Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Welcome Distractions


Would you like to meet my latest distraction?... on my desk right now is a mini mini swap that tempted me to abandon set aside quilting on my Swell quilt. I'm super happy with the quilting progress that I've made... but gee, this thing is so big that I need to have several things going at once to keep things interesting. Next week I'll share my free tutorial for this little mini mini quilt, five inches to be exact, that I made for Kitty... but for this week I'll just leave you with the teaser.


Additionally, I finished a few blocks for a charity quilt that is to be auctioned off for the Free The Girls Project. The FTGP is a FAWCO target program which "focuses on women's rights as human rights, specifically in the areas of political empowerment and participation, economic empowerment, peace and security, and ending violence against women." (source) The project collects new and gently used bras, to then set up second-hand clothing markets, and then sell the bras that have been collected. Many of the women that have been assisted through this program are trafficking survivors, whom for several it is a first job and a reintegration back into society.


The block is appropriately named "Liberate", and is a free pattern for personal use or for charity quilts. This is actually the closest thing that I have ever done to a solids block, and I thought that my all time favorite, Basic Grey's grunges, were perfect for this block. It was fun for me to think about how the solids would work best together, and I am super excited to see how so many different blocks from multiple club members will come together in one big quilt.


Since joining a quilting bee this year, I am quite interested to see if there will be any challenges to making a quilt with blocks from various people, with a variety of tastes. Have you ever worked on charity quilts or quilting bee quilts with blocks from several different quilters? Was is a challenge, or did it come together quite easily?

Linking up this week to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.

11 comments:

  1. This is looking beautiful. I too love the grunge line!

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  2. Hi! Your first photo is beautiful and I love the solid project! x Teje

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  3. Love your blocks! I have worked on group quilts. It can be a challenge if you have people unfamiliar with quilting, who don't know how (or don't care) to get an accurate 1/4" seam. If you are working with people who have experience and are careful stitchers, the blocks usually go together very well.

    Either way, I can tell you it's great fun to see what others come up with when you are Queen of a Bee and everyone stitches up a block for you. Hope you get to try it!

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  4. Can't beat grunge, and these blocks really look great.

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  5. Mini mini quilts really are taking over my quilting brain these days. :) The peak of the one you made Kitty looks wonderful, and your blocks are fantastic, too.

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  6. Love the charity quilt blocks...super gorgeous! As for distractions, yep! I got the mini mini swap bug (thank you Yvonne)! I have a couple more to make that I'm swapping and need to line up another...as I may start to get the shakes if I don't!

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  7. Beautiful fabrics in your blocks. I've put together several charity quilts and you just make it work. Sometimes things don't line up perfectly...but thats o.k.

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  8. That's a lovely block and so effective in nearly solids, well done!

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  9. What a neat charity - I like that a lot. And the blocks are FUN! I haven't started on the mini craze - I'm scared to because I have so much other stuff to do. But it's sure tempting...

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  10. Love the Grunge Grey blocks. I had to make solid blocks for a bee member in the past and initially was rather hesitant but I loved how well they turned out. It has been on my to do list since then (which is forever!!). Your one will be wonderful when it's put together. Interested to see the full mini quilt soon .....

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  11. I can't can't can't can't WAIT to see that mini mini in person. It looks so fabulous. I am thinking I will have to use your tutorial to make a few (or at the very least one) to pass along as part of the mini mini swap. It is pretty brain-consuming, this mini mini swap thing, isn't it? I think because they are so mini mini, in our minds it's a quick finish. Yet, if you're anything like me, the quick finish becomes an intricate little work of art that is far more time consuming than initially expected (but SO worth it). I'm so happy to be swapping with you.

    Your nearly solids project looks great, too. Making an all-solids quilt has been on my mental to-do list for a while, but I have yet to make one either. The charity also sounds like a great one to support.

    I am eager to hear about your BEE experiences. I want to join one but am also scared LOL. I love the way it will challenge you to make blocks in colorways you wouldn't normally attempt, though (at least in my mind that's what I see happening in a BEE). Have fun!

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