I’ve been so behind on showing you my blocks for Circle 7, the quilting bee I’m doing with my sewing buddies.
We all started with an idea and concept for our quilts, made a starter block then sent them off to the next friend in the group. That friend adds on to the quilt, keeping with the theme but has total freedom to create whatever she wishes.
These were my starter blocks. I requested solids paired with text prints/low volume fabrics.
It’s liberating, refreshing and a super fun way to build a quilt for a friend. Each month we pass along the quilt tops to the next person on the list to add their part. In December the quilt tops will make their way back home, having been built by the 7 of us, all expressing the talents, styles and skills of each quilter.
First up was Courtney’s quilt (Petit Lyons.) She requested we add our favorite things.
Next up was Amy (Stitchery Dickory Dock) . She originally wanted a postage stamp quilt but after seeing the progress on the other quilts, she changed her mind! So, I was the first to mix it up and add something different to her postage stamp starter blocks. That was a tricky task! I chose to go with wonky stars with appliqued hexagons. (Want to give hexagons a try? Check out my hexie how-t0 video.)
This long strip I added is hard to photograph!
The next month was Susannah Kate (Susannah Kate Sews.) Her theme was low volume with splashes of coral, aqua and mustard. LOVE the pops of color and the mix of improv and precision paper piecing.
I added the left side panel including the star above.
Then Dana’s (Old Red Barn Co.) quilt top arrived. Her theme was “a trip out west” based on her family camping vacation last summer.
I added the panel on the right with the camera, the tree and the leaves.
The camera is my own pattern (not yet released) but you can find links to the leaves on my pinterest Paper Piecing board. (I didn’t pin the tree pattern and now I can’t find it again.)
(Want to learn to paper piece? Check out my Paper Piecing 101 video!)
This month I have Valerie’s quilt (Between Quilts.) I have yet to start on her’s but I already know what word I’m adding!
You can check out these quilts in progress by checking out #circle7 on Instagram. It’s amazing to see how these are taking shape. We have two more months to go and I can hardly wait to see the finished tops!
Wondering how to start a bee? Check back soon for my post with tips for starting your own sewing bee.