You can also see her curtains in this photo, those purple curtains covered with tools. (We have a girl with two older brothers. See the tool box in the cube shelves, too? It's on its third kid.) These curtains gave me a hard time. The construction is simple--a rectangle of pattern fabric and a rectangle of muslin, sewn together, with a casing at the top. A whole bunch of straight lines. It was cutting such large pieces of fabric that nearly did me in.
Since the window is about 44" across, I simply cut selvage to selvage (although I had to trim the muslin later since it was a couple inches wider). So each curtain was about 44" by 70". My table isn't 70" long. I had to measure to a yard, fold over, measure again from the first point, and try to cut straight. I think I botched it a little. Luckily such simple curtains can absorb some mistakes, and unless I took them down and pointed out each place where it's not quite even, nobody in this house is going to notice. Still--as I worked with these, I just kept thinking that it's a good thing I don't need to make curtains, even ridiculously simple ones, to earn a livelihood. I also thought that I probably wouldn't be machine quilting anything more than a doll quilt anytime soon--not that I've even started quilting, but it's good to feel inadequate before you even start, no?
So, does anyone have any tips on cutting and sewing large pieces of fabric? Meanwhile, I'm not displeased with these curtains (and I'm quite pleased they're finished), and my daughter is tickled