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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!

February 18, 2011   8 Comments

Twice Around the Block VQB – January

Twice Around the Block VQB - January

This is the first month for my new virtual quilting bee, Twice Around the Block VQB. We have half of the members from last year’s bee and half new members. Kim kicked off the year with some really fun fabrics by Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross. This was my first time seeing Flea Market Fancy blue seeds in real life. Let me tell you, they are even better in person. The solid turquoise is a Moda crossweave and it is *gorgeous*! I’m off to order some right now actually!

Kim asked for blocks made from squares and rectangles. I decided to do strips of random heights and just worked myself down the block. Each piece is also a random width. I hope you like it Kim and I can’t wait to see the completed quilt.

January 18, 2011   4 Comments

What’s on the Design Wall

Off Centered Innocence

I hope everyone had a great weekend! We spent pretty much both days watching football and eating chili. A great time as it is really cold outside!

I’m working with Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush this week. Last week I dedicated most of my free time {nap time} to putting together a new pattern in Photoshop. I mocked up some new blocks with off-centered centers, calculated piece sizes, developed cutting layouts and fabric amounts, the whole deal.

My plan is to make this pattern available in my shop. I need to make 30 blocks for this quilt and I have 10 finished so far. I ran out of Kona Snow so I am off to the store tomorrow. I also need batting so I can finish my Good Folks baby quilt. This is what happens when I am out of supplies, I start a new project!

January 17, 2011   7 Comments

SNTM Virtual Quilting Bee : August

Sew New to Me - August

August was Lisa’s month for our quilting bee. Her theme was “birds, branches and bungalows”. (She has an adorable bungalow.) She sent some great fabrics that really started getting me in the mood for fall. I decided to make a branch modeled after Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson’s Birch Quilt. Are you seeing a theme here? When in doubt for a bee block, refer to Elizabeth Hartman. LOL

This block was a lot trickier than I had anticipated. Even after marking all the pieces, it was still like jigsaw puzzle, figuring out the layout again. I should have taken a photo of the design first. Then, I really had to plan the order I needed to sew the pieces together in order to avoid any pesky Y-seams. But isn’t that what bee’s are about? Push and challenge ourselves?

Lisa, I hope you enjoy your block!

August 22, 2010   2 Comments