Monday, 2 March 2015

Buzz Buzz - 7

The Little Blog Quilt Bee has been a highlight of my sewing year.  Last February, Lou of I'm Studio Lou gathered a crew of merry bloggers, each with small numbers of followers, to encourage skill building and blogging friendships.

Over the last year we've challenged one another to make a variety of blocks and there's some fabulous quilts emerging from our efforts.

I've never participated in a bee before, and have loved every minute.  I have really been pushed out of my comfort zone, which has made me better at sewing in the areas I'm more familiar with.  Firsts for me in the bee have included:
  • Cutting pieces to 7/8 of an inch - no room for my usual slack approach to a quarter of an inch seam here!
  • Flying geese
  • Foundation paper piecing (not scary or hard - it makes life easier and points more precise - hurrah!)
  • Using white 
  • Oakshott (so lovely, thanks for letting us have a go Nessa!)
  • Templates
And so much more!

Here's a run down of the blocks I've made:

Wonky star for Lou of I'm Studio Lou

Wonky churn dash for Joanna at My Quilts and Other Stories

Friendship star for Natalie at Love Natalie 

Jewels for Claire at Cor Blimey Claire E Poppins

Posies for Vanessa at Nessa's Place

Pineapple block for Celine at Espiritpatch

Scrap block destined for bigger things for Sheila at Chez Budsmam

Purple scrappy trip for Gina at the Occasional Quilter

Anna Maria Horner feathers for Roseanne at Not a Floral Girl

And the last, for the extremely patient Alison at Patchwork Alley

You can see all the blocks these super folk made for me here.  

The best thing about this bee has been sewing along with lovely people who have all championed and supported one another to get better at an activity we all enjoy.  I've gained so much from this ladies so a massive THANK YOU to you all!