Monday, May 14, 2012

On quilt bees and other things

I love getting my bee blocks done early in the month.  It's nice to have them finished and in the mail before the end of the month.

First up is a single girl knock-off for Sam in my local bee.  She used the pattern and created paper piecing templates similar to the original pattern.  This came together so fast.  If you are thinking about making the single girl, buy the pattern and create your own paper piecing templates for the rings. I have owned the pattern for two years, but haven't done anything with it.  After working on this block, I'm motivated to pull it out and trace my own templates for paper piecing and give it a try. 



Next up is a crazy-busy block for Felicity in our Stash Trad Bee.  These little churn dash blocks are only 6" finished.  They are going to make a super cute scrappy quilt.



Finally an improv pineapple block for Angela from the Sew Beautiful Bee.  I honestly loved this block.  I'm thinking really seriously about using her idea and some of my Heather Ross fabric. 



In iron news, I did make a new purchase.  I'm loving it so far--no fires and smoke are a good thing.    I have vowed to rarely put water in it and hopefully make it last for a very long time.  Thanks for all your comments.  I knew there would be a ton of different opinions, but there was some really good info in the comments that helped me weigh my options and make a decision. Keeping my fingers crossed this one lasts longer than two weeks. 

And finally, to add to the list of media time-wasters in my life, my sister encouraged me to get on Instagram and Draw Something.  My user name for Instagram is "the_blue_chair" and "the blue chair" on Draw Something in case you need more media time-wasters as well.

24 comments:

  1. Hi, Kati. Just happened upon your blog. Your blocks are beautiful--such lovely fabrics in great combinations. I've enjoyed visiting!
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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  2. I love all your blocks and yes the third is probably my favorite too. Glad your iron issues worked out. I've been away for a bit. So sorry to hear about your grandma! Have a great week!

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  3. Beautiful blocks!! I paper-pieced a Single Girl baby quilt and wall hanging and LOVED the process so much more! It was so much easier/more accurate. Now I need to get myself to do a queen size version!

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  4. Kati, Your blocks look beautiful! I love every one of them! What kind of iron did you get at the end? Hopefully it will last you a long time!

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  5. LOL, glad to see you jumped on the Draw Something bandwagon, it's a lot of fun :) And your bee blocks are spectacular, especially your block for Angela!! Glad to hear you got a new iron, what did you get? I will second the echo you've heard about not ever putting water in it - I've had a lot of luck so far with my newest iron with no water. I like dry ironing, but on occasion I do use Best Press spray for those really stubborn fold wrinkles in fat quarter bundles :)

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  6. I am loving the churn dash blocks! So cute!

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  7. Ooh, I love getting the bee blocks marked off the list! I loved making the one for Angela too.

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  8. Nice job! Your blocks are darling. Isn't it fun crossing things off the list :-)

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  9. Great blocks. Love the colors on the pineapple block. I didn't realize the single girl wasn't paper pieced! I did the double wedding ring and it was paper pieced so for some reason I assumed single girl was also. That's a great idea to make it that way if it wasn't already.

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  10. You know I've had a number of irons-different brands, too-and they have never worked good with water in them. I keep a spray bottle of water on my ironing board & it seems to do the trick when needed.

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  11. you bee blocks are fabulous and I am on Instagram and Draw Something, too. They are great time wasters. I am Ylmommyx4 on Instagram and Ylbubbix8 on drawsomething. So if you get a request from me I hope you'll answer it.

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  12. Your blocks look great! I totally love Draw Something and I waste a ton of time on that silly game. But you know it kind of makes me feel better when I'm having a bad day too so :)

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  13. Awesome bee blocks, Kati - I am delighted with my crazy busy churn dashes!!

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  14. Love all your blocks! I also have the single girl pattern sitting around just waiting for the moment to strike to work with it...paper piecing?? right up my alley! I'll have to add your on draw something...huge time suck, but addictive none the less!

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  15. Lovely blocks, as always x

    Pretending I didn't hear about the additional time-zappers x

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  16. Oooh, loving your blocks! I wish I was that organised, but somehow my monthly priorities always push them to the end :o/

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  17. LOVING those blocks! The grey, yellow, black and white combo is so hot right now! :)

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  18. So which iron did you buy? Inquiring minds want to know!

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  19. Love my block! So glad you had fun making it. And what an excellent Single girl idea. I've had my pattern sitting around for a long time as well.

    Interesting about the no-water thing. I use steam ALL.THE.TIME - so I wonder if I could live with spray and dry iron? May give it a try.

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  20. I really like the pineapple improv block! Makes me want to join a quilting bee. :)

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  21. Very nice squares!!! ♥♥♥

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