My friend Pattiann is one of the ladies playing hostess in Sew Blues Bee this month.
Pattiann, aka Bouncypoodle, doesn't blog, but do go look at her flickr pool. She is an amazingly artistic and creative quilter, and a great friend. Here's a LINK to her on flickr.
Pattiann asked us to make Gemstone blocks for her. The tutorial is from Rachel at Stitched in Color. Click HERE for the tutorial. This was fun to make. It is a no-waste block, actually it makes a pair of blocks. She sent us a white linen blend and an assortment of blue, green, gold and white prints. Her finished quilt really will sparkle!
October is also my month to play hostess to the lovely Blue Belles of Sew Blues Bee!
Hostess month is always exciting and a tiny bit nerve wracking! The hardest decisions, of course, are fabric and block choices. I finally decided to ask my bee to make a whimsical Imaginary Garden for me. I am so eager to see what these very talented ladies come up with!
I've asked that each block have a flower of some kind in part of the block and the rest to be pieced. I've told the ladies to have fun with it and the sky is the limit! They can surround the flower with traditionally pieced elements or go crazy with wonky improv things.
Here are a pair of blocks I made as samples.
This appliquéd flower is surrounded by flying geese and pinwheels.
This flower has a tiny yo-yo in the center.
This little flower is improv pieced, as are the two wonky square strips. I added a little square in a square pieced with skinny little strips, and a touch of embroidery.
I just love French Knots!
Earlier this year I joined a bunch of charm swaps........ a BUNCH of them.... in fact, I kinda lost track until the fat flat rate envelopes started to arrive. So, let me tell you, I have charms, charms, charms! Hundreds of them. Many hundreds. And I found the perfect place to use them! Yep, my bee members will be using them for my blocks.
I can hardly wait for the finished blocks to start arriving!
What are You up to on this fine Monday??