Monday, March 14, 2016

Bees 'n Blooms, Part 3

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show

Last week, my quilting buddy, Pam Buda, of Heartspun Quilts, and I taught 3 days of classes each at the IHQS show in Bloomington, IN. What a lovely bunch of quality quilters! We both enjoyed our classes and the endless assortment of delicious options for dinner each night in downtown Bloomington. Overall, a good work/play weekend.

Just to prove I was really working, here are few pictures of my ladies in action.
Pam and I visiting with Quilts 'n Bloom shop owner, Cathy Will. What a wonderful shop in Haubstadt, IN!

Working on Barn Raising using a KT Five & Dime ruler

30- Something from Layers of Love in brights and grays.
 I love visiting different areas of the country and meeting quilters of all skill levels. Sandy Anderson and her friend, Barb, are very skilled quilters, but had some doubts about my method of  "raw edge layering stuff". Despite this fact, they signed up for all 3 workshops!. I applaud their ability to seek out new things and think outside the box. By the end of the first day assembling her bright and beautiful 30-Something blocks, she and Barb were believers in Layered Patchwork! They were a delightful addition to all 3 days of classes and are now pro-active supporters of KT and my unique Layered Patchwork technique. Go forth and convert!

Love Nola's beautiful batik blocks - and the matching hair!

Claire was another skeptic who not only made wonderful batik 30-Something blocks,but signed up for the next days' class as well! Great job!

 I had a minute or two to catch up on some binding while these ladies sewed up a storm!



Pigeon Forge, TN

We're traveling this week with grandaughter, Aleece, to A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. She's delighted to be "working" with us over her Spring Break. The quilt show and classes run from Tuesday thru Saturday. Mine range from Mini Table Treats to 30-Something (above) to Clara's Raised Bed Garden using our KT Wedge template for faking curved piecing. I'd love to see you there! We won't be home until Monday, March 21st, so watch for the next blog post later that week. I'll have tons of pictures of our adventures in Tennessee!

KT Winner

The winner of last week's Bees 'n Blooms book and box of scraps is




Queen Bee

The third pair of projects in the Bees 'n Bloom book is based on a traditional quilt block called Queen Bee. It's a simple, pieced 16-patch with appliqued melon shapes in the corners. I sized the block to fit our KT Melon template to make a large lap quilt and pillow utilizing a Moda Jelly RollTM. The fun applique border is fused on for easy placement/stitching.
Queen Bee lap quilt

Queen Bee 18" Pillow cover


Comment to win the Bees 'n Blooms book and another box of scraps from several of the Bees 'n Blooms projects. I've decided giving away leftovers is the best solution to keeping my sewing room uncluttered, and I get to share with you - win, win!

64 comments:

  1. I like your idea of a "win - win". Thanks for the chance.

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  2. Queen Bee pattern is very pretty. It looks like Bloomington, In was a fun time.

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  3. I would love to win your leftovers! The book would be a perfect pair with my Layers of Love. I too am a convert to your layered-piecing!!!!

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  4. I would be so happy to help you keep your space uncluttered!!

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  5. The Queen Bee lap quilt is beautiful! And any time you feel the need to give away scraps--I'm your girl! Thanks for the chance.

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  6. I love scraps. You can send them my way anytime. dorthac@aol.com

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  7. Have made so many mini quilts from KT scraps lately. Would love to replenish my supply!
    Love that gal, Pam. Sorry I didn't get to come meet you when the two of you were not far from me a year or so ago.

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  8. Queen Bee is awesome! I just love your line of fabrics and your technique. Would love to have just anything from Kansas Troubles.

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  9. OMGosh!! Love this Queen Bee Pattern! SEW happy and fresh! Thanks for the chance!
    Paulette

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  10. Given that I have a hard time cutting into big pieces of fabric, your fabric scraps would find a happy home with me. The Queen Bee quilt does indeed look like bees buzzing around the border.
    kathleen

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  11. Thanks for the reminder that taking classes is a great way to explore new techniques -- I really need to do more of that!

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  12. Sounds like some fun and busy times! I love the queen bee quilt! Thanks for sharing the pictures from your classes they were really fun to see.

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  13. Would love to add your scraps to my supplies - so fun!

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  14. A good thing for both tbe winner and you. That's using your noggin.

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  15. A good thing for both tbe winner and you. That's using your noggin.

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  16. I think you can always learn something if your mind is open.......
    Love your queen bee quilt......

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  17. Oh my goodness! I need more hours in the day to sew with your fabrics. This line may actually be my favorite! Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. I can't wait to see you again. I'll be at the retreat in August at Missouri Star. You and Jenny make a great team.

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  18. I think the honey bee is my favorite so far. Thanks so much for sharing your scraps. It would definitely be awesome to win some.

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  19. I think it's part of being a quilter to learn new things may it be a new skill or a new tool. Sometimes you discover something you like and will use further other times it's just about checking something of the list. And I think we all always need some new fabrics:-)

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  20. I have always loved the Honey Bee block. That pillow is darling.

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  21. I just love that Queen Bee pattern! Thank you for sharing and have fun in TN!

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  22. Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabric! Love the pillow!

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  23. So good to see you in action. What lovely quilts the gals were making. Darling new patterns too. Thanks for sharing the pictures. K-

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  24. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your day. I love the look of the quilt you were working on when you had a spare minute. Hope to see it in a future post.

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    1. Barbara, I'm working on the Bees 'n Blooms quilt. See my post from 2weeks ago! It's one of the 6 projects in the book. Glad you like it.

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  25. That Queen Bee pillow is beautiful! It would be perfect made with scraps. Thank you for an opportunity to win your scraps.

    Take care.
    Emily

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  26. I'd love to go to some of your classes! Enjoy the Mountain Quiltfest....I was there a few years ago and loved it!

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  27. I would so love for my sister and myself to be able to attend some great quilting classes or even a retreat, especially if you were teaching. Love your fabrics and I know those scraps would be put to good use and would blend right in with my past projects!

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  28. Looks like everyone was having fun in Indiana. Hope your trip to Tennessee goes well, too.

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  29. Would love to get a chance to take your workshop. Will have to settle for your posts for a while though. Hope your trip to Tennessee is as successful as your trip to Indiana.

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  30. Bees 'n Bloom is the perfect name for fabric this time of the year ... LOL We have lost all our snow (amazing!!!) and the warmer weather has made me want to sort my stash, organize it and it would be a perfect opportunity to incorporate your box of scraps! Thanks for the chance to win ;-) Linda at Canends@Hotmail.com

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  31. I love to work with scraps of fabrics and your scraps would be an amazing addition to my quilting stash. Thanks for the great giveaway and for the amazing fabrics and patterns you create.

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  32. Love the quilt you were sewing the binding on!

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  33. I would love to use up your scraps by making some Bees n Bloom things for myself. Of course sharing the finished projects with friend too. Thanks for all that you do!

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  34. That Queen Bee pillow is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  35. From your work area to ours...what a great idea. My MIL and I "trade" fabric and supplies and books.... She is in charge of the quilting group at her church so lots of my clutter goes her way.

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  36. Great patterns. Thank you for sharing and teaching.

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  37. A box of your scraps would be delightful! Love your fabrics! Thanks for inspiring us!

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  38. Scraps! Yes! I'm working on the 1930's Farmer's Wife and I need as many scraps as I can get.

    sdehnke@hotmail.com

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  39. Oh my goodness, maybe I'll be the lucky winner this time. I love scraps.

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  40. You can never have enough scraps! Sign me up!

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  41. Scraps make the most fun impromptu projects!

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  42. I would love to help you out by winning the scraps that would be a treasure to me. The winner of last weeks box of scraps isn't showing up on the blog when I read it. Hopefully it was me. LOL

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  43. I live here in Tennessee and will look you up at Quiltfest... I simply love your fabrics and patterns...and love scrap quilts...even though they take more time cutting them out I like the variety you get in the quilt... see ya soon!.. dale

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  44. I love the honey bee block but I have always done it with applique but the stack applique method would be a great, easy and fast way to do this block. I am trying to a string block every month this year so I will have a scrappy quilt at the end of the year. Love to have your box scraps.

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  45. I love all your quilts, and would love to win your scraps! Thanks!

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  46. Just love your fabrics and patterns. Need to learn your layering technique.

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  47. The honeybee block is one of the first quilt blocks I ever made. I made a pillow with it, hand appliqued and hand quilted using gingham. That should tell you how long ago that was! I love your variation and your fabrics. Your quilts are so cozy and easy to live with.

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  48. I love the pillow! It would look so cute on my antique bench in my entry way! And scraps would be better than getting flowers any day!!! :)

    Nancy
    eddnancy@msn.com

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  49. Love love love that queen bee quilt! I think winning scraps and a book would make this rather gloomy month around here much brighter! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

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  50. Love the layering technique you invented! Your new fabrics are great! - Susan - susan@simplyyourwords.com

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  51. Love the Queen Bee pillow - I really want to make one!! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  52. Oh, I want to win your leftover scraps! I rec'd. my book and template last week and I love them. I just need to get my hands on the Buzz pattern because it's soooo cute!

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  53. LOVE the Queen Bee quilt and pillow. My melon ruler is in a box, on a boat somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I love quilting, but hate moving. You are always a source of inspiration to me!

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  54. Kansas Troubles makes my heart sing. Thank you for sharing your talent and inspiring so many!!!!

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  55. Love your new bee fabric & can think of many projects to make with some of it.

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  56. LOVE your new fabric and would "love" the bag of scraps!

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  57. What fun, win-win. Your fabrics are wonderful, love your color choices. Blessings and smiles😊

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  58. Love any chance to win some Kansas Trouble fabric scraps. Love the fabric period - I'm so not a modern quilter.

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  59. What is the quilt that is in your lap that you are working on the binding? I love the touch of the applique.

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  60. I don't see the name of a winner in this blog post. Congrats whoever you are.

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