Seaside States

Seasides States

I am so excited to show you my completed quilt from the Sew New to Me Virtual Quilting Bee. I named this one Seaside States – “Seaside” because it really has a beachy feel to me, and “States” because it was made using the Map of the States technique by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson. The blocks and binding were created using Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain collection.

Seaside States Top

We are having the most beautiful weather today for Mother’s Day, so we loaded the kids up in the stroller and took the quilt out for a spin in the neighborhood. I hope I didn’t appear to be too much of a stalker as we took some photos next to this house with a great little flower garden and vines. ūüôā

Seaside States Back

I used 2 tones of blue for the back of the quilt. Both are Kona solids, Peacock and Bahama Blue. The blocks down the middle coordinate in style with the front, with slightly wonky sides. I quilted it free motion and the final size is a 60″ square.

Seaside States Folded Back

For those that aren’t familiar with virtual quilting bees, we have 12 people in our group. Every month someone sends fabric to the other 11 people and we sew blocks based on their instruction. The blocks are then mailed back and incorporated into a quilt. The very talented group of ladies created the blue and green blocks for me and I added in the blocks with white sashing. I am new to the online quilting community and this was just the best experience. I really hope to be involved in another bee once this once is finished. It is a great way to be challenged each month and work with a variety of fun fabrics!

I hope everyone out there is having a fabulous Mother’s Day and gets at least a little time of rest and relaxation in today!

Seaside States Quilt Top

Seaside States Top

I’ve {finally} finished the quilt top for my month of the Sew New To Me Virtual Quilting Bee. I asked everyone in the group to make blocks using the Map of the States tutorial from Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson with a fun selection of Amy Butler Daisy Chain and a few coordinating Kona Solids. How great is my group? Their blocks are all fabulous and work perfectly together!

Seaside States Top Full

I added in the blocks with the white sashing, also using the Map of the States technique.

Tonight I’ll be working on the back. I have a plan in mind and fabric on hand. Then I just have to wait for the batting I ordered to be delivered. Can’t wait to share the finished quilt!

Sew New to Me VQB : 2 More Blocks Received

SNTM - Cristin

How lucky am I?  Yesterday I received 2 more blocks in the mail!  The one above is from Cristin over at Hazelnut Designs.  I just love the 4 columns, it makes it really stand out!

The one below is from Katie over at See Katie Sew. ¬†These have such a beachy look to them, don’t they? ¬†Well, I’m in Chicago, so obviously I can dream!

SNTM - Katie

Sew New to Me VQB : First Block Received and the "Vision"

Jessica Block - twinfibers

I’m so excited, I received my first quilting bee block in the mail this week! It arrived from Jessica over at Twin Fibers, and it is just beautiful! She threw in some great turquoise and blue fabrics, including one of my favorites by Denyse Schmidt. Thanks Jessica!

Of course, as soon as I got the block I couldn’t resist getting started on my vision for the quilt. And since a picture is worth a thousand words….enjoy!

Top Row VQB

MoS Block 3

MoS Block 2

MoS Block 1