Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I'm Ready for May



A friend of mine, Kassy, took this photo. I think it's amazing! So, since we are the Bees Knees... I thought I would share!

I have a couple of blocks done... which makes me caught up! (Yeah...) and waiting for the new
project for this month!


I completed Sunny Skies for Shari... which was a fun block
to make! I watched the You Tube video from Missouri Star
today just to see another version. It's going to be so cute
in these fabrics... can't wait to see it completed.


And for Calli... I had fun with the Flowering Snowball
blocks also! Cute vintage looking fabrics with a touch of
Fig Tree in the mix!

I just made a large version of this block and I have to say that


Here is my quilt... these are humungus blocks!
I did some pattern testing for Whole Circle Studios. It 
was from a pattern made from her quilt that was at QuiltCon!


It's so fun what you can do with the Flowering Snowball!

Oh, I have only one block that I am waiting for to finish my quilt for this year...
I don't keep track of these things... so I don't know who it is.
I am assuming it's not me! lol
but it could be... just in case someone has my little envelope...
I thought I would mention it before I make one. I know everyone is so good 
about getting these made... feel free to say... Sinta, it's you!





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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Wanta Fanta

Hi Ladies!
May is my month! I love scrappy quilts, and look for opportunities to use up little bits of leftover pieces of fabric.  Hopefully, I can see a dent in my stash after making Wanta Fanta.  Thank you for your help.
*A little disclaimer:  (the block is paper pieced)  But don't panic!  It's a simple version of PP.  And remember, one of the good purposes of belonging to a Bee is that we stretch outside our comfort zones a little bit and learn new skills.  I don't want you to stress or worry about this particular block.  It's made out of my scraps, so if you make a mistake, or it doesn't turn out as well as you hoped, no biggie! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.

I am only having you make one of the X blocks.  It sits next to a Snowball block, but I will make those. I'm also mixing it up by making the background scrappy too, by using some of my low-volume/text type fabrics.



What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make?
     Unfinished block = 6 1/2"X 6 1/2" *when sewing the 4 sections together at the end, please press the seams open.
Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?
    I am sending you everything you need.
Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?
    Please use either white, off white or gray thread
Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?
    Please use the pieces I sent you.
Can you link us to any flickr or Pinterest photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt block?
    The original pattern is from Janice Zeller Ryan of Better Off Thread.  I received her permission to share with you.  http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/2015/02/bee-hive-wanta-fanta/
 
Beeskneesfully yours,
Nedra

 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 



 

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

April Spotlight is Shari




Hi Everyone! It feel awkward to spotlight myself in this round, and I’ve waited to do it.


I am the youngest of four children. You all know my older sister Tam and we have two brothers in between us, Brad and Greg. I grew up in a small town called, Preston, ID. You may know it from the movie Napoltian Dynamite. My dad owned a lumber store called, “Preston Lumber Company.”


I learned to play the piano at a young age, I also was involved in competition dancing until I was 13. I’ve always loved to dabble in drawing, arts and crafts.
My mom was pretty encouraging that way. In highschool I was in an Acapella Choir, and had some amazing experiences being involved with that. I attended Utah State University in Logan, UT and went on an LDS mission to Nashville, TN.


Dan and I reside in Layton, UT with our two dogs, Reeses and Benji. I am an artist and surface designer.  You also know I design fabrics for Riley Blake Designs, which is pretty fun. My latest line is Wistful Winds and it comes out in September 2016. I’m currently working on some new designs to submit in for some more fabric.  


Tam came to my house last weekend to help do some major sewing for Quilt Market. She’s been and amazing help to me and I LOVE my SISTER! Right now Dan and I are on a health life changing path and it’s been an amazing journey! Here’s some insight into my studio, the cutting board was built by my husband and my desk and sewing table was made by my friend, Craig Jensen.


So that’s a little insight into who I am. ;) All pictures by Tamara!


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