Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Buzzing Through January

Let's try this again. I posted this blog earlier this week and realized I made a huge error on the blocks for Kari in the Stash Sewciety Bee. I remade the blocks and now I have the correct blocks made up in the correct colors, as requested by our queen. 

I really enjoy being a member of a quilting bee. It is not just the fun of sewing for others and creating something based on their ideas, but it is about the camaraderie, the friendships and the encouragement that swells within the bee. This is the fourth year for the Stitch Tease Bee and although members have come and gone there is a core group that has remained. Each new member has contributed so much to our group and I can honestly say I consider all these talented women dear friends. Susan is one of our original members and has become an especially good friend. 
This month Susan asked for quarter log cabin blocks, loosely based on my Not Squared quilt. Her requests included tone on tone prints in jewel tones, no white, with one log of navy blue. She asked that the blocks be 11.5"-13" square-ish, wonky was OK and she would be adding navy to the outside of each block to bring them up to her desired size.
Here are my contributions. They are each about 12" square.

The other bee that I am a member of is called Stash Sewciety. This bee also has some great people in it. Most I have met at sewing retreats, where we formed a friendship and wanted to continue to stay in touch and "sew together", even if it's only virtually. There are a few in this group that I have yet to meet, but hope to meet soon, when we  gather at a retreat center this April.
This month Kari has asked for Endless Summer blocks in a warm and cool palette. This is a pattern by V&Company and was designed for Vanessa's special line of fabrics. Kari wants to make a queen sized quilt, so she is going to need 100 of these 8.5" blocks. I made 6, even though she only asked for 4. They are easy to make but a bit fiddly. I used the 8 at a time method to make the Half-Square triangles and the No-Waste Method to make the flying geese. Some of my seams are most definitely "scant", but the blocks do measure at 8.5"!
These are the blocks that I originally made for Kari. Oops! I was supposed to make the blocks with the star in the warm colors and the one with the X in the cool colors.

Here are my remade blocks in the correct colors. It was an easy fix. Nothing that a good seam ripper couldn't fix.  
Two bees works really well for my creative process. Last year I was involved in three bees and it got to be too much for me. I don't like dropping out of commitments, but I waited until the year was complete and then asked to be replaced. I know that Bee Sewcial will be making great things this year. The first prompt for the new year has me thinking about lines. Check out the instagram hashtag #inspiredbybeesewcial.


Leanne said...

These are beautiful blocks!

Susan Snooks said...

I do like that wonky half log cabin! And even better that there is no white! Makes for a striking design! Good to see the trusty seam ripper has earned its keep too! ;-))