Friday, May 29, 2009

May Quilting Bee Blocks

Thanks for all of the great feedback so far on my giveaway prize. Several people have asked questions in their comments, but their accounts are set to "no-reply" so I can't answer them! By far, the most asked question is "what the heck is a Kindle?" I don't have one myself (yet), but you can check it out here. (The giveaway is still open, by the way ... so jump down and enter if you haven't already!)

Thanks also for your notes of congrats on my projects being included on the Amy Butler CD. I wish I could respond to everyone individually, but the giveaway has my Inbox overrun with comments. I promise to be better about responding to your comments once things slow down!

So apart from the giveaway and the excitement surrounding the CD, May has been an extremely busy month and has really flown by. Besides the Bookkeeper, my sewing has been limited to my many quilting bee commitments. Here is a rundown of the blocks I made this month:

In my SewConnected group, Amy (parkcitygirl) sent out fabrics from one of my all-time favorite fabric lines from one of my fave designers, "Chestnut Hill" by Joel Dewberry. I have a stash of these myself that I haven't cut into yet, so I had great fun working on Amy's blocks! Amy asked for large, 15" blocks. My first is a sort-of quarter log cabin design, with smaller blocks adapted from the free "Woodland Garden" quilt pattern by Scott @ Blue Nickel Studios. I even added in a few prints from the collection that Amy didn't send!

SewConnected | May

I (of course) had to make Amy a second block with my scraps, so I went with a hybrid 9-patch / rail fence design. I think both blocks turned out pretty cool!

Block #2 for Amy

For the Cottage Quilting Bee, Carolyn (who blogs at Laughing Duck) asked us to help her create a quilt with houses and trees. She even provided some block patterns for us to follow. Here is the pattern I was given and, in addition to the fabrics Carolyn sent, I added the striped fabric for the windows:

CQB - May (for Carolyn)

Who's this little cheeseball? : )

CQB - May (for Carolyn)

Here's a block for Jennifer (quayandco), who is a member of the SewConnected 3 group and wants a quilt made from scrappy log cabin blocks:

SC3 May | for quayandco

Nettie (aquiltisnice) requested flying geese for her quilt blocks in the bee inspired group. Any size geese, any size layout. I decided to go for a flock of mini geese, mostly because I love the secondary zig-zag pattern that emerges with this layout. All of the novelty fabrics were so much fun to work with, and I added a few of the owls, birds, goldfish and bikes. I also decided to include some solid orange, drawing from the Heather Ross dog & goldfish fabrics and the color of the gnomes' hats.

bee inspired | Scrappy Geese for nettie

May was a 2-member month in bee inspired, and the other blocks were made for Deanna (giggle gear). Deanna wanted star blocks inspired by a "strawberry and chocolate milk" color scheme. Yummmmm ......

bee inspired | Star Block for Deanna

Finally, two blocks for Tine (Sodeste) in the SewConnected 2 group. Tine sent out solid fabrics, which are always so much fun to work with. Tine (from Denmark) is currently studying library sciences, so I knew exactly the type of block I wanted to make for her:

SC2 | Library Block for Tine

It's inspired by the beautiful "Library Books" quilt in the Fun Quilts gallery (if you've never been, you should go check it out. LOTS of inspiration!)

I had enough fabric left over to make another block, so I resorted back to my recent favorite go-to technique -- strings!! I love how this one came out.

SC2 | Bonus Block for Tine

Another month under my belt ... I hope everyone likes their blocks!!

20 comments:

  1. I really love the flying geese block! I am enjoying reading your blog!

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  2. boy oh boy...your blocks are always wonderful!!! and so inspiring! i'm stuck on amy's block and i really need to get going on it. may is nearly done. i love what you've done with her fabrics!

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  3. Those are all beautiful! I love the house, it's so inspiring! Good work!

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  4. I am in awe of the blocks you create. So inspiring. Love to come to your blog to see what you've done. Don't remember if I commented on your success with the cd...so, CONGRATS!!!

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  5. Thanks John, I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. I definitely got a bit of inspiration.

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  6. Wow, all those wonderful blocks! I love your blog.

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  7. Just love your books block! I saw something similar lately and was thinking it could be cool for some of my Marimekko scraps!

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  8. they are all beautiful! I especially love the rail fence/9 patch - very original!

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  9. I love my block! But all of yours are great as usual :)

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  10. Hey John, good looking blocks! Question: what solid blue did you use to match the AH spotted owl fabric?

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  11. I absolutely LOVE the owls, birds, goldfish and bikes quilt! Gorgeous - you have a great eye for fabric combos!

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  12. WOW! You have gotten so much done. I feel lazy. Maybe I should sew instead of read blogs.

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  13. wow wow wow! you are busy. those blocks are beautiful!

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  14. Wow, such beautiful blocks! I'm really glad I found your blog through the giveaway. I just started sewing, so your blog gives me something to aspire to!

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  15. You did a great job on the blocks. I'd love to get involved with one of these groups as soon as life settles down a touch.
    I found your blog through the SMS giveway. I love that you quilt. My brother in law did cross stitch for the longest time but gave it up a few years ago. It's too bad because I thought it was pretty neat!

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  16. I love the block for Jennifer and how the colors go into a circle. Amazing.

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  17. wow so many to keep track of... but they are all great!

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  18. Love those blocks! I think I'm really starting to have an affection towards plain solids. They always look so stunning in modern quilt blocks!
    Hey by the way, picked up the new copy of Quilter's Home magazine and it has an article about quilt dads! Thought of you immediately!

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  19. Hi Quilt Dad, I love your blog! I am curious how one would get involved in a virtual quilting bee? I would love to join one at some point.

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