Friday, January 29, 2010

sew & tell: an improv bee block

I'm pretty sure that's what it is called when you don't have a plan...

This my last block for 2009 A Notion or Two virtual quilting bee.  I really hope Dana likes it.


I was really stressing out over this.  I took it with me on my trip and have been mulling it over all month.  In addition to the fabric she sent me, I picked out the polka dot and the stripe to go with it.  I had visions of 9 patches, pinwheels, etc and nothing really seemed to flow.

So when I realized I didn't have anything to share today, I thought, "Self, you'd better just do something!" So I pulled out the fabrics and decided to frame that bird print - it's my favorite!  And it just sort of went from there.  Improv is fun!

I just have one more assignment from our bee to finish up - it's for my friend Allyn, who I assume is forgiving of my tardiness since we've known each other for a while.  Right, Allyn?  I'm going to work on hers this weekend.  Promise.

One nice thing about being away from my stuff all month is that I'm really motivated to get some projects finished!  Just knock them out!  I hope to have lots of fun things to show you - and not just bags and pillows, although I do have a lot of those to get going on too.  My little vacation was great - re-entry to regular life has not been so easy.  Give me another week.

What did you finish this week?
(Following the rules will ensure a good time for all!)
1. Link to your specific post (email me if you have questions about that.)
2. Please mention us here and link back to this post so everyone can join in.  (You can mention Sew & Tell in your post and have the button on your sidebar or blog, that works too. )
3. Pat each other on the backs in the comments!

32 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Rene' said...

Amy, I love your improv bee block. Such fun and happy colors!!! I'm sure Dana will really like it. Glad you are safely home. Enjoy your weekend.

Lesly said...

Love the colours in this improv block and especially the little birds! Nice work!

Sandra said...

this is a really cheerful block, makes me happy just looking on it!
I`m having a giveaway on my blog, including some fabric and chocolate...

Busy Little Quilter said...

I think the block is so sweet. I love the little birdies, too.

I know what you mean about getting back into the groove of things. You'll get there!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has sewn this week.

Andrea said...

I love those colors! That little bird is so cute!

Jennette said...

I love the little birds, and purple is my fav color!

Jenn said...

I love that block! There's not enough purple in the quilting world right now!

LyndaG said...

Amy, love the block! I posted my Just Tell Friday ... hope you have a great weekend.

Lauren said...

I like the improv quilting, it's so fun. And the bird fabric is positively adorable!

- B said...

I love the block as well! So cheery - makes me want spring on this COLD day!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love the little bird on the fabric! I bet you feel extra creative after a little break!

Mag said...

oh i love the birds... they are too cute

Candied Fabrics said...

It's LOVELY! And I love that bird fabric...infact I do believe I even bought some earlier this year - it is VERY rare that I buy quilting fabric anymore, so that's high praise from me ;-) Anyway, I'm sure she'll LOVE it!

pinksuedeshoe said...

That bird print is SOOO cute! Love. Love. Love. Yay for improv!

Carole Davids said...

Love your blog! Linked to your post and adding your button to my blog.

Thanks for sharing!

Carole
http://sewcuteblog.blogspot.com
shopsewcute.etsy.com

Cara said...

I am joining your sew and tell for the first time! I actually sewed something unplanned this week, but thought, what the heck, I'll put it on Amy's blog!

"love your show, babe."

Julie said...

This is really cute Amy! You've got a good eye for all things crafty :) Nice work.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your very cute block. Thanks for hosting Sew & Tell :-)

Barb said...

I love your block!!!

Kristen said...

I wish I had that many purple scraps. Cute block! I love the purple bird in the center of the block.

Beth said...

Great improv block Amy - I love the little bird and great colours!

Catherine said...

Love how your block turned out and like the flower in the corner of it. Sometimes it's best not to think about things too much and 'just do it'.

ivoryspring said...

Your lock turned out so cute. Thank you for your kind words on my smocked birthday dress.

Nina... said...

Little birdies seem to be the thing these days...so cute. Love the purple and blues, very juicy and fun!

Sarah McK said...

Oooh I like that one!

Diane said...

Love your improv blocks. They are happy looking! Are those birds smiling?

Mary St. John Nielsen said...

Just found you and the "sew and tell". I finished a BOM appliqued block today... hurray for improv and inspiration!

Aunt Spicy said...

Funny, I dont normally like purples, but I adore this block! The birds are adorable!

Mrs Moen said...

I love the block, Amy, and I love purples!

Michelle said...

Love the block! I'm a day late but I'm here ;) Having fun looking at everyone's projects for this week!

Dotty Jane said...

I loved the way you framed your little bird! I didn't have a finish this week but enjoyed looking at all the rest!

Lesly said...

Great purple block - love that fabric! Sheesh - there are so many sew-n-tellers this week - it took me all weekend to get through them all. It's great to have so many terrific finishes to look at - thanks for hosting again!

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