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Guilds, Bees, and Swaps

As promised, here is my post from 52 Quilters about guilds, bees, and swaps. How many of you are in quilt guilds, participate in bees, or in swaps?

Two years ago I attended my first Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild meeting and I am so glad that I did. I found my group, my support, and my teachers. The Philly MQG shaped who I am as a quilter. I was (and still am) constantly inspired by the diversity and creativity that is shown at the monthly meetings. In Maryland, I have found similar support with the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and the Southern Comforters of Bowie. All three guilds encourage me to reach out of my comfort zone and to keep making on a regular basis. I love being inspired at the meetings, learning at retreats, and making life-long friends who don’t roll their eyes when I talk about quilting and fabric.

I joined my first bee, the Modern Insta Bee, in 2014 as a way to meet other quilters and to have a reason to sew every month. What I did not know at the time is how much it would push me and that it would make me a better quilter. I put colors together that I would have never have dreamed of putting together, paid attention to my scant quarter inch seams, became best friends with my seam ripper, and made blocks that I would have been afraid to make if I wasn’t obligated to make them.  I am now participating and leading two swarms for The Bee Hive quilt bee and participating in the Philly MQG bee.

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I was hesitant to put yellow, orange, purple, and gray together with black and white fabrics, but it is now one of my favorite blocks that I completed for the Modern Insta Bee.

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String Circles – the block that I dreaded making, but it is the block that taught me the most.

I have participated in a few swaps over the last year, both online and in person, and I really enjoy the process of making for others. It is another way that I stretch my comfort zone and play with fabrics and colors that I may not have considered before. My favorite mini was for my secret sewist at Mid-Atlantic MOD though:

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I designed the pattern myself since my partner was a huge Alice and Wonderland fan.

You can see most of my bee blocks (I am still catching up on posting some of this years) and minis on my bee blocks and swaps page if you are interested in seeing the range of them.

How about you, what do you get out of guilds, bees, swaps, and/or the online quilting community?

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13/303 Konas!

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Happy Monday, everyone! I am thrilled to be participating in the Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop to celebrate the fact that they are now carrying all 303 colors! Beth allowed me and 12 other talented bloggers to put together custom bundles of 12-15 colors. I jumped on the chance to do another color study; this time in blues.
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My bundle includes White, Sky, Lake, Niagara, Algeria, Water, Malibu, Pacific, Royal, Ocean, Storm, Indigo, and Limelight in the Stairway to Heaven pattern by Geta Grama of Romanian Quilt Studio. It is reminiscent of a camera shutter which is one of the reasons I was drawn to the pattern.

To celebrate the Konas, Beth of Stash Fabrics is offering 10% off your entire purchase with code “WOW303”. It is good through September 6th. (It does not apply to preorders). Go forth and check out Stash Fabrics. She labels the solids so you can recall which colors you ordered and offers free shipping over $50.

Be sure to check out the other talented bloggers, I was in great company!

July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy
July 23 – Jacey  @ Jacey Craft
July 30 – Kelly @ Kelby Sews
August 3 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
August 6 – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
August 10 – Megan @ City Stitches
August 12 – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts
August 17 – Elizabeth @ Andpins
August 19 – Tara @ Rad and Happy
August 21 – Sharon @ Color Girl Quilts
August 24 – Allison @ Allison Sews
August 27 – Kristi @ Schnitzel and Boo
August 31 – Jessee @ Art School Dropout

Quilt Details

Title: Color Study: Blue
Pattern: Stairway to Heaven pattern by Geta Grama of Romanian Quilt Studio
Front: Kona Cottons in White, Sky, Lake, Niagara, Algeria, Water, Malibu, Pacific, Royal, Ocean, Storm, Indigo, and Limelight
Back: undecided
Binding: undecided
Quilting: undecided
Finished Size: 36″ blue edge to blue edge

Whew!

Sorry for the radio silence, somehow it is the 26th of February already! I’ve been stitching away almost every spare minute in between working, helping a LQS upgrade their website, and putting in an offer on a house. Did you spend last weekend glued to social media looking at the photos from QuiltCon like I did? Here is what I have been working on the last two weeks:

I put the final stitches on in the binding of my latest Plus finish, Plus no. 4. She was quilted by my friend Amalia and is headed to the wash this evening and will photographed and gifted next week.

I tested the Belts & Buckles quilt pattern from Rebel Craft Media – it is a great pattern and I cannot wait to share it with you. Check out #beltsandbucklesquilt on Instagram to see what everyone is up to.

I have a furry assistant this morning. #sewingathomecon

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The progressive quilt that I participated in during last year’s Mid-Atlantic Mod won First Place in the Bee or Group Quilts Category at QuiltCon! I am beyond thrilled to have participated the quilt with the wonderful group of women. A huge congratulations to Rose who won the top, quilted it beautifully, and submitted it to QuiltCon.

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1st Place, Bee or Group Quilts
Playing with Little Bits by participants of Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Columbia, Maryland
Mid-Atlantic MOD 2014
Pieced by: Rose Daley, Anna Levengood, Jill Stafford, Jessica Skultety, Jessica Levitt, Robin Tillsworth, Rachel Singh, and Elizabeth Timmons
Quilted by: Rose Daley

What have you been up to lately?

 

 

 

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