Bee Inspired

Bee Inspired and the Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge

As you might know I belong to an online bee known as Bee Inspired. Recently, one of our members asked if we’d like to participate in the Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge and of course I said yes!

In a nutshell, as a group we are making a quilt for charity that will be shown at Quilt Con. The color palette this year is white/grey/black.

The quilt design is up to us, but it must include text as an integral part of the design. We came up with a theme (You got this!) and quickly divided the quilt into 16” x 32” blocks that each member would piece. Most of us are using English for our text, but some of us have ventured into other languages. I believe our quilt will include French, German, Greek, Gaelic, Spanish and Italian. I chose Italian because Italy was the last county my sister visited before she passed away last year.

Translated into Italian, You got this became Ce la fa. Not wanting to simply trust Google to translate, I joined an Italian language group online so I could get a native translation.

Another thing our group decided was to include one or more Friendship Stars in our block. I decided to use a variety of fabrics, moving from very light grey in the upper left to dark grey and black in the lower right.

For the letters, I moved from a very dark grey on the left to a very light grey on the right for the most contrast.

Here are some of the other blocks.

Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery has volunteered to sew the blocks into a quilt top for us, and Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting has volunteered to quilt it.

We will collectively choose a charity to give the quilt to after it has hung at Quilt Con 2020. I can’t wait to see the rest of the blocks. I think the quilt will be wonderful once it’s all put together.

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June Goals Recap

June has ended and another month has started. How did I do at getting things done last month?

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. My goal for the Star Trek quilt I’m making my daughter was to make the first two of the applique blocks. Glad to report that I got them done!

  • Make a quilt or other project that uses a new to me technique for the June Island Batik challenge. Got this one done! I chose to make a hexagon quilt because I’ve never made one before. I chose to sew the hexagons by machine and I found it pretty easy. Read more about the challenge here.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge My goal was to finish appliqueing all the birds and leaves and I’m happy to report that I got it done! I’m really liking how this is turning out.

    As you can see, there are two leaves hanging off the bottom of the quilt. I sewed a backing onto the parts that hang over, and I’m going to finish the quilt by facing it and letting the leaves hang free.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I had two blocks to make for my beemates in Bee Inspired and I at least got one of them done! It’s a house block for Janice @ Color Creating and Quilting. She wanted the house block done in a single color and I chose orange because she already had most of the other colors.

    The one left undone are two brick blocks for Kate @ Smiles From Kate. Next month!

  • Write two new patterns for Island Batik. I had three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, and needed to write the patterns for them. I’m happy report that I’ve gotten two of the patterns done so there’s only one left. Not bad!

  • Create a pattern for Hancock’s of Paducah. Hancock’s of Paducah has selected one of my patterns to kit and I needed to get the pattern written. Got this one done as well and it’s in testing. I’ll show it off to you as soon as I can.


It wasn’t too big a list so maybe that’s why I got most things done. Let’s see how I did: I had 11 things to make and got 9 of them done. That’s 82%!

I hope I do as good this month. I’ll be publishing my goals on Monday if you’d like to stop back and leave some encouragement.

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April Goals Recap

Earlier in the month, I set some quilting goals. Let’s see how I did at meeting them.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. Because of a challenge at the quilt shop where I work I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter. I’m allowed to spread the task over the 12 months and in April my goal was to piece the remaining half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt..

    Got this one done! Yeah me!

  • Make a Accuquilt Go baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. I got this one done as well! My blog post includes a photo tutorial for how to use the Accuquilt Go! so if you’re thinking about investing in a fabric cutter, check it out.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge My goal was to get the appliques all fused and edge-stitched but I only got just a little more than half of them done. You can read about the challenge here, and why I haven’t gotten it done just yet.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I’m happy to say I met this goal! Now to finish the remaining bee blacks from last year.

  • Write three new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I needed to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell. I’ve got one done, one underway, and one more to write. Better get moving!

  • Timeless Treasures selected one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal was to get the pattern written and submitted for publishing by mid-April. That’s been done and the pattern is ready to go.

    Timeless Treasures also asked me to make a sample, and it’s been pieced and is ready for quilting.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Got this done! In April, I hosted Block 3 (Ruler) and Block 4 (Thread Tales) and provided tips and tutorials for success.

So how did I do? Let’s see…I had 12 goals and I got 9 done. That’s 75%! Not too bad if I must say!

Come back on Monday when I’ll be publishing my goals for May. It’ll be a busy month so it’s a long list.

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Bee Block Done!

Regular readers know I belong to an online bee, Bee Inspired. Last year each member got to act as Queen and select a block for us to make her.

Well, one thing happened after another and I never got the last four blocks done. I’m determined to get them done however and to prove that, here’s one of the blocks!

This one is for Karen @ Tu-na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. The block is called Wanta Fanta, and you can find the pattern in here. The pattern is by Blossom Heart Quilts.

Karen wanted her block scrappy with bright orange fabrics and white.

I had a lot of fun digging through my orange fabrics for just the right ones. Aren’t they bright and cheerful?

I hope you like your block Karen! I’ll put it in the mail today.

Now to cut the fabrics for the next bee block. This next one is a log cabin, and it’s for Irene @ Patchwork & Pastry.

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