17 March, 2017
15 February, 2017
Our bee, the Piecemeal Quilters, takes on a challenge every now and then. I thought it would be fun to look back at some of our previous challenges!
For the 2017 challenge, check that blog post here.
2016 Challenge photos can be found here.
In 2015, we really stretched each other with the challenge of self portrait blocks. All techniques were represented, and the results ranged from symbolic to realistic renderings of ourselves.
From the top: Lori Rice, Shirley Hendrix (state flag of Ohio), Tina Schwager, Kelly Hutchens, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Julianne Walther, Carol Franks, and Ann Young.
Julianne created her portrait in 8 different color ways, so each bee member got to choose their color. Many bee members made different versions of the same block to share.
In 2014, we drew names and created bags for each other. Tote bags, iPad bags, makeup bags, small and large purses were created!
In 2013, we drew names for each other and created a pillow. Some were very elaborate!
We challenged each other to create our own "Inner Animal" in a 12" square or less project.
From the top: Shirley Hendrix, Carol Franks, Julianne Walther, Sandy Fitzpatrick, Tina Schwager, Lori Rice
I'm still working on gathering photos from earlier years. We have swapped blocks, rows, fabric, and more. I hope this gives you and your bee some good ideas for keeping your creative juices flowing!
15 February, 2017
My bee, the Piecemeal Quilters, enjoyed our 14th annual bee retreat last weekend. For the fifth year in a row, we stayed at the Ponderosa Quilt Retreat in Waynesville, NC. It's owned by Kim Polson, the shop's Moda Fabrics representative, and is filled with tools, rulers, ironing boards and irons, cutting stations, and individual work stations. Kim makes it very easy to grab your machine and a handful of projects and hit the road!
Most years, the members of my bee choose a challenge, where we hope to stretch our creativity or skill set. This year's challenge was to create something that had to do with each person's "number" in the bee. While we have had a total of 11 members over the years, three have moved on, so we are "full" with 8. Here are the projects and a bit about their meaning:
#1: Sandy Fitzpatrick
Sandy started our bee, so she got number 1. Appropriately, she created a queen bee quilt! All of the members' names are stitched into the quilting.
#2: Carol Franks
Caro, created a two-sided quilt full of twos! The back side of her quilt is made of little UFO blocks from another project.
#3: Kelly Hutchens
Kelly's work in progress contains lots of three sided blocks, many with three pieces. Blues are not usual for her, and she is working to tell a story about her place in the bee through color.
#4: Ann Young
Ann's work in progress has lots of "four" symbolism. In the background fabric, Ann has highlighted our area quilt shops.
#5: Julianne Walther
Julianne worked with an offset pentagon shape. After creating about 60 English Paper Pieced shapes, she improvised and experimented with them until she created a bowl shape.
#6: Lori Rice
Lori used English Paper Pieced hexagons to tell a story about each bee member. This work in progress is nearly done!
#7: Shirley Hendrix
Shirley created a small quilt full of sevens!
#8: Tina Schwager
Tina created flying geese to represent each bee member in their favorite colors.
We had a fantastic time (though we missed Tina this year), and we are already looking forward to our 2018 bee retreat next February!
To see some of our previous challenges, click here!
23 January, 2017
08 January, 2017
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Stay warm and find some time for sewing in your day!
- Julianne and the Cary Quilting staff
06 January, 2017