>So it occurred to me that I’ve yet to show you guys the blocks I’ve been making for my Virtual Quilting Bee (VQB), the Bee in my Bonnet. So here’s a little wrap-up of what I’ve contributed to our first quarter…
Deanna was nice/brave enough to volunteer to go first, and got us kicked off in May with string blocks:
We used a white square for the foundation, rather than paper, and they came out really well. Deanna’s actually pretty close to having the quilt top put together, and I can’t wait to see it!
Then, for June, Kelly requested some wonky log cabin blocks. I dug some out of my stash to make two blocks for her:
This was my first time making anything wonky, and you can tell how my first block (on the left) turned out more straight than wonky! But I think the different degrees of wonkiness will play off each other well in Kelly’s finished quilt.
For July, Candi gave us some lovely open-ended instructions: right angles, no wonkiness please. She also had a beautiful array of fabrics. So I perused the Quilting Bee Blocks Flickr group, and found some glorious inspiration. I followed the tutorial at Little Miss Shabby and cut what seemed like a billion 1½” squares. I “sketched” out my designs (using computer-generated graph paper, a sharpie, and some highlighers) and laid out all the teeny pieces on my new, big table. Each block took about three hours, but I am so happy with how they turned out:
It’s going to take all my willpower to take these to the post office tomorrow 🙂
I love how each month I get to learn something new or try a new technique. If you’re interested in joining a VQB, check out the Quilting Bees 101 page of the Quilting Bee Blocks blog. There’s also a link from the blog to their fabulous Flickr group, which is just teeming with inspiration.
This is entirely unrelated, but I finally figured out how I want to piece the back of my Hexagon QAL quilt, and it’s left me with an untouched layer cake of Glam Garden. I love this fabric line, but I’m currently at a loss as to what to do with the layer cake. What would you make with it?