Ladies, Start Your Engines…

Your sewing machine engines that is. Today I cut twelve fat quarters and packed them up to send. That can only mean one thing… the Virtual Quilting Bee is about to begin. My quilt is going to be first so I can be the guinea pig and work out any kinks in the system — as well as work out some participant nerves. So let’s talk about the quilt I’m hoping to have come March 1.


First off, the quilt is going to be for our playroom. This is where we spend a lot of time but the room is in our basement and it can be chilly down there in all seasons. My crafty area is in this room too so happily I’ll be able to keep a close eye on the finished quilt. As you can see the colors are bright — really bright — and the mood is fun. I love the idea of all of you making a quilt to wrap around my kids.

Ready to Send

As for the actual quilt, I’m up for pretty much anything as long as it will tolerate the washing machine. I love patchwork and appliqué; I think freezer paper stenciling is gorgeous; I don’t mind crazy patterns and textures. As for what I’m sending the group: the fat quarters are a busy, busy print from IKEA and I also included a 10″x10″ square of squash colored chenille. I’m planning to use the same chenille for the back. So, be inspired friends, I cannot wait to see what you come up with.


13 Responses to “Ladies, Start Your Engines…”

  1. 1 kathy February 1, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Gorgeous fabrics, can’t wait to get my package! The texture of the chenille is already giving me ideas…

  2. 2 Grace February 1, 2008 at 3:11 am

    I am definitely all nerves. But this is going to be amazing … already something that I wouldn’t have chosen “for me” — such a fantastic way to really get some creativity WORKING!

  3. 3 amandajean February 1, 2008 at 9:45 am

    it’ll be good to get started on this project!!! your playroom looks like a fun place….I love the red chair.

  4. 4 aliciaalferman February 1, 2008 at 10:13 am

    What a fun beginning this will be!
    (So what did we decide- washed or unwashed?)

  5. 5 Eren February 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Im with Grace, nervous but so excited. Love that yellow chenille!

  6. 6 sarah February 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Wish I was participating! This looks like it will be fun!

  7. 8 capello February 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    i’m excited to watch your project though the year. it sounds like a blast!

  8. 9 martha February 1, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I love this idea. Too bad you can’t all gather around a big quilting frame and hand quilt them when you’re done:)

  9. 10 melissa f. February 1, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    nice– i’m pullin’ out my bin. i need to start strong on this one, so when i’m all lagging behind in the end you say “but she used to get it in so quickly…”

  10. 11 Morgan February 2, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    So so fun! I’m glad you are going first! I’m sure I’ll be bugging you with lots and lots of questions!!


  11. 12 erin February 4, 2008 at 9:04 am

    eee!! can’t wait – love that fabric.

  12. 13 Em February 13, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Wow – such a great idea! How are you setting it all up? I am very interested in this type of thing… I love the colors in your playroom too! It looks like a fun place. Em

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