?", you say? No...not 3 years old. Three years is how long it took me to get around to making them! Isn't that pitiful!!?? I have a small balcony off my bedroom and I thought it would be so nice to have some little panels to soften up the corners of the house. I found the fabric on Ebay 3 years ago. We're not talking super, complicated curtains here. These are just rectangular panels! Come on!! You just need to cut and sew around the edges. The fact is, I hate to sew. Actually, I don't hate the sewing part, I hate the fact that I can never just sew. Running the fabric through the machine is no problem. The problem comes when the bobbin runs out, or the tension is wrong and messes up the stitches, or the spool runs out of thread, or the thread on the bottom just gets knotted up, etc... I can't remember a time that I've sewn something and it's gone smoothly. So, 3 years later, I had put these panels on my "To do" list. Naturally, I saved it until the very last week of summer. Will I put it off again? On the last Thursday of summer, I got out the fabric and went ahead and cut the panels and pinned all the hems. My plan was to ask Roger to do the sewing part. He's much more patient than me... but he thought doing it myself would be a good lesson in my patience and perseverance! Well, I don't know about that, but he sure ticked me off. So, I put on my most wounded and abused attitude and gave it a try. Sure enough...after about 5 minutes, the thread was completely knotted in the bobbin. I couldn't even pull the string out! So, with the proverbial wind out of my sails, I folded everything up and put it away. I'll teach him!! See how much I'm suffering!!
So, you're wondering how I took a picture if they're folded and put away. Well, after about 3 days, Roger asked me where the curtains had gone. I matter-of-factly told him that the bobbin was messed up and I decided to just forget it. "No, no, no...don't help... I'll get around to it...eventually... no, you obviously don't want to help, so just don't worry your little head about these curtains. I'll get them done...someday...." Roger wasn't fooled by my drama. He told me that if I wanted his help, go get them and let's get them done. Why does the sewing machine always work perfectly for him!!

10 comments:

Lynn said...

Yet another thing we have in common! HA! I DO like to sew but.... I have the same problems with tension (!) and the bobbins! So I now buy bobbins that already have the thread on them!!! Yes I know it's cheaper to wind your own, but they really aren't that expensive, and it's so much EASIER to reach for a bobbin that's already threaded!!! Just think about it! By the way, the curtains look REALLY great!

Becky said...

Your curtins look great!

Bekah said...

I have always loved your your little balcony off of your bedroom. Just so quaint! The curtains add a nice touch, very nice!

Melissa Flaming said...

What a bee-utiful job, Trish! Now, go and enjoy your little balcony today!...And you're not alone. I've had the fabric for my living room curtains for, oh, a year or so, and it's still sitting under my bed with the dust bunnies.

Mom Keena said...

The curtains are beautiful! I don't think I ever knew you had a balcony! Sure looks inviting now!

Anonymous said...

Sewing always leads to cussing in my house.:) I have all kinds of stuff "put up" for "some other time".

Charlie Muessemeyer

Jerri Dalrymple said...

I'm so jealous! Of the fact that you have your own personal balcony? Nah! Of the fact that your balcony now has such beautiful curtains? NO WAY! How bout the fact that YOUR HUSBAND CAN, WILL, AND DOES SEW....AND DOES IT WELL!!!!!!!!!!! How many men do you know who can sport that attribute??? LOL

They look great, Trish!

Sylvia said...

Looks so great!!
My Mom taught my two sisters how to sew....by the time it came to me she didn't have enough sanity left to teach me....did I mention I'm the baby!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

Don't feel bad. My husband also sews much better than I do. And he knows how to fix my machine when it gets all tangle-y (you mean there are words for those problems??)

And --HA!!-- your patience needs practice??? Um, we HOMESCHOOL!

The curtains look Fabulous, Darling! And that's what counts, right? :-)

Mrs Smiley Joe said...

They are beautiful and the story behind them is beautiful too! Love it!