Annually the Philadelphia MQG hosts a secret santa/elfster swap that is scheduled for our January meeting. Last year it happened as scheduled, this year not so much. I was all ready to take the trip to Philadelphia so I could partake in the fun, but Mother Nature had other plans…two months in a row. They finally exchanged gifts yesterday night so I wanted to show off what I made for Angie.
She requested fabric baskets to help organize her sewing room and I did a bit of snooping to find out that she liked teal/aqua. I used this tutorial from Haberdashery Fun and used Mousy Mouse from Catnap by Lizzy House, teal Garden Pindot from Michael Miller, and Orange Grid from Citrus by Another Point of View. Bonus, all of the fabric came out of my stash.
To round out the gift, I paired it with a sketchbook and a fresh set of colored pencils – two items I do not think I could quilt without.
January is done! Did you blink and miss it like I feel I did? January was a busy month: new year’s, shipping my Schnitzel & Boo Mini, stalking the mailbox to see if mine has arrived (ps. it hasn’t), and turning 33. January also included some colorful, complicated feathers!
Janet from the Philly MQG selected feathers for her bee blocks. I was so nervous to cut into my pieced strips that I played with some paper first.
Cutting the paper first was a huge stress relief! I went on to successfully piece two feathers, a blue and an aqua one.
Janet provided us with the background and quill fabric with directions to make scrappy, monochromatic feathers. I dipped into my scrap bin and stash to make these two beauties.
I think these blocks were more stressful than my string circle block last summer!
What are you up to, any complicated bee blocks in your life?
Another mini has left the house and has landed safely in Virginia! This is the mini that I created for Ellen, my partner in the third round of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap. I knew that Ellen liked Alison Glass and Aneela Hoey fabrics along with a variety of awesome quilters. The common thread among the quilter’s she loves are bold geometric patterns so the triangles were a perfect fit!
I used my Sizzix triangle die to create another Color Hexi quilt and framed it with gray Essex Linen. I used my new Bernina walking foot to trace each color hexagon and mirrored the overall shape of the hexagons in a radiating pattern until I hit the edges of the quilt. The binding was my effort to balance the visual weight of the black hexagon. Once I had the quilt completed, I felt like it was drawing way to much attention, so I countered it with a dark corner of binding. I am really happy with how it turned out.
This was a hard one to put in the mail. Great news though, she loves it!
Pattern: My own design using Sizzix Triangles, Isosceles and Right Die
Front: A variety of Alison Glass Sun Prints, Kona Solids, and other color + white prints from my stash
Back: A variety of Aneela Hoey prints, Alison Glass Sunprints, Kona Tomato, and Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Plummy and black Crosshatch
Quilting: Aurifil 50WT #2024 (white)
Finished Size: Approx 23″ x 20″