Tuesday, February 8, 2011

To Bee, or Not To Bee (Block Party Post)

Fresh Poppy Design

Quilt Story is hosting a Block Party this week, and it's just a fun way to showcase the blocks people are making. Traditional, modern, or creative -- there are some really great, and inspirational, blocks out there! Go see...after you look at mine, of course! :o)

(I made these blocks for members of a virtual quilting bee made up of some spectacular LA Modern Quilt Guild members.)

First, is my trifle block. This one nearly destroyed me. Seriously. I wrote about the emotional angst and the waffling and the emptiness here (I just re-read it, and I'm so glad I wrote about that block like I did!). Lori asked for blocks with dessert on a pedastal, and when she first gave us the fabrics, I thought I could could come up with something good. Lori is a really wonderful person, and I wanted to make something wonderful for her, you know? After quite a bit of vascillating, and questioning myself and my abilities, and even trying to give the fabric back to Lori and bow out (she wouldn't let me), I decided to create a trifle for her. A layered dessert on a pedastal. Before I cut into her fabrics, I used my own to make a sample block, and I'm SO glad I did. It allowed me to proceed with confidence as I made the block that I could proudly give to Lori.

Lori's (bee) Dessert Block #1

I can't wait to see her finished quilt!

I seriously felt like a rock star when I was making this block. And I want an entire king-sized quilt made with these blocks. And I want it rightthisveryminute!! Natalie asked us to make "porthole" blocks for her using a fabulous technique by Ric Rac. Circles. Pieced circles. Scary!! But, just like my trifle block, I decided to make a sample before I cut into Natalie's fabric. The fabric I wanted to use (Laurie Wisbrun's Tufted Tweets) just so happened to be pre-cut into a large hexie, but when I began, I intended to still piece it into my background as a circle. But then? I had a brilliant idea...why not piece the hexagon? Right into the background fabric!? And I kid you not, I felt like I'd just won the lottery!

Portholing Hexagons

The picture leaves a lot to be desired, but I have this block hanging near my sewing table so I can look at it and think about how much I enjoy modern quilting and how the challenges I've had learning new techniques have been SO very good for me.


  1. I still cant get over how much I adore the dessert block...super amazing!

  2. I loooove your trifle, seriously so great! Thanks so much for submitting for the block party, we really had so much fun so THANK YOU!


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