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Quilt in Progress

Just wanted to share this gorgeous quilt top I’m getting ready to baste and quilt. I just need my local quilt shop to open up on Wednesday so I can get some backing fabric!!

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This quilt top is the result of being Queen Bee in the Blossom Heart Quilting bee! Eleven lovely ladies sent me two blocks each and I made an additional eight blocks. Each block is 12.5 inches so the finished quilt is 60 inches x 72 inches – perfect for a throw quilt on the couch! I’m super pleased with how this turned out and cannot wait to get it quilted!

Hopefully, I’ll post this as a completed quilt soon!

 

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Queen Bee January

I’m super excited to be participating in the Blossom Heart Bee Hive for 2017! 2016 was my first time participating and it was a wonderful experience! This year, I’ve become the Hive Mama of my very own swarm and I’m also Queen Bee for January! (I had many swarm members request not to have January and after this rush of a holiday I really can see why!) I do however, have my blocks and colors ready to share with my swarm! I may or may not have spent the entire day neglecting much needed housework to get it all together…

That being said, the rest of this post is directed to my swarm members.

My January Queen Bee last year selected the Quartrefoil block as her bee block. I remember thinking that it just wasn’t my favorite block. I’d seen it in repeat (mostly with a computer graphic) and out of the different blocks I was toying over for my own choice, Quartrefoil just wasn’t moving me. Then I began seeing a few completed quilts. My goodness! It was one of those cases where I had a totally different idea of how it would look. My friend and former swarm member, Patti, made this gorgeous one that is all over Pinterest right now! It’s exciting to see such a lovely quilt with a few of my blocks in it! I was totally wrong about it.

So, in the end, I decided, I wanted, nay, I needed, a Quartrefoil quilt of my very own. You can find the block tutorial here.

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I did think of my mother when deciding this color scheme. She loves blue. Blue on blue on blue on blue. Blue makes her happy in every form and fashion. I grew up in a house decorated with mostly blue. She has blue dishes, a blue Christmas tree, blue walls, blue carpet…you get the idea.

So, in honor of my mother, I’m choosing blue! Everything blue or blueish works! I’ve set up a pinterest board with an insane amount of blue items because I never do things by halves and tend go a bit crazy! Anything on the board works as far as color goes! Please do not stress over color selection. If you would sort it into the blue family it works! You will see I strayed a bit from just true blue and have lots of blueish colors represented as well. I’m giving you the freedom to pick which blue goes where except for the navy. I assigned it a particular spot in the block. However, the other two prints can be any blue from cobalt to powder blue, aqua to cerulean, turquoise to cornflower! I hope you can use fabrics you have on hand!

Here are my color assignments:

Print A – any blue, turquoise, teal or aqua (except navy)

Print B – any blue, turquoise, teal or aqua that contrasts nicely with print A (except navy)

Print C– navy

Background – low volume – white or cream

I love lots of fabric styles but I’m wanting mostly modern fabrics for this quilt – no reproduction fabrics or batiks please. I’m fine with any fabric that fit the colors but just for inspiration I adore the Blueberry Park line, anything from Zen Chic or Cotton + Steel, Moda Grunge, Lizzy House pearl bracelets, Carolyn Freidlander and that sort of thing. Once again, please do not feel like you have to use these particular lines – I’m anxious to see fabrics I’ve not thought of! Prints or solids are fine for the blue parts of the block.

As far as low volume goes, I love, love, love text prints, music notes, maps, really graphic or geometric designs, architectural designs, pin dots…:) Of course, I’m excited to see what you come up with so if something inspires you, go for it! I prefer prints for the low volume background fabrics and would rather not have solids.

I’ve sewn up several sample blocks so you can get an idea of the different looks I’m going for. Please forgive the not so great lighting…I was in a hurry to get these photographed and posted!

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Here are all four so you can see the secondary patterns. Secondary patterns are the best!

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Please let me know if I forgot to let you know something important! I’m happy to answer any questions! I’m super excited to see what you ladies sew up!

 

 

 

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Bee Blocks – My Catch Up Post

I have been sending out my monthly bee blocks even though I haven’t been posting about them. I love the blocks my hive members came up with in April and May.

Here’s my April block.

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This block is gorgeous but wow, when you see it in repeat it is something else altogether. So lovely. It’s called Hidden Gems and you can find instructions for it (and view multiple blocks) here at Blossom Heart Quilts.

My May block is one of my all time favorite blocks – and almost what I selected for when I’m Queen Bee. (I did change my mind since we’ve done this one twice in my bee.)

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I’m really loving the colors of this one! This is the Wanta Fanta block and you can find the instructions here! It’s another block that looks stunning in repeat!

I’ve already done one post about being Queen Bee for June. I’m sure there will be more of that to come as some more of my amazing swarm members send me blocks. I’ve gotten two already and it’s so very exciting!

 

 

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You Can Call Me Queen Bee

I told my husband I was going to be Queen Bee in June so he sang Royals for me. It’s been stuck in my head ever since.

I’m so very excited about this. I’ve watched Blossom Heart Quilt Bees all last year, so patiently waiting for the opportunity to join. I’ve loved making blocks for my fellow hive members this year – they have all had fun and amazing color combinations! I’m thrilled for it to finally be my turn though! Yay!

This is my first time ever being Queen Bee of anything. I’m warning you, I’m so excited I may be a little overwhelming. I’m very easy to please though so take all my excitement for what it is…just a lot of excitement!

I have selected and deselected so many of the blocks from the list. It’s really quite crazy how many times I’ve changed my mind. I finally thought I’d settled on a Wanta Fanta block but since you guys in my hive have already done it twice (and I love so many of the blocks) I decided to change my mind once again.

I have finally decided to do the Tic Tac Toe block. It’s super simple – Just snowball a few blocks and sew them into a nine patch. Voila!

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In fact, they are so simple (and this has nothing to do with my obsessive compulsive behavior, right?) I’ve already made eight blocks! I do plan on finishing this quilt this year so I was going to need extra blocks anyway. I’m not as patient as some of you and cannot wait until next years bee.

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I’ve been pretty set on my color scheme for some time now. I settled on it long before I made up my mind about blocks. I’m wanting peach, coral, mint, aqua, teal, navy, raspberry and gray with low volume background fabrics. I’ve created a pinterest board with color inspiration.

Block instructions are here.

Here are my color assignments:

Print A – I’ll want four different fabrics, one peach, one coral, one mint and one aqua. You do not have to be super technical with this. If you think it works, it works. The peach and coral should be opposite one another on the block and the teal and mint should be opposite each other.

Print B – either navy, teal, raspberry  or mid to dark gray (I’ll post a color sign up for each color on our facebook page but seriously, if you really want to use navy and navy is full we can totally work with that.)

Background – low volume – white or cream

I love lots of fabric styles but I’m wanting mostly modern fabrics for this quilt – no reproduction fabrics or batiks please. I’m fine with any fabric that fit the colors but just for inspiration I adore the Blueberry Park line, anything from Zen Chic or Cotton + Steel, Moda Grunge, Lizzy House pearl bracelets, that sort of thing. Once again, please do not feel like you have to use these particular lines – I’m anxious to see fabrics I’ve not thought of! Prints or solids are fine.

As far as low volume goes, I love, love, love text prints, music notes, really graphic or geometric designs, architectural designs, pin dots…:) Of course, I’m excited to see what you come up with so if something inspires you, go for it! I prefer prints for the low volume background fabrics and would rather not have solids.

Here’s one more single, sample block.

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And just for fun some more sample pictures…

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The sun was bright – the first color here is dark gray, the second navy, the third teal and the fourth is raspberry.

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The following pictures probably show the colors better.

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Thanks guys! And have fun! I’m so excited (did I mention that already? Ooooppps!)

 

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Bee Block for March

So, I’m finally mailing off my March Bee Block at the very last minute. This was a fun block to make. Part of the block uses paper piecing and I kinda fell in love with paper piecing at the end of last year. I haven’t had much time lately to do any paper piecing so this was a great excuse to get back to some of that. This was a very simple paper piecing project so if you’ve never done it, this would not be a bad starting place.

The block is called Wanta Fanta and the instructions for making it can be found here. This is one of my favorite of the Blossom Heart Beehive Blocks. The repeat is very similar to an orange peel block when done but without applique!!

My queen bee wanted the block done with black and gray for background fabrics and yellow, blue, turquoise and purple for the accent colors. Here’s how mine looked.

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I certainly squeezed in a few favorite fabrics. I love the gray with the equations on it. That yellow cotton + steel number is a favorite as well. I even cut up some of my prized cotton + steel bluebird fabric I’m saving for a project I have in mind (I only needed a teensy bit!) Oh, and Moda grunge fabrics are at the top of my favorite list right now!

I’m really enjoying being a part of a quilting bee. It’s fun to work with color combinations that you wouldn’t necessarily have thought of yourself. It’s also fun to try the different blocks.

Two more blocks to do before it’s my month to be Queen Bee. I suppose I should start nailing down what I want to do…

 

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Bee Hive Blocks for February

Whoa February. Since I have been back at work the entire month and that baby girl (not to mention all the older kids) are keeping me super busy, it took forever to complete my February Bee Block! I also seemed to have a difficult time getting the size correct (which means I was either cutting or stitching in too much of a hurry!)

I ended up making four blocks before I made one that was the correct size. The others are only 1/4″ short, so I think I may just make myself a quilt and keep making more of these blocks. They are lovely…

Here is the block I’m sending.

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It’s called Spinwheel and you can find the directions to make it here. It’s a lot of fun because you actually get pinwheels in all six colors when you add multiple blocks.

Here are all four blocks I made together so you can see the different pinwheels.

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See why I want to make one of these for myself? Anyway, with three blocks done I’ve got a bit of a start on it! I just might need to acquire some more fabrics in the colors so I do not have too many repeats. 🙂

 

 

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Bee Hive Blocks for January

I’m so very excited to have joined an online quilting bee this year! You may be wondering about an online quilting bee but it’s super simple. You join a group of twelve quilters called a swarm. Each month one of the quilters is Queen Bee. She selects the block and color scheme she prefers and all the other members make and mail quilt blocks to her.

My particular group is in the Blossom Heart Bee Hive. The quilt blocks we are selecting are all found here.

My month is June, which is great because I’ll just be getting out of school for summer break. I’m really excited about it and have already begun a Pinterest board with color inspiration! (No need to wait until the last minute, right?)

Before all that, I do have blocks to make for other swarm members though. Our Queen Bee Patti selected the Quarterfoil Block in blue, purple and lime green with a white background fabric.  I hit up my fabrics scraps to see what I had in those colors. (I really do need to work on my purple selection!)

My first attempt was a bit wonky. I didn’t have all my points lining up nicely and the overall block was a bit too small. Also, the stripes in the center of the block are a bit crooked. I was so careful about making sure my corner lines were straight, I’m afraid I didn’t spend as much time on the center…I assumed it would line up nicely, I guess. Overall, the entire block looks sloppy to me.

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I decided to give it another try (I want my swarm members to have nice blocks that are easy to put in a quilt top, right?) I was more careful and it turned out much better. The size was spot on and my points all line up! Yay for precision!

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I ended up mailing her both blocks in case she wanted to try to make the other one work or trim it up and put in a quilt back, etc.  These were a lot of fun to make and I cannot wait to see her finished quilt!

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Now, I’m ready to tackle February’s blocks. I’m also most definitely ready for June to get here!!