Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sewing Along and Catching Up

The peak of summer sewing... along!


I had been wanting to make this block up since last summer when Lori 
first did a tutorial for it on her blog!
 I am so glad that Kim
chose it to be her block for the Bees Knees!
However, now that I have made one... it's not enough. I need a
whole quilt of my own!
I host a retreat in the fall... so that might be the perfect time to 
work on this... the "perfect project"!




Nedra has already gotten this block in the mail! I am so 
glad it's done and in her hands now!
It shouldn't take me so long to catch up...
but sometimes it just does.

I was working on another block that I needed to catch up on too...
it is Amy's block.
Unfortunately, I cut something wrong and was at a standstill on it but
yesterday I received a little envelope first aid kit from Amy so now
I can get that one done too!

I am so thankful to be in this group with all of you 
talented women!

I hope all of you have been having a wonderful summer with your 
family and enjoying nature... and all
those fun things summer has to offer.

If I owe you a block... don't worry! I will finish up on my 
"catch-up" blocks this weekend!

Sinta



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Friday, July 3, 2015

Calli's June Block

This was such a fun and refreshing block to do. I love that it's from the 1800's and I love the movement of it. It works perfect with the DS prints that you sent. Such a pretty quilt this will be! The one block is does not have a stain, it's just water from my iron. I just noticed it after uploading this to the blog!


Can't wait to see how this quilt comes together! Thanks for letting me be apart of it Calli! They are being mailed off today!

Happy fourth of July everyone!

Shari


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Thursday, July 2, 2015




Hello Bee Friends,

My June block is an old fashioned "T" block.  This block became very popular with the Temperance movement in the late 1800's and is sometimes called a temperance block...

I love how quilters then and now used their skills to speak their mind about what was important to them.  I chose this block for reasons that have nothing to do with temperance, but there are other t words that I love- like tolerant, trustworthy, true, teachable, thankful, and last but not least Taylor.

The fabric I've chosen for my blocks are all Denyse Schmidt, mostly from her Shelbourne Falls collection.  It's one of my favorite collections ever.  There are a few fabrics in the quilt that are from various Denyse Schmidt fabrics from JoAnn's.  The solid is a Bonnie and Camille... but I can't remember the collection.


Since the blocks are so quick and easy, I have sent you fabric to make a total of four blocks, two blocks from each print, using the method to make two half square triangles at once.  So you are essentially making two blocks at once.  

I am emailing a sheet with cutting and piecing instructions.  

What size quilt block do you want your bee partners to make? (Give finished and unfinished measurements, just to be sure.)  The finished blocks will measure 7 1/2 inches, and the unfinished blocks measures 8 inches.  

Can your partners use any of his/her own stash fabric to use in your quilt block? If so, are there any limitations?  Please only use the fabric that I sent.  

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

Does your partners have to use at least a little bit of every fabric you send or can your partners decide? You should end up with only a little left over fabric from the small half square triangles.

Can you link us to any flickr or Pinterest photos that you would like us to use as inspiration for your quilt block? This is a link to the pin that inspired my quilt. 

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? I am hoping you will make 4 blocks total- two blocks from each fabric sent.  


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? There shouldn't be much fabric left over, but you are welcome to keep it for your stash or send it back to me whichever you prefer.

Thank you all!  I love being part of our bee even though I am not always been good at getting your blocks back in a timely manner.  You are all amazing women and quilters.  

Cheers,
Calli 






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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Amy Smart's May Block

I finished Amy's block last night and will pop it in the mail today! It was fun to sew with the colors you chose. Very bright and fun.


XOXO



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Monday, April 13, 2015

April 2015 Block

Hi Ladies,

Sorry to be a little late in getting the fabrics for my block off to you this month.  I've been out of town, and had a few family complications.  But all is well, and I mailed your packages today.

I put the pattern in your envelope.  It's an easy block, and hopefully you will find the instructions clear.  The layout sample picture is above to complete a 12" (finished) 12.5" (unfinished) block.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Bees Knees-fully yours,
Nedra

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Block Catch Up

I was so excited to finally be done with Sinta's and April's blocks! First I want to share Sinta's block!


I love the use of Heather Bailey's fabric here and Sinta made it very easy to get all the blocks done by doing a lot of the cutting. So thank you for that! You are amazing! I hope you enjoy your block.

Now I want to share April's block. I got to do A. It was fun putting the block together with little instructions. The block was pretty straight forward and easy to do.


I hope I did the color placement right. That was the only thing I wondered about, but I love how it turned out. I hope April does. Oh and here's the back, which I never show my backs.


So i guess I am behind a block for February, because I never got Lori's block. Did everyone else receive her block? I can't wait to get March's block. My goal is to try to complete it within that month so I don't get behind anymore. That's my new goal for my quilting bee's... to always try to turn them in on time. Off to do some more sewing!

XOXO,

Shari




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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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