Thursday, October 19, 2017

Blocks for Janice

These two blocks left North Carolina today, headed to Janice.  Very pretty block choice ~ can't wait to see the quilt!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hive 3 October Block

I was on the ball this month and already have Queen Bee Lisa's block made and sent!

The granny square block is a fun and super easy sew, and I love the color scheme.


Hive 6 blocks for Janice

Hee are my blocks for Janice. They will be in the mail today. Sorry for the dark picture, it's  a dreary, gray, rainy day here today.

Monday, October 16, 2017

These were fun blocks to make for October's Hive 5 Queen.  Hope they work for you Gayle.  I look forward to seeing what you create.  Going in the mail tomorrow, 10/17.

Hive 7 for debbie

Debbie had some fun quick blocks this month for a great irish chain shes going to be putting together soon.

Hive 7 - October blocks for Debbie

These were so easy and fun to make. I loved going through my scrap boxes to find some fun prints. Hope you like them, Debbie. I will get them to you this week.

Hive 1 2017 Finish

I was Hive 1's March queen this year and it was my very first bee ever!
I really was excited by this adventure as I had wanted to join a bee for months but couldn't find any (it wasn't the right period of the year! :D ).

Choosing a block wasn't easy. There are so many beautiful blocks around the internet.... Choosing the colors was easier as I always end up buying the same  colors i'm addicted to :-/ I went for the "treasurehunt block" .
I also asked for the same block in another bee I joined this year. I was planning for a rather big quilt, not nowing what i would do with it... I would have time later to figure this out. I loved the pattern and the colors I chose, that was the most important!

In early june my dad was diagnosed with a cancer reccurence. It meant chimio/ hospital/ sickness and weakness all over again :( I immediatly thought about sewing him a quilt to brighten up the difficult days ahead. So I began to think about a pattern and colors that would be cheerful yet masculine.
The plan was to move fast to be able to give him the quilt for his 60'th birthday on august 10th.

Then the idea came to me that my soon to be bee quilt would be the perfect quilt for a comfort quilt!
What greater energy could I find than all the friendly energy people from all around the world had put in choosing the right fabrics and then sewing beautiful blocks especially for me?

Luckily I had asked for the same block in my other bee for the month of june. I might have enough time to finish the quilt on time for the birthday!
Sadly a block got stuck in the mail and I only received it when I came home from seing my parents mid august. I started the quilt right away!

It was a whole new exercise to plan a layout with blocks made out from several stashes. All the blocks were beautiful individually but they did not always work together! :D The colors wouldn't match or sometimes the size.

I finally came out with a layout for the front and the back.

I had to change my initial backing plans as it was way too girly for my dad :D

And then it was quilting time! I wanted to practice freemotion but didn't want it to be too girly as well. 

I spent a few days on it enjoying every minute , every fabric I quilted (some I didn't notice before, since I received so many blocks :D ). And I thought about my dad all along the process. It was like a special moment between the quilt, my dad and me .

When it was all finished, on the first days of september, I decided to mail it right away to my dad because I was too impatient and I couldn't wait until my next visit to give it to him. It meant that I wouldn't see the look on his face when he would discover the quilt... but well I'm an impatient person, what can I do about that! :D

I sent him a note with it explaining the fact that ladies from around the world had contributed to his quilt, and that I hoped that all these good vibes added to my love would cheer him up on grayer days.
My mom told me he got all emotional :) and he liked the quilt so much that he decided to put it on their bed instead of his armchair so it would not get dirty :D

I went to visit them on september 22nd for the week end and he gave me a big hug. I think he really liked his present!

A few days later he got a small infection and due to his compromised immune system, things went very fast and he died the very next day on september 29th. 
He only used his quilt for a few weeks, but at least I hope it felt as if I was next to him. I'm so glad it's this particular quilt I decided to give him. My "friendship treasurehunt quilt".


Hive1 August block for Sue

This One was an easy one on the sewing but difficult one concerning the fabric choice!
Sue gave us a lot of choices and possibilities with her fabric/ color selection :) I was even more afraid than usual that my block wouldn't fit with the rest of the blocks.

Finally I went for a combo that pleased me hopping Sue would like too :D


Hive 1 July block for Greta

In July Greta asked for a mapple leaf but we could choose the pattern we liked best.
As it was my first one, I went easy and not fancy :D

I'm really glad she asked for this block because I always admired mapple leaf quilts thinking it must be difficult. And I just discovered it wasn't :D

So here is my version:

It made me want to make a mini quilt for autumn but sadly time went by too fast and I haven't had the time. Maybe next year! :D


Hive 1 June block for Alanna

These were my June blocks for Alanna.
It was a scary block for me to make as I'm not really friends with flying geese :D But I really enjoyed the final result.

I can't wait to discover the beautiful quilt Alanna will make out of all the flying geese!