Thursday, August 12, 2010

Bees... bees and more bees... and some swaps!

Mostly Finished and One Work in Progress

I've been busy with my quilting bees. I was a bad bee member and was behind on finishing my July blocks but they all got mailed out last week!

First up we have Liz's blocks from Sew to Speak. She sent red and aqua fabrics, white triangles and a plastic template to make the blocks you see below. I had some trouble getting these to line up when I sewed the final center seam, but my hope is once quilted it will improve the look.
Next, Jeremy from The Hive sent the fabrics below and requested the specific block you see below. I actually made 4 of these, but have only pictured one.

I also finished this block for my quilting journey bee. This block is for Melissa. She requested any type of pinwheel block as long as it was 12" finished. She also sent along some Heather Bailey, Nicey Jane fabric and the owl fabric in the center which is Alice Kennedy. This block is my version of the pattern found here. The second picture is all the blocks that have been made so far, Melissa's starter block is the bottom left.

Now for some swaps. I participated in a fabric post card swap. Below is the post card I made for Vickie, she is a member of the quilting journey bee.

I am also participating in a mini quilt swap below is the fabric I sent to my partner, Kimmie. I sent her fabrics (30 - 4.5" charm squares) from the Heather Bailey Freshcut line that I snatched up at the craft supply rummage sale I went to a few months back. I decided this would be a good use of it. I also sent along some coordinating Kona jelly roll solids and a fat quarter of Joel Dewberry. She gets to use my fabrics to make the mini quilt of her choice and then it gets sent back to me.

I received Christmas charms and some Michael Miller fabric with kids building snowmen. So I will create a Christmas mini quilt for her. Even though is seems a little weird thinking about Christmas already, it is actually a welcome thought in 100 degree heat. Also on my plate for August bees and swaps are blocks with Alice in Wonderland, math symbols, and more fabric post cards to name a few.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shower Curtain


My new place is now complete with a new shower curtain! I decided I wanted a shower curtain that no one else had, so I made my own. Since I now have lots of fabric on hand I decided to make is a mix of lots of different prints. I even added my own grommets at the top. I actually started before I moved but wasn't able to get it finished until last week. It is up now and looking good!

One problem presents itself when piecing together a shower curtain like it is a quilt top... all those ugly seams on the back side. Sure it is facing the liner but I wanted it to look pretty. So I got some white fabric that was super cheap and not 100% cotton because who cares it is after all facing the liner and pieced together a back and then hemmed the edges.

I'm really happy with the finished result.