I made a few blocks right after that post, and gathered up supplies and made up “kits” to make more blocks. I have a few scraps and squares and leftover half-square triangles, so it was quick to assemble those kits. I usually don’t “save’ 4.5″ blocks, but I had LOTS of 5” squares in my Scrap storage system. More about that in a minute…..
My wonderful bee – the Queen Bee’s took on the challenge of making blocks during our bee gathering last Tuesday. They came armed with scraps and sewed for about 3 hours.
During the bee gathering I snapped some photos and sent them off to Carole! It was fun to get a group photo. Here are a couple of pictures of the members, hard at work.
(Sorry for the blur ladies….)
(Imagine…I am actually there in a photo….that usually never happens. Thanks Marta!)
I came home from the bee with a stack of blocks, and still a handful of the kits I made for myself. I didn’t seem to get as much sewing done there as I had planned, so I spent the week working on more blocks. My method for working on these has been to make “2 at a time”. I use those great little foam core design boards to lay out 2 blocks and move them to the iron and back to the machine, and I can “keep the angles” right fairly easily. Look back at my blog here – Foam Core Design Boards to get info on the boards and how to construct them.
I keep making blocks, as my hand is continuing to improve following surgery. Carole asked me if I wanted to put the blocks together into a top, and at the time, I wasn’t sure if I could manage. I think I have about 20 blocks done, and the bee had about 15 done, with more promised. I planned to “send” them to Carole the 2nd week of November. My Queen Bees who are still making blocks are planning to bring them to me the first Monday of November. We have such a great variety of fabrics in these blocks. This afternoon, when the light is better I will put them all up on the design wall for a photo. Now I am wondering if I am “able” to assemble them. I will have to get specifics from Carole on size if I decide to do the assembly. (She reads my blog, so I am sure she will write! )
During this bee, it was fun to chat with my “bee mates”, and to learn which ones are following along with Carole on her “Autumn Jubilee 2018”, and who have enjoyed making her mystery quilts. I love that they found her through my blog posts. I also love that Carole linked to my blog post last week. The day she did that, I had 82 new visitors. So, if you are a new reader, and came to find my blog because of Carole, I thank you for reading and coming back for another visit. Be sure to “follow” in your favorite method. I love reading everyone’s comments too.
At my “next Queen Bee” gathering, I plan to work with one member and help her come up with a plan for controlling & managing her scraps. Bonnie Hunter is one of my FAVORITE well known quilters and in her blog post today she talks about having “variety” in your scrappy quilts and about how to achieve that variety. (Every January I tend to “clean up” my sewing room and cut my scraps into predetermined sizes. ) Thanks to the lessons I have learned from other bloggers, like Bonnie, and others, such as Joan Ford who has written books about working with scraps too. I attribute my “scrap storage system” to the inspiration I have found on Bonnie’s blog. My sizes I save, and my method for storage are unique to me, as it must be for everyone. I will, no doubt, write about my methods in a future post. If your curious, you can check out this post- Scrap Storage Containment System
My sister-in-law, Carolyn, wrote about her method on her blog here One Block Wonder Woman and Scrap Overload . If you are a “scrappy quilter” how do you “contain” the chaos of scraps?