Thursday, October 16, 2014

QCQAL: Setting and Finishing

Our apologies for this post being so long delayed -- we have been busy in real life!

We have just posted a new listing on Craftsy -- for free! -- of all of the QCQAL blocks as well as setting directions for either a 16 block or 20 block quilt.

(Hint hint! You can use these setting directions for any quilt made from 12 inch finished blocks -- great for those swap and bee blocks!)

Click here to download the setting directions! Obviously, if you're super crafty, you are more than welcome to design your own setting.

Don't forget to post pictures of your blocks and finished quilts on the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Flickr page!

PS. Stash Bee 2015 sign ups are still open -- sign up today!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our Wedding Quilt -- One Year Late

In getting ready to post about Amanda and Mike's wedding quilt, I realized that I had never shared the quilt that Park Ranger Husband and I received as a wedding present made by my mom. I figured today was as good as any since it is our one year anniversary!

The backstory on this one isn't quite as elaborate because my mom was the only one involved in making this quilt rather than three of us. She did tell me that even before we got engaged she had decided that she wanted to make us a quilt for our wedding and that it should be a Civil War style quilt with Civil War fabrics because Park Ranger Husband is a Civil War historian.

(PS. I am SO happy I found this picture, because the other one I found was me holding it up with wet hair. Ew.)

The pattern for this quilt actually has some sort of floral motif in the center, but my mom decided to put a monogram there instead.

There are two of each little block (one on the outer ring and one in one of the inner rings) and every one is different! The entire quilt is hand quilted (you can see the cross hatch quilting in the medallion center) and my mom had to wait until after I came home for my cousin's wedding to put up the quilting frame to do the hand quilting. She had about 5 weeks to get the whole thing done and my dad says she disappeared every night to work on it.

So happy anniversary to us (we are going to VA to learn history and drink wine for three days! YAY!) and happy quilting to you!

Don't forget to sign up to participate in the Stash Bee for 2015!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sew Pieceful Block Catch Up

No finishes here today but it occurred to me that I hadn't posted anything about what Sew Pieceful blocks I had received in a long time so I figured today would be a good day to share them!

Here are all of my peach-mint-lavender blocks:

The colors on some of the blocks were kind of disappointingly off, but I can always use them in something else.

Here are the ones that are the right colors and 4 out of 9 of them I made myself. I'm going to make a wall hanging or baby quilt out of these ones.

Here are three other ones that all matched each other that I am going to make into a table runner.

For our September round, I decided to switch up my color scheme and requested cotton candy pink, turquoise, and lemon yellow blocks. Here are all of my September ones, plus the October block I made and one from another swapper.

Here's the blocks that I made for October for the bee:

Happy Friday to you! Don't forget to sign up for the Stash Bee!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stash Bee 2015 -- Come Participate!

The sign ups for the 2015 round of the Stash Bee are NOW OPEN! Click here to sign up for all of the scrappy goodness!

Stash Bee 2015

I've been participating in the Stash Bee since 2012 and I can tell you from personal experience that it is a wonderful bee to be a part of. It is a longer commitment than most bees -- 11 months rather than just a few months -- BUT you're only required to make one block per month rather than multiple blocks per month.

Stash Bee is international friendly, open to participants of all skill levels, and a great way to connect to other bloggers and quilters!

Since I am also the Bee Mama for 2015, maybe I am a little biased. Please sign up to participate -- we would love to have you!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Stash Bee and Wishes Blocks

I'm finally getting back into the groove after being gone for a week! My sister's wedding was wonderful and then we got to spend a few days at my mother in law's house in Ohio which was nice as well. Now, back to the sewing and job hunting!

This is our hive's last month for the Stash Bee, and Sara requested a crazy quilt block. I will fully admit that I definitely struggled with this block. Crazy quilts are just not my thing. I think it turned out ok, but I don't see myself making a crazy quilt for myself any time soon.

Here's my October Wishes block -- Idaho Beauty!

I just love a good sawtooth star and this block is no exception! It took a little bit of planning to make sure that the star points were all the right colors in the right places, but overall it was fun and easy!

Also, keep your eyes peeled because Stash Bee 2015 sign ups are less than a week away!
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