Friday, September 12, 2014

Le Finish!


Okay that's a wrap!
I finished my last  blocks for our last round of Bees Knees!

This was so cute... I can't wait to see them all together with the 
yellow centers! 

Thanks for a fun year!
Now, it's on to the first project of THIS year!
Have a great weekend!


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Candy Corn Fun


Eerie!
Well, not so much... 
(wink)
I think that these blocks are super cute!
I am not usually a big fan 
of novelty prints but I thought this projects
was a lot of fun. 
I am going to be keeping an eye out for some 
Halloween prints! 

Thanks Shari for getting me to make something a little different!

Actually, this Bees Knees group is like that! 
Every month is something new
and a little different and sometimes even a bit of a stretch
out of the ol' comfort zone.

I have one more to make and then I am all caught up with last year. 

I was afraid I was never going to find  my last envelope! 
Yes, it actually did get lost...
but just for a couple months! (sorry Calli)
Moving this summer made me crazy... and needless to say, my sewing room
is still not back in true order. 

So... 
major organization is coming soon!
But not until I get the next envelope finished. 
Oh, what... 
but then I will have the new month to make...
is organizing just a dream? 


Sinta





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September's Blocks Done!

I have been trying to be better about getting my bee blocks done on time, so they aren't so far behind! I apologize for the lateness of years in the past, but this year..I have to stay on top of things or I'd go CRAZY!

When it said to use our creativity about this block, I had a million ideas. Then i just simplified and went with Lori Holt's instagram tutorial that you can find here! I have to say it's a fun block to do! So here is the reveal of that adorable Scrappy Cross Roads Block!

My Scrappy Cross Roads Block by Lori Holt
Then I couldn't help myself but add two more blocks to the bunch! Some improv work!



I hope you like them Melissa! I am sending the rest of the scraps for you to play around with! You will have plenty of white back! Thanks for sending some fun camping fabric and I hope you don't mind a little bit of Fox Trails in the mix!

XOXO

Shari

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

September's Block - Think Outdoors ;)


Hello Ladies,

I am so excited for a new year of the Bees Knees!!!! It is going to be so much fun!!!

First off, a little backstory on choosing my block . . .  It's actually quite funny, because about an hour before Sheri asked me if I could do Sept. I was chatting with my mom about how my Grandparents need a new quilt for their new Trailer.  We spent the Holiday weekend at a Family Reunion (that my Grandparents haven't missed a year of since I was a little girl) and we both noticed that their bed quilt is just one that comes with the trailer and goodness, it is ugly!!!  It was totally meant to be, Sheri emailed me and I knew just what I needed to make with your help ;)   

So this month, the block is going to be whatever comes to your mind when you hear the words  Camping, Nature, Outdoors, the Wild, Smores,  Ect, Ect. Ect.  This block will be totally up to your imagination.  You can applique, piece, paper piece, whatever!!!  Anything that makes you feel Woodsie ;)  When all the blocks come back, I will turn them into a fun sampler quilt :)  

Image used from Applevine Designs


So, I don't want to make a lot of rules for this one as I want your ideas to guide you, but I figured I could still fill out the questionnaire to provide a little guidance ;)


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

I really want to do a fun random floating layout, so you can do whatever size block you want.   If it could be anywhere from 12" x 12 " up to 18" x 21", or whatever.  It doesn't have to be square, just whatever works for your block idea ;)   

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

I sent fabrics from the Smores Love collection by Cosmo Cricket.  It was super hard to know what to send as I don't know what you want to make so I tried to give everyone a variety of sizes and prints.  But yes, if you have an idea that just wont work with the fabric sent, you can absolutely use your own stash fabric and with my thanks.  Please just use the colors and feel of the fabrics sent to guide you in your selections ;)  I also sent a fat quarter of Kona White for everyone, please use that for any "background" in your block.



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

Anything goes here :)


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

Nope, just use or don't use whatever works for your idea ;)

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?

As said before, this is totally up to your imagination.  If you have an idea and you are worried about it, just email me, I will say great and set your fears to rest ;)

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

Absolutely, it's your block to make as you see it in your mind ;)

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

I whipped up a little Pinterest page here with some blocks that might help to create some ideas ;)  You don't have to use any of these, I just wanted to give you some inspiration ;)


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?

Sure, but it is totally not necessary :)  I know one creative block is already a lot to ask ;)



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? 

Yes please, if you have larger scraps please return them as I will be using them to make mini little blocks to add to the floating layout  :)



And that just about wraps it up :)  Fabric went in the mail on Friday the 5th so it should be arriving in the next few days ;)  Thanks again ladies.  I am so looking forward to seeing what you come up with ;)  And if you have any questions just email  me at happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com.

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

The Game of Catch-up

I can't believe it's Friday again already!


Last weekend I devoted myself to 
working on my Bees Knees blocks...
yes, that's right... the weekend, because I was
so far behind!
Here is the fun flying geese block that is Nedra's.
It was the perfect project to work on first while it
was early in the morning because it was pretty self explanitory...
just follow the lines! Got  that!


Next I moved on to this block of April's.
I LOVE this block and have always wanted to make one!
I am thinking about making one of my own now!
Thank you April! 
By the way... the fabric line is so cute! I really love the intensity of the colors!

The next one I started on Saturday but...

on Sunday I met my match!
No measurements to follow... yikes! I was really a scaredy cat!
But I managed to get it done and I have to say I was happy with
the way it turned out.
I really hope Amy is happy with it too!

Do you remember my block?
Well, I am getting near-to-the-finish-line on
it! I might even get it done this weekend! 
I am going to love having it done and have it out
over the holiday's and thinking about each and every one of
you in my group! Thank you so much for taking the time to
be a part of the Bees Knees... even though you are 
so busy! For those of you who won't be in Bees Knees next go around...
I will truly miss you! 



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bee blocks for amy.

Dearest Bee Members.
Thanks for your patience in my being so late with completing your precious blocks.  I am making some headway and hopefully will get them all done in the near future.  
Life huh?!  Gets a little crazy at times.  wink.
Above are Amy Smart's blocks.  And they were so much fun to make!!
Sincerely.  Trish

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Block for Calli - May Block 2014


Loved doing this block for Callie! What a fun block to do in the fun vintage colors. And doing a little hand appliqué was therapeutic! Hope you like it!


I just wished I had more 1930's fabric to do another block!

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