Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Block for Jess

I finished my block for Jess yesterday and mailed it out today!  I am ready for September!  I hope you like it, Jess, and that it fits with the other blocks well since it isn't wonky (at least not on purpose!).

November is my month and I am mulling ideas so I have a question for you all:  do you applique?  Are you opposed to applique?  As you might have guessed, one of the ideas I am mulling would be an applique quilt.  I have other ideas too, so if applique is not our collective thing, it will not be a problem.  Thanks!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Jess's Block

Hi Jess, Here's the block I made for you.  It was fun to play around with.  I started with the idea of being very simple...just three bars, one being a little shorter.  However, once I had them done and put them on the mat to see how much white needed to go around, I saw that I needed one more bar and then I decided to break it and make it taller than the others..more and more seams eating up your white fabric.

So, ultimately, I ran out of white!
I put paper in that top photo so you could get a sense of how I was composing the block.  I'm going to send this as is, since I know you can handle attaching two swathes of white.  : )

I love this bee.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


My submission for this month's quilt. Don't worry, I'm not always on top of things like this! I have to admit, it does feel good to be ahead of my "to do" list. Anyway, as you can see I ran out of fabric. I'm hoping you have more white Jess! I hope this is in line with what you were thinking of. I do like thinking outside of the box and am grateful for the assignment. Next!

P.S. You've probably already seen it, but I blogged about this block on my blog already. Rossie, is there any way you can insert a link to this page on the sidebar? I find it helpful in anticipating what's coming round the bend next!

Monday, August 23, 2010

more 1950s textiles

I want to marry the gray one.  And the other looks ripe for translation into a quilt.

 Pop over to this page on AnotherDesignBlog. to see more and/or get the book!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

August is my month!

I was really inspired by this photo that Rossie included in her mid century textiles post about a month ago. The moment I saw the pillow to the right, I knew that I wanted to do something similar.

I normally don't do straight "block" quilts (especially with sashing) but several things appeal to me about this design. I like the thin, dark sashing (haven't decided yet if I'll use black or dark brown). I also like that each block is composed of only white & one other fabric. I like the added interest of having one column of blocks that is thinner than the others. I like that each block is so very simple, but the variety & layout give it lots of interest.

The envelope you receive will contain white & one other fabric. No need to add more fabric - my plan is to have each fabric featured once in the quilt, in your block only. Use my sketch as inspiration for your block, but keep in mind that it is exactly that - inspiration. It's not an exact course of action. I'm sure I'll love your interpretations. I only ask that you keep with the spirit of the sketch - simple, squares & rectangles, each block edged in white. And I loved Rossie's statement in her quilt block instructions - "I love subtle wonk, but nothing crazy or forced."

Please make your blocks 14.5" tall by 15" wide, including seam allowance. I'll make the thinner blocks myself, when I've received all yours. I know the measurements are a little weird, but it will work out in the end. :)

Here's my sketch. Thanks so much, I'm looking forward to putting this one together!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


I've been itching to make Rossie's strip ever since I got the fabric!  However, other things HAD to be done first.  I had a chance to sew a bit this week and managed to get the strip completed.  I can't wait to see how they all look together!  I love the way they are all so different yet so similar.

I am looking forward to seeing what is next!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I Bee Late.

How cheesy is that pun? So cheesy. I apologize, but I'm not going to change it, because then I would have to delete this sentence, and I put so much effort into TYPING it. Ok, yes, my block! Rossie, I am sorry I am so late! The fabric you sent was so great, though, and has such excellent texture and dimension from the dying. I really loved the subtle color variations on the pieces. My block is pretty simple, so I hope it will work... I've been so intimidated by the other blocks posted! I think this is going to be such a great quilt when it's all put together! So many exclamation points! Ahh!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Quilt Love

Here you go Rossie. I have to tell you it was hard to fold it up and put it in the envelope to send back to you. The fabrics were so amazing, such depth and yummy goodness! I adore your design...this is going to be one stunning quilt. What a wonderful start to this bee. Sorry again for the tardiness....i'll try to be more on it for the rest of you!