Monday, January 19, 2015

January Bee Blocks

Okay, so, I think 2015 is the year of the quilting bee for me. 

Last year, I spent a decent amount of time working on growing my stash (because who doesn't love that assignment??), with plans to join a bee this year. Previously, I had a large collection of fabrics that were designated toward specific quilt projects, but not a working stash "palette." 

With that assignment completed, I put my name out there on a Flickr discussion board saying that I was looking to join a bee. I also put my name on a waiting list for do. Good Stitches. 

I was contacted by 2 great bee admins to join, We Bee Learning and Beejeebers in mid December. Then, just before the new year, was informed that I had been added to the Aspire Circle for dGS!!

So...2015 is the year I accidentally joined my first bee...times 3!!!


So far, I am LOVING it!!! Each group is such a wonderful group of ladies. 

Take a look at what we are working on! 

We Bee Learning

These are Reverse Rainbow Starburst blocks made using this tutorial, but modified to a 12.5" block by using 3" squares instead of 4".  Those wonky stars were so much fun!! My first time doing any kind of improv piecing, and I totally loved it. Dee's quilt is going to turn out so cute! 


Okay, so I have to admit, I was a little (or a lot) star-struck when I was asked to join this group. The admin and co-stitcher is none other than Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting. I have been reading her blog religiously and admiring her work since before I began my quilting journey 2 years ago. When she asked if I wanted to join the group, the answer had to be "of course, yes!!" 

 These are great granny square blocks, made using this tutorial - just modified to "great" granny by adding another row of colored squares. I'm super happy with how these turned out, and think this quilt is going to be so pretty! Great choice Erica! 

Last, but certainly not least, do. Good Stitches

I am very honored to be part of the newly formed Aspire Circle. We will be donating all quilts to a group called Enchanted Makeovers, an organization that helps transform homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire behavioral and psychological change. They also have a great program called "The Sacred Sewing Room," where they set up a sewing studio in the shelters and hold sewing classes. This is used to teach new skills as well as coping mechanisms to the residents at the shelter. Truly touching and wonderful. 

These are Double Disappearing Nine-Patch blocks, made using this tutorial. This quilt is going to be super modern and happy, and it means so much more knowing it is going to such a good cause. 

So far, my year is looking really amazing! Hope you have some great stitch-y things going on this year too!!