Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunday's Simple Pleasure


Sitting by the window, where the light from an overcast day created such a cozy and serene feeling, I was reminded of how much I truly love to sew!

My project was a much needed new bedskirt... it had been on my "to-do" list for sometime.  There was no pattern... no written details of how much yardage to buy or sequential steps in how to complete it. And no gathering foot for my sewing machine!  This was all up to me!  And for that reason, I balked at getting it done. Every day I saw this project being created in my mind but unless I got started it would never be deleted from my list. So, there I sat in silence ....
steadily making progress.  That is when I fell into the trance of what sewing can be.  I smiled at the calmness it brought me.... I saw the beauty in its repetition. 

The weaving of the needle and thread in and out... in and out. Readying the fabric for evenly spaced gathers.

The repetitive pattern of the pins holding the gathers in place.  Lined up in a row like perfect little soldiers standing at attention.

The whir of the sewing machine creating a cadence with its stopping and starting... stopping and starting.

The drape of the fabric, as it fell to the floor, while I was working on a different section of this large bedskirt.

The rhythmic sound of ticking coming from the wall clock... measuring off the time as my hands worked away in silence.  Making me realize that I wasn't in a hurry to finish this as rapidly as possible.  The rhythm of the day... the peace and serenity it brought me... was a pleasure to savour.  And I did!

Yes, there it is!  I was thrilled that it fell to the floor at just the right length! I was excited to see the gathers, that I had patiently created, were perfectly measured! This time there was no reason to yank it off the bed and start ripping out stitches to make corrections.  And I couldn't be more pleased!

26 comments:

  1. Thanks, Olive! Because the quilt is so very ruffly, I needed to sew a simple bedskirt. And a 24" drop is hard to find!

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    1. I seem to be progressing slowly on this guest bedroom... one little step at a time. But I will get there and when I do I will post what this room looks like and how I arrived at this look. Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. i sure need a long one....i have to have something to keep to dust bunnies under control! it's lovely....what a nice project to have under your belt!
    xo~hope

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    1. Thanks, Hope... and look for your box in the mail on Thursday or Friday! So happy for you!!

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    1. I learned watching my grandmother and aunt sew. How I loved the trips to the fabric store looking at all the bolts of fabric! My aunt was quite stylish and her means of having a full closet was to sew her dresses herself!
      She passed that craft on down to me and I'm so grateful she did!

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  5. OMG!!!!!!! I have been wanting to do the same thing but, FEAR of the unknown... the no pattern, the buying that much fabric & what if it doesn't work...

    We bought one of the new beds that the head & feet raise up & it always looks weird because it's not flat. But, it has helped hubby so much with his legs swelling & the edema... Now what to do about bedding & a bed skirt? It will never hang right...

    I LOVE YOURS!!! It's perfect! Give me courage! HUGS!

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    1. Don't wallow in the fear too long... just get busy! I know that I can stay in that zone way too long and then when I finally tackle it, it's not near as bad as it seemed. You can do it, Charlene! In your situation maybe make the bedskirt to the longest length you need. If it's always in the position you mentioned, then just go around hemming as needed. Just a thought!

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  6. SO beautiful, Kadee...you did a wonderful job with this!

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    1. Hi, Linda.... thanks for dropping by! Every time I pop my head in that room it feels so good seeing that bedskirt on. Next up? The Euro shams!

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  7. Hi Kadee,
    it looks beautiful. You did such a great job.
    Have a wonderful day.
    XO Marie

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  8. Thanks, Marie! There always seems to be something on the docket, right? Thank heavens for creativity to keep us going!

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  9. What a nice post. It's so satisfying to finally get something crossed off the list. Now you can enjoy looking at your beautiful bed skirt every day. Great job.

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    1. I still am amazed at how I got all that fabric in such small sections. That's how I had to do it... divide each side into 4ths and then just gather away! Good to hear from you!

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  10. Beautiful! You are right about the color and texture. It is perfect! I can't wait to see your Euro shams. Your photography and writing style are just as nice!

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    1. Hello! Thanks so much for you sweet words! I really appreciate it! Now it's off to the paint store to pick up one more painter's tarp to do three small roman shades.

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  11. This is the kind of work that makes me lose my mind. I've done some curtains, bedspreads, and dust ruffles... and they never look this good! Bravo! Your words reminded me of my mom and how she felt about sewing. She could really get into that happy and peaceful place. Me? I was always sitting on the floor playing with her scraps. Hmmm... I guess I am still doing that. Lovely post!

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  12. Trust me, Jenny, I've had years of frustration thinking I calculated everything right only to find out that I had to redo it! For some reason, this worked and I'm so grateful! Now I just need to get into that happy space with mixed media. I guess practice, practice, practice makes things come easier. As if that's a new thought!! LOL

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  13. This is truly lovely Kadee.....you sure do have patience with your sewing! You must have an awesome machine. Did you use canvas drop cloth or linen?? It sure is beautiful either way! This very moment I am struggling with my machine to get the "lola" bags sewed for the Emmy party I am in. My machine sounds so awful and I'm just hoping that it will make it through the 40 bags!
    xoxo Rochelle

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  14. Rochelle, you would die if you saw my machine! I used to have a portable Elna until it died and then found out that that model is discontinued. I really had no idea what to replace it with. So, upon reading about this particular machine and all the 5 star ratings it was getting I went out and bought it. It cost $39 and is a Janome sew mini! I hear you laughing.. LOL! I love it!! And I used a painter's drop cloth that is not the off-white canvas one. Rather it is like a flax linen and is sort of a light grey/taupe color. Good luck on those bags! Keeping my fingers crossed that your machine makes it through.

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  15. Kadee this is phenomenal! I have been waiting and waiting for the right KING SIZE dust ruffle to come to the stores near me...one that I can actually afford...no such luck. You should create a pdf instruction sheet so I can buy it! No - really - I - am - serious!
    Let me know!
    xo
    Rae
    p.s. I am always SO dang busy with the kids, but I DO LOVE and APPRECIATE all your kind words lately on my blog...You have no idea what they mean to me! I think you are my only fan!

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  16. You know, that's a great idea about giving a tutorial about it! No... I certainly won't charge you for it but how sweet of you to offer! It's been fun checking out your blog as I just love all the color you use. I've been trying to do the subdued thing but try as I might.... and as much as I adore seeing others create that way... I still need a bit of color or it isn't me. So, my words are sincere and I'm glad to give someone else a pat on the back for a job well done! xoxo

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  17. What a joy to read such a beautifully written post about a beautifully hand sewn bed skirt! You had me hanging on every word ...

    :)

    Linda

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  18. Well, you just made my day, Linda! Beautiful weather today... first sign that fall is on its way.... went to a couple of garage sales and found some goodies... and then to read your kind words. Things couldn't get better!! Thanks for stopping by!

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