Soooooo, a few months ago my cousin contacted me and my sister Brooke to see if we would be interested in participating in a virtual quilting bee. Um, YES!! (At 9 months pregnant I think I was a bit crazy...).
What is a virtual quilting bee, you ask? Well, with 12 members, each month we are responsible for creating a block for one of the members. Said member cuts the fabric of their choice, writes up instructions, and sends the fabric to the other participants. Then we sew like crazy to create a block and then mail it back.
The group I joined is called the NewBees since we are all relatively new to quilting and quilting bees. Feel free to check out the blocks that have been created so far on the Flickr Group!
Block One: Dutchman's Puzzle
For the first block (April) we were instructed to create a Dutchman's Puzzle (or something inspired by). Below is the fabric provided and I didn't have enough for what I wanted to do, so I supplemented the block with the blue and orange spotted fabrics in the square below. (All images can be enlarged by clicking)
To create the Dutchman's Puzzle with the pinwheel within the pinwheel, I used a tutorial from Trading Pieces. I hadn't planned for the other orange pinwheel in the center, but I really like how the block ended up turning out.
Block Two: Wonky Stars
The second block (May) called for wonky stars using Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks fabric line. I can't say that I was crazy about the fabric swatches I was provided (except the top and bottom, which I wish I had more of), but in the end I think the blocks turned out OK. The bottom one didn't turn out how I thought it would but for some reason I had a tough time with the wonky stars. Don't think the tutorial we were provided (from The Silly Boodilly) was the best...or I'm just...something. ;)
I'm thisclose to finishing Elle's baby quilt. In fact, I hope to finish it this week and post about it next week. Just working on the hand binding. And I'm slowly chipping away at Scott's quilt. I have most of the squares cut, just need to cut the sashing and then sew that puppy together. Maybe by Christmas. ;)
So...this is what I work on many afternoons while Elle naps. Honestly I find the tedium very relaxing!
What creative projects have you been working on lately?
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