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Block O’ Strings May 6, 2010

I have been in quilting ZEN up in my new sewing loft!

A “block o’ strings” for Janet (Not Your Grandmas Quilting Bee) from the p.s. i quilt tutorial HERE.

Finding new blocks to sew makes me very happy =0)

This one is SUPER easy, a bit time consuming,

BUT I found piecing it to be VERY…relaxing???

Ha ha, I know right?

I added a bit of my own fabric here and there to the scraps left from the “Map of the States” (blogged here) block.

I didn’t have any quilt basting spray

so I used freezer paper and a thin flour sack towel (of the kitchen variety) as a pressing cloth

(I used my new iron and I wasn’t sure if the freezer paper would wreck it???  Do you know?)

AND I have to say it worked MARVELOUSLY!!!

The fabric lightly adheres to the freezer paper and lays down nice and flat for smooth sewing.

Borrowed Jeni B’s creative packaging

and off it will go with today’s mail.

Enjoy Janet!

Happy sewing,



Smitten March 29, 2010

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conor quilt closeup, originally uploaded by Peg at Ivy Arts.

I am completely smitten with this quilt and these Laurie Wisbrun’s “Wellie” fabrics! The fabrics are Donkeys in Wellie Rain Boots and Wellie Rain Boots and are available in Laurie’s Etsy shop “Scarlet Fig” here.

You really NEED to stop by her blog and see her upcoming line “Tufted Tweets” for Robert Kaufman here.  I am going to start hoarding money to buy a yard of each print/color…hopefully it will be available in May!

I have joined several “Virtual Quilting Bees” and admit I MUST have these Scarlet Fig fabrics to use for them! Basically a Virtual Bee is where a group (usually 12) get together and make a block (or more depending on the Bee) to send to the person whose month it is. Some Bees you supply and mail the fabrics to the other members and in others you use your own stash. If you would like to learn more about Virtual Bees or you’d like to join one (or several!) yourself…check out the Quilting Bee Blocks flickr group here. Bees looking for members to join or members looking to join a Bee leave posts to which you then can respond.

PS- Mostly Marvelous Ms. Rabbit it sewn and stuffed and just needs to be embroidered and put together…will finish and post pics soon!

Happy sewing,