I've fallen in love with the grey and yellow color scheme. It matches nothing in my house, but it's just so pretty together. This photo was my inspiration for my quilt colors.
|Source: Photo Card Boutique|
I'm requesting that the bee members make a 12" paper pieced star block. They are free to choose any block. I've made two blocks so far for this quilt. For the background fabric having bee members use Pure Elements in Light Grey, Kona Snow, or a grey near solid fabric. Most of the stars will have a grey background, but I wanted to mix in some white as well.
My blocks came from the book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars. The patterns come together easily. One thing I do dislike is the fact that there is no 1/4" seam allowance on the pattern pieces. Most of the paper-piecing patterns I've used in the past have a dotted line around the pattern to mark the seam allowance. It is easier for me to visualize the actual size of the pattern with that dotted line there. Also, some of the pieces on her cut lists are just a bit too small for me. Several of the pieces are quite precise, and I had to redo a couple because I didn't get them exactly right. I would rather use an extra 1/4" of fabric and have a little wiggle room. I added a little extra to the cuts when I did the second block, and it was much easier for me.
She also recommends sewing the entire block together before removing the paper and even recommends waiting to remove the paper until all blocks are joined. I've always removed the paper first, but this actually worked really well. I'm dreading ripping out all those tiny papers, but my blocks came out quite nicely because of it.
Here are my stacks of fabric to divide and mail. I'll only be sending fabric to the members of the Sew Beautiful Bee. The members of my Stash Trad Bee work from their stash on blocks. I am also thinking of doing just one blue star to mix things up a bit.