Friday, November 3, 2017

Bee Happy Block Party!!


Happy Friday everyone! It's been quite a crazy month over in my household. My twins are getting bigger, faster, and more exhausting (ha!), but I do find the time to squeeze in sewing. It's what keeps me feeling normal! So when, I was asked to participate in Lori's Bee Happy Quilt Sew Along this month, I gleefully said yes. Lori Holt's projects are so much fun and I've always dreamed of making the entire quilt during a sew along. For this project, I chose 2 blocks - the flower box and bee hive and made these cute mini quilts. I have a blank wall in my sewing space, so I thought mini quilts would be perfect to start filling it. 

I've only started applique for dresden's and hexie blocks, so it was fun to use her Sew Simple Shape templates for the flower box and bee hive. It made the process easier that I may have to use more of her shapes for future projects!

Here is what I made:

Sew Simple Shapes by Lori Holt for Riley Blake

I'm not gonna lie, turning the flowers were the bane of my existence at first, but then I realized I missed Lori's advice to clip the corners. Clip the corners gals, it will make your life easier! After my mistake , it was smooth sailing from there and I was on a flower making, clipping corners frenzy! These actually were my favorite pieces to make. 

Process and progress

For the quilting, I decided to go with decorative stitches. These great little stitches are a cute way to highlight any shape to appliqueing. With the beehive, I quilted using a loopy stitch on my sewing machine. I thought these would be a cute touch with the beehive. With the flower box, I used a tulip stitch for the quilting to highlight the flowers. I chose all my favorite Riley Blake  and Penny Rose fabrics I've been hoarding. 

Here's that blank wall space, but I think I may just keep it on the
inside of my sewing cabinet. Please excuse Rosalie's bedhead. 

It was such a fun process making these projects and I can't wait to make more. 

I'm starting on my Christmas gift making bonanza and I think Lori's Sew Simple Shapes are definitely going to be included in some of my gifts! Happy sewing everyone!