Bee Hive Quilt

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Last year I joined a quilting bee run by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. I had never participated in a bee before and had a lot of fun “meeting” new people and sewing different blocks. The bee ran from February 2015 through January 2016. I was the last queen – I didn’t realize how fun and overwhelming it is to receive 11 packages in the mail during your queen month!!

I chose the Quartrefoil block designed by Jennie of Clover & Violet for my block and just love how it turned out!  I received an extra block from a bee-mate and made 4 more to make the quilt a bit larger. I have made everyone in the family a quilt backed with Minky except myself, so I decided to find a Minky that wasn’t overly furry and make myself one too. I’ve quilted Minky in the past and just hated the poof and all of the fur that pulls through to the top when it is being quilted, so I knew to look for something with shorter “hairs” this time. I have also learned not to use a high loft batting with Minky as I did with my husband’s quilt.

Here she is. I struggled a bit with a quilting design. I thought I wanted to emphasize the straight edges, but after echo quilting the main shapes, the negative space just wasn’t lending itself to the look I thought I wanteed. I changed to some loopy stuff, flowers, and a bit of square spirals (can you have square spirals?), and I called it done.

Bee Hive Quilt

I was really surprised that the minky showed the quilting so well. In the past, it’s been lost in the general furriness. After quilting two large quilts 70+ inch quilts over the last few months, this smaller 48×48 quilt was such a delight to quilt on my domestic machine.

Bee Hive Quilt - backHope March is off to a grand start for you!

Sew forth!


Whirlwind Summer

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Summer is flying by in a whirlwind of activity. Activity that doesn’t allow for much sewing that is. I did manage to squeeze in two small finishes this month that keep me up to date with my commitments.

I finished my Bee Hive block and mailed it off. This quilt is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to see our July Queen Bee put it all together. 30’s repro and HSTs – what’s not to love?

RipplesI also finished sewing everything together for Rosette 7 for The New Hexagon Millefiore QAL

NH Rosette 7

I would have finished a week ago, but I became a little obsessed with sewing the top rosettes together. After I sew this one in and rosette 2 (which attaches to the bottome of 7), I’ll put up a picture. I’m excited to start August’s rosette in a week. I finally am going to use the purple fabric that I’ve been gathering.

I also want to show you a bit of fabric I picked up in Japan, but more family activity is on my horizon so it will have to wait. We’ve been home and gone again more than ever before. My kids will soon be begging for school to start, just so they can be at home. An active teenager is a happy one!

 

 


Two Weeks?!

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Wow. I didn’t realize I hadn’t written a blog post over the last two weeks. I’ve been sewing, but not making much progress – maybe that’s why. High school baseball started last week and softball practice has begun with opening day next weekend. I love these two sports, but they are a big time commitment compared to hour long soccer and basketball games. We had glorious weather for both baseball games last week. Baseball – spring weather how much better can it get?

Here’s my freshman baseball player. See what I mean? Gorgeous spring weather. I hope all of you in snowy places warm up soon.

baseball

Enough mom stuff.

I’m about 8 rows away from done with my Clambake clamshell quilt. If I put this to the side, I seem to loose momentum and have a terrible time picking it back up again. The quilt has gotten heavy, and I’m tempted to free motion my clamshell appliqué. If I change the stitching at this point, I think I will dislike it even more than I do now. This quilt has been a challenge, and when I finally finish it, I’ll tell you all my ups and downs. As this WIP is currently in a heap on a side chair in my bedroom – no picture updates.

Rachel (Stitched in Color), who hosted this QAL, had some traumatic baby news. The thoughtful Jodi at Tales of Cloth is organizing a “flower” collection (quilt) to show Rachel our love, so I stitched up a hexi flower, appliquéd it on a low volume square and mailed it off.

Eleni

I am keeping up with my Irish Chain Twist QAL. Melissa’s (Happy Quilting) pacing on this has been fantastic, and I’ve been able to complete each weekly step with no problem. We’ve completed two of the three different blocks so far.

final x-block

 X Block (supposed to be wonky – couldn’t do it)

Chain Block Twist on Tradition Patchwork (a happy cutting error created opportunity for me to add a little punch of orange to this block)

This week we should be starting the appliqué block. I’m curious how Melissa will have us do this step. I’m VERY slow at needle turn appliqué. Ten blocks with four petals may take me more than a week.

My March The Bee Hive bee block is at the post office and should be leaving for its new home today. My March queen bee chose the Wanta Fanta block using novelty prints and a low volume background. I enjoy paper piecing, but I think I wasn’t feelin’ it when I made this block. I had to make part of it twice when I realized that all four novelty prints shouldn’t go in one quadrant! Oops. New coaster for me.

wrong

Tried again, and then had some trouble lining things up. This isn’t a hard block to make. I probably should have put the project away until I was in a better creative mood, but I struggled on and finished. This photo turned out really blue for some reason, but it’s the only one I took and the block is at the Post Office. Sigh.

wantafanta

I’ve also been assembly-line sewing special wide open zippered pouches (tutorial by Noodlehead) in which to send my quilt block and some goodies to each month’s queen in my bee. I put in 9 zippers on Sunday. Bleh.

I’ve also been working on my New Hexagon Millefiore Rosette 3. The row I’m working on has some smaller pieces that take more time, so my progress has been slow. I have a few more hexagons to choose fabric for after this row. Working with yellow has been challenging. It surprises me how hard it is to find yellows that have the look I want. I’ve had to mix bright yellow, light yellow, and gold tones – not my favorite. Even though this isn’t turning out the way I imagined, in the big picture of the whole quilt it will be fine.

Rosette 3 progress

On to my assembly line. Sew forth!