Catching Up

I realized over the weekend that I have a number of things I haven’t shared with you guys that I’ve been meaning to share — don’t get too excited, nothing major — so I think I’ll be doing some catching up this week on the blog before we start careening toward the holidays. First up, the Virtual Quilting Bee. The last block I showed you was from July. Well, we skipped August because Eren‘s fabric got lost in the mail but I finished up my September and October blocks yesterday.

VQB - September - Melissa

Melissa wanted trees. I really liked the trunk on the tree in Erin‘s block and wanted to incorporate that idea into my block. I originally though I might use yo-yos to make the tree tops but decided that would be a pain in the neck for Melissa and me both. Then I remembered this skirt that Melissa made a little while ago. Perfect. The fabric behind the white is not knit, as is typical in the Alabama Stitch style and the stitching around the leaves was done on the machine but it is definitely inspired by that style. The little bird was appliquéd on at the end.

VQB - October - Morgan

Morgan was looking for something block-y and a little bit crazy using Aunt Grace‘s style prints. She asked for the white block in the center too. I’m not sure I love this but I think combined with the other blocks it will make the quilt Morgan is looking for so I’m not changing it unless Morgan decides she doesn’t like it. It’s a great thing about the VQB, you have to create outside your personal style and that is a fun challenge.

And speaking of the fun of the VQB I get asked lots of questions about how the whole thing works and would I mind if you started your own Bee. I was certainly not the first person to think of a quilting bee in cyberspace so there is no need to get my permission. I love to see all the other bees popping up. I wish I could organize a whole bunch of them but believe me, one keeps me busy enough! Anyway, I’ve added an FAQ section to my VQB page with some info about how we operate. I hope that helps all of you with questions.

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6 Responses to “Catching Up”


  1. 1 Sarah W. November 3, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Your trees are beautiful. What a wonderful talent you have. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2 amandajean November 3, 2008 at 10:58 am

    both of your blocks are wonderful! I like the challenge that making a block for someone else brings and working with all different fabric styles has been great as well. thanks again for all the work you do for the VQB.

  3. 3 anina November 3, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, you’re up to date! Very pretty blocks!

  4. 4 martha November 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I like them both. I think you are right about the second one -that’s the thing w/ quilts -you have to see it all together to get the full effect.

  5. 5 John November 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    You may not have come up with the idea of a virtual quilting bee, but it’s clear that yours is held up as the gold standard! The thought and care you put in to it is obvious and you assembled a talented and inspirational bunch … so much so that people are jumping at the chance to get involved. I, for one, have to thank you for inspiring me … I recently started a group on Flickr called SewConnected and we’re having a blast … and there was so much interest that I recently started a SewConnected 2 group. So THANK YOU! : )


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