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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Phew! Just made it

Hi Janet, i was so excited to be making a wonky house for you........my favourite way of messing around with fabric. Then life got in the way........no excuses, no worries but also no time to spread out stuff and sew.
Finally at 8.30 pm on December 31st, 2013 I have finally made your block. I'm sorry it won't arrive this month or even this year but it's finished, a smidgeon oversize so you can cut it down to fit.
Have fun putting together your quilt.
Hugs Sue.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Finally.....I finished a house

I am not great at making houses.  Working with things like this without a pattern is difficult.
I hope you like it.  I can not wait to see what you will do with these houses.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Finally in the Mail

Janet, I finally got my block in the mail.  Sorry for the delay.   Look for it coming your way soon.  Don't know if it will make it before Christmas, but it should definitely be there before New Years.

Monday, December 16, 2013

See what came back to me

Sorry for the delay, Janet. I have added postage and resent your block.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Here is my Wonky House

I am absolutely terrible at sewing without a pattern. Call it Obsessive Compulsive. Whatever. I have tried for so long NOT to make my blocks look wonky that this almost causes a traumatic breakdown. I hope you aren't disappointed, Janet. Your block is in the mail.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Wonky House Block

I finished a house block for Janet tonight.  I can't wait to see what all you do with these houses

Monday, November 18, 2013

December block request

Hi all,

I know it is early but December is coming up and I know how busy everyone gets.  I thought I would get my request out early so that you can work on it now instead of getting behind when you get swamped in the Christmas rush.

I would like you to make me a 12.5 inch wonky house block.  When I say "wonky" I don't necessarily mean that the house has to be lopsided.  What I mean is that I want you to use your imagination, creative juices and fun fabrics to make me a zany house block.

You can make me your own house, or a neighbour's house that is just too cool.  You can make me an apartment, an igloo, a houseboat, a cabin or a bungalow, split level or duplex.  Or even a mansion or castle.  I would love if you would put extras in - like landscaping and people.

Or animals...


I thought of sending out fabric so that there would be a piece the same in all the blocks, but decided against that as I think it would be too limiting.

Have fun with this one!  If you absolutely need a pattern, let me know and I'll find a few to choose from.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Block for Nathalie

Hi Nathalie,

Here it is - finished!!  It will be in the mail next week.  It was finickity to make but it was so much fun to see it coming together.


Saturday, November 9, 2013

November Block from Brenda

I was over the top impressed with the instructions.  Amazing to the T.  enjoyed.  It over whelmed me at first sight, but was impressed with the results.  Thank each of you ladies for this chanllenge.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Blocks received.

Just a note to let Elisa and Beebee know that I have received their quilt blocks.  They are wonderful, thank you so much.  I will try to post a picture of them on my design wall sometime this weekend.  I will first have to take down/finish up the quilt that is currently on there, though. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Karen and Nathalie's blocks

I will mail these blocks out tomorrow.

Nathalie - I was worried about all those 1/2 square triangle blocks amd little 9 patches but this block went together very easy. Hope you like it.

Karen  - your churn dash is inspiring me to make a quilt for myself using this block and my 1930's reproduction fabrics.

The blocks I have not received yet are from San-Dee and Liz.

Enjoying Life, 

Nathalie's November block

this was a fun and challenging block to construct.  I hope you like it Nathalie!  I will post it this week.
It looks crooked but it is really square.  For some reason my camera will not give me a good shot of it.

Hugs to all the bees.

Sorry for the delay!

I am finally working on Karen and Nathalie's blocks today. I hope to have them in the mail tomorrow. Also, can the sewer of the following block please let me know who you are? I have names to go with the rest, but am still waiting on 2 blocks. Thanks, Elisa

Friday, November 1, 2013

November blocks

I received the block from Elaine and put it in with some blocks that I have been making.  Thank you Elaine.  As you can see it fits right in.   I can't wait to get the rest of the blocks on my wall and then try and make a decision on setting this quilt.  At one time I had them on point - that will be one huge quilt if I do that - then I thought about sashing - that is still on the table - the other choice is to just set them together side by side.  So, stay tuned and see how this all plays out. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

On its way to Nathalie!

Hope this is what you had in mind, Nathalie. Enjoy!

Red and White Churn Dash

Here is an update on the blocks. Thank you so much to those of you who have sent them already. They are looking great.
See? All reds look good together when you include the range from dark to bright. Thanks again.
PS. The row above is my first EPP project in the works.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

for Karen

I hope  you like it Karen, I will mail it tomorrow.
sorry for the delay!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

MIssing Blocks

I have received blocks from: Barbara, Sue, Melina, Elisa, Marlene, (myself), Karen, Nathalie, Janet, Elaine. 10 I haven't received 2 and I think they are : Lizzie, and San-Dee, if my list is correct. ?? Right

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Karen's block

Karen, your block is in the mail and is suitably red and white.

I hope it gets there quickly.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Change of address

My new address is

Barbara Arcement
197 Lansdown Drive
Houma, Louisiana    70360

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I'm not crazy about it

I am not happy with the colors! Did I switch the warm and cool? Should the green be a bit softer? It was fun...but, if you're not happy, let me know and I would so be happy to whip a different one  up. Bummed, Elaine

Saturday, October 19, 2013

November Block

I just posted a tutorial on my website for the November block.   The block is the Goose in the Pond block.  Below are two pictures of what the block looks like.  It is a 15" finished block.
my drawing of the block and color placement

a finished block with red and blue fabrics
I would like you to choose fabrics from your stash to make this block.  The background is to be a white with black print.  The outside 1/2 square blocks are to be from the Cool side of the color wheel (something from the green, blue, purple, blue-green, blue-violet families) The inside strips and 9 patches are to be from the Warm side of the color wheel (something from the red, orange, yellow, red-orange, Pink, yellow-orange families).  It will be fun to see what combinations and fabrics you come up with for this block.  Thank you in advance. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Blocks for Brenda

Hi Brenda,

They are done and will be in tomorrow's mail.  I guess I am a little bit late....


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Blocks on the way!

Here is your block Marls...I mailed it last week. I hope you like it. I tried to use brights, but Nathalie REALLY has brights! The lady at the post office said if I put "fabric" or "quilt" in the item space, it will go through customs faster. So I printed my own postage at home and hopefully you should receive it soon. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
                                                                                                               The red and white churn dash block was fun. I love this pattern..interestingly, I have never made one. I really had fun with it and am now determined to make one for me. I love red and white quilts. Thank you Karen, your block was also mailed out last week...did you get it yet?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For Brenda, I found some dots that I hope you like. Polka dots are one of my favorite mediums. I would love a polka dot sofa. Might me a bit much, but I think it would be fun!
I had to get my two trigger fingers fixed on the 26th of Sept and was an absolute baby about it. I was so afraid my fingers wouldn't work again...big baby! I just have to get my strength back in them now. Brenda, your blocks are going out in the morning. This is really fun. Thank you ladies, Elaine

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Brenda's Blocks

This is 6 out of 12 of our blocks for me:) 
Im trying to attach Sue's block. I have so much problems Urrgggg
OMG I did it    I hope

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Borders are Done?

Now to quilt it.........I'm thinking I might stitch straight around all the yellow and stipple the coloured patches. This one will get a lot of use (and washing) so lots of quilting might hold it together well.

It's so much bigger than I planned too, no wonder Im dreaming 2 and a half inch squares!
Thanks again to everyone for your part in my new quilt.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

October Assignment

I don't want you to think that I am jumping the gun, but I put my fabric in the mail yesterday. I wanted to give enough time for the envelopes to arrive in Australia and New Zealand.

I have posted the tutorial on my blog. I am sure that it is overly detailed for experienced sewers like you, but I thought that as long as I was writing a tutorial, it may as well be useful for new sewers too.
Here is the link:

Thanks so much,

Thursday, September 19, 2013

August and September blocks

Marlene, your blocks are done and in the mail...

The photo is flipped as usual by Blogger...

Brenda your fabric arrived yesterday and I'll get yours done and off as soon as I can.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Blocks for Brenda

I'm faster than a speeding bullet. Brenda's fabric arrived in this mornings mail and now i'm sitting down having my lunch before i head back to the post office with this little bundle.
Great fun whipping these up for you Brenda.

Hugs from Sue.

A glimpse of my quilt

I've been playing with my blocks lately but I hit a serious problem.
I didn't have enough background fabric to sash it all.
I'd bought the fabric in Bali when I went for a single day with my friend Bev.
What a good idea she had when she suggested we buy bigger pieces and divide it all between us when we got home.
A phone call, a few emailed photos and a couple of days in the mail and here is my flimsy.
Thanks for the fabric Bev.

I'm deciding about the borders now. Two or three, plain or pieced, do I insert cornerstones?
Help me please.
Thanks for all the blocks Bee Balmers, I love this quilt.
xxx Sue

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Barbara's Elisa, Karen. Thanks ladies, this is fun

Learning to Blog

Let's see if I can do this thing. I am receiving my blocks, I will put your name and city,state and Country on your blocks, so I am going to practice on this post. Thanks I love the blocks so far. Brenda

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sorry I didn't get the pics off sooner

I made and sent these two blocks off and neglected to blog them...so sorry. Hope you both like them, Elaine

Blocks for Marlene and Brenda. I will try to bring them to mail out tomorrow. Enjoy, Elisa

Bee Blocks

Hello - this is what my quilt is looking like so far. I am still waiting on 2 blocks. I am also working on Marlene and Brenda's block today so I can get them out in the mail.

Have a great day. Thanks to everyone for their beautiful blocks.


Friday, September 6, 2013

August Blocks

I have finished the blocks for this month and just blogged about them here.  I can't wait to see this quilt finished.  These blocks are wonderful and bright.  I will get them in the mail on Monday.  

What are we doing for September?  Has anyone heard? 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Marls' Block

This was so quick and easy Marlene, I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt. I've added a little bit of NZ fabric that needed to go home, heehee!

Hope you like my effort.
Hugs Sue

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blocks for Marls

I got a squishy package in the mail today.  Took  it straight to my sewing machine and made these blocks.
They will be in the mail tomorrow!

Love this big block.........the quilt will be awesome!


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Patchwork Chevron

Hi All,

Sorry I am so late with my blocks but at least they are in the mail for August even if you have not received them.
I have chosen to make a patchwork chevron quilt from a pattern by Jeni at In Colour Order that I came across at Moda bakeshop.

It is an easy block to put together but I love the end results so far from the blocks I have put together-in fact I just wanted to keep going.
I have sent out a 14inch square of grey dotted fabric and 4, 5inch squares. I am asking you to add 5 more squares and sew them into a nine patch. The squares can be any colour, plain or patterned and do not have to match the fabrics I have sent - I do love brights however..
So you have a nine patch block, and a grey square.

Draw a diagonal line across the grey square.
Place it right sides together on top of the nine patch and sew a seam a quarter of an inch on either side of the line.

Then cut on the line to yield effectively 2 half square triangles.

This is what a few blocks look like put together

Hope that makes sense.
Excuse the photos-cropping, editing and blogger were not playing together today.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Also my new address is
11A Owens Road
Auckland 2123
New Zealand.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Elisa's block

Well I've finally made Elisa's block. It seems so long ago since she asked us to make this block and of course I was away tripping around the US. Now ir's done and will be posted back to Louisiana tomorrow. Hope it gets there quickly.

I had fun doing it.........hugs Sue

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Hi All,

Has anyone received the July blocks as yet? Maybe mine are travelling the world first.

I am down for the August Block (so I thought) but am a bit behind sorry.
I have just moved house-from one end of New Zealand to the other and am still unpacking boxes, so no sewing has been done for weeks.

My new address is-
11A Owens Road
Auckland 2123.
New Zealand

Mail is being redirected from my old address so nothing should go missing.

(enjoying sunny winter days)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Alice here!

I'm behind, so behind! Blocks are going to be caught up this week...so busy, busy, busy!

Elisa's Block

Hi Elisa,

I finally have your block done and it is in the mail.  Hope it travels south faster than your package travelled north! :)

My concussed brain had a "gap" when I was making Elisa's block and I cut the fabric wrong.  But I think I found a pink that matches pretty closely to the purple.  I hope you're happy with it Elisa.

San-Dee must be still recuperating from the wedding.  :)  Or has anyone else heard from her?


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Checking In for July

Anyone know what we need to make for July?  Or have we already made it and I am ahead of the game?  I have been out of pocket the last several weeks and am just getting back on track so I thought I would check in to see what was what. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My block for Elisa

Hope you like it! It is in the mail ;-)