Monday, September 30, 2013

Falling Behind

I'm a bit behind in everything these days.  I am keeping up with 2 bees - which I thought would be impossible and isn't.  The longest part of making the bee blocks is choosing the fabric.  So satisfying to have a finish.

The latest blocks are for Gwendellyn at The Rainbow Revolts.  She asked for the Scrappy Trip Along block.  I looked at her samples and then back at my scrap stash.  Hmmm.  My stash is so varied; go for bold, subdued or a combination.  I finally decided on keeping the two blocks similar within the same color palette. I loved making this block.  Quick, easy and a perfect block to practice the scant 1/4" seam.

I finally made the time to finish piecing all the curves for my Orange Peel quilt.  Lots and lots of pinning required.  Lots of seam ripping, pressing and re-doing.  Now that everything is a square, it will piece together quickly.  I'm very excited!  

Sadly, I have no other fabric cut for the long list ahead.  I ambitiously planned to keep up with Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt-A-Long, and yet, I have tons of fabric and not one piece cut.  Like I said, I'm falling behind.  

I'm itching to get creative so off to the cutting mat I go!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Small Steps

I was always hesitant to join a bee.  I couldn't imagine while reading quilting blogs, why quilters join more than one bee.  I didn't  know how one could commit so much time, or what I imagined would be an enormous amount of time, to making blocks to send off and exchange with others.  Now that I am part of two bees, I'm hooked!

I just complete blocks for Adrienne from Chezzetcook Quilts as part of the Global Scrap Bee. These were quite fun to make, especially since I love HSTs!  The block is the Patchwork Wheel from the tutorial by Don't Call Me Betsy.

Patchwork, HST, global scrap bee

patchwork, HST, global scrap bee

I'm still practicing my photography skills. These photos could be much better - for instance, all the grey is the Kona Charcoal.  Taking photos indoors is tricky.  I was in a hurry to document so I could get these in the mail.  They are not "due" until the end of the month but I don't want to delay.

Reasons I am thrilled to be in two scrap bees:  using scraps, quick finishes, and connecting with other quilters/bloggers.  Also, some day I will receive blocks that others have made for me.  That is so exciting!

I have also joined the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt A Long,  better known as MSBHQAL.   I love this block and am quite excited to begin.  One thing was holding me back - fabric choices.  I didn't have enough!  So off to shop I went and returned with -
For the Broken Herringbone Blocks


Just because....

So sweet!

Who doesn't love Peanuts?

Kona was on sale - such luscious colors

I couldn't pass up these odds and ends!

Now that I have all this new fabric, I better get to the cutting table.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013


I worked until the last minute possible to get this quilt delivered to the party - it was still damp when I dropped it off.  The party organizer took all the pictures of the finished quilt - THANK YOU!!

HST, red white blue king size,  patiotic

Due to time constraints, and being overwhelmed by the size, (102" x 102"), I chose straight line quilting with a decorative wave stitch where the blocks joined together, and joined with the border.  The two color binding was machine sewn.
HST, red white blue, patriotic

The backing holds the signature blocks from the eight siblings who gave this quilt as a gift. As amazing as they are, I'm not including close-ups of these blocks as they are personal with family information.   I'm so happy that the everyone loved the quilt.

Here's a close up of the fabric:

I thought perhaps making so many HSTs would stop me from using them again.  No way.  I am already onto the next project, you guessed it, made from HSTs!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

The List

I'm sure many of you are like me - lots of lists.  I have more to-do lists than one person should write.  I have lists for reading, work, the house, projects and of course, quilting - and I am sure that's not all.

Happily,  I can say that I can check off 2 projects!

First Check:  I completed my first bee swap blocks for Scap-bee-licioius (my first bee ever!).  Our first Queen is Ashley from Wasn't Quilt in A Day.

 I am glad Ashley chose a block I had never made - Converging Corners.  The tutorial from Ashley @ Film in the Fridge was super easy to follow!

scrappy, corners,bee blocks

scrappy, bee block, converging
I like them so much I plan on doing this pattern for myself - so easy, fun and scrap friendly!

Second Check:   I completed the Red, White & Blue quilt - you'll have to wait for the photos.  I was working until the last minute the recipient was to receive it at a birthday party. I managed to deliver it just in time, a bit damp but clean.   No time for photos, but the party organizer said she will take photos for me and I will post them ASAP.

Where does this leave me with the list?  I am ready to make my block for The Global Scrap Bee hosted by Adrienne from Chezzetcook Modern Quilts, begin my Scrappy Trip Along block for Gwendellyn from The Rainbow Revolts, cut fabric for at least two more quilts and sew blocks for my Orange Peel quilt that I cut at the beginning of summer.   And the list?  It didn't get smaller.  While I was checking off the two projects, I thought of at least three more I want to do!

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