Virtual Quilting Bees

June 2, 2010

I am now in 4 virtual quilting bees!  One is wrapping up in the next couple of months and I will probably not rejoin so I can spend more time on the other 3 bees and the many projects I need to get started/work on.  I also started a virtual quilting bee with my modern quilt guild. I’ve had the chance to make some fun blocks recently using some different techniques so it’s been fun working on all of them.   I still need to finish one bee’s May blocks, I am hoping to get them done today so I can get them in the mail because I am late again!  I think I will be late less when I am not in so many bees.

In April’s Block Swap bee, Paloma wanted tiny random scraps on a white background.  I added a lot of my own fabric scraps, and pieced the blocks improvisationally – one log cabin style, the other just strips.  I like the log cabin one better.

The Block Swap April Block 1

The Block Swap April Block 2

The blocks by themselves don’t really look like much, but you can see how the quilt is coming together here.

For the Bee Pieceful bee, I got to make some old fashioned quilt blocks, one is called shoofly and the other is called churn dash.  It was interesting to use these classic patterns.  I think that they could look very modern depending on the fabric choices.

Bee Pieceful April Block 1

Bee Pieceful April Block 2

For Bee Pieceful May, Andrea wanted wonky stars, which I love to do!

May Bee Pieceful Block 1

May Bee Pieceful Block 2

That’s all I’ve been working on sewing-wise lately.  Next post I will show you the blocks I have received from two of my virtual bees.  They are gorgeous.  I am lucky to be in groups with such talented and creative sewists!

All caught up now

January 13, 2010

I feel so relieved.  I am finally all caught up with my virtual quilting bees.  I joined a second bee that started this month, so now there is two! I am really happy to be all caught up with my original bee, Bee Pieceful.

Here are December’s blocks:

rail fence

looking through a window

January’s – maverick (wonky) star – she sent some fabrics she got in Australia – I was so nervous about making a mistake.  I’m so glad I didn’t.  I think it looks kind of aboriginal.

My new bee is called The Block Swap and this month’s bee wanted wonky stars as well.  I like making them so it was a fun month.

pink

blue

She just sent the center square and the background fabric, so I had to fill in with my own scraps to make the points.  The blue one is my favorite.

My month for Bee Pieceful is March, so I need to decide what fabrics I want to send out.  I am thinking some 30s-40s reproductions, because these ladies are so talented and I know they would make some really beautiful blocks with that fabric.

Also, if you do not read Handmade by Alissa, she is helping to organize Modern Quilt Guilds in cities all over the country.  I volunteered to start one up in Indianapolis, so if you live around here and are interested, please email me at janmadethis at gmail dot com.

October Bee Pieceful Blocks

October 23, 2009

Poinsettia Block

Poinsettia Block

Morning Star Block

Morning Star Block

I mailed these out on Monday to this month’s bee, Kim.  She sent us Christmas fabric and asked for “traditional” blocks.  I looked around online and settled on these two patterns, Morning Star and Poinsettia.   I think I have finally gotten over my mental block about this virtual quilting bee – I think you are able to see the  vast improvement I’ve made over August and September’s blocks.  The seams and points all line up (almost) :).  But where they don’t it is not that obvious.  I like how I arranged the fabrics, and for the first time in this bee, I was happy to send these out.  Hopefully I will be able to keep it up.  Next month’s fabric is going to be sent soon, and she wants string piecing, something else I have not tried yet.  I want to get it done as quickly as possible, so I can send it back before I move.

I am moving!  I finally found a new apartment that has almost everything I wanted, and its only about 1/4 mile from where I am living now!  I finally got lucky, I had almost given up because I had been looking since May. It is a duplex in a neat little neighborhood called Cottage Home, and has a really cool loft area that I am going to make my sewing room.  I can’t wait to move in and get settled.  Moving Day is only a few weeks away.  I’m moving on Friday the 13th!

After next month’s quilt block, I only have one more project I need to get done before the move.  It’s the Poky Puppy quilt my mom wanted me to make for her.   I will have to post about that later.

on point

October 16, 2009

I just wanted to share this.  Its one piece of a block I am doing for this month’s bee.  The points match!  I’m glad I am getting better at this.  Lets see if this block will be the one where all the seams line up for once.

bee pieceful

August 11, 2009

I joined my first virtual quilting bee. Its called Bee Pieceful and everyone in my group seems to be wayyyy more advanced than I am. I am having major feelings of inadequacy, but I guess that will just make me work harder at getting better at this.   I just sent this block to its owner yesterday, but I posted it to the group before I mailed.  I got some encouraging comments, but I still can’t help feeling bad about my block.  It was my first time trying triangles, and I didn’t really know what I was doing so there’s a lot of places where things didn’t line up quite right.  It was supposed to turn out 12.5 inches, but after all my mistakes with measuring or sewing (i’m not sure) I ended up having to trim it down to 9.5 and then add that wonky border so it came out the right size.   I am really not happy with my work, but I did not have enough scraps to make a new one to send her.  This was a big learning experience, so hopefully next month I will feel better about what I make.  The ladies have been really nice to me, so whatever they think about it, they haven’t made me feel bad.  It is a great group and I’m glad they let me join.