Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Bee blocks in, Bee blocks out

There hasn't been a lot of sewing going on around here lately, but in an effort to keep up to date with at least one of my Bees I have finally got around to making this month's block for the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee.

Julie asked for blocks for a Ticker Tape quilt from the book. The original quilt is put together with scraps of fabric attached to plain white blocks, quilted and attached at the same time. Julie asked us to stitch fabric scrap squares to a 22" x 22" white background square, leaving the edges raw.

July SMQ block

The plan then is that Julie will stitch over the original stitching to quilt the backing, wadding and pieced front together. I wish her luck, I found stitching these squares and rectangles, very tedious! I wasn't sure about the original quilt in the book, when I first read it and now I definitely know that this quilt isn't for me. All those raw edges are too disturbing.

Having seen the other blocks that are on their way to Julie though, this will be a really colourful quilt.

So one block out, and two blocks in.

I have asked my Star of Africa Bee mates to make house blocks for my Bee quilt, and boy are they coming up trumps! Jen made this fabulous block based on her grandparents house, and shared the tale of the making here She has a photo of the original inspiration for the block and has definitely nailed it.

Irene's SoA Block

Irene sent this block all the way from Guatemala, complete with a description of the Spanish Colonial style architecture that the block is based on. The door fabric is an example of typical Guatemalan textiles, and the fussy cut flowers in the windows are adorable.

Although the Star of Africa Bee definitely taxes my brain at times, receiving such fabulous blocks with their stories makes the brain frizz worthwhile :)

So no change on the WIP list this week.

  • In Color Order HST BOM - quilting started!
  • Sunday Morning Quilt Bee all but 3 blocks received 
  • Sunday Morning Quilt2 Bee 12 sets of blocks received
  • Sunday Morning Quilt2 Bee blocks sent (on schedule)
  • Star of Africa Bee blocks completed and sent (3 months behind schedule)
  • Scrappy Trip Around the World Bee -  COMPLETED AND SENT
  • And And Sew On BOM - four blocks completed (two behind schedule)
  • Son's quilt  COMPLETED
  • Paris Cushion - fabric received
  • (Almost) Irish Chain quilt basted  
  • 5 blocks of NY Beauty QAL completed and fabric cut for remaining 5 blocks 
  • 18 blocks of Craftsy BOM completed (only 2 more to go!)

Maybe the rain we are being predicted for the rest of the week will mean some progress will be made on that list this week :)

The Link-up for New to Me in July opens tomorrow, so don't forget to link up if you have tried anything new this month!

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Quilter in the Closet


  1. Those house blocks are simply adorable! And a great story too! :)

    1. They aren't they Kimberly, definitely encouraging me to get my act together and catch up on my blocks for this Bee :)

  2. Cute ticker tape but I'm with you - I wouldn't want to be the one to put them all together. It will be effective in the end but lots of work. The house blocks are fantastic. What a great idea! :)

  3. Hmm raw edges - I love the look of some raw edge quilts but I know I'd just constantly pick at them so not for me! Your house quilt is going to be fantastic!

  4. The house blocks are amazing!!! That's going to be an awesome quilt.

  5. What wonderful house blocks! And I'm not normally a raw-edge person, either - even fusible applique rubs me the wrong way to do quite often, but I have to confess - I WANT a ticker-tape quilt, raw-edged and all. :D

  6. Your house blocks are so cute. It is so exciting to get mail from distant places.
    I was planning on working on that block for the Sunday Morning Quilts and now I'm not looking forward to it (lol). Your turned out really pretty.

  7. I'm not averse to raw edges, but I don't think I could make an entire ticker tape quilt without losing my mind...

  8. Ooooo love the colours in the ticker tape block! Also love the house blocks - esp the tree trunks and garden path. Great WIP progress!

  9. Great Ticker Tape block and I'm really looking forward to your Star of Africa quilt :)

  10. That is quite the WIP list! Kudos to you for participating in so many bees - I'm only in one block swap because that is all I can manage. I really like the Ticker Tape block though, such pretty fabrics!

  11. I love your ticker tape block! And the house blocks are adorable, they look move in ready! :)

    1. I'd happily live in either of them Jessica :)

  12. Wonderful ticker tape block, it is delightfully colorful

  13. im. with you on tickertape, it doesn't float my boat! im also months behind on star of Africa blocks :-(

  14. Tickertape looks cute but I'm not sure I'd make one. The houses will make a nice grouping with a few more as well as nice memories.

  15. Wow! The tickertape looks awesome and so do the house blocks!


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