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The Traveling Quilts

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

Phew – it has not been the best few days. I was out for the count with the flu. I guess I learned my lesson about not getting a flu shot! I’m happy to report that I am now well into recovery mode and was able to spend a bit of time at my sewing machine today.

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

I am very excited to share these star blocks that I made before getting sick. They will be my start to The Traveling Quilts. This is a new bee of 11 quilters. We each start our own quilts with a theme of our choice and then mail the blocks to the next quilter in the rotation. They add to the quilt, only posting a sneak peek, and then mail everything to the next quilter on the list. The last person to receive the blocks does the final quilt top assembly and quilting and in a year, you receive your surprised finish quilt back! Obviously this is a sort of bee that you would want to do with people you know pretty well. :)

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

It’s really fun to think about the journey across the country these blocks are about to take – from here in Illinois to Vermont to North Carolina to Hawaii to California to Oregon to Oregon to Oregon (Ha!) to Washington to Colorado to Illinois and then back home to me! PHEW!

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

The theme I chose was “Constellation” and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. I used some great tutorials online for my blocks: Scrap Jar Stars, Lone Starburst and Wonky Stars.

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

Along with our quilt starts, we are sending journals for everyone to add to as they grow our quilts. I found this great one on Etsy – the front is a map of the midwest. How appropriate is that?

The Traveling Quilts Journal

Have fun on your travels little quilt! See you next year!

February 26, 2012   35 Comments

Bees and Swaps

TATB Bee Block January

This is the last month of the Twice Around the Block virtual quilting bee and it happens to be my month! I decided to ask the group to make scrappy log cabins. I went through my stash and made little piles of fabric using pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Since I want this quilt to be scrappy, I didn’t send anyone the same fabrics.

TATB Bee Fabric

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I find that figuring out how much fabric to send everyone is the hardest part of being in a bee.

This month I am also starting in a new bee that sounds really exciting. It is called The Traveling Quilts and was the idea of Heather and John.

The Traveling Quilts

Monica made us all these cool personized buttons!

In month one, we will all start our own quilts. A block, a small section, whatever we want. Then we will mail what we created to the next person on the bee list and they will add to the quilt. This will continue throughout the year, each person’s quilt being mailed through the group and secretly growing. The last person will quilt the quilt and at the end of the year, we will receive our finished quilt back in the mail as a total surprise! I’m super excited about this concept and am not sure how I got into such an awesome group of people, but I know it’s going to be fun!

I also signed up this morning (just in time!) for the second round of For the Love of Solids Modern Swap. I didn’t participate in Round 1 but I remember a lot of amazing projects coming out of it. This morning I made my inspiration mosaic. I can’t wait to find out who I have for a partner and get sewing!

For the Love of Solids - Round 2 Mosaic

1. “everything’s coming up rainbows” , 2. escapade loves poseidon., 3. Hexagon pillow, 4. PTS6, 5. Fun and Colorful , 6. Single Girl quilt top almost done., 7. Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Challenge, 8. IMG_7450, 9. www.flickr.com/photos/54871961@N03/6606642395, 10. full view, 11. tutti frutti lieblingsdecke krabbeldecke quilt frankfurt, 12. March-2011-for-Muriel-2, 13. Kaleidoscope Baby Quilt, 14. all pieced and ready to sew together, 15. picnic quilt (9) copy, 16. 2011 2nd Quarter, Hive 15, 17. No Prints Allowed Challenge, 18. Color Your Cloth mini quilt, 19. YIP 365.344::Improv string , 20. Rainbow Squared, 21. Moda Cross Weaves, 22. Free Spirit Designer Solids, 23. Flax Essex Linen, 24. Aqua Essex Linen, 25. Lime Quilters Linen

January 9, 2012   19 Comments

Bee Block – Stars

November TATB Bee Block for Sarah

We are in the second to last month of the Twice Around the Block Virtual Quilting Bee, and this month Sarah asked us to make star blocks. She sent fabric from an out of print Anna Maria Horner collection called Bohemian. I decided to use the same layout I used this summer in my Wonky Little Star Quilt, only this time I made Friendship Stars. I’ve heard this layout now referred to as “interlocking stars” and I think that’s a great description. I’ve really enjoyed seeing them pop up all over.

I had a lot of questions after that quilt regarding how to layout the fabric squares to achieve the look. I created a little diagram…

Star Layout

It’s the same layout as a Plus Quilt, where you start with the blocks in the middle and work your way out to the edges.

Next month is my turn to send out fabrics for the bee, so I am hoping to come up with a final plan over the next two days. If only there were more hours in the day!

December 22, 2011   12 Comments

Catching Up

TATB Sept Bee Block

I feel like things are settling down here from summer and I’m going back to a bit of a routine. That is a nice feeling. Yesterday I made my Twice Around the Block September bee block for Jen. She asked for Drunk Love blocks (ala Denyse Schmidt) and sent a collection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. So fun!

I am also pulling out some UFOs and getting to work. First up is my Parisville quilt. (Excuse the bad camera phone photo.)

Parisville Progress

I really can’t believe I’ve had this one sitting around for months. Yesterday I finished all the blocks for the top and hopefully today or tomorrow I will have a chance to start sewing them together.

September 21, 2011   14 Comments