May Bee Block for Velda

The May Queen of Bee Inspired was Velda. I got her block mostly  done a while ago, but it languished as I figured out how to finish it. More on that in a moment.

First, I belong to an online bee called Bee Inspired. Every month, someone gets to be Queen, and they get to choose a block for the rest of us to make for her. Here are the blocks I've made so far this year for my bee mates. Click on the photos to learn more about each block and where you can get the pattern.

January's block for Sharon

January's block for Sharon

February's block for Ann

February's block for Ann

March blocks for me (small shamrock blocks) to go with last year's block for me, Irish Eyes (my design)

March blocks for me (small shamrock blocks) to go with last year's block for me, Irish Eyes (my design)

March blocks for Paige

March blocks for Paige

April's block for Emily

April's block for Emily

Anyway, for May, Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery wanted a cake block. The pattern is called Sweet Cakes by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. Here are Velda's samples.

The pattern includes a lot of variations, and Velda gave us the freedom to create something meaningful to us. For continuity, Velda wanted the background to be a tone-on-tone or solid gray, and the cake stand to be turquoise or teal (solid or tone-on-tone).

Here's my block--Italian Cream Cake.

Italian Cream Cake was the cake we served at my wedding, so I wanted to share that with Velda.

Italian Cream Cake is rich, filled with coconut flakes and chopped nuts and lots of lots of flavor (and fat). Our cake was so delicious, it was gone in a second! Scott and I were lucky to have gotten a single piece to share. <grin>

Anyway, Italian Cream Cake is light colored with creamy frosting between the layers.

So the first thing I did to make the block was to find the perfect fabrics. I wanted not only to capture the right colors, but also to somehow show the elegance of a wedding cake. So the white fabric I chose had a sort of elegant embossing, and the teal fabric for the cake stand had gold touches. Even the grey background fabric had a shimmer.

After making the cake block, I immediately knew that something was missing. You see, our wedding cake was covered in fresh flowers. So I wanted to do that on my cake block too.

I set the cake block aside for a while and thought about it. Then I got an idea--to applique some flowers on top of the cake a la trompe l'oeil--but did I have some fabric with flowers the right size and colors to simulate my wedding cake?

I set the block aside again until I could find the right fabric. Finally I found this fabric, and cut it up to create the flowers with which to adorn my cake block for Velda.

I used raw edge fusible applique to add the flowers. But I had to set the block aside again when I sewing machine got sick and had to go to the sewing machine hospital. It's still not back, but the other day I got brave and did the edge-stitching using my tiny portable machine that can only do straight stitching and a small zig-zag. The result isn't as nice as I would have liked, but it's finally done and on its way to Velda!

Wanna try Italian Cream Cake? Here's a light version by Cooking Light that I've made. It's incredibly good. Here's a full-fat version if you want to try that instead.

Well, it's on to the June Bee Inspired block!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 73

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! Please share your quilty works in progress and recent finished quilts with us!

First, let me tell you what I've been up to.

Let's see. Last week I finished the two Funky Friends I was making for Island Batik's Fall Market booth. Both of the Funky Friends feature fabrics that will be released at Market so I can't show what I actually made. I can show you what they look like however, by using the photos from the patterns.

First I made Memory Bear. The pattern shows you how to create the bear using baby clothes if you want, which I think is a wonderful idea! I however made mine with Island Batiks of course.

Memory Bear is very scrappy and I had a lot of fun deciding which batik went where. He turned out so cute, I can't wait to show you as soon as Market opens.

The second Funky Friend I made was Punju Peacock. He went together really quick. If you look closely, you'll see that his head is adorned with ribbons. I didn't have any ribbons that matched the batiks I was to use, but I did have some fun trims so I used them. He turned out adorable and a bit quirky. Can't wait until you can see him!

Last week I also finished making the April block for my Bee Inspired beemate, Emily. Just in time for the 4th of July! Emily's block is foundation paper pieced and its the Starry Night block by Cath @ Wombat Quilts.

I also finished writing a pattern for Dear Stella, featuring their new fabric collection, Flight Pattern. The pattern will soon be available for free download.

That's what I've been up to this week.! Let's see who made this week's feature.

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Last week's link up as you know was all about flowers and floral quilts. So for this week's feature, I want to showcase Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World, who linked up a post with four floral quilts! Visit her blog to learn more about these lovely quilts.

Did you miss the other floral quilts that were linked up? Click here to view last week's post, and the linkup at the bottom of it.

Congratulations Karrin! Thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us.  Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blog.

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Now let's see who one the Island Batik Stash Builder Roll. I assigned one number to each link up--two to every linkup with a floral quilt. Then I let choose the winner. winner.JPG

Wow! This must be Karrin's lucky day because she's the winner! Karrin, please email me your postal address and I'll send the Island Batik Stash Builder Roll your way!

Our next special link up will be July 18th. Since the United States celebrates it's independence on July 4th, I'd like to celebrate the month with red, white, and blue quilts. I'll be having another giveaway, so get your quilts ready for the link up! To qualify, quilts do not need to be patriotic or have anything to do with the Fourth of July, but they do need to contain at least some red, some white, and some blue (all three colors).

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Time to link up! Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Happy Easter! What a Dog Gone Cute Quilt!

Hi! Hope you had a lovely Easter!

Last year, I made a cute little doggie block for my friend Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting who was Queen that month in my online bee, Bee Inspired. The block was the creation of Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts. You'll find Lorna's dog blocks here.

Ann's sample block--Lorna's design

Well, Ann said we needed to make the block look like a dog in our life, so I modified the block to add long floppy ears like my childhood dog, Shamrock.

Here's my floppy eared dog block. You'll find the directions for my modifications here.

Well, after I made my block for Ann and blogged about it, one thing led to another then Lorna heard about the modifications I'd made and endorsed them on her blog! Well, other people heard about the modifications of course and started making my version of the dog block in addition to Lorna's. The other day, I got a wonderful email from Karen Graham, who shared her floppy eared dog quilt with Lorna and me.

Isn't it cute? The only modification Karen did to my block was to fussy cut the eyes so the dots in the fabric formed perfect pupils. Isn't that a great idea? Karen told us that she used the layout from "Toy Trucks" @ Virginia Quilter for her quilt.

Thanks Karen for sharing your quilt with us!

Remember: if you make a quilt from any of my patterns I'd love to see it and to share it here right on my blog! You can share it on my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss, or simply email me.

Oh! Before I go, I want to encourage you to share photos of your Easter and Spring quilts on my special Easter Wednesday Wait Loss!

Happy Easter to you! We had a sunny day for egg hunting, then we had a beautiful snow. What an April Fools! <grin>

Oh, oh! Almost forgot to tell you. My friend and fellow Island Batik Ambassador Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts is kicking off her new Blocked Rainbow Quilt Along today, and guess what! If you make the first block by Sunday and post it on social media, you might win her giveaway which this week is a free PDF pattern from yours truly. <grin> Be sure to click over and pay Alison a visit!

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I'm the Queen of March!

Not sure how I feel about that. March here is often cold, windy, rainy, muddy, and sometimes there are even tornadoes.

As the Queen of March, I suppose I should feel bad that the weather for my month isn't that great. Somehow though I don't seem to care because besides a variety of weather, March includes the Spring Equinox, the Oscars, Palm Sunday and most of Easter weekend, and among other things Peanut Butter Lover's Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day, Popcorn Lover's Day, Ear Muffs Day, National Proofreaders Day, Open an Umbrella Indoors Day, Girl Scouts Day, Something on a Stick Day, International Day of Happiness and World Water Day.

Isn't that a great month to be Queen? Well, that's not all!

Here in the U.S. quilting is celebrated on National Quilting Day, which is March 17th. Not to be outdone, Worldwide Quilting Day is also March 17th, and of course so is St. Patrick's Day! I'm Irish, so this year I'll be streaming my Irish music, indulging in corn beef, drinking green beer, and of course quilting my heart out on March 17th! <grin>

All in all, I'm glad to be the Queen of March!

In my online bee, Bee Inspired, being Queen means I get to choose a block for my bee mates to make for me. Last year, my bee mates made me an Irish Eyes block (my design).

After making a few more blocks, I sewed them together with a plan of adding borders like this.

Recently though, I got the notion to do something else in the borders. Something more Irish. Something like this.

So. Back to being Queen. It seems fitting (especially since it's March) that I ask my bee mates to help me finish the quilt we started together by making me Shamrock blocks for my border. The blocks finish at 4" (4-1/2" unfinished) so I'm hopeful that some of them will make more than one block as I need to make 34 of them!

If you'd like to try out my Shamrock block, you'll need:

  • (3) green 2-1/2" squares
  • (1) green 3/4" x 4" rectangle
  • (1) white 2-3/4" square, cut once diagonally
  • (9) white 1-1/4" squares

Start by drawing a diagonal line on the back of all those white 1-1/4" squares. Place one square, right sides together (RST), in the corner of one green 2-1/2" square. Sew on the line, press it back towards the corner, then trim the seam allowance to 1/4".

Repeat this on two other corners as shown.

Next, center one white 2-3/4" triangle on the green 3/4" x 4" rectangle, RST. Sew and press. I pressed towards the triangle.

Lay the other white triangle on top as shown, RST. Be sure to center the triangle as shown. Sew and press again, then trim the unit to 2-1/2".

Sew the block together in rows then sew the rows together.

Here's how I pressed the back. After pressing, I trimmed the block to 4-1/2".

With one block, you might make a cute mug rug. If you decide to use the block for the border of a quilt, I'd love to see it! Please link it to my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss.

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