Monday, February 16, 2009

BuzzCuts | February

Speaking of virtual quilting bees, I was invited by the "Queen Bee" quiltinkimmie to join her newest venture, Buzz Cuts. Buzz Cuts has 16 members and February was the first month of the swap.

First up was themad1s, who was eager to have something made from her recently acquired stash of Heather Bailey fabrics. I was very excited to work with my selection from the Pop Garden & Bijoux lines, as I've admired these fabrics since they were released but haven't had the opportunity to make anything from them yet. I decided first on a string block, a design that I recently tried for the first time on a Crafster block and was thrilled with the results. I think the design works equally as well with these colors & patterns.


I had enough leftover material to make a bonus block, and thought through several different designs in my head before deciding on a simple block of framed wonky strips. The more blocks I make, the more I really enjoy making up my own block patterns rather than following more traditional ones ... although it all really depends on the fabrics. Actually, what I think I enjoy the most is really observing the fabrics that I'm working with and matching it with the appropriate design.


I'm pretty happy with how they both turned out. It's going to be a very, very cool quilt.

Belonging to a couple of different groups has been a lot of fun, especially as the personalities of the groups begin to emerge. Buzz Cuts is full of very eager, enthusiastic quilters. As soon as the fabric starting hitting members' mailboxes, the blocks were being posted at a fast & furious rate ... and most people made 2 or more blocks. In fact, I finished mine last week and I think I'm one of the last ones -- and the month's not even half over yet! I think all of the members are hungry for more ... I can just tell that people are already itching to receive March's fabrics.

15 comments:

  1. firstly:
    great job on those blocks!!!

    secondly:
    i really, really hope that bee inspired has eager quilters like buzz cuts!!!

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  2. I love those colors! I've been wanting to make a string quilt, but I think I have waaaay enough foundation pieced projects going right now.

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  3. Those blocks are gorgeous! I love the colors you chose, I love how you set them!
    LOVELY!!!!!!
    I want one for my bed!!! hehehehe!

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  4. love these! the colors are so inspiring

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  5. Wow! :) I lean more towards warm and traditional quilts, but when I saw "Quilt Dad" I had to pop over and see just what a quilt Dad might quilt. Very neat - and I think your friend will be very pleased with the blocks she receives! :)

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  6. Those blocks look great! Aren't Heather Bailey's fabrics yum!

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  7. Looks like a terrific quilt group. I really do like the blocks that you created and love the colors. They really are fantastic. I have loved making strata quilts. They are quick and really no holds barred.

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  8. WOW! I'm impressed with your handiwork. You rock, Quilt Dad!

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  9. nice blocks! i think it's very important for the group members to be so eager and excited for the upcoming month. and i'm speaking from a little personal experience here. :)

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  10. Those blocks are great. I love how the blue pops. I would not have thought of combining that color solid with the pattern, but it looks really good.

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  11. Hi, I just came over from the flickr Bushfirequiltgroup because I was very curious about a quilting man. But I suppose you hear that a lot. Your blocks look great!

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  12. Ooooh I just found your page, you have so much talent!

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  13. love, love, love these!! i've been wanting to get some of the pop garden and now it is a must!! :)

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  14. I like them both, but that second one has ideas floating around in my head.

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