For August I received Amy’s quilt. She had originally requested 16 patch blocks and sent 2 off as her starter to the quilt.
In July she decided to give us free reign and told us to go for it and make whatever we’d like!
Jennifer had the quilt before me and she made the beautiful hexy/star strip at the top.
When I got the quilt package it contained 6 blocks and the long strip. I stuck them on my wall and waited to see if inspiration would come.
For 2 weeks I looked at everything and rearranged the 16-patches. I kept feeling like it was hard to go in a new direction with so many of the previous blocks still intact.
Hopefully no one will be mad at me for taking their blocks apart!
I split 4 of the blocks in half and used them to frame a long dash block that I made.
I felt like it helped give the quilt a new start, tying in with Amy’s decision to go a different direction.
Amy I hope you think so!
I also added in the diamond block for the next person to use as she’d like.
Love the cheery colors and am excited to see it grow!
Filed under Circle 7, Quilts
I am really beginning to have fun in this bee. I had Courtney’s quilt last month and her theme was ‘favorite things’.
My favorite is the geek glasses from Sew What Sherlock. It was a really great paper piece pattern, highly recommend. (You can find here for $2.50)
Amy’s quilt just arrived yesterday so I need to start brainstorming! I finally feel like I’m getting in a groove with contributing to these.
I was really nervous on the first two quilts. Worrying that I would get it ‘right’. Worrying if I was adding something meaningful to the quilt.
I’m embarrassed to admit how often I doubt myself. In my design work, in blogging and life in general.
I have so many ideas unshared and many that I have shared that I have yet to accomplish.
What the heck!
I know I’m not the only one with self-doubt, but ugh it’s annoying!
I had just planned to share pictures but apparently I needed to give myself a public pep talk.
Baby steps, a little each day. Start your idea, don’t think about how you will finish it, just start.
Don’t get so wrapped up with the details, learn and enjoy the process.
You are creative. It’s okay if not everyone likes what you do. You are doing it for you, no one else.
Take this day and make it count. Each moment be purposeful.
I just finished up my first month in a traveling quilt bee I joined called Circle 7.
I’ve been following along with The Traveling Quilts + Stitch Tease and was very excited when Jennifer decided to start a traveling bee!
We chose to share the progress of the quilts since none of us could stand trying to keep a secret for a year.
So, here is my addition to Jennifer’s quilt:
She sent me her starter which included a long herringbone piece and the star block below.
She also created a Pinterest board with inspiration ideas here.
I started by making two triangle borders using solids and shot cottons and then decided it would be fun to make some churn dash blocks and make log cabin centers like in her original block to tie everything in.
I also discovered that washi tape is amazing for piecing together paper piece templates because it tears just like paper when you’re finished!
After putting the churn dash up I got an urge to cut apart the herringbone piece and use it to make a larger starter block.
I folded it up and put it on my design board to see what it might look like. I really liked the look but decided to think on it for a bit because I was nervous about cutting her block apart!
And then I decided to just go for it since that was the point of the bee! Thankful that she liked it. Such a thrill to just fly by the seat of your pants and sew!
Here’s my finished addition and extra herringbone piece mailed off to the next friend on the list, Val.