Sunday, July 28, 2013

3x6 Bee Lovely Finish Blocks

I finished my 3x6 Bee Solids Blocks and got the mailed off. This round I was the Queen Bee. I definitely needed to get my blocks done, ya hear me. I planned blocks, practiced blocks, wished I had the patience and time for complex feathered star blocks. Then it came down to the last two weeks and I had to get down to business. I reviewed everyone's colors and went with my improv string idea.

 This bee wanted bright rainbow colors not necessarily in rainbow order. The blocks are to be 12.5" square.

 This bee wanted pear, aqua and olive colors. I placed the color strips towards the top. I like the balance it gives. I could also see them being turned upside down or sideways and working equally well.
Orange, yellow and aqua. There's an inspiration picture in her mosaic of a quilt that goes in the limited rainbow palette and I always find myself looking at it. Her improv ended up more straight.

Aqua, pink and red. I figured one red stripe was enough as it's a bold color. I asked everyone if they were ok with different shades of their color and they said yes. So there's a lot of pink here.
Dark green, chartreuse and aqua. That is actually a lovely dark green but the shade doesn't translate well digitally. This one just called out for a little friend to be added to the bottom.

I used the same technique on this one as I did my own. More squares instead of strips. I couldn't figure out to my satisfaction how to do this with everyone's colors. It seemed to work perfectly for a rainbow. I may try doing this again to see how it'll work.

They were safely packaged and mailed off. I'm starting to receive mine from the group and am very excited. Linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes. Hope you have a wonderful week with sewing, love and adventure. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sunday Wednesday Stash

It's time for Sunday Stash! Except it's Wednesday. I got this little stack from the shop hop last month. I hadn't planned on making anything with these paired together but when I see them, they sure look nice. The red print is Lecien, the whites are Moda. One has white on white polka dot and the other has these fine lines that are shimmery? The cream and black texts are from Daiwabo and the tan floral is French General. I just got little bits of each as I'm still trying to work from my stash this year. That plan is working super well :)

If you'd like to see more of what people are buying and trying out you should hop over to Pretty Bobbins where she's hosting the Sunday Stash for Finding Fifth

Sunday, July 7, 2013

July Lovely Year of Finishes Goal

It's time to set our goals for July! You can go over to Sew Bittersweet to get all the details of this year long finish-a-long. I have my 3x6 Bee blocks to get done and this is all I've done so far:

I'm in the Solids Hive and find myself wanting to do all sorts of strip or string piecing. I also love the look of the old scrappy modern looking improv quilts that were made in the late 1800's and in the 40's as well. This is my improv block building practice. It seems far too busy for me so wish me luck on getting it figured out! It's due an about a minute.

P.S. Sometimes I want to make a block like these paper pieced feathered stars but then I remember that I'm not that crazy. If I tried to make 6 of them in a row I might throw my machine out the window and ban paper forever from my sewing room.