Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Busy Bee

What do you do when you don't know what to do next?  Bee blocks, of course.

Teal Log Cabin for do. Good Stitches

Teal Log Cabin for do. Good Stitches


This is a pair of log cabin blocks for my friend Anna of The Joy Cottage, who is quilting for the Faith circle of do. good Stitches this December.  These were made strictly from scraps.  For me, that makes a project take so much longer than it should, but I really feel super-accomplished when I use up my scraps.

To be honest, my scraps kinda haunt me.  They're sitting around whispering "she better use us".  "if she doesn't, she's so wasteful."  "oh, yes, sooooo wasteful."  "and look at all that new yardage. tsk, tsk, tsk."

Even though I pull from my scraps pretty darn often, I still feel like they are multiplying faster than I can ever use them.  Does anyone have a clever solution?  I mean, other than the heartless, "toss them!" concept.

Colorplay blocks for do. Good Stitches

This set of blocks was designed by Melanie of Texas Freckles for the Love circle of do. Good Stitches.  I have no idea how Melanie will arrange all her fun blocks, but this arrangement made me happy!  If you like these blocks, Melanie posted a Color Play tutorial.

Fun Fabrics for Rag Baby Quilt

So, I started cutting squares for that baby rag quilt I'm making.  And, I forced myself to drag the kids to Hancocks to get Minkee early this morning. And, wouldn't you know it - they were OUT of the color I needed.  So, scratch that.  This project will have to wait.  Let's try to get started again, shall we?

13 comments:

  1. That "color play" block is amazing! Funny that your scraps talk to you...

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  2. LOL! Your fabric talks to you too?! The best thing to do with all the Anna Maria Horner scraps you have is to give them away to a lucky reader. ;-)

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  3. Was that AMH pincushion you made as hard as Anna Maria said it would be? could a beginner tackle it?

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  4. sew mama sew had a great series a while back on scrap projects...fun stuff in there!

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  5. Am I the only one whose fabrics talk to them? I don't believe it. period.

    Ok, I totally realized after I posted this that giving you all scraps is a great idea. But, really, who wants the little ones? Those are the chattiest in the bunch.

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  6. Love your Bee blocks!!
    Tell you scraps to hush and that you will get to them eventually - lol!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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  7. Your bee blocks are really nice. I feel good using scraps, too! I've got to figure out a better storage system for myself (for scraps and yardage).

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  8. I really love these blocks. The color choices are awesome.

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  9. Ha! You were reading my mind - I'd gladly take your scraps :) Ha! Otherwise, scraps are great for the Quilt As You Go Quilt Along. Penny at Sewtakeahike had one and Heather at Houseofalamode had a second one. I'm still working on mine because I see this as a marathon project, not a sprint. It takes a while for me to gather fabrics with white backgrounds.
    Love love love your blocks. The AMH filigree in meadow is my ABSOLUTE favorite - I hoard it. I almost used it in my December Faith block too, but I hoard it.

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  10. Rachel, all those blocks and fabrics are so pretty! I know what you mean about noisy scraps - I really need to start on a scrappy quilt, and I may have seen just the pattern for it today in a movie!

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  11. yeah yeah! I love the blocks! Can't wait to see them in person! :) Merry Christmas, friend!

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  12. The scraps talking to you is just as awesome as the zipper smelling ones fear...love it! And your feelings about scraps totally enables my 'don't through away' motto...it truly feels rotten to even consider it.

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  13. I love how you set your string blocks to match!

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