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Modern Bee

Modern Quilts

13 quilts to spark your creativity, build your skills, and connect you with others

Here’s what C&T has to say about this book:

• Unique, modern quilt patterns for a year of full-sized quilts. Plus, a bonus 13th quilt for an auction
• Take your quilting skills to the next level! Each monthly project lets you learn more advanced techniques
• Includes everything you need to know about organizing and running a virtual bee, including valuable advice on troubleshooting problems

Create. Grow. Connect. This how-to book features 13 projects for a virtual one-year quilting bee. Crafted with a modern aesthetic, the patterns are inspired by traditional quilt blocks as well as bits and pieces of daily life. As you quilt along with this book from month to month, you’ll master sewing techniques of increasing difficulty—from easy to advanced. Each project includes instructions for assembling the block and for finishing a full-size quilt. You’ll also find a comprehensive section on quilting basics and plenty of tips on organizing your own virtual bee.

What’s in the book? Enjoy a video preview of Modern Bee on YouTube!

Every year my quilt group selects a quilt design for our raffle quilt. It’s always a difficult selection process. And then the fun begins when we come together to sew it all together. We haven learned that we each sew a tad differently, and so it isn’t as easy as it seems to put together even the simplest of quilts. Funny, because we are all good sewers. But that’s the way it goes when you are working in a group. So perhaps this book will shed some light on sewing together!

Happy quilting!



Quilt in Generation Q Magazine

Generation Q Magazine 2014According to the folks at Generation Q Magazine, their latest issue is out!

Looks like there are lots of fun features, but specifically I wanted to point out a couple of fun features:

“No  issue of Generation Q would be complete without a cocktail, and in May-June, we’ve got the GenQ Mule, a light, refreshing pour that’s perfect for summer (and a wee bit of quilting).”

….and also…..and possibly even more important (than drinks? what?)….

We’ve also got fresh, fun projects and/or conversation from a host of quilterati, including Katy Jones, Mandy Leins, Casey York, Lisa Bee-Wilson, Sheila Sinclair Snyder, Wendy Sheppard, Sherri Noel, Paula Mills, Jessica Levitt, Jackie Kunkel “

Happy quilting!

Quilt Group Collaboration

My quilt group, the Pine Needlers, did a round-robin project where each month you did a row for the person whose quilt you were passed. There were ten people in the project, so it took ten months to finish the project. And at the end, we sure did have some spectacular quilts! This is one of the ten quilts.

The Quilted Bee

And yes, using black thread, I added the antennae!

The Quilted LadyBug

Each person signed their row on the front of the quilt.

Birds in the Sky

There are so many cute rows!

Sun Rays

Collaboration Inspiration

I have the first book Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran did on the subject of Collaboration and now they’ve come out with another, Collaborate Again:Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs.  I love the first book and am looking forward to getting their second one as well. I done several collaborations – one with my friend Leslie, one with my Kaffe Group through Piece by Piece Quilt Shop, and several with my quilt group, the Pine Needlers. All have turned out spectacular and were really fun to do. You just don’t know what you will end up with…which for me is the point. Stretch yourself! Enjoy the process!

Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again: Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs