Wednesday, April 14, 2010

How gorgeous are these?

I'd say pretty GORGEOUS!!!

I am not particularly a fan of batiks, green or purple but look at how stunning this combo is! GENIUS I'd say!

I changed up the way i did these. Previously when i sewed on each and every strip i sewed though the paper foundation too, but not this time.
The only time i sewed through the paper this time was when sewing the first strip on. I then folded the paper back and sewed each new strip to the last using the foundation paper as a guide for placement. A bit like this tute:

It worked really well and make the process a whole lot speedier as i could keep my stitch length at 2.6mm and it made it TONS easier to remove the papers. Yay!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Webs

I have the fabric for April cut and ready to go. I was able to find what I wanted at the Lancaster Quilt show with some help and advice from Heidi. Thanks Bee Bud!!!

Here is half a block done.
I wanted to make sure that I liked it before I cut up all the fabric and sent it out.

And I LOVE IT!!!!!

I don't mind if you add to the blocks from your stash as long as you are adding green and purple batiks.

Use the Quiltville Tutorial and go ahead and join the parts to make 2 complete blocks.

Also, be sure to notice that there is a definite right and wrong side to the triangle. It is Basic Grey and the variegated look is the top.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

I'm a very happy bunny!

I've finally got the bee blocks up on my design was and all i can say is WOW!!

(please excuse the bad pic!!!)

If you notice, the green on the fussy cut centres is slightly different. When i sent the fabrics out i sent the ones with less green to some, and the ones with more green to others.
The blocks will alternate - which is why they are spaced out like they are.

I am THRILLED with how it looks and when i start to be spread less thin (and have made a few more blocks!) I'll start joining them.

A HUGE thanks to all of you clever girlies!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March Spiderweb Bee Blocks

This is it! The packets I have sent out are starting to be received. Here is the look I am going for in my blocks.

Please use the earth tones included in the fabrics sent. I like the look of the very thin black. It feels like the web of the spiderweb to me. The accent colors sent are more for an idea of what I am looking for and do not necessarily need to be used. Please combine your own fabrics to give the quilt a wonderful scrappy look!

I like stripes in the wedges as well.
Here are the accent colors..
Yellow for Sunshine
Blue for the sky and water
Green for grass
Red for fire
Brown and Blacks and all the shades of the earth.
A good mix of lights and darks make the sparkle. The blocks will need light fabrics to counter the dark brown kites.

I was thinking today it would be nice to have a signature from each of you on one of the strings. You can embroider it on or just use a permanent marker.

Thanks everyone for being a part of this bee. It has been so much fun.

Monday, March 1, 2010

February blocks...

which went in the mail March 1 (my apologies--February is always gone before I know it, and it ended on a Sunday this year!)--

spider bee february block 2

spider bee february block 1

My only regret is that the dots/lines in the centers don't piece together perfectly...hopefully it won't be noticeable once everything is pieced and quilted.

This is going to be a beautiful quilt!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blocks for Brioni

I never posted my blocks here. They are on flikr, but I wanted to put them here as well.
What an amazing work this will be when it is all done.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spiderweb Bee February Block

A floral delight. This pic gives it a citrus feel! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these fabrics. Wow! What a quilt this is going to be.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Brioni's beautiful blocks

How's that for a little alliteration to start the post??? :) But seriously, Brioni's fabrics are beautiful and the fussy cut centers something I never would have thought of. The individual webs sewed up quickly and I was humming through putting the blocks together when I thought maybe I had better check the line up of the center flower. Yup- you guessed it - totally off base, so out came the seam ripper- a little ripping apart - then my bobbin ran out and it took awhile before I noticed.. Anyway- all was fixed- the blocks are sewn together- the flowers line up reasonably well- and before I could mess up anything else I packaged them up and they are on their way over the pond. Can't wait to see your end result Brioni!! It's going to be gorgeous!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blocks for Anna--finished!

Here they are...

spider bee January--set 2

spider bee January--set 1
Making these was so much fun; good thing, I guess, since we all get to do it ten more times! :)  Anna, I hope you like them; can't wait to see how the whole quilt comes together.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feb blocks from Anna

ok, I just got the fabric today and I couldn't wait to dive in! This is going to be a beautiful quilt! I hope this is what you had in mind Brioni:)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Blocks for Anna

Here are my blocks for Anna- I have always liked spiderweb blocks but not made any until now. (I did make a test one first before daring to use Anna's fabrics.) I have to say I really enjoy making these blocks- once you have your scraps cut into varying widths it is fun to just chain piece away. And Anna- I really liked the tea stained muslin you sent along. You're quilt is going to be so beautiful. Hope you like these

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blocks for Anna!

Here are my blocks for Anna! I had a lot of fun making them - I alternated my scraps with Anna's, so I think there is a good mix.

Spiderweb blocks for Anna

Here's a look before I started sewing. I had everything laid out on the ironing board, then had to move everything so I could iron. :)

ready to make Spiderweb blocks

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Anna's Blocks for January

A Spider Bee

I should be able to get these in the mail tomorrow :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

my first "block" for Anna

I just had to post it because it was so much fun to make!

spider block trimmed

Can't wait to do the rest...

*squeal* ....Nearly my month.....

...not that i'm excited or anything :-)

Since i signed up this Bee i've been obsessing about my quilt.
I reall REALLY wanted fussy cut centres but i've never fussy cut any fabric before - because the thought of having a ton of waste just didn't sit very well with my OCD tendencies.

I already had a bit of Pop Garden fabric and was thrilled when this size of print worked (after spending hours and hours on the interweb with my face practically pressed against the monitor - trying to figure out how big the print on various fabrics was!).

I can even get some squares out of the waste and i'm planning on adding a border with these.

Heather Bailey is probably my most favouritist designer.
Her Freshcut fabric was the first set of fabric i bought from the US and I think all in all i single handedly kept her going with the amount of Freshcut i bought. Acres and acres of the stuff.
I was less thrilled with her Pop Garden and Bijoux ranges but you would never have guessed it I still bought enough of it to sink a battleship!
I'm not very good at being able to cut into fabric once i have it so this idea has been the perfect opportunity to chop it all up and put it all to good use.

I would like you all to use the Quiltville Tutorial.
The centres have already been cut for you and I would like you to only use the fabric i have sent. There should be enough but if you run out please give me a shout.

It's entirely up to you what you do with any scraps left (although it probably won't be much). If you have more scraps that you know what to do with and the last thing you need is someone elses, then send them back. If not then feel free to use them for your own or someone elses.
I hope you have fun and if you have any questions then give me a shout on Flickr.

As i'm in the UK i will be putting little packages in the post next week so please let me know on my Flickr thread when they arrive.

Thanks ladies!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I had a dream last night.....

That my Spiderweb blocks had all kinds of little narrow strings in them...

like a real spiderweb!
Even thinner than in this photo.
I woke up thinking....what if....these narrow strings were in black...or a very deep brown....and some deep tones!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More Blocks for Anna

I hope you enjoy these!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another Tutorial

Here is another tutorial for the block.
She has more pictures here to give a better idea of the piecing