January was mostly a bee block catch-up month, with a few block-of-the-months thrown in. I also started Curves Camp this month, and I’ve been working on a few projects from class.
First, the bee blocks. I already wrote about my 3×6 blocks, which turned out beautifully, and the recipients really seemed to love them! I admit that I am always nervous about picking the right colors for people, especially when they ask for very specific shades of a color. I just try to do the best I can based on their mosaic–that’s all I can do. I’m in a whole bunch of other bees, too, so here’s the rundown on those:
- Mo-Stash Bee, Friends Hive: Melissa wanted Patchwork Wheel blocks in nautical colors–blues and greens, especially. I had a scrap of this rope print in my stash, so I added that as well–it seemed very nautical to me!
- We Bee Learning, Group 2: Shilo wanted a Rocky Road to Kansas block in blues and greens with a grey background. I love this block–it’s a really easy, fun paper-pieced pattern!
- NewBees, January 2013: Dawn wanted a disappearing nine patch block. For this bee, the Queen Bee sends the fabric to you. I love the colors that Dawn sent! This block was super-quick and easy, and the results are great.
- Moody Blues, November 2012: Yes, November. I got behind on this one, mainly because I was really intimidated by the paper piecing. Sabrina wanted a Circle of Flying Geese, and after a few seriously botched attempts, I came up with these. They didn’t turn out perfectly–there’s a couple of minor gaps, and one of the seams tore when I removed the foundation paper–but they’re fixable. And I learned a lot about foundation piecing from making these blocks!
- Moody Blues, January 2013. Linda had an interesting idea: everyone in the group made one block of their choice, plus one block that she assigned to us. She sent us the fabric for the first block, and we made the second block from stash. Coincidentally, I was assigned the same Rocky Road to Kansas block that I made for We Bee Learning, so that one was a breeze. I made it from stash fabrics. The fabric she sent was bright pinks/oranges/yellows, and I have an abundance of those colors in my stash. She sent 5″ charms, so I searched my various quilting books for patterns that use 5″ charms. I found a nice one in Joan Ford’s Scrap Therapy book, so that’s what I made. The pattern made two blocks, so she got three blocks from me!
- do.Good Stitches, Dream Circle, January 2013: This is a wonky star block, but it’s designed so the stars are low-volume prints and solids, and the background is assorted brights. It doesn’t look like much as a single block, but it’s going to look amazing as a finished quilt.
Now, for the BOMs.
- Aurifil’s 2013 block-of-the-month has a rock music theme, and this month’s block is called Jumpin’ Jack Flash. This block had a whole bunch of moving parts–half-square triangles, flying geese–so it was a bit fiddly. I love the result, though! I used my Jeni Baker Blogger’s Choice bundle from Fat Quarter Shop for this one.
- Sisters’ Ten BOM: This one is called Grandmother’s Frame. I used my Kaye Prince Blogger’s Choice bundle for these. (I also added a couple of grey and white prints for added variety.)
- Finally…three blocks from the Fat Quarter Shop’s Designer Mystery Block of the Month. I love this BOM–the fabric is gorgeous (and you always have plenty of leftovers), the patterns are a great combination of challenging and fun, and the results have been great. I fell behind on these during the holidays, but I managed to get caught up this month. So here’s January 2013, December 2012, and October 2012. In a few more months, I’ll have a finished quilt top, just like that!
I’m linking up to the Lovely Year of Finishes, just under the wire! I met all my goals this month, and I look forward to meeting more goals in February.January 31, 2013
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