So much has been going on this month with the kids and trying to keep up with my self-imposed quilty deadlines that my blog has suffered a little. So let’s catch up. First, the Albatross is not quilted (yet) but it is basted.
I actually ran out of safety pins and had to re-distribute them–I may baste a little too close together but I’ve never FMQ’d anything this big. This quilt really brings home the phrase “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. My goal was to have this done by Valentine’s day but I still had to do my 2 bee blocks for the month. Since I only have one machine, I switched over my foot and needle to work on those. So, as soon as my sew kitschy block for February is done, I am on this.
On to the bee blocks. First is my block for the Modern InstaBee. Our queen bee Sarah chose the Stacked Windmills block in The Modern Bee book and asked for scrappy with a low volume background. I was really nervous about this block since it asked for a scant 1/4 inch seam–usually that means my block ends up an inch bigger than it is supposed to be. This block went together perfectly though. I really love how it turned out and Sarah seems to like it too. I love it so much that I decided to make a duplicate of all the blocks I do in this fabric combo. The print fabrics are from Josephine Kimberling’s Field Day for Blend Fabrics; the gray/white dot was the last I had so I’m not sure what line it is. The low volume backgrounds includes some white mirror ball dots by Michael Miller, the French text fabric that came in a blogger bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics, and a very light gray/white design by Dear Stella.
Next up is the February block for the Stash Bee. Queen Bee Cheryl asked for a Dutch Rose block (which you will recognize as a smaller version of the Swoon block) using this tutorial. Cheryl asked for shades of purple and gray on a snow background. I was excited about this block because I have a Swoon pattern waiting in the wings for me to do out of a bunch of hoarded Bonnie and Camille fabric and I have just been waiting to feel confident enough in my skills to tackle it (yeah, I know I’m ready to do it but Lil Bee keeps reminding me that she is next in line and then of course the teenager starts moaning about being the last one in the family to get a quilt–major mom guilt). Back to Cheryl’s block, I was worried that my selection of purples are slim but I managed to find some fabric in my stash that worked.
FABRIC INDULGENCES, ETC.
Okay, I hinted at some fabric indulgences. First, I won some assorted True Colors fat quarters back in January from Scott Hansen at The Blue Nickel Studios
Speaking of Blue Nickel Studios, Scott asked for birthday blocks bearing the colors of the woods. My first attempt was a 6 inch bear paw which looked a little sad after I mis-pieced blocks twice (you may have seen it on Instagram) so I opted for just a quarter of that block at 6 inches:
Since I am participating in 2 bees, I decided I needed to beef up my stash a little so I bought a few blogger bundles at Pink Castle Fabrics. I always think I should buy the rainbow bundles but every time, I chicken out. These fabrics are really gorgeous though and there are a few text/low volume fabrics which I need:
And finally, since I don’t have a lot of low volume fabrics I picked up a few botanics and Echino fabrics from my local quilt store, Crimson Tate:
Have you seen the new tone on tone pearl bracelets by Lizzy House? I think that may have to be my next purchase. Am I right?