Today, with Daisy in uncharacteristically sleepy mode (Ben is always ready for a snooze), I was able to enjoy a bit of a lie-in and work on my new patchwork door curtain. I love living in an old house, but along with the character and history come chilly draughts once the cooler months arrive. The hall has recently been redecorated….
and looks very smart with its new dusty green woodwork and soft white walls. The door you can see in the photo opens out into the courtyard on the north side of the house. It doesn’t get any sunshine and, being old, has warped and shrunk over time and so it’s easy for chill breezes to penetrate. Previously I’d hung a woollen blanket over it, which first Ben, and now Daisy, loved to hide behind – rubbing mud, dog-hair and goodness knows what else into its fibres. It had definitely seen better days and had to be replaced. But what with? Whatever I chose had to be durable – and most definitely washable! Then I saw the new Winter’s Lane collection by Kate & Birdie Paper Co for Moda. And I fell in love with the colours ….
I know Moda fabrics are good quality and wash well, and an easy choice was to order 6 charm packs to create the centre panel of a simple patchwork curtain. I’ve spent a few hours piecing the 5″ squares together – just randomly and this morning, whilst enjoying my lie-in, was able to continue hand-quilting them. I’ve backed my patchwork with old, well-shrunken, woollen blanket to give warmth and substance and am only quilting these two layers – the lining will be joined separately at sides and bottom. I chose to do it this way as I wanted my curtain to have a relaxed, fluid look.
There are little mother-of-pearl buttons to hide my not-always-perfectly-aligned seams, and I chose a dark blue thread as I plan to add a dark blue velvet border (sounds very grand, but it was a cheap-as-chips remnant I picked up) at the bottom that won’t show black dog hair too readily. There’s still a long way to go, but I think my back door will be lovely and snug this winter – though I hope the colder weather will be a very long time coming!