Sunday, April 29, 2012

Down to the wire - quilting homework.

Pot holder fronts - Bee a {modern} Swapper

Today I made two potholders, which I love. I want to keep these and hope I find time to make some for me too. The fabrics are by Malka Dubrawsky and Melody Miller. If I had thought of it sooner I would have used another Melody Miller print for the centre of the blue one.

Pot holder - Bee a {modern} Swapper

These are for my secret partner in a pot holder swap in the Bee a {modern} Swapper group. These are not the first set of pot holders I made for this swap - but the other ones were quite awful. In fact these are not the second idea I had either. I have decided that when I want to keep them, they are probably good enough to send along to my partner. Who knew pot holders would be so hard.

Pot holder - Bee a {modern} Swapper

I have to tell you that when I put that little bit of red sashing around that cup print, I suddenly knew what I was going to do with the rest of my bits of this fabric. A quilt or some pillows with brightly coloured sashed fussy cuts would look so cool. But I was not distracted - today is my very last day to finish these potholders, they have to be sent tomorrow. I pressed on and finished them.

Pot holder backs - Bee a {modern} Swapper

Here are the backs. There is a layer of insu-brite in them (don't use two, they get too puffy - I know this by way of recent experience, it added to the horribleness of the first set) and I thought that the linen blend in the Melody Miller fabrics would add extra heat protection. These pot holders finished at about 8.25" squares.

Star using HSTs for Shanna, Aqua and Orange Bee

I made that lovely star last night for the Aqua and Orange Bee. Shanna (from Fiber of all Sorts) asked for anything using half square triangles. I am sure this star with the diamond inside has a name but I don't know it, let me know if you do.

Shoo Flies using HSTs for Shanna, Aqua and Orange Bee

This is the other block I made for her. Both blocks finish at 12". It seems I love all Shoo Fly blocks, even the non-wonky kind.

Aqua and Orange Bee - Blocks for Shanna

These blocks look good together. Shanna picked just the best fabrics, there is something about their values and colour range that is just so nice. I think she will have a lovely quilt.

I am off now to finish the lanyard for my partner's name tag for the Fat Quarterly Retreat. The sewing is done on the name tag and the lanyard, but I have a plan that involves stamps and permanent ink - wish me luck.

For all of these projects tomorrow is the last mailing date so I also have to gather some extras for the swaps, prepare mailing envelopes and customs forms. Sometimes it seems like there is a lot of quilting homework.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend.