I think this is my longest standing work in progress ever. Back in 2010 I was in a quilting bee with some truly amazing quilters. I’m not sure how I got so lucky to be a member, but it was an amazing opportunity. Each month a member would choose a theme and the members would make and send them a block that corresponded to the chosen theme. They were all original blocks designed specifically for the bee. I honestly didn’t really know what I was doing, but it ended up being a really interesting exercise in getting creative with fabric.
Here’s a little collage of some the blocks I made (all my own original designs) for the other bee members over the course of two rounds of the bee. Below the collage are links to all the paper-pieced blocks I made.
Collections Block \\ Vintage Modern Door Block \\ Union Jack Block \\ To Ayumi with Love \\ Summertime \\ Beginnings \\ In the Kitchen \\ Design Classics \\ Quilt on a Line \\ Christmas \\ Camera \\ House Block \\ Strawberry (pattern here) \\ Sewing Machine (pattern here) \\ Cup (pattern here) \\ Ukulele (pattern here)
For my month I chose a dessert theme. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good dessert. Yum! I was totally spoiled by the bee members, each of their blocks were so amazing.
Bee members (round 1):
Penny – Sew Take a Hike
Ayumi – Pink Penguin
Kerry – Verry Kerry Berry
Amber – One Shabby Chick
Amy – Badskirt
Erica – Craftyblossom
Lynne – Lily’s Quilts
Little Miss Shabby
Lisa – Vintage Modern Quilts
I finished the quilt top and back in 2013 and had started quilting it. I wasn’t happy with how my quilting was turning out, so I tucked it away in a drawer to finish later. So it sat there until a month ago when I unpicked the remainder of the bad quilting job I did. I had intended to hand quilt it, but I wasn’t going to let it sit around for however many more years. My local quilt shop’s turn around time was only a couple weeks, so I brought it over and they did an amazing job of quilting it. Originally when I first pulled it out to finish it, I though I would donate it. I know it would make someone very happy. But for now I’m going to hang on to it, hoping to gift it to a friend’s baby. What baby wouldn’t want a dessert quilt?!
It was hard to put anyone’s block on the back, but I put my heart/cupcake one with a couple other blocks and I think it makes a fun back!
Can I just say how much I love fun projects like this? I really enjoyed making this bag and I think a lot of it had to do with it being an awesome kit made by Sotak Handmade. Svetlana has been steadily working on her own designs and screen printing them on fabric. She also sells a few kits in her shop from time to time and I was happy to scoop one up.
I had purchased the bag kit over the summer and was saving it for a rainy (actually snowy would be more accurate) day. I have been busying myself with cleaning up my sewing area and getting things a bit more tidy and organized. Actually, I had been planning on moving my sewing space to our basement, but at the last minute (after moving almost everything) decided it just wasn’t right. So in the process of moving things I actually found it to be a great opportunity to really look through what I have and how it all flows through my workspace. Of course one of the things I found was this kit and decided it would be the perfect quick project I needed to stay focused and feel somewhat accomplished.
The kit had everything pre-cut and set to go, plus the instructions all in a cute box. So if you’re shopping for someone creative, I totally see a kit like this being such a fun gift. I hadn’t ever bought a kit before, so it was such a fun experience! I enjoyed every minute of stitching it up. This drawstring bag was especially fun because of the variety of sewing. From patchwork to quilting to bag making there was just enough of each which made it super satisfying. Svetlana does have a PDF pattern you can purchase that includes multiple sizes. I’m definitely planning on doing a few more of these for gifts.
I hope you’re having fun doing some gift sewing! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year!
Happy Friday! I’m excited to have finished this Tangelo quilt this week (started here). It was definitely a project I let sit for long periods of time without working on. Usually I like quilting a quilt right after I’m done piecing the top, but this time was a little different. I knew I wanted to try free motion quilting like Carolyn does on her quilts. It was really intimidating for me so I let it sit for a few months before deciding I just needed to get started!
I ended up making another column to the top to make it a bit wider, I’m glad I did. I think the colors are balanced really well. I used Me + You Indah Batiks for the triangles and I love how it turned out. The colors are so pretty!
This was also my first time paper piecing an entire quilt top! I’ve done a bit of paper piecing in the past, but never an entire top. I’m really proud that I stuck with this project and that I tried quite a few things I normally haven’t done in the past. It’s always exciting to push myself to try new things. I know it’s easy to get stuck and always doing what’s comfortable, so this was a great exercise in doing something uncomfortable and I feel very rewarded for doing that!
The free motion quilting is something I thoroughly enjoyed on this quilt. It took a bit of time and forgiving myself of little mistakes, but I am so excited to try out more of this style of quilting! I’ve done more traditional stippling before, but this was a whole new thing for me. I highly recommend Carolyn’s Creativebug classes, and she has one specifically on how she does this type of quilting.
I’m excited to ship this one off, just need to add a quilt label! I think this one definitely calls for it.
Pattern: Tangelo Quilt (baby size) by Carolyn Friedlander
Fabric: Me + You Indah Batiks and a chambray for the background (sorry I can’t recall which),
Carkai for the backing
Hope you have a great weekend!