Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Well, Not Mine Exactly


Despite the fact that I am notorious for starting a new project in the middle of an exsiting one, let me reassure you that this "new" project is not exactly MY new project. This summer I was asked if I would like to join a quilting bee, and I decided to jump in on the fun. We are only six bee members in total, but I really like the idea of being just a handful, which gives us two months instead of only one to finish blocks. With all that I have on my plate, not to mention little ones in the mix, I wanted to leave no room for "life getting in the way" of finishing up my blocks, so I decided to finish my blocks as soon as possible.


 I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous about making blocks for other quilters, and having other quilters make blocks for me. Every who sews has their own ideas when it comes to fabrics, colors, and design. In addition we all have our own opinions about pre-washing or after the fact, but with the great group of quilters in the mix, it helps settle any apprehensions that I might have had. So,... do you want to meet the other lovely quilters in the group? 


First let me introduce you to Claudia from Machen und Tun, since she's up first, and these are blocks for her quilt. I was absolutely thrilled when she requested some very colorful feather paper pieced blocks on a grey background fabric... ahhh, Claudia, you had me a paper piecing! You may have seen the free pattern around from Blossom Heart Quilts. The pattern reminds me a lot of the feathers pattern from Anna Maria Horner, which I made a pillow here, but used the freezer paper applique method. Since I'm a big AMH fan, I found it only fitting to make one of the feathers with her fabrics.


 The other quilters in the group include Mell from Melanie's Kunstraum, Yara from Qvilted, Daniela from Block M Quilts, and Vicky  from Veni Vidi Vicky. All the bee members have some link to Germany... either they are located here, or are German speakers, with me rounding out the somewhere in between category. If you are visiting from the States side, please drop by and say hello... and don't worry, all bee members either already write thier blogs in English or are fluent (oh, how lucky I am that the "international language" just happens to be my native language)

Are you involved in any quilting bees? What are your experiences with it?

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

11 comments:

  1. Your feather block turned out so pretty! Love the bright colors with the gray BG. I will have to give this a try.

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  2. Love the feathers - of course the AMH one is my favourite!

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  3. I am so excited for you to have this (sorta) local quilting connection! Needless to say, your feathers are gorgeous.

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  4. Nicely done! I think the grey is a good compliment to the color palette you have going.

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  5. I love your feathers, this is one block that's been on my to do list forever! And you AMH fabrics are a perfect choice! I've always liked the idea of a sewing bee, probably since seeing the Wynona Ryder film How to Make an American Quilt. I guess yours is run online? Have fun and enjoy yourself :)

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  6. Your feathers are looking really lovely!

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  7. Oh, love these!! Makes me want to run to my sewing machine! Great colors to compliment a great design.

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  8. Wow, they look beautifull and your were really fast!

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  9. These are so very beautiful, Alison, thanks a million!! This feather quilt will be awesome, I know it.. Have a great weekend my dear
    Claudia

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  10. Your feather blocks are gorgeous. I have seen some before but never tried it - I think these have persuaded me to!

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  11. Your feather blocks are gorgeous and I'm sure this will make a great quilt for Claudia! I'm a member in three bee groups and I love it. But I have to admit that I knew the other members before we started - and I think that's important. In two of my bee groups we are sewing with the fabrics of the bee queen and so every bee queen can be sure to get what she wants. The hardest part is choosing the block for your own bee queen month :-))

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