Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Three Cheers for Me

I finally finished my new quilted holiday shower curtain.  It took me until nearly 4 this afternoon (working most of the day) to do it, but it's done and actually in the bathroom before Christmas.


Here it is before I put it up in the bathroom.  All of my pictures today, I'm sorry to say, are off color-wise.  All the background fabrics are shades of beige rather than the gray/white that shows in the photos.  It was just one of those days where I couldn't get a good picture for beans.  On the flannel wall above in my quilt room, there's too much glare from the fluorescent lights on the ceiling.  In this room there is only one window and it's on the north side.  On a gray day as we're having today, trying to get a picture with the ceiling lights off was a no-go.


A closer look at some of the parts of the quilt . . . this is the fabric I used in one row of the trees.


And another tree fabric.  I machine quilted the whole piece and was happy with the end product.


I did cross-hatching through these border sections.


Installed in the bathroom!  As you can see, our bathroom is on the narrow side so this is the best full length shot I could get.


I tried another angle by smooshing myself against the wall opposite the shower and next to the toilet but couldn't begin to get all of the curtain in the frame.

Whew.  This project has been a long time in the making.  I'm glad I finally pushed and got it up for the holidays.  Besides that, it was great spending the majority of the day in my quilt room . . . my definition of a super-duper day.

 

30 comments:

Sunnybrook Farm said...

That looks too good to hang in our bathroom, I would have to put it somewhere else!

Heather Duncan said...

I love it! What a great idea to use it as a shower curtain.

Sparkless said...

Wow that is beautiful! You did a great job and all in time for Christmas.

You Can Call Me Jane said...

Oh my goodness! That is the luckiest shower in the WORLD! Way to go on finishing a project with time to spare...I'm hoping to join that club right soon:-).

Mama Pea said...

Sunnybrook Farm - Hey, who says we couldn't all spruce up our bathroom a bit? ;o)

Mama Pea said...

Heather - I've had folks question my sanity but I have seasonal quilted shower curtains for all through the year. Previous to making them, I had an all white shower curtain and my daughter always complained that it looked too "institutional" so I decided to get rid of it and add colorful ones.

Mama Pea said...

Aw, thanks, Sparkless!

Mama Pea said...

I'll Call You Jane - I don't deserve much credit since, truth be told, this is the THIRD year I've been gonna finish this particular piece by the holidays! (Gosh, what will I angst over next year?)

DFW said...

Your machine quilting rows are so straight. I am jealous. It is beautiful!

Mama Pea said...

DFW - Thank you very much! :o}

LindaCO said...

Lovely and festive!

Leigh said...

A quilted shower curtain? Brilliant! Now, if we ever get the bedroom done and I can put stuff away, and find my fabrics, I may have to start on a project like this. (Notice I'm only saying start).

And about colors, I find greens the hardest to get right when it comes to digital cameras and computers.

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Just curious how you finish off your shower curtain - do you use batting? And how do you create the holes for the rings at the top - buttonholes?

Kristina said...

That is absolutely stunning. By the way, I love the bathroom too!

The Weekend Homesteader said...

Wow! You're so talented! Very pretty!

Susan said...

Holey Cow! That is one beeeutiful shower curtain! How talented you are! I also love, love, love your bathroom. I am a fan of small bathrooms, myself.

Mama Pea said...

LindaCO - My hubby just came out of the bathroom and paid me a complement . . . he said my new shower curtain would sell for $500 in a high-end boutique. I told him that wouldn't pay me for the hours I had in it!

Mama Pea said...

Leigh - I'm betting your bedroom is getting close to completion. Eager to see the pics.

Sometimes the colors in pictures I take come out so true . . . and other times it drives me crazy trying to get something that resembles the actual article. I think what you say about greens is true!

Mama Pea said...

Jen - I've only tried making one shower curtain with batting in it. I used Thermore and even that made the curtain too heavy. Now I just sandwich the top with muslin for the backing (no batting at all) and quilt the two together. I was afraid it might not hang well, but that's not a problem at all. Yes, I make very small buttonholes to receive the rings on the shower rod.

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - Thank you so very much! I love our little bathroom, too. I didn't have a lot of space to give to it, but managed to design it to within an inch of its square footage! There's a lot in there.

Mama Pea said...

The Weekend Homesteader - Thank you, thank you, thank you. So kind of you to say so.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - The one thing our small bathroom lacks is a tub. I never, ever, ever use a tub but hubby would like to have one to soak in some nights after physical labor. Maybe someday we can redo the bathroom. It's actually a possibility now that I have my big, heavy duty washer out in the garage/shop area. We have a stackable washer and dryer in the bathroom (I still use the dryer in there) that could come out and make room for a tub/shower.

Lisa said...

I love it... if you ever need to de-clutter remember me ;]` I need to make time to get back to my room and create something.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - 'Tis a tough time of year to find time for our creative souls! You do SO much on a daily basis, I don't know how you ever find time for yourself or things you want to do.

LindaCO said...

I hear you. If hours plus materials (and skills) were taken into account, I think a lot of handmade stuff would be out of reach price-wise. Always nice to hear compliments!

Freedom Acres Farm said...

Absolutely b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.!!!!

Mama Pea said...

LindaCO - Yes, hours plus materials . . . and can we ever add an amount for "skills" or "talent" or "artistic ability" into the equation?? Hardly. :o/

(Geesh, I typed the wrong "complement," didn't I? Compliment! Compliment! Compliment!)

Anonymous said...

I am in love!!!!! Well done Mama Pea!!!

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Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - I take that as a very nice compliment!

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Congratulations on being in love! (Oh, wait. You mean you like the shower curtain. Sorry.) Hee-hee.

Truly, thank you. You've warmed the cockles of my heart. (And in this weather, that can't hurt!)