Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sewing with the Oldies

Last week was super busy with two of my sweet grand daughters visiting and attending Vacation Bible School with me. I forgot that I wasn't still 29 and signed up to lead the 2nd graders. There were over 50 kiddos in that grade alone.... I only had 11 of them, but still! Whew!!
 I'm rested up now and catching up with sewing up some blocks for my mates in the Mid-Century Modern Bee. Sewing for these awesome quilters proves that you don't have to be young to knock out some fabulous modern blocks!

These feathers in orange and aqua with a light grey background were fun to make, but a bit challenging to get to come out the same size. If I ever make this quilt for myself I would probably make the bottom section a little longer so that the blocks could be squared up to a consistent size.
 You can find the pattern here.
I'll be sending them off to Suz in Australia and praying that the mailman doesn't lose them the way he did the fabric she mailed to me in April. I wonder if the package is at the IRS?

Linda of Flourishing Palms chose a fun and easy pattern called Stacked Blocks for us to create in pink and green fabrics from our stashes
Kona ash and Kona white fabrics were suggested for the background. She will be using the blocks as a border for a beautiful sampler quilt she created in 2012. You can learn about it here.
 As I was making the blocks I kept remembering a quilt that I made several years ago using the same technique. I used a tutorial from Moda Bake Shop by Freckled Whimsey to make mine.
 Here's my rendition using wider strips. It's a great way to use up scraps.
Meanwhile, I'm cranking up the tunes and will be sewing again today. How about you?


  1. Isn't it great to get back to creating with our hands? I just love what you're working on.

  2. Love those blocks and you certainly need a break after looking after 11 kids! ;-)

  3. What tunes are you cranking up? Your blocks are lovely! Thank you for my two beautiful feathers!! Their size is not going to be a problem if I can get my idea out of my head and into fabric!

  4. Nicely done! I haven't been brave enough to attempt that.

  5. Very nice blocks Carla. I'm so happy to be part of this group!

  6. I really like the feathers. The new stacked blocks blocks are fun.

  7. Beautiful feathers! I bought an acrylic template to try out. These feather blocks frustrate me.....as lovely as they are! And I love your scrap quilt. I'm thinking it's a must do!!

  8. Carla, you're bee blocks are so lovely!

  9. I love your bright version of that Stacked Blocks quilt.