Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Blocks

January is my month and I have been thinking about what I would really like. I went to my stash and stared for a while. (I like to do this a lot) What I realized is that I have a large I spy square collection. This collection should really be shared with the children in my life. I also have a solid fatquarter bundle that i really don't have a project for until now. And so January's bee block is born....
The I Spy Square in a Square.

I hope you all have fun making these blocks. I hope I can get the quilt put together to be able to use this summer.

Thank you all this has been a wonderful year.

Friday, December 24, 2010

December Fabric

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. Am I the worst bee leader or what?! My fabric for December is now officially 24 days late. You are all so sweet to not harass me about it. I'm hoping that you were all so busy crafting for Christmas that you're relieved to not have any additional work to do.

I already have 2 sets of completed blocks from my other two bees, so I'm perfectly happy to skip my month. I would actually be very relieved to not have a whole other, new set staring me in the face and making me feel guilty.

What do you guys think? Are you okay with that?

Anita, I haven't forgotten about you. I'm doing your blocks as soon as we get back from our Christmas trip.

Enjoy your holidays, everyone.


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big Oops

Good morning:

I made a mistake on my instructions. Please divide the square of kona into 4....not two as I indicated on my blog.

If you have already made the blocks, or are in process with just not worry! I'm not. I just wanted to clarify for those who hadnt started.

this is me, in a big hurry.....grin

Sunday, October 31, 2010

September Quilt WIP

Hello Everyone!! I'm just checking in and sharing my progress. Here are all of the blocks so far! I think this quilt is going to be great.

I've received blocks from Balinda, Kellie, Margaret, Anita, Shelly, Ruth & Liz. If you've sent blocks and I haven't mentioned you please let me know. I tried to organize my sewing room, now I don't know where anything is! I may have put your blocks in a different spot. Anyone who still has blocks to send, I'm in no rush, take your time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Spiderweb blocks for Anita

Same blocks, rotated differently.

Hope you like them!

Monday, October 25, 2010

November-a little early

Hello Fresh Comfort 2!

I am excited to finally be getting to my month! I would like the blocks to be a string block. Here is a link to a great online tutorial. One thing that I have discovered as I have started making these blocks is to do a quick backstitch at the beginning and ending of each strip-this helps to keep it from pulling apart when you take of the backing paper. I used an old phone book for the foundation, but any light weight paper will work.

The width of each strip can be varied and feel free to put as many or as few strips on each side of the center as you like. I just want the center strip to be the kona snow and to start out as 1 inch. I would like the size of the blocks sent back to me to be 8.5 inches square. Please feel free to add any additional fabrics to these blocks that you would like. I am not worried about having modern fabrics/vintage linens or brighter/softer fabrics mixed together.

I sent the packages in the mail today, I am a little early so I thought I would go ahead and get them off. I am in no hurry, this quilt is kind of a long-term project for me :)

If you feel the desire, I have sent enough fabric to do 2-3 blocks. This is going to be a bed quilt for my king sized bed so I can use all the help I can get!

Thanks so much!!!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Hello! it is the deliquent

Hey everyone. I am alive.

I believe that all should have received their blocks..and mine for October is in the mail. Don't worry about a timing on this one, I don't have one. I apologize for the delay in getting this out. It took me a few days to get some measurements worked out.

I want to apologize for not being present. I'm not sure I could have anticipated this year, father's death, followed by annoying months of my step mother's issues, then my mom started having strokes and stroke like symptoms. So then I was in Phoenix far more than I had ever imagined. And then I would come back and try to catch up with work..just to have it all go to pieces in an instant. And then we were lucky enough to have our basement flood in August. Just like all the other Central Iowa folks. What a mess! And since life was so unstressful, my migraines were completely unmanageable. Some weeks I was having one/day. Luckily I was referred to Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago..and wow, what a difference in my life, just since August. Who knew that after 15 yrs someone could make that big of a difference? I'm hopeful that this winter is better. I certainly never imagined that this would be my midlife crisis.

I've named my quilt Chocolate Cherry Mint. I'm asking you to do spider web quilt blocks for me. My inspiration for this block is here. Please follow the basic directions here--with my modification explanations here.

I've included a letter with details in the packages. please let me know if you have any Q's. I can be reached at anita (dot) maherlewis (at) gmail (dot) com.