Bee Blocks In & Out …

Just in for a short post. I got two more of my blocks for the Sew Sweet Bee.

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The first one is from Kerri of Sew Deerly Loved on etsy, her blog is Lovely Little Handmades. She has the cutest tutorials on her blog, I could spend hours looking at them. Love the little deer in the center square.  Kerri also kindly sent me a fat quarter of the cutest little floral print, it goes perfectly with my stash!!

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This next block is from Nanette of Freda’s Hive. She sent this cute block with some prints I have never seen before and I love it very much. Thank you Nannette!! She also sent along a little package of cute embellishments!!

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Now for the out! I got busy making my two blocks to send off to Diane of  Random Thoughts Do or Di, for the Modern Stitching Bee that I also belong to. I am getting these in the mail just under the wire. They were so fun to make and I really like how the low volume make the centers stand out.  I also learned I really don’t have much in the way of jewel tones! Hmm, maybe some more shopping is in order, well probably not just shop as needed, right!!

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It was fun digging through fabric to make these blocks for her, I hope she likes them. They will be in the mail on Monday.

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Just a short post but I wanted to show them off before I put them in the mail, so I don’t forget.

Have a great weekend. It’s raining here, but not snowing so I am not complaining. It’s perfect sewing weather!!

Great Granny Squared Book …

This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified and her book is on its way to her!! Thank you to all who entered!!

I have a little surprise again this Monday morning. Remember when I told you I had more happy mail last week? Well, the happy mail was 2 copies of Lori Holt’s newest book, “Great Granny Squared”. We are excited to be giving away a copy to one of our readers here on our blog. Thanks to the  the Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet.

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This is a lovely book filled with more of Lori’s ideas and techniques for making beautiful quilted projects featuring her great granny square!

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This weekend, I opened up the book and took out my basket with some of my favorite scraps and used this for inspiration for a new pillow cover.

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This is what I came up with so far. It will cover my pillow form nicely with a 2″ border and then a cute backing fabric! I love granny squares in any shape, size or fabric so this book will be a treasure!!

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My plan is to make the great granny square table topper for this newly painted table in my family room. It needs something cute, I think a table topper would look perfect on it (an idea from her book). I will show pictures when I finish it.

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If you would like to win this book, leave a comment on this post telling us what you love about spring and you will be entered to win your very own copy of Lori’s book. We will leave this giveaway open until April 1st.

Have fun and enjoy your week. Back to sewing for me!

Happy Happy Mail!! {Log …

I was away on a trip to Florida for a few days and when I returned home, this is what I saw!! Several quilt blocks from the Sew Sweet Bee that I belong to had arrived!!

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So much cuteness in one place made me so happy!! Love all the washi tape on the packages too!!

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A lovely package from Renee, her blog is Sewn With Grace! She totally made a gorgeous block and also sent me an adorable little pack of Moda Candy with a very kind note!! Thank you Renee!!

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I love the block that Amy from A Quilting Sheep made for me. The blues are from Bonnie and Camille, some of my most favorite fabric! Thank you Amy, I love it!!

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Heather at Vintage Grey sent a sweet package that is both pretty on the inside and outside! Thank you so much Heather for my beautiful quilt block and many little extra lovelies!! Love, love, love!!

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Missy from Missy’s Homemaking Adventures sent this very pretty log cabin block for me!! Thank you so much Missy!!

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Pam from Pam Kitty Morning sent me this adorable quilt block (lots of pretty PKM fabric) in such a cute package and some very cute notecards!! Thank you Pam, it is so so pretty!

If you have never visited these blogs before I think you would really enjoy them!! Go and check them out and see for yourself!!

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Also, this package came while I was gone, it is from my sweet Jennie! She gave me the beautiful wallet that she made. I love it and all of the fun goodies she sent me for my day planner. Look at those cute cupcake book markers!! The little green peas are salt and pepper shakers and they are so cute and now they are mine. Thank you so much Jennie, I love everything!!

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Here are all the blocks I have received and five additional blocks that I made to add to the quilt. I really love these blocks so I wanted my quilt to be a little larger. I will adjust the layout when I have all the blocks. Everyone made the most beautiful fabric choices for my quilt blocks. It will be a most cherished quilt ever!! Not only are the ladies that sewed these blocks talented, they are very sweet!!

Glad you visited today, hope you have a great day!!

p.s. This is not the only cute mail I received while I was away. I will be back in a day or so to show you, there is a surprise for someone!!

Log Cabin Blocks

Hello!

It is my month for the Sew Sweet Bee that  started up last month. Donna from Donna’s Lavender Nest is hosting this for us. I am excited  to swap blocks with such sweet ladies.

For my block, I am requesting a red and aqua log cabin block, since aqua and red are two of my favorite combinations. Also, I am loving the low volume or script fabrics so I thought that would be perfect for the light side.

I have an illustration and color chart that Jennie made up for me. The block finishes up at 12″ square.

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Cutting:

Red:

(1) 3″ x 3″

Aqua                                     White or Low Volume

(1) 2″ x 3″                              —

(1) 2″ x 4 1/2″                      2″ x 4 1/2″

(1) 2″ x 6″                             2″ x 6″

(1) 2″ x 7 1/2″                       2″ x 7 1/2″

(1) 2″ x 9″                              2″ x 9″

(1) 2″ x 10 1/2″                     2″ x 10 1/2″

—                                            2″ x 12″

It is really simple and quick to make. When I made my block I used mostly scraps so I didn’t measure the strips before cutting to length until cut after sewing them on. It really is a personal preference.

Here is a sample block I made so you can see what I am looking for. I don’t mind color in the low volume or text or print, even solid white is fine. I am excited to see this come together. (I may have sewn more than one block for fun, the rest are still in process, you can see from the photo!)

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Thank you and have a great day!

Lavender Jacob’s …

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More bee blocks today.  These are the blocks for the Sew Sweet Bee, hosted by Donna of Donna’s Lavender Nest.  For the first month Donna wanted a Jacob’s Ladder in lavenders.  The first block is my mom’s, it’s Lecien floral, aren’t the roses pretty?

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And here’s my block!  I used a purple from Lovey Dovey by DoodleBug Designs for Riley Blake.  I am always on the lookout for pretty purple fabrics, so I feel like I scored with this one.  I may have also ordered some chevrons and hearts…

So, that’s the sewing for today, now I’ve got to get busy working on some birthday things for a little boy who turns four this weekend!  Time sure does fly!