2nd quarter 2015 Bee Blocks

I am a member of the Stash Bee, Hive 3. ¬†Even with the craziness of moving, I have managed to finish my blocks – but was a little slow on proving that to the internet ūüôā

April was my month to receive blocks, so I requested red-tan-brown-low volume blocks to help me get enough blocks to finally finish up my “Real World Red & White” quilt. ¬†I think I finally have enough! ¬†Thank you ladies!

2015 Hive 3 Stash Bee

I also took part in a very unofficial block trade. Aby made this lovely block for my red & white quilt.

Aby's block

And I made this block for a quilt being made for Aby. The request was for bright colors that read as solids with a white background. I played around and made this.  The quilt was actually finished before I managed to post about the block, and you can see it here.

bright solids block

This next block is my May block for Jennifer. ¬†Her tutorial is here. ¬†I’m excited to see this quilt. ¬†I think it’s going to look fantastic!

May 2015 Stash Bee Hive 3

June’s block was for Sylvia at Flying Parrot Quilts. ¬†She started her Christmas quilt early enough to actually finish it in time for Christmas! ¬†Great idea Sylvia – I should follow suit, so my WiP Christmas quilt doesn’t stay in a box for another year! ¬†The tutorial for her block is here.

Stash Bee Hive 3 June 2015 Block

Linking to some of the following: Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt, WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric

 

Round Trip Quilts – stops 5/6

Round Trip Quilts is the round robin bee I am currently a part of – Jennifer has a much better summary of the round robin on her web page than I am even going to attempt to cover. ¬†We are on our last round now! ¬†I can’t believe we’ve been doing this almost for a year. ¬†It’s a been a fun challenge!

Leanne's Round Trip Quilt

I am totally stealing photos from my bee-mate’s blogs to illustrate the progression, but I personally find the progressions to be the most interesting part of these quilts – and there are links to their posts to see all the details. ¬†Wow, this is a run on sentence! ¬†Good thing I’m not an english teacher…

Leanne's Round Trip Quilt

I have had Leanne from Devoted Quilter’s quilt for the last 2 rounds. ¬†We had to do a bit of rearranging after one member had to drop out, so that’s why I had her quilt twice in a row. ¬†As you can see from my scribbles, I had a couple ideas of what I wanted to do, and was wishy-washy for a little while before finally just doing almost exactly what I was going to do in the first place.

Leanne wanted stars and components of stars.  Her original center was 4 Ohio stars set on point.

Mary of See Mary Quilt added the next border – with some stars and some color that Leanne had requested added.

Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe added some flying geese and lovely color to the mix!

Christina at WiPs and Tuts added some more stars to the mix.  Another thing I love seeing happen after each round is the direction that each person considers to be up changes.

Kim from Ties that Bind Quilting added a zig zag to the quilt. ¬†Kim’s zig zag is the top part with the all white background.

Then it was my turn… I wanted to bring out some of the elements from the center toward the outside of the quilt. ¬†I kept Kim’s zig zag going, but I used yellow to bring the yellow center outward.

Next, I wanted to play with some paper pieced stars and improv piecing. ¬†I used (from left to right) the Caldonia Star from 627 Handworks, January and February 2013 Lucky Stars BoM Club,¬†Dark & Light Star from Quilter’s Cache. ¬†I did gray low volume fabric for the background to pull the gray out from the original center blocks. ¬†I chose to concentrate on making the stars in light and dark blue from Leanne’s center with the turquoise and fuchsia accents from Mary’s border.

Leanne's Round Trip Quilt

Leanne, I hope you like where your quilt is going!  I tried to leave you a lot of space to have some fun quilting on because I know you are enjoying FMQ-ing a lot lately.

Jennifer, I apologize for being so ridiculously late mailing this to you. ¬†I knew I was moving, and had planned to be done much earlier, but¬†it just didn’t happen.

Linking up to some of the following: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Paper Piecing Party @ Quilt Art Designs

Hunter’s Star Class

At the beginning of May, my guild (Tarheel Quilter’s Guild) hosted a workshop by Jane Godshall on how to do a “Rapid Fire” Hunter’s Star. ¬†I don’t get to attend classes near as often as I would like, so I jumped on the opportunity!

My travel machine is my trusty Featherweight.

Featherweight sewing

The rapid fire method to make these blocks isn’t very intuitive, but it does produce an accurate block that is pretty easy to assemble and chain piece.

These aren’t my normal colors, but this quilt is intended to be a gift. ¬†Can I finish by Christmas? ¬†We’ll find out!

Hunters star traditional arrangement

One of the fun things she had us do was to layout our blocks in different variations other than a traditional Hunter’s Star.

Alternate hunters star

It was interesting to see how different you could make these blocks look!

alternate hunters star

This was a demo quilt brought by the teacher.  I like the layout, and am thinking about doing this for my quilt.  I just need to decide what fabric I want to use as my light.

Jane Godshall Hunters Star

One of my friends from the guild is much further along on her work – Aby from Aby Quilts. ¬†She is combining the Hunter’s Star with a LeMoyne Star and it’s looking really good!

Thanks Tarheel Quilters Guild for a fun day! ¬†I was very thankful that I had the opportunity to learn a new technique and spend a day with a great group of ladies ūüôā

Linking up to:

WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Quilty Thankful Thursday @ Quilting Jet Girl, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric

Mini quilts everywhere

Spools Mini

I started this little mini quilt as part of a Quilting Circle that I go to once a month with Abigail from Aby Quilts.  In December, we were gifted a kit to bring to make the mini in January.

spool mini quilt

I’m never one to finish things quite as directed, so mine looked a little different than the planned version, but I was proud of myself for finishing the top, making a backing, attaching a label and getting it ready for quilting. ¬†I should add that I did all of this the first week of February – no UFO’s for me!

baptist fan quilting

I decided to use this mini to try out the baptist fan design because it’s such a classic design, but I had not done it before. ¬†There are a few things you have to figure out the hard way the first time you do this pattern because it is very obvious if you don’t nest it correctly. ¬†I learned a few lessons with this design on my own work which should keep me from making those mistakes on someone else’s quilt.

As a long armer, I feel like it’s my job to be concerned about¬†tiny mistakes that no one else will ever notice, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy my cute little mini.

I was originally very bothered by the small mistakes I had made in this mini.  I was actually seriously considering tearing out all of the stitching and starting over.

Instead, I stopped and asked myself why I made this mini.

Is it for a show?  No.

Is it to demo my quilting?  No.

This mini will hang on my mini wall as a souvenir of the enjoyable times that I had with a wonderful group of ladies in the Quilting Circle.

I wasn’t even going to share this quilt because the mistakes bother me. ¬†But, everyone makes mistakes! ¬†It’s so easy to get caught up in the perfect world that we curate for the internet… to not show something that didn’t turn out just how we imagined. ¬†I shared this because it’s part of my quilting journey. ¬†It’s not going to win any shows or blow anyone’s socks off with its originality, but it’s mine and I like it.

So, I am concluding this project in the same way Angela concluded her post Рa finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt top.  This little mini will hang in honor of good memories and a good lesson.

 

Linking up to Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF

Rainbow Mini Swap

I have to admit I’ve gotten caught up in the mini quilt mania that is going around, and also gotten caught up in a few swaps. ¬†It’s not like I really have extra time to be devoting to swaps, which is why I’m probably not going to participate in any more big swaps (until the next amazing opportunity comes up that I can’t say no to), but I really enjoy that they push me out of my comfort zone and challenge me to come up with new designs and color palettes that I wouldn’t necessarily come up with on my own.

Rainbow Mini Swap Complete

The latest swap was the Rainbow Mini Swap.  Rainbow is a big trend right now that I am embracing, albeit as a late adopter.  I made this mini quilt for @SGThings (Instagram).

Rainbow mini ready to be quilted

At my recent Carolina Longarm Association meeting, one of the newer members was surprised that I put small things on my longarm. ¬†I think she felt like it wasn’t worth the effort to load or didn’t make very many small items. ¬†I put everything on the longarm, big or small!

Rainbow Mini Swap detail

 

I used a light yellow thread throughout the quilt to blend with all the colors, but it may have blended a little too well because you can’t see some of the custom quilting I did at all! ¬†The text on the white background has ribbon candy in it.

Rainbow Mini Swap detail

My partner mention that Anna Maria Horner was one of her favorites, so I tried to incorporate several of her fabrics.  I made a coordinating zipper pouch as well, using the tutorial from The Busy Bean.

Rainbow zipper pouch

This is the mini that I received from @SewGiddy. ¬†I love this block, but it’s on my never-ending list of blocks that I haven’t gotten to making yet. ¬†At least I have it look at in the meantime! ¬†My daughter is going to have a field day with those fabric markers when I let her loose with them.

@Sewgiddy Mini Swap package received

 

Linking up to some of the following: Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt, Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She

Baby Square Dance

I’ve shown some pictures of this quilt in progress, and as just a top¬†(between Instagram – QA Creations and the blog), but it’s finished! ¬†This is the 10″ block version of my Square Dance Quilt pattern¬†(available on Craftsy).

Baby Square Dance Front

This quilt is my entry for the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Small Quilt group. ¬†This quilt is about 40″ by 40″.

Baby Square Dance Back

Many of the blocks in this quilt were made by members of my Quilting Circle Рa wonderful group that I was a member of here in North Carolina.  I did a paper piecing demo for the group, and then we all started work on these blocks.

I had brought the fabric pre-cut so that the group could concentrate on learning paper piecing.  This was all fabric from my stash that was begging to turn into something cute and useful.

Baby Square Dance WiP

I was very impressed by how good these blocks turned out considering many of the ladies had never paper pieced before. I took the blocks we made together, and added a few more so that I would have enough to create the top.

Boy 10inch square dance

I quilted the Bauhaus panto all over using blue thread.  I love this pattern for masculine quilts.

Baby Square Dance Quilting Closeup

I was a little rushed finishing this quilt! ¬†Sunday is my last meeting with the Tarheel quilt guild, so I was under a deadline to finish it and turn it in. ¬†I may be stitching the label on during the meeting… we’ll see if I get it on in the next 18 hours or so.

This quilt is going to the Fayetteville Tarheel Quilt Guild and will be donated to the NICU at the hospital.  I hope that a family really cherishes this quilt, and that it brings them comfort during their stay with the NICU.

– Heather

Also sharing at Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt, Let’s Bee Social Wednesday @ SewFreshQuilts, Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Whoop Whoop Fridays @ Confessions of a Quilt Addict, TGIFF, Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Ft. Worth Fabric, Show off Saturday at Sew Can She

 

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