Shower Curtain to Quilt

A few weekends ago when Sophie and I were at the antique/flea market show, we ended up in a big booth where the woman had tables full of thrifted linens. It was the end of the show and she had marked everything down. My instinct was to dive in. I am always interested in shower curtains so when I spotted this patchwork one, it went into the "maybe" pile.

It originally had a blue chambray border and a lightweight unusable lining that had shrunk at a different rate than the front.  Sophie's advice was to do something about those 2 big chambray squares.

I've been collecting hawaiian prints for awhile and I would like to get busy sewing them.  So why was I buying a hawaiian patchwork shower curtain?  I'm not above cheating on patchwork & I love the challenge of turning a sow's ear into a silk purse.  I was thinking this might be the impetus I needed to dive into my own prints. 

I was thinking that the Crumb Quilt may not have the best reception at Laura's open house.  She probably needed something more like I envisioned the patchwork shower curtain could become.  So yesterday afternoon I went to work. 

I added the Joe Boxer girl as an applique and then I remembered I had these big flowers from another project when I first bought my embroidery machine.  I pulled them out to try. Presto!  that took care of the chambray blocks.  I removed the chambray border (it had some bleach spots) and added my own colorful borders. 
I had a thrifted fleece blanket that worked for the batting and I used the remainder of the prints from the border for the backing. 
I was especially proud of myself for using the border prints.  Those are the kind of fabrics I have a tendency to hoard.  But, I am really trying to change my habits.  Toward that end, I even used the remainder on the back.  All that is left is the tailend from the border trimming and it will go into the next crumb quilt.

I love making those crumb quilts.  I really do know that I am just as happy using a small scrap of a fabric as a big piece.  As a matter of fact, big pieces of fabric are a bit intimidating.  It isn't until I cut them down to smaller sizes that I like them better.  Does that happen to you?

So here is the quilt Laura is getting for her Dance Studio Open House.  I think her homegirls will like it alot!







Have a Creative Day, Y'All!
 

12 comments :

  1. The flowers you added are the perfect touch!

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    1. Fun piece, I agree! Thanks!

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  2. This will be great for the open house. I love the woman in uniform.

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    1. That woman was a set of panels I bought in the 90s from Walmart. I think it was supposed to be pillow shams and was in the overrun section--originally from Joe Boxer. It's always been a favorite but it needs to go to new homes.

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  3. Turned out great! Shower curtains....hmmmm....

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    1. Lots of usable fabric in shower curtains, especially the designer ones. This one was probably a Nautica but the label was too washed out to tell. They are also great for the backing of quilts because they are big and seamless.

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  4. Wowzer! What a fun piece!

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  5. Love the pieced back. i'm a sucker for a pieced back.

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  6. Wow! That's some silk purse--you did a great job transforming that shower curtain!

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  7. Wonderful play time you've been having! The quilt is fab!

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  8. Nice job! That Joe Boxer girl is going to be the selling point. I still have the Boxer girl you sent me, waiting for the right cool project.

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