Lime & Soda: not hanging about

I have the curtain mostly assembled.

I say mostly: I still need to add the borders at left and right, and add the triangular bit at top left. But I think this photo gives you a pretty clear idea of how nice it is. I’m so pleased with how it has turned out!Β  The sashing fabric is perfect for tying together all the patterns and shades of grey, black and white, and the brilliant greens really sing.

I’ve really enjoyed working with all these blocks, and recalling who made them. This curtain is going to be a wonderful way to showcase all the lovely work, something I will look at every day and be reminded of quilting friends far away.

So, next I will add the triangle at the top, then the side borders, and finally, I’ll hem the piece all around. I still need to add a sunblock backing fabric, a triple-pass curtain lining. The curtain will not have a batting layer or quilting, as that will stop it draping. The backing will be sufficient to make it heavy enough to block out the heat. The angle of the ceiling will not allow a rod or rail in the normal way, as the curtain would always be pulling ‘downhill’, so the header of the curtain will be trapped between two long battens of wood, rather than having curtain tape and hooks or rings on a rail. This batten sandwich will be fixed directly to the ceiling, thus keeping the rising heat out.

Once it’s up, I’ll have some fun tidying and dressing up the porch to make it a pleasant annexe to the sitting room.

44 thoughts on “Lime & Soda: not hanging about

  1. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    It looks stunning !

  2. craftycreeky says:

    Wonderful! The lemon and lime against the grey look full of zest πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s really ‘juicy’, isn’t it? It’s going to look great in the white porch with black chairs and toning cushions on the seats and plants and hanging baskets.

      • jmcheney says:

        So you can enjoy their comfort & beauty while sittin’ & sippin’ lime & soda (& gin?) on the porch in the shade. I thought that’s what your headline meant, but then followed immediately by “not”….but soon!

      • katechiconi says:

        Not hanging about, as in getting them done quickly, so I can soon be hanging out! I must say, the lime and soda with a nip of gin sounds extremely agreeable! Or maybe just a pitcher of mint tea πŸ™‚

  3. OH that IS lovely – all those cool greens – perfect for your hot weather..

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly. It wasn’t until I’d gone shopping for a green leaf-print fabric that I realised I had all these lovely blocks, and what a great curtain they’d make. Just the look of them makes you feel cooler.

  4. knitnkwilt says:

    Quilts perform various functions, and being a curtain seems a very good one. It turned out great!

    • katechiconi says:

      It does look really good. I’m so glad I thought of these blocks when I realised I needed a heavy curtain in the porch, because not only do they do a great job, they also look spot on for the context!

  5. kathyreeves says:

    So striking with that border. The greens and yellows really show to advantage. It will make the room seem so much cooler!

  6. I think the name deserves something extra: How about Gin, Lime and Soda? πŸ™‚

  7. anne54 says:

    Perfect colours for the tropics too ~ bold, cooling, dynamic. It will be a little oasis. xx

  8. It looks lovely. Will it be difficult to take down for washing? I’m sure you have thought of a clever solution that would never occur to me!

  9. tialys says:

    Perfect for a sunny spot – it puts me in the mood for sitting on a porch sipping a gin and tonic even though I don’t like gin or tonic!

  10. Kathy D says:

    So perfect for your sun porch! I have to ask, what is a triple pass curtain lining? I’m making mental notes on this as I think it would also work to keep the cold out.

  11. magpiesue says:

    What a brilliant way to put those blocks to use! I need to go back and read the first post about this but I’m loving what you’ve done. ❀

  12. You are right about the sashing fabric. It really does tie everything together and allow the green to pop as it should

    • katechiconi says:

      I like it much better like this than I would if it was simply all the blocks sewn together – not to mention the fact that the generous sashing makes the blocks go further and the curtain is now large enough!

  13. rutigt says:

    I like that sashing fabric! Made all the different blocks turn into one big block!

  14. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Well done !! Have a great holiday !!!

  15. dezertsuz says:

    How wonderful to see all the blocks together. You did a great job of arrangement, and I DO like that background you chose.

    • katechiconi says:

      Working with all those great blocks really made me remember how much fun we had with F2F. The curtain makes a huge difference in there, plus it looks good – what more could you ask?

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