Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Modern Irish Bee 2014

I signed up for the Modern Irish Bee again this year,  and have had two sets of blocks to make.
This year we are encouraged to find blocks to make that our hard working bees can make from our own scrap stash.  I love these bees as it really makes me use up my scraps.  We are to also use white Ash or snow Kona.
January was Ruth's month and was a fantastic block inspired by Oh Fransson, We were asked to make blocks that were 1 ½ “  squares and be bright and colourful.


I really should press my blocks before I take a photo.
Ash, and snow Kona was also used. Ruth looking forward to seeing your top.
February was Cindy's month . 
I must say spool blocks are fun,

I hope they are not too dull for you Cindy. 
I found the fabric tricky to pick but I hope you like.

I would have to say, my old bee group (Bee a Brit stingy) will be well shocked that I have January and February's blocks done and am twiddling my thumbs waiting for March to come around.
Happy Sewing

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Modern Quilt Guild Ireland Medallion QAL

When the Modern Quilt Guild Ireland decided to do a QAL this year I was happy to join along.
Medallion quilts wouldn't be on the top of my list of quilts to do  but  I thought that I would give it a go and be yet another quilt top I will start.
We are to head off and find some Medallion quilts that inspire us and make a mosaic of our favourites at our flickr group and find a few ideas on what we would like to make. 
I have found some amazing medallion quilts and lots with very detailed centres, but thought that I would move away from the star in the middle and try something different.  I do have the pattern template and sewing foot to sew curves and thought that maybe a flower from Retro Flower quilt would look nice in the middle ( yes another QAL that I never got around to doing)
Photo from the front cover of Retro Flower pattern.
Then I came across this block for the middle in one of my many books.

Wedged in found in Modern Blocks.
 Yes the ideas are changing all the time and although there will be lots of flying geese, I seem to find more and more little ideas for framing my flower. Although I do want to incorporate a few curved blocks into the edging too.

And then I found this block.
I wouldn't know where to start with this block, maybe I should shelve this for another project.

Drop over to the Modern Quilt Guild Ireland if you want to see what others are making.