Saturday, March 15, 2014

Amy Smart March block

Hello friends! How did it get to be mid-March? Didn't we just have Christmas a couple of weeks ago? Well I wrote a really helpful and informative post about what to do with the fabric I sent out and then blogger freaked out and the post was gone. I was so tired that night I couldn't fathom the thought of redoing it that night. So here I am again!
Some of you may remember these blocks from last year! I LOVE how they look all together. This year I would like to add to these blocks, but with a little twist.
This quilt is the inspiration for what I'm looking for. And here are a few other pins for inspiration as well here, here, and here.

This time I am going to ask for your creativity again in making a 12" (12.5" unfinished) square block only this time out of multiple framed squares. This could mean sixteen 3" framed squares or nine 4" framed squares, or an 8" framed square in one corner with five 4" framed squares.

OR two 6" framed squares.

Please use a variety of widths of frames. All right angles - no "wonky" blocks. Real squares please.
Hopefully the fabric I sent will be enough, but feel free to add more from your own stash in the above colors if you want. Also include the white (Kona snow) in your blocks.  Send back any scraps you don't want, but you can keep them if there is something you like.

Thank you so much! I can't wait to see what you come up with! Let me know if you have any other questions. And I'll answer them here.

xoxo!



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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Major Catching Up….

I did some major catching up on some blocks from the last bee to this bee. My goal is to never get that behind again. So I'm grateful that I was able to catch up, so I can enjoy each block from here on out. The one I stressed over the most and stretched me was April's block from the first go around. I have to say the Lonestar was my favorite block to do out of that round, because it took me out of my comfort zone.
Lonestar for April
Then another one that challenged me was the pickle dish. Callie this was so fun to do for you and it was quite fun! It was fun tutorial and I can't wait to see your quilt finished!
Pickledish for Callie
The christmas block for Sherri was fun to put together too! Quilts are fun to be scrappy!
Scrappy Trip Along Block for Sherri
Trish's swoon block was great and fun to put together!
Swoon Block for Trish
And Lori Holt's quilt blocks were fun to do as well!

Thimble Block for Lori

Thimble Block for Lori
Melissa's improv trees were fun to do! Thanks for challenging us to get our creative on!
Improv Tree for Melissa 
Improv Tree for Melissa
Starry Eyed Block for Sinta was fun and the color choices were perfect!

Starry Eyed Block for Sinta
And for Carrie's blocks using Thimbleblossom's pictures from Craftsy video were fun to do. Although now that I look at them I may have turned one or two wrong. I'm so sorry Carrie!
Carrie's Blocks
Carrie's Blocks
Jodi's blocks were fun as well. I loved how scrappy they turned out!
Jodi's Blocks
Nedra's block was fun to try. Never tried triangle's on a roll until now. So fun! Thanks for letting us try it!
Nedra's Block
Sorry for the long post and I hope i have posted all the block's here. Just remember Carrie's and April's blocks were from the first round.. so don't be confused that you didn't get to do those fun blocks I just wanted to share.

XOXO,

Shari

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Monday, February 3, 2014

February Bee Blocks

 Hi Ladies!
Last month Carrie went by "Miss January"
so I guess this makes me
"Miss February" :0)
Flying Geese Block
12 1/2" X 12 1/2" (unfinished)
Flying Geese quilts are so popular now.
I seem to be seeing them everywhere 
from Magazine covers to Pinterest.
 As many of you know, 
I am the Sales Manager for
I thought it would be fun to have you learn
our easy method for making rows of Flying Geese on our
Sew and Fold papers.
 Don't worry, I've made it 
as easy as possible for you
by doing all of the pre-cutting.
 Your packages were mailed out today.
Each of you will receive a stack
of triangles, squares and Flying Geese paper
to make one block.
 The Tutorial to make the
Flying Geese Block
can be found on my web site
Just so you know, these same papers 
can also be used to make Braid,
but for our purposes
we are using the Blue and Black lines
for the Geese.
If you have any questions,
feel free to e-mail me at
nedras@mstar.net

Nedra

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Carrie's Half Square Triangle Blocks

 I just finished up making my
Half Square Triangle Blocks
for Carrie *aka Miss January :)
I was given the layout for
Block #5
 and Block #6
 Carrie gave us the option of making the 
3-inch (finished) Half Square Triangles by any method desired
but of course I choose what I feel is 
the easiest and most accurate way
using 
**
I thought I would share with you 
this method in case you would like to make your blocks the same way.
 I started with a roll of #H300
*3 1/2-inch unfinished/ 3-inch finished
from Triangles On A Roll
I cut sections that would fit onto the 5-inch charm squares
Carrie sent us.
 Put two fabrics 
right sides together
 lower the stitch length to 1.5
and sew on the dotted line
I chained pieced the sections quickly.
 16 sections will make 32 HST's
the amount needed for the 2 blocks
 Using a rotary cutter, 
trim on the solid lines, even around the outside edges
 Each section makes 2 HST's
 When you press them open
you have 2 Perfect Half Square Triangles
that measure accurately from corner to corner
 Because the Half Square Triangles are so 
accurate
I didn't even need to use pins to sew
the HST's together.
 Look how nicely every point comes together.
Makes you look like a Rock Star in the quilting world :)
As you know, I love anything with
Half Square Triangles
and these were fun to make!
Carrie's blocks have been sent off in the mail.
Now I'd like to make all 25 in the layout
for myself!
Half Square Triangle papers
come on 50 foot rolls
in 11 different sizes
and can be ordered from
Triangles On A Roll
HERE
Or, if you have any questions
you know where I live :)
                            Nedra

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hello 2014!

I am starting the new year with a focus on our Bees Knees blocks!
It is time to do some catching up!

I am nearly done on Lori's bee blocks!
I am a huge fan of Dresden's, so making little
chubby ones out of Bake Sale was just too much fun.

I sent these out to Amy today!
What a fun block to make... even though it made me very
nervous to do "improv" and paper piecing all at the same time!!!

Yesterday I even got a couple of my blocks back in the mail!
One from Trish and here are a couple others that have been mailed to 
me recently...



It's so fun to be getting these back!
 I just need to make the alternate block for them and
it should be ready to put together soon.
Woohoo!

Now, I am ready to start Miss January's 
bee block.


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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Miss January...

Happy 2014!

Let me  start by wishing everyone a wonderful year - a "best ever" for you and your families.  Good health!  Good fortune!  And more blessings, adventures and joys than a girl could hope for.


January packages are going to be in the hands of the USPS today - Saturday - so you should have them some time later this week.  This is what you'll be receiving...




A charm pack of Moda Bella Solids in No. 98 White.  It was the easiest way to go given what you'll  be making - mostly because I had them on hand.  You'll also receive 22 squares - 5" x 5" - of Flea Market Fancy.  It's more squares than you'll need - and yes, they're bigger than you'll need - but I wanted you to have options and choices.  

Have you seen the video by Miss Thimbleblossoms ~ Camille ~ for the 25 Half-Square-Triangle Blocks?  (Of course you have... I know, it was a silly question.)  It's on YouTube and I'd embed the video here but Blogger is being stubborn.  


There are 25 different blocks and I've randomly assigned each of you two blocks - pictures of your two blocks are included with the fabric kits.  If you can make both blocks, I will love you forever and ever.  But one block is fine.  Really.    

Using your preferred method - draw the line, Triangles on a Roll, Easy Angle, etc. - make at least 16 HTSs that measure 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" to finish at 3" x 3".    

Each block is made with 16 HTSs - how many of each fabric you use is entirely up to you.  Sixteen different prints?  Two each of eight different prints?  Half and half?  So long as each HTS is half-white and half-print, it'll work.


This is Block No. 25.  It was supposed to have 16 different prints but I goofed.  I fixed that before I finished my block.  (Okay, I fixed it after.  I didn't notice it until then.)

What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.)

The blocks will measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" after piecing - to finish at 12" x 12".


Pressing!  Please feel free to press the blocks in the manner you prefer.  Open seams or to one side, both will work for me.  The blocks aren't being joined to each other so I don't have to worry about abutting seams or anything like that.  If you like clipping seams to make them lie flat, that works for me too. 

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

Absolutely!  You're welcome to mix in any other fabrics that you think go with the Flea Market Fancy.  It can be by any designer or fabric company - and yes, the DS Quilts fabrics from JoAnn's would be fine.  

As for limitations, there are a few.  
  • Please add only prints.  No solids, please.
  • Do not add any "more" of the fabrics already in the kits.
  • For each block, please do not add more than 6 HTSs of other fabrics so that the blocks stay "mostly" Flea Market Fancy.


Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?

White is preferred - that's what I used.  But cream, light tan or light gray will work just fine.  

Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?

I'm not sure how this applies... so let me go with this - no, you do not need to use each fabric at least once.  I simply provided "extra" so you'd have some options.  

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?

Scrappy?  Is that a theme?  I would ask that you not include any novelty prints... unless it's seriously cute and it goes with the rest of the fabric.  

Will you allow any embellishments on the quilt block (i.e. embroidery, raised items such as yo-yos or fabric origami)?

Nope.  Not this time.  

Can you link us to any flickr or Pinterest photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt block?

Camille's video.  

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?

Absolutely!  You'd be my new best friend.  BFFs!

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? 

You're welcome to keep what's left.  If you know you'd never use it, then yes, please, send it back.  I'd appreciate it as I'll be making some alternating blocks of some kind of another to finish this.  

What have I forgotten?  I'm sure there's something.  

I remembered... thank you!  

It's that simple - Thank you.  I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this, life had been a little crazy.  But this has been so much fun and even though I got really, really behind there, I have enjoyed making each month's blocks and I look forward to the rest.  

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Improv Christmas Trees and Easy Dresdens

 Before becoming a 
Bees Knees
I admit I had never tried to sew
Improv blocks before.
 I'm working outside my comfort zone
for sure
but also
learning a lot!
If I remember right,
Melissa's Christmas Trees
was our third Improv assignment.
I should be getting the hang of this by now!
These were happily mailed off to Melissa last week.
And the minute I got Lori's package
I immediately opened it up and 
made her two
Easy Dresden blocks.
Years ago, Lori taught me how to make Dresden's
and I've been itchin' to give them a try ever since.
So cute out of her Bake Sale fabrics!
And yes, they were very easy to do.
Merry Christmas my fellow
Bees Knees!
It's wonderful to be part of this group!

Nedra
Cactus Needle Quilts


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