Wednesday, January 14, 2009

a quilting bee

I don't think I mentioned that I was asked by Dana (aka: the queen of quilt giveaways) from Old Red Barn Co. to be part of a quilting bee this year! I was excited that she thought I would measure up to the others in our group. There are 12 of us each taking a month this year to be "in charge". When it is our month we send out fabric to the other 11 members with guidelines for the blocks we would like them to make. At the end of the month, they mail them back and you have 11 (+ your own = 12) blocks to make into a quilt. If you are interested you can go to our Flickr group and see who we are and what we're up to. One of our members is a graphic designer and she designed our cute little button over there on my sidebar, A Notion or Two.

I have never done anything like this so I thought it would be a fun adventure. I could sit back the first few months, make blocks for other people, and kind of see how it is done and how I would approach my month.



I was assigned January! Yikes! I actually had most of the fabric I needed for a green and white quilt I had been thinking of doing. So I decided that I would just do that. But the idea I had was kind of abstract and hard to explain so I was mulling and mulling and was inspired by a little birdie quilt that Amber made. I thought that a little bird on each block of green (leaves? or leave-ish designs) would be really cute.

So I just sent out the bundles from these fabrics and am really excited to see what I get back! They are mostly Michael Miller and Amy Butler with a Moda or two thrown in.

I've just been redecorating (or some could argue, decorating for the first time) my living room and this lap quilt will fit right in. I just got a new rug, pillow, and some new flowers and rearranged the furniture and my pictures.... so I can't wait for this quilt to have a new home.

11 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Karen said...

can you help me order some fabric? please. this is gorgeous. i can hardly wait to see the finished product. I would like to be part of a quilting bee. oh, i guess they would probably like to have people who have some experience in actual quilting.

allyn said...

i couldn't see the picture. is it of the fabric? 'cause, i have my own. oh...nevermind. my computer had a moment for itself. there are those adorable bunnies.

Sarah said...

I'm working on a green and white baby quilt right now and loving those greens. I should get my fabric from you today...can't wait! I'm excited about the bird applique too!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

i'm still waiting for mine to show up :) can't wait to figure it out!

Cara said...

Amy you are so virtually popular! You are too cool for me. The quilting bee sounds like fun.

I don't have the time or skills or funds to play around with fabrics all the time, so I quilt vicariously through you and other online quilt blogs.

Debbie said...

oh my heck girl...you rock!!!!!!! OBTW check this out!!!

http://web.me.com/andrewtbagley/NieRecovery/Wishes/Entries/2009/1/16_Nie_Day_II_-_Hope_Continues.html

bumblebeebags said...

love the colors..it should look really cute. I'm going to be starting a quilt along this month if you want to join in. I will be giving tutorials on how to make a the Tennessee Waltz wall hanging quilt.

Jenny said...

Amy, I can't wait to see the new look of your living room! This quilt will be awesome!! Love the colors ... as usual:)

randi---i have to say said...

I think this quilt idea is wonderful! That stack of fabrics is lovely!

sewtakeahike said...

Love those fabrics you picked out Amy! I think your little birdie idea sounds fabulous! Can't wait to see the blocks you get back!

Sean & Lacey said...

Amy I didn't know you were so talented! This is Lacey Stanley from you ward, I found your blog off of Megan Youngs, our blog is private but send me your email and I will add you to it. Aren't blogs the best for seeing what people are up to? So fun!

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