Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More April Block Stuff

I totally forgot to add the bit about the signatures...

I'd like everyone to sign their name on the little triangle.

You get the idea :)

For those doing two blocks, just sign on one of the blocks. Basically I want there to be one signature from each bee member on the finished quilt.

The parcels went out today (finally!)... let me know if there's any questions. Also do feel free to add your own fabric scraps if you wish :) Thanks!

-- Audrie

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Angela's right angle block

with a little improv touch.
I hope you like it Angela., I sure do love the fabrics you chose!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

April Block Instructions

I've changed my mind yet again. I'm insane and I know it.

Instead of the spiderweb block, I thought I'd choose the Stashbuster quilt blocks from Material Obsession 2. I'm completely in love with this book, possibly even more than the first.

So pretty! :)

Anyway, here are the instructions to make a block...

I'll send everyone a bunch of scrap strips.

Sew a few strips together and trim so that they're all the same length. I think there's 10 strips there but since the strips all vary in width, I'd say just sew as many as you need together so you can cut four triangles (if you're making one block) or eight (if you're making two blocks).

Using the template I'll give you, cut triangles with the strips going lengthways. Just alternate the direction of the triangles for easy cutting. [I should've trimmed the strips to 5.5" for easier cutting. I only realised this after the fact. Of course.]

Tada! Four triangles.

I'll send these white blocks already pre-cut... four to a block.

Sew the triangles made with the strips to a smaller triangle like so... I'll send the little triangles also pre-cut.

Then sew this to a white pre-cut triangle...

Then sew two sections together...

Then sew them together...

And you'll get a finished block!

The blocks end up being about 10.5" but you don't need to trim them... I'll do that once I get them all back :) Also, please press all the seams open. Makes the centre of the block a little less annoying to deal with.

I'll be sending out the fabric on Monday so if possible, let me know if you want to do one or two blocks. They're a little fiddly so I don't blame you if you don't want to do two. Those I don't hear back from will get enough for two... just return the extra bits if you only end up doing one. Thanks.

So... clear as mud? Feel free to ask me any questions. I'm watching telly while I write this so it may not make sense hehe

-- Audrie

Thursday, March 25, 2010

charity blocks

here are my blocks!

i had lots of fun making these...
even made a mini one for another charity...

i even blogged all about my charity blocks today

thanks again for coordinating this rebekah!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Charity Blocks

Here are my blocks for the charity quilt. They were fun to make and something I had been wanting to make for awhile. I love the colour combination chosen. Thanks Rebekah!

Blocks by Amy

Charity quilt blocks.  I got carried away pulling and cutting fabric.
Yet another block I've always wanted to try.
Thank you Bee friends for giving me the chance to 
try all the things on my "make-someday" list!
Angela's blocks.
The greatest fabrics!
I don't think anything could look bad with this combo.
Angela's blocks trying to run away from me.
Don't worry. I stopped them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rachel's Blocks

My blocks for Rachel are finally done. I enjoyed making them. I have been wanting to make this block with my daughter for a while, because she likes to sew scraps together.  It is definitely something we will do together someday.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Right Angles.

Right Angles in the Garden.

(thanks for a great March challenge, and for the chance to work with such fabulous fabrics!)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Blocks For Angela

These blocks were so much fun to do :) And Angela, I must say your choice of fabrics are amazing!

This is the first one I did... it's a little more modern.

This one's a little more traditional but I thought what says right angles more than a log cabin! I kind of wish I didn't use the little green dots now because they throw off the right angles just a tad (I promise they're right angles though!)... but I do love dots and am always drawn to them in a pile hehe

The sig block. I apologise for my handwriting... the fabric wasn't cooperating.

All done... they'll be off to you asap, Angela :) Hope you like them!!

-- Audrie

Charity Star Blocks

Finished my Maverick Star blocks today. That one on the bottom is bothering me a bit. Those bottom two points got a bit too short. At least I had three to make. Between figuring out how to get the colors were I wanted and the points a bit longer, it took me until the last block (the top one) to figure it all out. I really love how bright these are, especially on a very ugly, gray, rainy day.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Charity Blocks Done!

I finally got round to making the charity blocks... it's been on my list staring at me for the longest time. It took me quite a while to match fabrics, and even then I'm not 100% certain they're right! I think it's that block on the top right that's bugging me most because of the blue and teal sitting together. In person they don't look so similar but in the pic they just look like big blobs of blue.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Maverick Star Quilt Inspiration

just one giant block
and you have a quilt...

now i really want to get going on my blocks for the charity quilt!!

Blocks for Angela

First block

Second block
While I was making these, I kept asking myself...why don't I own any of these gorgeous fabrics? Thanks for letting me play with such pretty fabrics Angela, it was a lot of fun! I hope you like them :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

"Other Peoples' Fabrics"

What IS it about other peoples' fabrics?
bright, shiny, crisp, fresh
all that stuff

this month brought a bee beautiful package full of my favorite colors
colors that were already sitting on my counter
kona crush in that yummy blue
the exact shade of grey in plain kona

but yet these were
other peoples' fabrics

and then it hit me

that feeling we have all had, as quilters
"It's so beautiful, I can't cut into it"

You've all done it.
Admit it.
Tell me your 
'I just couldn't cut into it' 
and maybe Angela will get her blocks!

Happiest Days.

Friday, March 5, 2010

charity quilt blocks. done.

Well, this color scheme is really working for me. I finished these blocks and immediately started making another bunch of blocks for another quilt just like these! These just feel so springy and alive to me. I seriously can't help myself. February in Michigan can suck the life out of a person(glad it's over) and with 4 consecutive days of sunshine all I want is bright sunshiny color.

Look for these in your mailbox tomorrow Rebekah! I've also included a little check to help cover the cost of binding, batting and backing. I really appreciate you putting this together, sounds like a really great cause. Can't wait to see the blocks the rest of you ladies put together...
Rachel-Your blocks are in the mail!
Angela-As soon as I pull myself away from candy-coated-sugar-blocks-o' -sunshine I will happily put yours together!
Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

blocks for Rachel

Here's my string blocks for Rachel. I was a little bit intimidated by the thought of string blocks, but your tutorial was so helpful and these were so much fun to put together.

blocks for Rachel

That being said...getting 11 other worker bees to help you put these together for a quilt was a great idea! :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

blocks for Angela

blocks for Angela

Here are my blocks for Angela. I loved working with this color scheme and if I had more fabric, I think I could have made you a whole quilt today, Angela. :)

Feel free to trim and position however you like. The blocks are over 13", so it should give you some wiggle room.

charity quilt block.

I am having so much fun putting these colors together! What a great tutorial, I know I will soon have one of these quilts for myself! Anyway, I just wanted to touch base and make sure I am on the right track with these blocks, I have 2 more to go...

I am realizing now that I mixed up the placement of the middle row! The green block was supposed to be on the left so the two blues aren't right next to one another. See? it's a good thing I posted this. Self-editing at it's best. I'd better go find my seam ripper!

blocks for miss rachel

i've had them done for a few days.
but i finally remember to take the photos
before mailing them off yesterday.

i went with the grab a random strip and go method.
the only time i didn't stick with it was when i'd have the same color next to itself..
and i did pick out 8 long strips to start at first...

i really like the siggy block
it was one of the first i made..
and i picked some of my favorite fabrics.
like verna & hunky dory

i did add a few scraps of mine.
rachel can you spot them?? ;-)