February’s bee block were a great variety and each one fun to make.

First up was a cute TV block.  February’s queen will add some antennae and after quilting some buttons for the knobs.  This one worried me when I first read the pattern.  There were many little (to me) pieces, 1 x 1.  Started to psych myself out before I even started to sew.  I tackled each piece and won.  The block measures 16.5 x 16.5.  It turned out quite cute.  Can hardly wait to see this quilt completed.  #StashBeeHive2 TV block post

Next up was the Checker Block by Blossom Heart Quilts.  This is block that I had done before, so it went together quickly.  Since it was HST, there was a spare in the orange and purple, so made a second block.  #swarmlilypad

Last, but not least is the Houndstooth Block by Blossom Heart Quilts.  Another that I made in a hive last year.  This too was a quick and easy block. #IGHoneyBees2018

I am the queen in March for one of my bees, so need to decide on a pattern and make a few test blocks soon.

 

Linking up with some friends:

Love Laugh Quilt – Monday Making

Cooking Up Quilts – Main Crush Monday

Small Quilts and Doll Quilts – Design Wall Monday

Ems Scrap Bag – Moving It Forward Monday

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My top for the Squiggles QAL is complete.  I enjoyed making this top and using an layer cake from my stash of  Basic Mixologie by Moda.  I had eyed that layer cake in the local quilt shop for awhile and finally bought it after several visits.  Then it just sat in the box waiting for it’s turn to shine.  I think it was a perfect choice.

 

Of course, I had issues with the simple pattern.  Again I am having issues with my scant 1/4″ seams, so I needed to trim my blocks for consistency.  That meant losing some of the quilt size.  My blocks were trimmed to a perfect 4 1/2 square.  In my haste, when I was trimming them, the first few blocks I didn’t trim consistently, so my seams didn’t match up correctly.  So this is my imperfect, perfect quilt top.

Need to head off to find some backing for the top and get it completed.  Completing this quilt is my February One Monthly Goal.  Might be a tough one this month, since we will be on a road trip for a week or two.

Linking up with some friends today:

Elm Street Quilts – OMG

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

Powered by Quilting – Friday Foto Fun

 

 

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Finished my first quilt for 2018 and met my January 2018 One Monthly Goal.  Great start to the new year.  I started the Home Sewn By Us – Regatta Quilt Along and set it as my one monthly goal January goal here.

I finished the top earlier this week and am kind of happy with the finish.  I had lots of questioning of my choices for the quilting.

 

 

In this picture you can see I chose the wavy line quilting using my walking foot, no surprise here.  I used a blue variegated thread.  I love the thread, just wasn’t sure it was the best choice for the quilt.  Once I had half of the initial lines done, on the seams, I stepped back and said no this isn’t going to work.  I was second guessing myself, thinking that white thread would have been a better choice.  Also thinking that straight line would have been a better choice.  The big question is do I rip it all out and start over.  The answer was keep going, it will be ok.  The thread choice I made reminded me of water and the quilting reminded me of waves.  I was thinking beach.

I used a wide back flannel in a light blue with some white areas, made me think of clouds. The thread and quilting look good on the back.  I had one strip left from the front of the quilt, so I added it to some leftover white on white strips I had and used for the binding.

I do like this quilt, but not sure it goes on my top 10 favorites.

 

Linking up with

Sew Fresh Quilt – Let’s Bee Social

Inquiring Quilter – Wednesday Wait Loss

Quilt Fabrication – Midweek Makers

Elm Street Quilts – OMG

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It is finally here and it is starting today..  I watched the Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork QAL for 2017 that benefitted Make a Wish.  Each month the blocks came out and I thought I should have done that QAL.  The block were all so beautiful and seeing them made by such creative quilters that I follow along with all year.

Fast forward to the 2018 charity QAL and I am doing the Fat Quarter Shop – Clementine QAL.  This QAL will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  This is such a great charity that provides so much for so many children in need.  Please join us in 2018.

I’ll be using the Mama’s Cottage by April Rosenthal for Moda. I received my bundle of yumminess on Friday and started getting ready for my first blocks.

For January we will be making the Watermelon block in two sizes.  Here is the Clementine Block pattern.  I’ve got my pieces cut.

Starting January off right, my two blocks are done, they measure 20 1/2 x 20 12 and 12 1/2 by 12 1/2.  I am ready for February.  Each month we will be making one block in these sizes.

 

We’ll be sharing our  progress and creations on the 2018 Clementine Quilt Along Facebook Group! You can also follow along with the #clementinequiltalong on Instagram.

Several very talented quilters will be quilting along, check out their fabric choices and progress at their links below:

April of April Rosenthal (@amrosenthal)

Bonnie of Sunset Family Living (@sunsetfamilyliving)

Cara of That Crafty Cara (@thatcraftycara)

Carrie of Moda Cutting Table (@modafabrics)

Denise of Pieced Brain (@piecedbrain)

Elise of Elise and Emelie (@eliseandemelie)

Gina of Carpe Quiltin (@gina_tell_carpequiltin)

Heather of A Creative Pursuit (@acreativemama)

Hilary of By Hilary Jordan (@byhilaryjordan)

Jen of Heritage Threads (@heritage.threads)

Joanne of Quilts by Joanne (@turtlequilterjo)

Kairle of Kairle Oaks Handcrafted Goodness (@kairleoaks)

Kendra of Good Starter (@good_starter)

Kristen of 3 in the Nest (@threeinthenestraleigh)

Kristina of Center Street Quilts (@centerstreetquilts)

Leah of Ponderings from My Heart (@ponderingsfrommyheart)

Melanie of A Bit of Scrap Stuff (@mellierc)

Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)

Pat of Pat Sloan (@quilterpatsloan)

Pat B. of Life in the Scrapatch (@scrapatches)

Patty of Elm Street Quilts (@elmstreetquilts)

Rebecca of One Wee Bird (@oneweebird)

Sarah of 123 Quilt (@123quilt)

Seema of SSK Craft Shop (@sskcraftshop)

Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)

Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)

Stephanie of Quilt ‘n Party (@quiltnparty)

Tanya of Tanya Quilts in CO (@tanyaquiltsinco)

Teresa of Aurea’s Kitchen (@aureaskitchen)

Vickie of Crocheting Vixen (@crochetingvixen)

Go ahead you know you want to join, head on over to Fat Quarter Shop – Clementine QAL.  The Clementine patterns are FREE to download! On the 25th of every month from January to July 2018, the pattern and video of the block for each month. We only ask for a suggested donation of $5 to our St. Jude campaign each time you download our patterns.

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It is the second week of our QAL over at Christa Quilts – Squiggles QAL.  Which means it is time to make some blocks.  A total of 154 blocks.

I worked a bit ahead and have the blocks done and trimmed.

 

 

Christa mentions in the pattern that you can have bonus units, by sewing on both sides of the diagonal line.  This would leave 1 1/4″ HSTs.  Too small for my fat fingers.  But I know have a pile of very cute triangle pieces.

Is anyone interested in these triangles?  Let me know, if there is more than one person, I’ll do a drawing.

 

Linking up with:

Small Quilts and Doll Quilts – Design Wall Monday

Ems Scrap Bag – Moving It Forward Monday

Love Laugh Quilt – Monday Making

Cooking Up Quilts – Main Crush Monday

 

 

 

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