I decided to join in a couple of interesting online bees this year. This one is over at Stash Bee, and is hosted by Sunni of Love Affair With my Brother fame. I was originally in Hive 2, but someone dropped out of Hive 1, so I joined that one. There are 18 quilters in this hive, and my turn for blocks won't come around until June 2013. I sure hope all the quilters in that group hang in there for that long. If they don't, I will learn a lot and have fun making blocks for them as their turns come up. This is my first online bee of this type. I have done the other kind where you make a bunch of blocks, send them in, and get the same number back from other people. In fact, the wonky houses are for that kind of bee. I like Sunni's block because she just asked for a single tree on a 12.5" square of Kona white. It was great fun to design a tree to machine applique for this block.
I have also started making little houses.
These little guys are 4" squares finished. About a year ago, I found myself caving in to the cuteness of a Moda candy bar box of traditional fabric cut in 2.5" x 5" pieces. There are four collections represented in the candy bar box, with 42 "pieces of candy" in each collection. I haven't used them until now. At the same time, I also got some mini (2.5" x 2.5") charm packs from three different Moda collections. Also not used. I guess I was saving them for this little house project. They are just perfect. There is not enough to build all 120 houses, but I have some Kansas Trouble jelly roll strips left from another project, and I think there is enough there for several houses. These are paper pieced. and now that I have the fabric sorted out, I think this is going to be great fun.
I said I would show you the latest AAQI quilt once it was finished.
This one is 9.5" x 5.5". I call it Kasbah Nights because the colors reminded me of exotic places. I hand quilted it with #8 perle cotton in the same burgundy color as the HSTs. The binding is a very dark blue. I will send it off as soon as I get the registration number.
It has not started snowing yet, but I am still hoping it will come our way. I am ready.
Joyful quilting, everyone.