Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Bear Paw

By all these lovely tokens September days are hereWith summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer. 
Hello Bee Friends! I'm so glad it's September. It's one of my favorite months of the year. I'm so sorry to be posting a few days late this month. August was a whirlwind and September was here before I knew it.
The block I've chosen for my month is old and tried and true. I've been reading a lot of Civil War history lately and came across a story about Bear Paw Quilts being used to guide escaped slaves along the Underground Railroad. I loved that story so much, I knew I had to make a Bear Paw Quilt.
A Bear Paw has been on my "To Make" list for as long as I have been quilting. I have a funny story to tell. Long ago, when my husband and I were engaged, my entire family went on a vacation to the Bahamas. Some of you may know my mom, Leslie Ison. She asked my soon-to-be husband to carry her featherweight sewing machine from Salt Lake City, all the way to our destination at Green Turtle Cay. He carried it on planes, through airports, on mail boats, ferries, and taxis. She was planning on making a wedding quilt for us while we were on our two week vacation. Before we left, my mom asked my husband to look at quilt blocks and decide what he liked for our quilt. He chose a Bear Paw. But my mom, being her own quilt boss, made us an Ohio Star, and of course finished a queen sized quilt, when a normal person would be doing nothing on a beach. It is a lovely quilt, but I've always thought my husband would love a Bear Paw to snuggle under.

The fabric I've chosen are mostly 30s, my very favorite. They remind me of September... with greens, yellows, oranges, and blues. The fabrics make me think of harvest and fall. The background is unbleached muslin from Moda.
I will send instructions for the block out in an email this evening. I used a new (for me) method of making 8 half square triangles at once. Here's a tutorial with a handy size chart. Just be sure you have an accurate scant 1/4" and you will be great. Since it's an easy peasy block, I've included enough fabric to make two.

Now for my question for you all: What quilt has been on your "To Make" list the longest, that you've never gotten around to making? Is there a story of why you'd like to make it? Or why you haven't? Technically that was more than one question...

Thank you everyone! I'm so grateful to be in this bee with such amazing partners! Let me know if you have any questions.

Bee Block Questionnaire

What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.)
This is such a quick and easy block, so I've sent enough fabric to make two blocks - They will measure 11" unfinished.
Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?
I've provided all the fabric you will need.
Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?
Any light colored thread is fine.
Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?
I've precut the blocks, so you will use it all.
Can you link us to any flickr or Pinterest photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt block? There are so many pretty Bear Paw Quilts out there, but here are a few that I have pinned. I especially like the two color versions.
https://www.pinterest.com/search/my_pins/?q=bear%20paw%20quilt



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Friday, August 4, 2017

Purple Spools

I had so much fun making up your Purple Spool Kimberly!!!   The fabrics are all so much fun and I just loved that adorable low volume purple heart ;)  I can't wait to see this quilt come together, it is just going to be so cute!!!


And thank you so much for the extra prints to make my own Purple Spool Mini.  I just made my block right along side your block, which made the paper piecing seem even faster as I could do it more assembly line style ;)   Then I just finished it up with some quick stitching and binding ;) 


It looks so cute added to my wall of purple mini's!!!   Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!



I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!! 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Bee Block

It's un-bee-lievable that August has come around so quickly!! My daughter's Senior Year flew by as fast as I thought it would. Infact, it seemed even faster than I thought possible!!!! Cherish every moment Moms of teenagers!!

My baby girl is leaving the nest in just 5 days and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself for the first week other than Sleep and Sew. Maybe I'll clean the house but, I doubt it!! lol... Seriously though, I have lots to get done in preparation for my departure to New Zealand. I finally get to see my children and play with two of my sweet grandchildren after a long separation because of distance and cost of airfares. I will be making lots of memories and I'm sure I'll be posting pictures on my instagram if you want to follow along.

I need to apologize in advance to Callie and Melissa. I will be gone for 9 weeks (crazy, huh?) and I won't be able to sew the September and October blocks until I get back in early November. I hope you both understand. I will be here until the end of August to receive blocks and after that my husband has been instructed to keep his eye out for any blocks that come after I leave.

FYI. . . My Blocks went in the mail yesterday, on July 31st.
You should start seeing the white envelope by the Thursday or by the end of the week, at the latest!!

Now to introduce the block I picked. . .


The IMPROV SPOOL by Konda Luckau



I came across this block earlier this year and thought that it would be a fun and easy block to make so, I printed the pattern and put it aside so I would remember to pull it out when the time came. I decided to make it less improv and more uniform so that I could cut all of the same size fabric strips. I drew up a simple paper pieced pattern for each of you. I sent two copies, one to save or to copy extras and one to use. I stacked the fabric strips from top to bottom so, when you pull out the stack of colored fabrics just start with the top fabric and work down to the bottom. Let me know if you have any questions on paper piecing.


Here's the Link to the "Free" Improv Spool Pattern at

Moose Quilts

Thank You Konda Luckau for the great Spool Pattern!!!

I Love it!!!


Bee Block Questionnaire
What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make?
The Spool Block will finish at 13" x 16".


Can your partners use any of their own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?
All of the necessary fabric is provide for one Spool Block. I've included a fabric packet so that each quilter can make their own Mini Spool Block Quilt (packet does NOT include the fabric for the spool ends or the background fabric). 

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with?
White Thread thread will be fine.
Do your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?
Please use what's provided. Thanks! :)
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?
Not applicable.
Will you allow any embellishments on the quilt block (i.e. embroidery, raised items such as yo-yos or fabric origami)?
Please no embellishments.

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

Last Years Quilt is FINISHED!!
Yippee. . . It's done!!
Thanks for making 2 blocks for me!!




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