I joined an online quilting bee! Several, in fact (as if I didn't have enough on my plate!) The basic premise of an online quilting bee (taking place on Flickr) is that you participate for 12 months, 12 people, and for 11 months you make blocks (from fabric they send you, and a pattern of some sort) and then for 1 month, you send everyone fabric and the pattern, and they make for you! This bee has everyone making 2 blocks per month for the one person, so in theory when it is your month you will receive 24 completed blocks! Neat concept right? I thought so! My month in this bee, "Bee Connected" is March 2012, so I have plenty of time to pick my fabric and pattern.
These are the first set of blocks that I have made for "toerintx," she had the first month (technically June) but sent her fabric out early since she is due to have a baby "any minute now!" So, I got busy stitching them up! These fabrics are gorgeous, and have a great feel. Her requirements for the blocks were that they measure 12.5" square and only contain rectangles and squares (and it must contain one square and at least one solid print.) I had fun creating these blocks. The first is an improv block, and I just started with the left hand corner square, and kept adding until it was the right size. The second block I sketched up, and carefully drafted, and you can see it is quite "planned." I love this block and would love to make a quilt myself using this pattern, though it was quite hard to maintain those 1/4" seams!
I didn't have quite enough fabric to make another block (like I wanted anyway) so I made this 6.75" x 7.5" starter block for "toerintx" to add on how she feels when she gets it!
Looking forward to getting to know these 11 ladies better, and learning a bunch of new piecing techniques!