In late October I ordered Spelling Bee by Lori Holt.  I thought it would be a great book to have.  When I browsed through I decided that a quilt for each of the grand daughters would be perfect with their names added.

You know I am a HST and simple block girl, so this was out of my comfort zone.  I pulled out some scraps and tried the letter S.

I think I did good.  Now is the time to get busy planning two quilts with their names.  Maybe Valentine gifts, if not Easter or Birthdays are in the summer.

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Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

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I get to Quilt Along with the Fat Quarter Shop – Double 9 Patch.   Back a bit ago, they were looking for quilters for an upcoming project.  I replied and was accepted.  I’ve said this before, but it feels like when you were a kid and the cool kids asked you to join them.  I feel like a cool kid.

The QAL was for a Double 9 Patch block.  This was a first for me. In the few years I’ve been quilting, I didn’t really do many blocks.  I’ve challenged myself to do more blocks in 2018, so this is a good start.

I pulled out some scrap Cotton & Steel strips and some white Kona strips and got to cutting and sewing.

 

Surprisingly it went together quickly.  Except for a small rip out because I didn’t pay enough attention to my nesting seam.

Here is my block  Not bad for a first #double9patchquilt.

Be sure to visit the other block makers

 

AJ of Home Place Quilts @homeplacequilts

Angela of A Little Patchwork @alittlepatchwork

Cara of That Crafty Cara @thatcraftycara

Carole of From My Carolina Home

Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework @cynthiabrunzdesigns

Denise of Pieced Brain @piecedbrain

Felicia of Fa Quilts @faquilts

Gina of Carpe Quiltin  @gina_tell_carpequilting

Karen of Karen’s Sewing Room @karenmaloley

Kim of Lily Patch Quilts @lilypatchquilts

Leanne of Daisy and Jack @daisyandjack

Martina of Quilt Collection @malu27117

Melissa of The Nyfty Crafter  @basketangel1970

Michelle of Creative Blonde  @creativeblonde66

Rebecca of One Wee Bird @oneweebird

Sarah L. of Pirouette Papercraft @sarahboirin

Sarah S of 123 Quilt @123quilt

Seema of SSK Craftshop  @sskcraftshop

Teresa of Aurea’s Kitchen @aureaskitchen

Tracie of Riceford Streams @joyfully_tracie

 

Thanks for stopping by today and hope to see you again soon.

Wishing each of you a happy and healthy 2018.

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Happy 2018 to everyone.  We have been seeing lots of snow here since before the holidays, it looks beautiful.  We have about a foot on the ground and another 8-10 inches expected today.  The temperature has been near zero or below most days, but we are having a heat wave today, 10 degrees.

 

 

The surgeons, foot and sinus, both say I can get back to walking, so I am starting this year like 2017.  Getting 10,000 steps in before I can sew.  Kind of my reward system.  It worked for half of 2017, then foot issues slowed me down and came to a halt in the fall.  I walked 3,520,738 steps which is 1,612.39 miles in 2017.  Need to up my game for 2018.

Now let’s talk about that sewing.  I wanted to get my Bee Hive blocks done, so New Years Day I started.

The first was for my IG Honey Bees 2018 queen, Mary.  She chose Autumn Chain Block.  It turned out pretty cute.  But wait, I got it in the mail, then Mary messaged me my light and darks HSTs are flipped.  Yuck!!  Ok, I will hold all blocks for a day or two before I mail them.  She is going to flip them, but I think I owe her a bonus block.

 

Cyndi is the queen in my Stash Bee: Hive 2 group.  She chose Jedi Craft Girl – Sparkle, using navy and pinks.  This should have been as easy block, but I didn’t have any navy.  I headed out in the snow to the LQS and picked up some navy,  a FQ of each piece of navy they had in the store. It was only 4 FQs.   The only other navy they had was civil war prints, no, not for me.  This block has been mailed too.

 

As I was reading blogs over the holidays, I came across one from Tu-Na Quilts.  She was talking about her Hive blocks for 2017.  She was in two hives and they both seemed to fall apart.  She received 3 of 10 and 5 of 11 blocks from her hives.  I commented and asked if I could make a couple for her.  She was thrilled, but wait she wanted orange.  I had very limited amounts of orange, so she said to send them disassembled, that way she could put them throughout her quilt.  These went out this morning.

I was in a hive last year that was good, but several member weren’t coming back in 2018.  We had tried to get more members, but with the holidays, it didn’t happen.  On January 1, it happened.  We now had a full hive and needed to put things together quick.  I stepped up to be the January queen.  I had planned on searching out a new block and making some samples, but that wasn’t working.  Not sure if you can consider it cheating or being efficient, I decided to use the block I used last year, Blossom Heart Quilts – Homebase.

Now that I have my blocks done for January, it is time to go start my QALs.

 

Happy New Year again and thanks for following me on my journey of quilting.

 

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When the October Queen picked her block fear came over me.  This Bee has pushed me into new things.  In the Spring it was paper piecing.  This month was curved seams.  This was our Queen’s version.

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I printed out the pattern and looked at it for several days.  I read and re-read the instructions that Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts detailed.  I read the link she shared for doing curves without pins,  She Can Quilt.  It looked so easy, I went and tried.  I think it worked.

 

 

This Bee has taken me to paper piecing, it wasn’t bad, but I can’t imagine doing an entire quilt.  The paper piles would be overwhelming.

Now I have done curved seams.  I find it hard to say seams, there were only 4 for this block, but it puts me on my way to more new things.

I am linking up on the gorgeous Friday with some friends, stop over and check their parties out today.

Powered by Quilting – Friday Foto Fun

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Whoop Whoop

 

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I can not tell a lie.  I finished my September goal, mid month.

My goal was to make one block a day for #BlueRKBlocks.  A total of 30 to send off to Jessica @craftycop.  She started in July 5th asking her quilting friends to make some blocks that she could them put into a quilt for fallen officers families.

As of yesterday she has received 3,390 blocks.  Enough to make 80 quilts.  Her quilting friends have come through, many are taking blocks and piecing the quilts, others are quilting, more are binding.  Some are doing it all.  She has received backing fabric, binding, thread and much support from individuals in the quilting community.  As well, many companies are also providing her with support.  No surprise, her day is an officer.

 

 

I finished my blocks early, since I was having foot surgery and knew I had to keep it up for many days.

Didn’t want to miss my monthly goal.

 

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts – OMG September Finish

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