Hi everyone! I’m hosting the bee for the BELIEVE’s circle September quilt! It’s my first time & I’m very excited!
Salt Air Crossings by Andrea of Millions of Thoughts. Free pattern found on Moda Bake Shop.
We are going to be using the Salt Air Crossings Quilt tutorial found over at the Moda Bake Shop.
Please make 1 Block A & 1 Block B.
For the “Print” fabrics, please use an orange fabric: print or solid.
For the “Solid” fabric, please use a solid white, white on white or low volume fabric.
If you’re not in our circle & would like to contribute a block, please contact me & I’ll send you my mailing address. All blocks need to be mailed by the September 30.
Thank you & I’m very excited to see how my first bee quilt develops!
Another month for the do.good stitches project!
This month we were asked to make Bear Paw blocks from a free pattern through the Fat Quarter Shop.
The colorway was a beautiful palette from design seeds I think? I love the programs where you can upload a photo & they give you the color scheme- it’s a great way to put together ideas for a quilt & it helps give specific guidelines when working in a group project like this one- much better than saying “yellow & gray.”
For as traditional as the Bear’s Paw block is, I think it was the first time I’ve made one! It went well & I was able to use scraps. The only thing I changed was the pattern called for you to cut 2 7/8″ squares for the Half Square Triangle “Claws” & I cut 3″ squares, then trimmed them down to a finished 2 1/2″. This is actually a huge pet peeve of mine- HST’s cut exactly at the 7/8″ line need to be sewn with a very precise scant 1/4″ seam allowance to come out perfectly- there’s no room for any error. However, if you just cut your squares 1/8″ larger to the next “whole number,” you can trim down your HSTs & pretty much ensure the HST will come out exact. Basically, cut it a little larger & give yourself space rather than stress.
Aside from that it was fun to make, but sheesh there are lots of HST’s in one block! Very glad I only had to make one!
My do.good stitches bee is done! I finished them this past Saturday morning during an open sewing meetup for my mom’s group in my studio.
This month we were instructed to use the Quarter Log Cabin blocks tutorial by Red Pepper Quilts.
We were also instructed to make 3 blocks & to add one additional row to make them 8″ square.
Our color palette was yellows, oranges, reds and pinks . From my strip scrap bins I dug out enough for a pink, yellow & red block.
I used white on white prints in the blocks as I discovered I didn’t have any fabrics that were mostly white with bits of yellow, pink or red. I think the effect is still there though & it’s a scrap quilt, so while this is a controlled scrappy quilt, I think it still works.
I can’t wait to see how the quilt comes out with everyone’s blocks!
You can check out May’s final quilt on our group’s Flickr page!
Just a quick post to show you a project I just contributed to.
I recently was invited to join a do.good stitches group (I was on the waiting list for a few months & didn’t expect to get the invite in the middle of the Foster Teen project, but it’s all good!) I’m now part of the BELIEVE circle which makes quilts for kids in the foster system. (see a trend here, I swear I was randomly picked for this circle, I did nothing to influence it, but it does make one wonder….)
It’s a monthly bee where someone posts directions & guidelines & everyone submits a block or two by the end of the month.
This month we were instructed to improv piece at least 4 raindrops.
(Another bad photo, I know you’re shocked!)
I can’t wait to see what the end result looks like!