I love participating in my first quilting bee. I joined the Boulder Modern Quilt Guild last August, and finally found my people! Until then, the only modern quilters I knew were online, so it has been a very refreshing experience! This is the third month of the bee, and so far I’m on track. Here is the Fan Star block which I paper pieced today for Claudia from the guild. I really enjoyed the challenge of paper piecing this block, and loved the deep contrast from the Kona Navy to the golden yellows.
To back track a bit, for February, we made improv blocks for Wendy. I loved her approach, she gave us all several strips from a jelly role, all Kona solids, and told us to make a couple blocks, basically any size and to have fun. I made four, with my favorite being the two on the right. I attempted half rectangle triangles for the first time following this tutorial from Latifah Saafir on the Modern Quilt Guild website. I will definitely have to try this technique again. The bottom right block was just fun improv. I love the way it turned out and would love to make a quilt with this overlapping technique someday!
I am embarrassed to say I don’t have a picture of my January Block, It was an amazing experience. Cynthia from the guild dyes all her own fabric, and gave us all our own Sew Liberated Book which included the technique used for the block. It was truly a freeing experience, as it required no measuring and was very fun to piece. And her cloth is beautiful. She is holding a workshop in a couple months and hopefully I’ll attend and learn to dye fabric!
I’ve started drafting a pattern for a quilt for my youngest daughter, I hope to test it this Friday at our quilting retreat!