Bee Block, Fabric and New Art

TATB Bee Block for Terri (Sew-Fantastic)

May was Terri’s month in the Twice Around the Block VQB. She sent us a set of solid and textured fabrics and asked us to make straight lined modern blocks with squares and rectangles. I knew I wanted to use the off-white to make the 3 strips, but the rest was just improvised as I sewed along. I like how it turned out!

Cloud 9 Cut Out and Keep

A bit of new fabric arrived this week as well. I have plans in my head for at least one of these sets. Both are from Cloud 9 Organics. Cut Out and Keep is above, Nature Walk is below. The two collections actually look really nice together, so now I’m thinking about combining them in a fall quilt.

Cloud 9 Nature Walk

I also received a couple new prints for my sewing room over the weekend. They come from Kajsa Wikman’s Syko Shop.

Syko Prints

You might recognize her from her book Scandinavian Stitches (which is amazing). The prints arrived extremely quickly, even from overseas and are very high quality. I’m thinking it might be cute to decorate my daughter’s room with a few more.

Syko Postcard

We spent last weekend in northern Michigan so I didn’t have a chance to sew, but I have two quilt sandwiches up in the sewing room and plan to focus on them this week. Hopefully I will have them finished to share soon!

Lake Michigan

March – Twice Around the Block VQB

Crosses for Katie

March was Katie’s month for our Twice Around the Block virtual quilting bee. She sent us some great fabric and asked us to make crosses in sizes from 3″ to 7″. She said wonky or regular was ok, so I made a few of both. I’ve never made crosses before, so I read this tutorial and was quickly on my way.

I hope you like them Katie!

Improv Special Delivery

Project Special Delivery

I created this block last night for the “secret mission” group, Project Improv. This is a result of randomly grabbing at fabrics and sewing them together with no real plan. I did excitedly throw in a little of the fabric I dyed last fall (the stripe). This block will join many others to become a really cool quilt for a special mom-to-be.

I’m also really happy to be joining efforts with several other modern quilters to raise money for survivors of the disaster in Japan. Please visit Modern Relief – Japan and stay tuned for more details very, very soon.

Virtual Quilting Bee – February

TATB VQB Feb

February was Kelly’s month for the Twice Around the Block VQB. She asked us to make blocks using only half square triangles. No borders, no squares. I’ve probably mentioned before that HST give me a slight panic attack and I instantly have flashbacks to high school geometry. This time I decided to search online for block ideas and also purchase a HST quilting ruler. Boy did both those things make my life a lot easier!

I decided to make the Blockade design. I divided the Good Folks fabric Kelly sent into warm and cool piles and jumped right in. I am very happy with how the block turned out and I hope Kelly is too!