Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Leaves, stars and feathers

The great bee block catch up has begun! Well, June is ticked off the list at least - so only a couple more to go ;o)

First up is a block for Jodi for our Scrappy? Sew Bee It! bee. Jodi designed the block herself, and gave us this photo as inspiration for choosing colours - the intention being that her bee quilt will hang below the apples. Jodi is a fellow AMH fanatic, so I used a few of my Good Folks scraps for three of the petals, along with the Field Study print which is in my Forest quilt. I absolutely love her idea for this quilt - I'm a little jealous already ;o)


Jodi's block

Next up are a couple of star blocks for Julie in the AusMod bee. I must admit these put me way out of my comfort zone - the colours and prints are not something I would normally choose to work with at all. But having seen the blocks that have been created so far, I think it's going to be a really gorgeous and feminine quilt. The first one was designed on the fly, the second is a paper pieced one (made using Faith's whirling star tutorial). 

Julie's block #2



Julie's block #1

As a reward to myself for being a good bee mate (hehehe), I did a bit more quilting on the forest quilt. Feathers around the feathers. This is my most favourite block I have ever made, and I didn't want to detract from the piecing too much, so I used white 50wt Aurifil to blend in with the background. Looking at it now, I'm not sure it was the best choice of motif for this block - but I seriously love quilting feathers like this and just couldn't resist. I think you'll see these popping up in my quilting more and more :o)


The rest of this week will be spent catching up on some more bee blocks, and making some doll dresses for my wee girl's upcoming third birthday in a few weeks. I'm a little in denial that my baby is turning three - although admittedly I'm pretty excited about making her some dresses, even if they're just for her doll. Oh, and the wonderful Rebecca has asked me to do a review of my sewing machine for her Sewing Machine Adultery series which I'm excited about - I'll let you know when it's up on her blog so you can read all about why I love my Bernina!

Hope you're all having a great week. 

xx Jess

19 comments:

Helen said...

Oh I like the block you did for Jodi! She will love the AMH :)
I am still having issues printing the template for July? Can I ask a huge favour and borrow yours, am so sure it will be wrong if I use my mismatched photocopy! Thanks Jess!

Charlotte said...

great blocks, and mad quilting skillz!

moira said...

such loveliness, jess. my wee man turns 2 next month - flipping heck!

snips said...

Lovely blocks, especially the AMH petals! And more gorgeous quilting on your forest quilt!!

Jessica said...

That first bee block is coming to me, right ;)? Your quilting is so amazing - you do great feathers!

Carla said...

Your blocks all look fabulous! Good on you

sarahquilts.com said...

I loved the leaf block at first sight and then realized that it's all AMH! No wonder! :)

Katy Cameron said...

Loving your feathery feathers!

Newbie Jen said...

I love them all!

Janine said...

Gorgeous blocks! I'll look forward to your sewing machine review :)

Leanne said...

Beautiful blocks, beautiful quilting, so nice to visit here.

Deborah said...

Such lovely blocks and your quilting is fabulous! I love my Bernina, too!

Heather D. said...

Phew, all caught up! The bee blocks look great, and so does your feather block.

Vicki said...

You are busy...all of the blocks look terrific! Yeh...Jodi!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

You are a super star bee member, all of these blocks are gorgeous. The pink star is really dreamy. Your feathers , pieced and quilted are seriously very cool!!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Great blocks! I really love your feathers, I must learn how to do them!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

My baby just turned 3 also. I can't believe it either - making me feel a bit clucky which is SO unlike me (and needs to stop immediately ;) haha)

Loving your work. Especially that feather quilt :)

Ella said...

Love the feathers on the feathers. Of course, I love the AMH as well!

RobinSue said...

wonderful blocks! love them all, i can't choose a favorite!