Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Buzzy, busy bees
It seems like all I hear about on the blogs these days are Bees! No not furry, little, buzzy things but Quilting Bees (I am constantly explaining this to non-quilty friends!).
I have recently got involved in my first Bee, the 'Quick Christmas Bee', organised by Maria of Me and Ma blog. There are only 5 of us so it is a good, quick starter for me.
I am assuming most of my readers will be familiar with the Bee concept (and if you are not please leave a comment and I will email you with an explanation) so I won't explain any further, seeing as I have only just about got my head round it myself!
Sew Mama Sew. All the square's are little pockets.
Lynz from Domestic Light and Magic's turn. She chose these lovely wonky stars. I think one of the best bits about Bees is getting a chance to try out different techniques. From doing just a few blocks of each of these 2 projects I could easily manage the whole thing, so I feel like I have added extra skills to my CV!
So next up it is my turn and it took me a while to come up with a worthy project. The problem is the fact that this is a Christmas Bee but I am not a very 'Christmassy' person. I think working in retail has kind of ruined Christmas for me, so that instead of being excited about decorating the Christmas tree I am "oh no, not more baubles, I have enough of them at work!". Coupled with the fact that by 5pm Christmas Eve I am usually too exhausted to get 'in the mood'.
So I didn't know what to make until I realised that the curtains I am going to put up in the new spare room (still officially my son's room until he goes travelling for 10 months in 2 weeks time) are a very Christmassy green and red check. And I don't have a quilt to match. And obviously I need one!
Now scroll back up the page and take a look at my 'christmas star' block... that's what we're making this month, girls! I think it is called Ohio Star (though there seems to be some debate). I found a great tutorial on V and Co blog and have found enough suitable fabric in my stash (along with some extra from Robert Kaufman's 'sparkle all the way').
I made the trail one last night and tonight I will cut all the fabric up (gulp) and get it posted on Thursday. I am already imagining the lovely new quilt on the spare room bed and getting really excited now!
I f anybody is interested in getting involved in a Bee, Bellsjo has some great ideas about a new one to start soon. Take a look at her blog and make contact if it sounds like fun. I have already signed up!