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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Saturday, June 21, 2014

June Halloween Mayhem!

Oh boy, oh boy, has it been a month and I apologize for not getting my stuff out to you sooner. It is on it's way!  It's been a bit chaotic around here and I just kept forgetting to pop these in the mail. Please forgive me and take your time in getting the blocks done.  Hopefully this will get you into the halloween mood and it will be fun for you to do!


Here is a view for you to see the Halloween blocks. I have it all pinned and in the order. the Bottom is the background fabric, the middle is the contrasting and the top is the fussy cut block. If you have time I'm having you do two blocks that are finished size 9" and unfinished 9.5". One is a nine patch and the other is a nine patch with using four half square triangles. My inspiration was this cute quilt I found on Pinterest. The left side of block is the Half Triangle block and the Right side is the nine patch block. 


I love how simple these blocks turned out, but i'm doing mine a bit more scrappy with the different fabrics I have given you to use. Here is the diagram. 

9 inch Block 

Half Square Triange Star Block

I gave you 4 inch strips to trim to 3.5" and a block to fussy cut in the middle that will also be 3.5". I'm super excited to see how they all turn out. If you have only time to do one block please return the other so I can complete them for the quilt. 

Note: Please let me know if you short on fabric for the Half Square Triangle star block and which one you may be short on. Thanks!

What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.)  The blocks are 9-1/2" unfinished (9" finished).

Can your partners use any of his/her own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?  Just use the fabric I have sent you. There should be plenty for each block.

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with? Any light colored thread is fine.

Does your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?  Use the fabric I sent.

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?  If you have time to do both blocks I would love it, if you don't choose one and send the other one back so I can finish them up.

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? If there is any large pieces leftover please send back so i can make some filter blocks if I need too. It's pretty specific to this quilt. Halloween scrappy.

If you have any questions, let me know! Thanks for participating in making this quilt fun, scrappy and happy!

XOXO,

Shari

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunbeams in May


Hello my dear Bee friends!  May is here and it's been such a lovely month!

You may have already received your fabric in the mail for my May block.  The pattern I've chosen for Bees Knees has been on my wish list for a long time...

Image courtesy of Norma Whaley - Timeless Tradition Quilts

The block is called sunbeam and the pattern is Summer Days, designed by Norma Whaley and my mom, Leslie Ison.  It is one of my favorites of their designs.  The pattern is sold by Norma as a Timeless Traditions Pattern.  Norma generously gave me permission to share the block instructions for our Bee.



One of the things I like best about this block is how perfect it looks in 30's fabric.  (I have a little 30's addiction!)  I also love that it takes a lot of "ugly" fabrics to make this quilt beautiful.  The wild mix of fabrics is harmonized by the happy yellow centers and the sashing and posts.



It amazes me that something as simple as half square triangles can look so different just by adding an appliqué center.

Block instructions:

Make 4 half square triangles measuring 5-1/2" unfinished.  I've sent extra fabric for you to mix and match to make your blocks.  The squares are precut to make two half square triangles at a time, with just a little extra fabric for squaring up your block.  I love Amy's post here, with a quick method for squaring up.  I've sent enough fabric to make 10 HST units which makes two blocks, with two HST left over, since I would like each block to be a little different.  You can make two blocks if you'd like, or just one and send any extra HSTs back, so I can use them in the quilt.

Sew together 4 HST units with the triangle points meeting in the center.

The yellow applique centers are made using the same method that we used to make centers for Lori's wonderful Dresdens.  Her tutorial is found here, toward the end of her post.  I originally planned to use a different method, but had a very hard time finding yellow fabric that didn't show through.  Lori's method was the perfect solution to the problem and made the yellow more opaque.  I've sent sew in interfacing, already marked with the circle.  I've also sent a freezer paper template with the fabric, which you won't need now, but since I had already made the for you, I sent them anyway.

*** I have just one change to Lori's method.  I want the centers for my quilt appliqued by hand, using a blind stitch.  If this is something you are comfortable with, stitch away.  If you don't want to tackle it, no worries, just send the yellow center back with your block and I can stitch them on.  Please use a lightweight thread.  I use Aurifil 50 weight, and it works great.  I also use Lori's tip for centering the circle by folding the circle in half and then half again and pressing, to use the marks as a guide.


What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.)  The blocks are 10-1/2" unfinished (10" finished).

Can your partners use any of his/her own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?  Yes it would be fun if you added your own fabrics to a block.  Please use mainly 30's or fabric with a 30's sensibility ; ).

Is there a specific color of thread (white/off white) you want your partners to sew with? 
Any light colored thread is fine.  

Does your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide?  No, I've sent extra fabric- especially if you are only making one block.  

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?  Yes it would be lovely if you made two blocks, but one is great too.  Please send back any unused HST units so I can use them to finish the quilt.  


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? If you would like to keep anything, feel free, otherwise you can send back unused HST or fabric that I can use to finish the quilt.  

I hope I've covered everything!  Let me know if you have any questions.

xoxox, Calli


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

April's X Plus Block

April you did amazing on your new collection Best Day Ever Fabric line for Moda! Congrats and thanks for letting us all enjoy playing with it. I so love this block and now I'm addicted. It comes together so quickly. I just love the color pop on this fun block!


What I love more is I got to play with this block on my new cutting board, and in my new design studio! Great choice in choosing this pattern.

XOXO,

Shari


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Amy's March Blocks

I got Amy's blocks done for March! It was fun to do in keeping everything square and trying to put all the colors together. I hope you like them Amy, I made you a few extra to put together somewhere.



I can't wait to see this quilt come together!

XOXO,

Shari



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