Friday, January 16, 2015

January Bee Blocks







Hi Ladies!

We've had a nasty bug over here and I've been taking care of sickies. Sorry for the delay. Fabric went out today in the mail. 

The block I'm sending to you is a 15'' block, one of two blocks included in an upcoming pattern for my next line with Moda. SO, I'm going to email you the details on cut info, instead of posting the pdf here. :) Your fabric packet is marked with either an A or a B. Just make the block that your package is marked with!

I am hoping to have this quilt all done up for my mom for mother's day, so you've got some time. :)

Your packet has 2 fat eighths, and one grey mini dot fat quarter. The grey is the "background".

What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.)   Finished is 15'', unfinished is 15 1/2'' square.

Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?
Everything you need is provided

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?
As long as it's not showing on the front, I don't have a preference.

Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?
What I sent will work nicely! 

Do you have a general theme or is it up to your partners to decide? Are there any specific themes that you do NOT want in your quilt block? Likes/dislikes?
Just follow whichever block pattern you are assigned, A or B, as included in the email dated 1/16.

If your partners are super motivated and are able to make two blocks out of the fabric you send, would you accept more than one block from your partners? 
Since I cursed you with paper piecing that one time, I'm keeping it to one block. Ha ha.

Do you want your partners to return any leftover larger size scraps to you when they return the completed blocks or can they keep them for their own scrap stash?
Please keep it, and add to your scraps!

Thanks ladies!

PS I think I only have 2 blocks to catch up on, so you should see those soon soon!
xoxo

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Blocks and Sept. Note ;)

I am already having so much fun with the Blocks this year!!

I have wanted to make one of these Modern Maple quilts forever so it was so fun to make a block.  It has totally moved up my list of "to do's"   And so fun, Shari that your cutting just happened to make the giraffe in the center line up perfectly!!  So cute ;)


And I was so excited to see that Sinta choose an applique block.  I just love applique and these large petal ones go together so quick ;)  This was so much fun to make and I love the beautiful prints!!


And before I sign off. . . just a quick note.  I am so excited to put my Outdoor quilt together, the blocks are so cute!!!  If you are still working on my Sept. Outdoor block that's great.  If you could get it to me by the end of this month that would be even more great :)  I hate to rush everyone as I know it has been so busy with market and now the holiday's,  I just have to put the quilt together for my Grandparents for the Annual Family Christmas Party that is Mid December ;)    Thanks so much ladies ;)  Okay, sorry to pester, I won't do it again ;)  Go about your happy sewing day :)




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Monday, November 3, 2014

September, October, and November!



I did some catching up on my Bee blocks for you guys!

Shari's block was so fun and just way to easy. 
Just what I needed to work on!!!




Then I got to work on Calli's block with the outdoors theme.
Since I live just outside of Yosemite... I had to represent trees and camping.

I also worked on MY blocks for this month.
I actually got them sent out in the mail today!
Amazing!

I will post tomorrow using the format we are filling in about our blocks.
I did include a copy of the pattern (that was free) from Little Miss Shabby.
I hope you like it! 
I caved in and used my Heather Bailey fabric I have been hoarding.
I think that this one will actually be one I use for myself when it's all done.


(one more little thing... I can't comment on our blog... whenever a blog has the dropbox that
says Google Account... it won't take my comment for some reason... does anybody have that problem?)

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

This is my first Bee finish and it's from the 2013-2014 Halloween Quilt! I wanted to come share, but to get full details you can visit my blog post here!



I am so glad I did the scrappy binding on this quilt with the wide border. It pops each block out and I'm so thrilled on how this quilt turned out! All of you made such a difference in helping this become awesome! It will be cherished for years to come!


Don't you love this back! It showcases many of the prints and I love it so so much! Check out my blog post for more images, and again I am grateful for each of your creativity and love into each block that you made. You have no idea how much this means to me!

XOXO

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blocks & Intros

I'm really excited to be part of the Bees Knees Quilt Group and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kim Walus. I've been sewing for 40 years now and I made my first quilt when I was 18 years old. I learned to sew in 8th & 9th Grade. I had an Amazing Home Economics Teacher and later on when I moved to Highland, Utah in 1998 I met her once again. Our older children and her younger children became friends. After attending my sewing classes at school I soon realized that my mom didn't know how to sew but she was an amazing nurse and I'm grateful for her love and support of my passion for sewing.

When I started quilting I realized that I didn't have any family members or ancestors who had ever quilted or so I thought. It was just last year while looking through a few of my dad's photo albums that I happened to find a picture of my Great Grandmother holding a quilt along with a group of women!! It's my one and only claim to having a Quilting Ancestor. I was really disappointed to hear that my dad couldn't tell me anything about her quilting life. 


My Great Grandmother ~ Alice Watkins Williams
(top left corner)


Sometimes, I feel like I missed out on the family tradition of Quilting that runs in many families but I know that I can be a quilting pioneer in my own family in making an effort to create a love for handmade things. I'm teaching my own daughters and others how to sew and make their own quilts!! It's been an amazing journey thus far.

Some of you may know me or have met me around town. I feel like I know most of you and I have enjoyed following all of you on your journey's through the years. I've watched while many of you have flourished in blogging, designing books, writing patterns, and many of you now even have your own fabric lines and businesses.  I am always in awe of the talented women who exist in the quilting community and have been so inspired by your work!! 

I'm here to admit that it's been well over a year since I've actually made any kind of blog post but, I'm happy to say it was like riding a bike when I opened this page to write and upload the pictures.

Some of you wonder why it's taken me so long to jump back in and I can't promise that I will be making lots of blog posts like I have in the past. Life has just taken a turn in a different direction and my focus in life has changed somewhat. First off, we moved to Florida 6 months ago and it's been a year since my husband was let go from is job of nearly 20 years. To keep it short. . . it's been a life changer. . . and it's been a hard change at times but it's been a marvelous opportunity to grow and increase our faith, our commitment, our devotion to our ( LDS) Church, and to deepen our family ties!! Our little family is now spread from Utah, to Florida, and extends to New Zealand. 

I'm posting pictures of both of the blocks I've made so far. . .   



This is October's Maple Leaf Block that
I finished a couple of days ago for Shari Butler.

I enjoyed the simplicity and ease of making this block. I loved sewing with the linen fabric and it works so well with the cotton prints. I look forward to seeing pictures of the finished quilt!!



This is September's Camping Themed Block that
I finished and sent off to Melissa Corry last month.

I enjoyed the creative license that Melissa gave us to create what is going to be a very unique and fun quilt for her grandparents. I can't wait to see it finished with all of the blocks together.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shari's Maple block, October

Here's the block I made for Shari :)
It was so quick and easy to make.
 I am going to make the quilt but it might have to wait until next fall.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Shari's Maple Block

I love the block Shari picked this month for us to make.
Modern Maples
is one I'm getting ready to make this week myself
so it was fun (and easy) to make one for Shari too.
Off in the mail tomorrow :)
Nedra



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