Monday, July 12, 2010

The Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee

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):
What do you think?  I can do this, right?!  
What's your favorite quilt block?  I love Dresden Plates and Cathedral Windows, but I really don't think I'm quite ready for all that for my first bee.  ;)


Mel July 12, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

HI! I'm in the swap with you! Great selections here, but I like shoo Fly best.

It's a great beginner block too. The Contrary Wife looks quite similar to the block that Brenda is doing.

Have FUN with the swap!!

Skooks July 12, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

Hey, Mel! Good call on Brenda's block. I'm not trying to duplicate anyone else. Shoofly appears quite do-able. :)

Brenda July 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

I sure you will do fine. Can't wait to see all the blocks together.

Skooks July 13, 2010 at 1:27 AM  

Thanks for the encouragement, Brenda. I will certainly put my best, er, quilting needle forward. LOL.

Deb Robertson Writes July 13, 2010 at 5:09 AM  

I think the Friendship StaR or the Shoofly myself, they look pretty straight forward. Why don't you try making one of each (they can go in your quilt) and see how you like them!
deb xx

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