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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

 

 

 

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

 

July is all MINE!! June 14, 2010

Filed under: June 2010,Quilting,Sewing,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 8:41 am
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crazy geese quilt, originally uploaded by a quilt is nice.

All of these bee blocks I have been making will pay of next month…
July is MY month for the Honey Bees (Not Your Grandmas Quilting Bee).

This is my first month hosting and I can’t wait to see

all of the LOVELY blocks that my talented “hive” members will create for me.

I came across the lovely “Crazy Geese Quilt” pictured above from a quilt is nice HERE

a couple of months ago and knew right straight that I wanted one!

How great is it that your hive members get to choose to make a block that inspires them and lets their creativity shine?

I’m just waiting on my fabric to arrive so I can send it out…
and promise to share pics when it does!

Happy quilting,
Colette

 

Map of the States Blocks May 5, 2010

Look what I got in the mail!

This is a “Map of the States” block that I received from Jeni B for our 3×6 Mini Sampler Bee

AND its the first “bee” block I’ve ever gotten =0)

I requested a block in raspberry, lime, and chocolate and I am TOTALLY in love with it!

In fact, I was so inspired by it, that I chose to make a Map of the Sates block for Janet in the Not Your Grandma’s Quilting Bee.

OK, so I have A LOT of “states” there, and it took FOREVER to fussy cut and sew…

BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT!

When I trimmed up my block it was 12.5″ X 12.25″???

It was supposed to be a 12.5″ inch square…

so I ended up snipping a bit off and adding this fabulous Monaluna Mingle Dots in canary border

AND I like it even BETTER!!!

I love LOVE love how each of the fabrics are showcased because they were fussy cut.

I can’t imagine making an entire quilt with this block by myself…

however, it would be a fabulous “Bee” block so everyone could help me???

Something to think about!

Now to make one for yourself or somebody else,

grab some scraps and your patience and follow this easy tutorial over HERE at Oh Fransson!

AND of course I am stealing Jeni B’s wrapping idea!

Well alright, she gave me permission, so its not REALLY stealing, ha ha.

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

Wonky Star April 29, 2010

Filed under: Quilting,Sewing,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 12:33 pm
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I can’t tell you just how elated I am to be part of several virtual quilting bees!

I tend to be one of those people who get into a groove and stay there…

and I don’t particularly care to push the creative envelope.

Being in a quilting bee pushes you right off your arse and out of your comfort zone.

I am learning new techniques,

experimenting with new quilt blocks,

and working with colors I never would have put together myself…

AND I am thrilled with the results!

A particular favorite of mine is the 3×6 Mini Sampler Bee.

It is a group (aka “beehive”) of 7 and you have 3 months to make and send 6 of the same block type (ie. log cabin, star, etc),

one for each of the other 6 members in your beehive, in their specified colors and fabric tastes (ie., modern, no batik, etc.),

and here is what I love…using your own fabrics!

Really, it couldn’t be easier, no sending fabrics and directions, you just make the block you are comfortable with,

and at the end of the three months YOU will receive 6 blocks in your color way =0)

If you would like to join, the reservation list for the 3rd and 4th quarters can be found here.

Getting on to the wonky star part…

I followed this very helpful tutorial over at The Silly BooDilly blog here to make my first ever Wonky Star Block.

Jennifer requested orange, purple, and brown for her blocks.

I chose to use a different fabric for each star point and linen fabric for my background.

I didn’t quite get the whole making your triangle larger by 1/2″ -1″ until I sewed up my first side…

aaahhha ~ cut your star point fabrics into 5″ (charm size!) or 5 1/2″ squares, instead of the 4.5″ she originally suggested!

I went ahead and chain sewed my blocks wherever possible.

And I simply adore how this block turned out ~ isn’t it just so fun?

Jennifer plans on donating her finished quilt to charity…

UNLESS she loves it too much ~ ha ha, gotta love her escape clause!

But for now she only gets to see this “sneak peek” pic on our flickr group.

Happy quilting,
Colette