Y'all remember that Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day awhile back? If you're anything like me, you went down the list and entered giveaways crazy style. I'm a complete nerd . . . I treated it like it was my job for 2 days.
My ridiculosity paid off though as I did actually win a couple things! (I'll get around to that post eventually if anyone is interested in what I won.)
The other great thing about giveaway day? Meeting so many more beauty-licious bloggers out there. (Not booty-licious . . . beauty-licious. Totally different.) One giveaway I did NOT win (boo!) led me to something perhaps even better (yay!) . . . a Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee! That I could join!
Ok, I know what you're thinking, "But you don't really know how to quilt . . . right?"
I know. You're right. I have attempted some EXTREMELY simple quilts (um . . . 2) in the past. My long-term readers might remember the quilt top I made for Kee-ku (argh . . . still not quilted yet and he is almost a year old! I better get on that one again since I started it, you know . . . before he was born.) There was also the quilt that I made for Quilts for Kids. (Great experience by the way, definitely get in on that if you have a chance. Sidenote: our Quilts for Kids Flickr group has grown to 30 members and there are 83 pics up there last I checked! They look awesome and so many kids will be blessed by the efforts of these quilters. Great work, ladies!)
With all that being said, it seems odd that I would even be allowed to be a part of a quilting bee. But Deb from Works in Progress put out some feelers on giveaway day that she was thinking about hosting a Vintage Sheet Bee (if I recall correctly, she was giving away some lovely vintage sheets) if there was interest. I went back and forth with her a few times because I really wanted to join but I needed her to understand that:
a) I am pretty much a complete novice at quilting and
b) I have no vintage sheets.
Seems like I should probably not be a part of this bee, right?
At Deb's encouragement and with her generous donation of some of her own stash of lovely vintage sheets, I will be taken under her wing to learn some simple blocks that I can make as part of the bee. Hooray!
Knowing only as much about quilting as I have learned from reading The Quiltmaker's Gift over and over and over again to Little Miss, I decided to google up some possibilities for simple quilt blocks that I could hopefully not only NOT ruin, but actually do well since my blocks will go on to live at different homes around the globe.
Here are some blocks that I came up with that look promising (some are harder looking than others and I promise I have actually attempted ZERO of them so far):
- Calico Puzzle
- Clay's Choice
- Contrary Wife (Did I mention I love quilt block names? LOL)
- Ohio Star
- Hope of Hartford
- Scrappy Hearts
- Friendship Star
- The Shoofly Block
- String Blocks
Dresden Plates and Cathedral Windows, but I really don't think I'm quite ready for all that for my first bee. ;)