Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Late last year I participated in the Simple & Sweet Scrappy Swap and I sent out a needle book and also received a fabulous needle book and some pretty fabrics.  It was a great swap.
But there were some others who were still waiting to receive, almost 4 months later.  One member posted that she had not yet received but she was willing to play along for another round, so I volunteered to make and send her a needle book.  All I asked for was her favourite colours and then I looked through her favourites on Flickr and got to work.

Her colours were green, pink, and aqua, and they all went well together, so I used them all together.  For the center block, I made a 3" mini pineapple block I found at Katie's Quilting Corner.

Katie, who this needle book is for, also had mentioned earlier when the swap began, that she liked the tied style of needle book.  Well, her wish was my command and tada, done.

Luckily, when I had ordered felt, I also ordered a bright green and so I stuck with the green/pink/aqua for the inside too.  The pockets face inward towards the center so that whatever goes in them will not fall out the top or bottom.  

I sent it out along with some fabric and a couple other little things and I hope it gets there soon.  I showed a sneak peek on Flickr and she already loved it, so that's a good sign.

I'm in love with this tiny pineapple block!  I saw a sampler mini quilt done for another swap and I think I might have to make myself such a thing.  I've already been looking at miniature blocks to make.  I'd like to do 3" blocks and have a 12" finished mini.  
Another added to my quilting bucket list.

For the Happiness circle of do.Good Stitches, we were asked to make two star blocks with the only specifics being the colours yellow, aqua, light gray, and white.

I'm starting to run out of aqua so many people ask for it in bee blocks.

Friday, February 7, 2014

blocks blocks and blocks

I've joined the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee for another round this winter. I find bees like this to be a little hit and miss as you don't know if the blocks you'll be getting back are going to fit in with your idea, if the colours will work.... And you never know if you're going to have the fabric needed to make blocks for your hive mates.  For example this round, one hive mate wanted orange in her block and another wanted cream.  I have almost no orange except in scraps and pretty much no cream, so I really had to dig.  My first attempt at cream was a fail - I posted a picture and she wanted something lighter.  Anyway, I did get them done, and I hope they'll work for my hive mates.

These are the blocks I received last round and one more I made.  I was going for magenta/plum with navy and a touch of yellow with a low volume (no taupes or creams) background.  The top two blocks don't really fit in with my idea, but they might get use elsewhere.

These are the blocks I made for this round.  I decided to make something other than a star and then found a photo on Flickr of a jumbo economy block.  Decision made.

I don't think I showed this here yet, but I received this mini in the Doll Quilt Swap.  

I am completely in love with the colours and the design.  It's already hanging with my other minis and my quilt wall is growing.

On the side, and very sporadically, I'm still sewing outfits on comission.  This outfit is, obviously, for a little girls who's turning 2.  Her mom wanted a rainbow outfit and an appliqued shirt with a cupcake and the number 2.  

As always, I hope I get to see a photo of the birthday girl wearing her outfit.

I'm still plugging away at my Feather blocks too.  These particular blocks almost had me beat, but in the end I'm winning.  I think I only have 5 or so more to do like this and then it's on to some easier ones. 

I'm kind of excited to see these all together.