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

Secret Santa Swap

SSSwap Gift

I just wrapped up my first gift swap and I can now say, it wasn’t nearly as scary or stressful as I thought it would be. I’ve always been pretty intimidated by all the online swaps, scared that my partner wouldn’t like what I sent. But Amy talked me into her Twitter Secret Santa Swap, basically because it was a $15 limit and everyone wasn’t required to include a handmade item.

SSSwap Sneak Peek

I received Cajame Creations for my partner. It was fun because we don’t have the exact same style, so I was pushed to do a bit of research (ahem – blog stalking) to see what she would like.

SSSwap Fabric

Since our price limit was low and I wanted to get a lot of bang for my buck, I headed to Etsy to find a fabric scrap pack. I knew she liked shabby chic and bright colors, and I found a great set of Jennifer Paganelli and Paula Prass fabric. I also included a few colors of baker’s twine, because, well come on, you can’t have enough baker’s twine!

SSSwap Sneak Peek 1

She also had recently posted about her “bucket list” and one of the items was buying a camper and traveling across Europe. So, I decided to make her a little mini quilt to (one day) decorate the dream camper.

SSSwap Mini Quilt

This embroidery pattern is from Sublime Stitching. I used some of the fabric scraps I bought her for the mini as well.

My SSSwap package from Amber!

The secret partner who had me was Amber! You can probably imagine my joy at seeing a package at my door from Hawaii and knowing it must be from Amber.

My SSSwap package from Amber!

She really did a perfect job on my gift. She sent me fabric and the new Doll Quilts book – both of which I didn’t have! She sent a Hawaiian Christmas book for my kids (they LOVE it), a calendar so I don’t forget the million things I have planned, some Hawaiian themed mints…but most beautifully she made me a wonderful necklace which my daughter promptly stole from me! I love it all Amber, thank you so much. :)

I really enjoyed the swap, I definitely think I will be doing one again. I think the best part was knowing that the recipient would be someone who would appreciate a handmade gift.

Mod Bento Block Swap

I recently joined a new swap – really my only other swap other than the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. The Mod Bento Block Swap is a centralized swap organized by Jessica over at Give it a Go. We are all creating blocks (as many as we want) based on Ashley of Film in the Fridge’s Modified Bento Box tutorial.

I’ve been looking at my fabrics…making piles…
Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Fabric Choices for Mod Bento Box swap

Last night I made my first block.
Mod Bento Box for swap

I’m pretty excited about this swap – something about the unknown! It’s not too late to join. Here’s the details and the Flickr group.

ETA: Look at how much work I get done when the kiddos are at grandma’s house? :-) I finished 4 more blocks…here is a sampling from each of them.

Mod Bento Boxes