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Sunday, February 28, 2010


Hello Ladies,

I'm so looking forward to my month!  Thanks in advance for all the blocks!!

I think this month will be easy.  I mailed out fabric to everyone...even those that said they did not need it...I felt it was only fair to send it to all involved. I mailed everyone a fat eighth of Kona Snow and some pieces of Kona solids in varying colors.  The rest is up to you! 

OK, I have chosen 4 blocks to play with the month.

Friendship Star
Liberated Star
and Flying Geese

I do not have a game plan for the quilt ... I'm just hoping that the blocks you send back will inspire me to put together a great twin sized quilt for my son!  As I said before, I am making 2 twin sized quilts for my son's bedroom.  The first is my color wheel quilt...here is a picture in progress:

The other quilt will be made by 'us'. 
I feel that all colors should be represented in the quilt, so don't shy away from any color knowing that the quilt is for my son.  I have used all the colors in the color wheel quilt, so I am sure they will all work together nicely!  The color wheel's background is Kona Snow also.  Feel free to use the Snow as your background fabric, or the dominant fabric, anything goes!

I am inspired by the works of Gwen Marsten and for this quilt, I hope to use some of the techniques she and Freddy Moran use in the their book, Collaborative Quilting.

On each of the envelopes I mailed out, i listed a quilt block for you to make.  I think I sent plenty of fabric to make more than one if time allows, and I promise they are so easy!!  If you want to make a 'liberated' or wonky block, by all means, please do.  Here are some links to making these easy blocks: and an example I have made:

Shoofly: from quilter's cache ( I would prefer blocks be 10.5 finished and smaller)
and About.com

Friendship star:About.com
or at Block Party...here you can find a wonky version...again, Im looking to stay at 10.5 and under.

Liberated star: a nice tutorial is here at Thesillyboodilly's blog. again at 10.5 and under

Flying Geese...super easy block, and I just love it!  Modify Tradition blog has lots of tutorials one for flying geese and a shoo fly too. (I prefer the traditional version of shoo fly)
another tutorial for flying geese is here.  I easily made 16 flying geese with a fat eight of fabric.  Feel free to make your flying geese any size.
 OK ladies, I think that is all.  Please leave a comment with any questions.  Have fun!


  1. Just gets better and better this bee! One question - do you only want solids? I notice that you have prints in your colour wheel, just thought I had better clarify it now. Looking forward to getting the fabric.

  2. can't wait to get my envelope so i can play! do we need to worry about the colors bleeding on the snow? shall we was them first? those geese look great... what fun!

  3. Wow, never thought about bleeding...I don't usually wash my fabircs first...either use Retayne for the first wash or lots of Shout color catchers...has anyone had trouble with Kona bleeding?

    Let's stick with solids unless you feel really moved to add a print from your stash...I may add some prints as I put it together...no novelty prints please.

  4. Do you want the flying geese sewn together, or do you want to play with the little bits as you receive them? This sound great! I haven't had any issues with the Konas bleeding, but I would use a colorcatcher in the first wash to be on the safe side!

    Also, is it okay to add our own kona solids if we don't get the color from you--I'm thinking you're fine with that, but just making sure!

  5. Leave the flying geese seperate...not sure the game plan with those yet...

    YES! if you want to add Kona solids from your stash to the blocks, do it. Any color at all.

  6. cool, I'm excited.
    so do we make four blocks this time or just one of the four options?

  7. You are very welcome to make all four blocks! :)
    but on your envelope is listed the block I am asking you to make...1 of the 4 listed above. The blocks are all very easy to make...I would ask that if you get a flying geese envelope that you make more than one!! One of the tutorials shows how to make 4 at one time, and that is what i did (first time ever doing it that way) and it was very very easy!