January is Tracy's month in the SewConnected group. She sent a really eclectic but beautiful selection of greens and browns ... and two of the solid greens are even silks! Never worked with that before, but it was fun. Here's what I came up with:
And over at SewConnected 2, Kimmie selected a beautiful set of batiks. Like Tracy's silk, I've really never worked with batiks either ... but I love the way all of the colors work together. I recently got my hands on a copy of the Collaborative Quilting book that's often discussed in the quilting forums, and it inspired the bit of spiky border that's along the bottom of the block.
The group is making a really gorgeous set of blocks for Kim -- check them all out in the group pool!
While on the topic of virtual quilting bees, I really love surfing around and seeing what everyone in the other groups is putting together. I've been particularly inspired by a couple of fabric selections recently and wanted to give them some props here on my blog.
A disclaimer: I haven't individually asked these quilters if I could post their pictures on my blog, but I am hoping that fully citing them with links and such will suffice. I apologize if this is poor blogger etiquette -- if you ask me to remove your pictures, I'll gladly do so!
In the new group A Notion or Two, mommyandbeyond recently compiled an amazing selection of greens. I'm a fan of so many of these fabrics individually, but never would have thought to put them all together. SO great, Amy -- I might have to "borrow" this pallette!
I really enjoy following the action over at Common Threads, too. So many of my favorite quilt bloggers are in that group. I can't stop thinking about the fabrics that Lady Harvatine put together back in July. SO cool, Liz! This color scheme is really me. Oh, and the Joel Dewberry chestnuts at the bottom is one of my all-time favorite prints from one of my all-time favorite fabric lines.
And most recently in Common Threads, blempgorf sent out a muted selection of solids and stripes that just work soooo well together. Jenny called them her "sad" fabrics, but they're far more inspired than sad to me. I'm also pasting in some of the blocks that have already been made from these fabrics -- it seems that the other quilters were inspired, too!
(Quilted, in order, by Rebekah, one shabby chick (Amber), and one shabby chick (again)).