Tuesday, 13 November 2018

November 2018 Bee Block Round-up

The bees have finished up for another year and in Stash Bee our final queen is Morgan (@cedacanthus). She asked for the Not Quite a Sawtooth Star in navy and yellow from Coriander Quilts. I really enjoyed making this block and I’m looking forward to seeing how the quilt comes together. You’ll notice that I raided my late spring garden for some of these photos. I kind of like the effect it gives.

October’s queen for Stash Bee was Velda (who I’m also in Bee Inspired with) at Freckled Fox Quiltery. Velda used a tutorial she came up with as part of a blog hop to make these houses in a sort of Halloween theme. I’ve used a pumpkin fabric but my cats in the attic are more crazy cat lady than scary black cats. I saw this Modern Fans quilt made using the same pumpkin fabric so I’m inspired. Maybe a Halloween cushion wouldn’t go astray.

The background fabric is Magic Castle Plans from Michael Miller fabrics and is one of the many many fabrics I have picked up at my local quilt store sales as it prepares for closing. The chain has now announced the closing dates for all but two of its stores and one of the remaining ones is my local. I’m pretty much shopped out now though and I desperately need to just sew it all up. Live in Australia or New Zealand? You can get the same bargains (50% off already discounted-for-Australia prices till Sunday followed no doubt by their next sale) at their on-line store. They have ridiculously poor photos but if you know any of the fabrics you might be able to pick some out that you fancy. Like castle plans.

Bee Inspired finished last month with Queen Kate from Smiles from Kate. She came up with a  tutorial for these simple blocks made using two 2 ½ inch strips. I had some batik jelly roll strips in my stash and they were just right for these blocks.

Signups are open for Stash Bee 2019 at the moment. I feel extraordinarily guilty about living so far away from the majority of bee participants any time I get a block that has been posted as a parcel instead of as a letter so I’m not signing up again. I highly recommend the experience if you’re on the fence about it.

We are all staying together again for a third year in Bee Inspired but we are shaking things up in 2019 and running activities rather than bees. This will work out better for some of us who have other commitments that take priority over bee blocks. We’re going to be sewing charity quilt blocks, making a mini sampler and running a couple of challenges. If you fancy playing along we’d be glad to have you and the schedule is here if you're curious. Follow the blog for further updates.

Happy sewing

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Making Progress #4

Tish from Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland revealed the design for the Fireburst Mystery Quilt last week so the top of I’ve been working on can be put together. This is it as of the weekend when I took some photos of my progress. I put mine together in an alternative way to the instructions and I ended up with quarters that then need the central strip between them. 

There’s still plenty of time to make one before the final round-up on New Year’s Eve. A list of all the different instructions can be found from this page. Naturally Tish has made umpteen different versions of this quilt so there’s plenty of inspiration.

Earlier this year I put my hand up to become part of a team to work on a Quiltcon charity quilt. The theme this year is small piecing (less than 1”) and we need to make a twin size quilt minimum 65” by 88”. This is the colour palette everyone is using.

I’m in a group of 4 (eeeek!) and since one of our group is going to be doing the quilting that leaves 3 of us to do the piecing. We’ve had some communication problems, or lack of communication problems, that meant there was little brainstorming done at the design stage and a quick decision needed to be made so we went with doing a sampler using traditional blocks. I was able to talk the others into using very wide solid borders so that means each of us is making four 15” sections.
I’ve been putting together blocks to be made into sections later. This is what I’ve made so far (excuse all the dangling threads).

 A hovering hawk

A block that was called the Amish block on Pinterest

I’ve put together four crosses and losses blocks to make ‘one’ because by this stage I was starting to look for quicker cheats to fill the space.

I have plans to turn these small plusses and 9 patches into one large section.

And a winged square because I could use the 8 at a time HST method by making it in two colours.


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

September 2018 Bee Block Round-up

The Modern Christmas trees block has been on my bucket list must-makes for a while now and making a couple of blocks for September’s Stash Bee Queen Dawn hasn’t changed my mind. These were a fun and simple block. 

The tutorial by Amy from Diary of a Quilter is really easy to follow and the technique couldn’t be simpler and has me thinking that there must be plenty of  other shapes that could be done like this. Amy already has the Modern Basket block which I’m definitely planning on making. 

And in Bee Inspired this month we have two Queens. Irene asked for 16 inch log cabin blocks made up of 1 inch strips (tutorial here) in whites and off-whites

And Janice requested house blocks using Sandra from mmm! Quilts pattern (free!).

I made a second one on behalf of Kate from Smiles from Kate who is out of action for a while at least. We’re all hoping she makes a speedy recovery and in the meantime we’re taking it in turns to make angel blocks.

Happy sewing