Friday 21 June 2013

Strip Bees

Following my first post about the siblings together bee I had a couple of comments from ladies who said that they'd not been brave enough to join a bee. The idea then formed in my mind that it would be fun to start up a small quilting bee.

The idea is that each member makes a patchwork strip measuring 40 inches long in any design they fancy, they then sends their strip to the next member who adds another strip to the first one, again the design is entirely up to the maker. Eventually each quilt top will go to each member before making it's way back to the originator who then has their very own completed quilt top.

We are showing photos of the first strip but after that it's all a big secret. Teeny sneak peeks will be allowed but I think it will be fun for the completed tops to be a surprise. From the strips I've seen so far they're all so different, it's going to be fascinating to see how they turn out.

The other ladies taking part are:
Fran at patchyrose
Sarah at Quilt Candy
Julie at Mack and Mabel

So, what are we called?
The Strip Bees.
 I even managed to make a logo.

 The next step was to decide what to make for my strip. For a while I've been thinking it would be fun to make some wonky house blocks similar to those made by Sarah Fielke in her quilt The Blurbs from the first Material Obsession book. I'm not sure my patience would stretch to a whole quilt so this seemed liked the perfect project for a row of houses.This is how far I've got so far.


I'm slightly concerned that the small one looks a bit odd but I wanted it to look like it was set back slightly, hence it's smaller size. Yes, I know I said wonky houses but I find wonky quite difficult to do. As they would say here in Suffolk they're "sloightly on th' huh", I say "they" as I'm actually a Norfolk girl!

I've also a completed another Jazz Hands block, another Sarah Fielke pattern, this time from Material Obsession 2.

Bye for now, Maria
Linking up to
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
Plum and June's Let's get aquainted hosted this week by Heart Of Charnwood

Friday 14 June 2013

Siblings Together Quilting Bee. Post two.

The Siblings together Quilting Bee now have a sponser for the wadding as well as for the fabric for the tops and backs of the quilts. The sponsor who is donating the wadding are Lady Sew and Sew. Do pay them a visit as they have some fantastic prices on a selection of their fabrics. Huge thanks go to them as well as all the other sponsors.




The first month, June, is Lynnes's month and she sent us all a package of  PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda with which to make this star block.This is the one I made. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt which she will put together. It's going to look fabulous.

Back soon with news of a fun bee I've put together.


Monday 3 June 2013

There hasn't been much sewing going on around here lately. Last week we spent a wonderful week on the North Yorkshire coast and what with packing, and then unpacking and all the awful washing and ironing that follows a holiday, sewing has taken a back seat. I have however been organising a small sewing bee which is quite exciting. I'll talk about it in another post.

The only new sewing to show is another completed Jazz Hands block.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of Yorkshire from our holiday.

Robin Hood Bay. 

He may be 11 but he'll still hold his Mum's hand when he thinks no one's looking!
Blue Bell wood

How could I forget? I found fabric whilst on holiday. I found these at a variety of places from a gift shop selling a few fat quarters of Tilda fabric, to a couple of small craft shops and a lovely Feltmaking and Creative Textiles shop called Grace and Jacob in York who sold a small but gorgeous selection of quilting fabrics. The owner was a lovely lady, they do mail order so I may shop with them again.

Bye for now, Maria.