You may or may not know this, but I recently expanded my quilting horizons and went completely out of my comfort zone and joined a quilting bee. It is out of my comfort zone, because it gives me an actual sewing deadline each month. Sometimes as a busy mom having other deadlines can seem like too much. I have been letting my fears hold me back. I have wanted to enjoy creating with a group, but most of the guild’s around here seem closed to new members and I haven’t tried very hard to find a group to join, so when I saw this group available, I jumped on the band wagon. I have followed Lindsay Connor’s blog, Craftbuds, and Jennifer Mathis’s Ellison Lane blog for awhile. Lindsay is the author and Jennifer made the Playing Cards quilt. I have been talking to Mom about joining a local group here or creating one – which I may still do!
This book is available online – my sweet husband bought mine for me. He is super supportive and makes all the right sounds as he admires my latest block – thanks, honey!
The Bee block for May is The Triple Star by Elena Roscoe. This star block was a LOT of half square triangles, similar to last months, but done with a different method. The hostess this month choose black background with low volume black and white prints and a colorful center. So each person in the group gets the fun of making 1 star block and mailing it to her this month. Then she will sew them into her own quilt. So FUN! I get to try a different pattern each month but not commit the time and money to complete a whole quilt. We are suppose to use our stash fabric, but since my quilt fabric stash is very VERY small, I have gotten to go buy fabric for the blocks. Wahoo! Added bonus for me! Here are the beginning half square triangles that end up being 1 1/2 inch squares for the first row of star points. Such little squares! They were kind of fun!
Each month we get to design a signature block for the back of the hostesses quilt. I accidentally made too many 1 1/2 inch squares, so I used them for the signature block. The colorful center block was a scrap from Miss America’s water bottle covers business. This block uses the block in block construction method instead of rows construction, which was a fun way to do it. All the half square triangles got gradually bigger and it turned out like this!
I would like to give a Big shout out for Mary Ellen’s Best Press. It is a clear starch and sizing spray. It made pressing the seams open and flat so much easier! last month I pressed and pressed on the stacked windmills block and it never looked as nice as this block. It didn’t make my iron or my ironing board cover all sticky and there were no flakes. I bought the scent free kind – it does come in 5 or 6 scents. And it is earth friendly (threw that in since Earth day is coming up)! I highly recommend it!
Well, I have a beautiful dress to sew for Blondie. She is getting baptized soon and we are making her a wowza dress! She picked an embroidered beaded lace to go over the satin. Thank goodness I got it on sale! More on that later! Then you will get why I made up the word Wowza!
Spring break for a week with hail, snow, and slush rain makes for a LONG week! Hard to shoo the kids outside to play in that! The sun peeked out for about an hour today, but it is back to cloudy gray…sigh. Not complaining about the moisture though – very grateful for that!!!! Just wish it was bright, warm moisture….haha.
So, how have you stepped out of your comfort zone this year? Would love to hear about it!