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Oh What A Pair! December 6, 2010

Filed under: Demeber 2010,Quilting,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 3:43 pm
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Oh what a lovely pair of quilting bee blocks (if I do say so myself, ha ha)!

This is an improvisational (right angle ~ she did not want wonky) blockfor Jenninfer ~ Not Your Grandmas Quilting Bee ~

made using this terrific tutorial over HERE at The Sometimes Crafter.

Once I made up one I was easily able to create my own improvised block…

but wish I would not have run out of the Kona white fabric

so I could have added a horizontal strip of white to the top of the block.

Its funny that I sort of dread (and procrastinate) sitting down to work on bee blocks

but once I actually start, I have a jolly good time sewing them up.

You would think I would have learned to look forward to it after all of these months, right???

I just received some lovely Hope Valley DS fabrics for some dresden blocks to make for the NYGQB December blocks ~

I am so looking forward to tackling those little cuties for Valerie 😀

Happy quilting,

Colette

 

 

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Oh La La! October 26, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Quilting,Sewing,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 8:32 am
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Oh La La ~ I am so loving the French General Fabrics in red, white, and linen!

Ohio Star block one …

and block 2 made for Jaleh — Not Your Grandma’s Quilting Bee.

I am totally inspired to make a mini holiday quilt like this one HERE

from the Lumiere de Noel holiday fabric line from French General

and maybe even a Christmas throw quilt to match!

Sigh…so many lovely fabrics

yet “sew” little time to use them all ;D

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

 

 

all of this rain has been perfect… October 1, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Quilting,Sewing,Swaps,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 4:47 pm

Perfect for staying in and finishing up the rest of my embroider-bee blocks 😀

Briana requested red and aqua with a woodland theme.

I love the vintagey feel of this block!

And Susan (all the way in Australia!) wanted something French inspired in red, white, and blue.

Both blocks were embroidered using Tasha Noel’s “Mushroom Dress” embroidery pattern (HERE).

I love LOVE love all of her little dress embroidery patterns and fabrics…

and am dreaming of making up a whole quilt using them all!

This spring inspired block in yellow, blue, and green is on it’s way to SCOTLAND!

Ha, ha, R. asked if I could mail her along with my block.

Someday my little love Mum will take you!

Its a bit tough to see my light blue little gnomie in the picture…

sorry but with all of the rain taking a good picture has been tricky.

Oh, and I can’t forget the winter/ Scandinavian themed block for Jessica that I posted (HERE) last week 😀

I had loads of fun making up these embroidered blocks for such lovely bee-hivers,

and I look forward to doing another round of this bee in the future!

Happy quilting,

Colette

 

GO! August 25, 2010

Krista asked us to make her some improvised blocks (12.5″) for the Not Your Grandma’s Quilting Bee (August)

with THIS quilt as her inspiration.

She sent several strips of linen in neutral colors to all of us

and then a few different scraps of Anna Maria Horner “Good Folks” and some Kaffe Fassett “Shot Cottons” as well.

Here is what I came up with =0)

Block 1

Block 2

This was my first time completely improvising a block without any pattern or instructions…

not bad for a first try???

Block 2 is much more pieced because I had only scraps left to use, but I think I actually prefer it to block 1.

At any rate, I hope she likes them both and I look forward to see her finished quilt!

PS- just have to share this FABULOUS giveaway from Heather over at a la mode fabric HERE

can’t believe she is giving away an AccuQuilt Go! Cutter along with three dies ~ EEEEK!

I have been saving and saving and saving up to buy one of these, but my savings always dwindles???

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be the lucky winner!!

We’ll if it isn’t me I certainly hope its you ;0)

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

Bee Blocks August 16, 2010

Filed under: August 2010,Quilting,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 10:32 am

Playing catch up on my August VQB’s!

This little cutie is for Leah ~ Red & Aqua 2 Bee.

It was made using the Born in the USA tutorial over on Block Party HERE.

As some of us were a bit confused as to how she wanted her fabrics,

Mary (Sewing Geek) made an awesome diagram for the block layout HERE.

Off to work on the Not Your Grandma’s Quilting Bee blocks…

a thunderstorm is brewing outside which makes for the perfect excuse to spend the day sewing!

Happy quilting,

Colette

 

My Favorite Block July 19, 2010

Filed under: July 2010,Quilting,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 4:31 pm
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I am so sorry for not being “around” much on my blog right now…

but we’ve been having way to much FUN this summer to just be cooped up inside sewing ;0)

But I did make some time this morning to get caught up

on Mollie’s July Block for the Red and Aqua Bee 2!

I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this paper pieced block

(even though I really DISLIKE paper piecing!)

She sent us all a bunch of fabrics an then asked us to choose our favorites for the block.

I think I might have to track down the fabrics I selected to use for my month ;0)

And just to TOOT my own horn, ha ha, look at how perfect my center is!!!

I hope she likes it and I can’t wait to see her finished quilt.

Off to see a play tonight…have I mentioned how much I LOVE summer???

Happy quilting,

Colette

 

Stacked Block July 8, 2010

Filed under: July 2010,Quilting,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 12:10 pm

Whipped up this “Stacked” block this morning to audition it for the 3rd quarter 3×6 Sampler Mini Bee.

I made it using this tutorial HERE at the Sometimes Crafter.

I of course came up short in my measurements and had to add white strips to the top and bottom…

hate when that happens arrgghhh!

I think I might use this block on the back of my flying geese quilt

and modify this block using larger strips for the blocks I made for the bee???

Hope you are all staying cool!

Happy quilting,
Colette