Queen Bee for Mid-Century Modern, 2015

Queen Bee

I’m Queen Bee again in my Mid-Century Modern Bee, and I know you are all surprised to see me again so soon.  We had a reshuffling of months and I moved from November to this spot.  Welcome to our newest members; I know you’ll enjoy the ladies in this bee.

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 Carla, of Grace and Favour, had us all make a block in 2013 so she could make her own version of a  Mid-Century Modern Sampler.  I loved her quilt, so I’m asking you all to make a block for me so I can have a quilt like hers. As you can see she has both pieced blocks and appliquéd blocks–both are fun to have.   The blocks should be in increments of 6″ or 9″ or 12″ (if you do a 6″ block, maybe you could do two?), and would like them with either a text, or a light background.  Just pick your favorite block, in similar colors to the above, and have fun.  I do have some fillers in the works, just like Carla. Here’s some color ideas (I couldn’t just pick one):

Sampler Quilt ColorsRoundup of preferred colors: clear tones of yellows, oranges, pinks, blues, aqua, bright greens.
Roundup of colors that aren’t my favorites for this quilt: gray, muddy tones.  Darker tones for accents (stems, etc.) are okay.

Bascially I’d prefer the palate of  Carla’s quilt with light/brights and clear tones all on a text background, but no blocks that feature grey or “muddy” tones predominantly.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, or refer to our Flickr page where there is more information.  Thank you all very much.

 I look forward to Mid-Century Modern 2015!

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Happy Old Year Ending: 2014

I see wrap-up posts often on people’s blogs, and while I feel like my 200 Quilts List (above) is sort of a way to move through my quilts, I present, one more time, 2014’s quilts:

2014 Wrap-Up

One thing for sure, I certainly don’t work in a series, or make quilts that all look alike.

There is one more quilt that is not here which will show up in next year’s feed, although I count it as one of my fifteen quilts for this year.  What else have I been doing?

First Six BlocksSM

Circle Blocks.  The next one will arrive at the beginning of January.

Wrap-Up Bags 2014

How about some bags?  2014 seemed to be the year of making bags, including a Mini Sew-Together Bag and the dreaded/beloved Weekender Bag (I did my own version of this).

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I snuck in one more Bee Block, a Dresden Plate block for Rene of Rene Creates.

Wrap-Up Other Sewing 2014

And the last things in the sewing categories were odds-and-ends and wonky, silly crows for a Halloween decoration.  We took a big trip to Croatia and Budapest, we ripped out lawn in our front yard and relandscaped for better water conservation, we visited children and grandchildren and parents and sisters and lots of other relatives.  It’s easy on those “don’t want to get out of your pajamas” days to think that you haven’t accomplished a thing.  But in these year-end reviews, I can see I’ve really given my sewing machine a work-out.

Happy Old Year Ending!

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Pineapple Blocks

Pineapple Blocks Dec 2014 All

Before I descend into cooking and cleaning and more cooking and a bunch of dishes and family for Christmas, I thought I’d post all the pineapple blocks together.  This is a combined effort of the Always Bee Learning Bee, the Mid-Century Modern Bee, plus a few I whipped up too.  I took the papers off the remaining three tonight while watching How To Train Your Dragon 2 (amazing animation), and now I need to vacuum the family room again.  I have more things to add to this quilt, and hope to be working on it over the break.  But then again, my life may be like yours, full and lots of the things from the first sentence of this post!

Welcome to Sew Mama Sew Visitors

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Today at Sew Mama Sew, Debbie Jeske of A Quilter’s Table has rounded up fifteen binding tutorials; my Faced Binding Tutorial is one of them.  *Here’s a link* to that complete list, which has opened up my eyes to the possibilities of making a creative binding for the edge of a quilt.  I used her compilation as sort of a mental checklist of techniques I had tried. . . and some I hadn’t.

Binding Samples

I’d encourage you to take a new look at what’s going on at the edge of your quilt by exploring these binding tutorials.  Maybe you’ll try something new!