Friday, May 25, 2012

Miss BEE MAY ~ Kim O

Hi Ladies,  

I'd like to introduce our May Bee member ~ Kim O.  Many of your know her from her more famous roll of working with Jessica at Water Treatment!  :-)  I can hear many of you giggling right now.  As usual I sent Kim a few questions to answer so you can get to know her a little better.

Q:  Tell us a little about your quilting history and experience.

Kim said:  I have been sewing most of my life.  My friend Kelly used to thread my needles and tie the knots when we were sewing doll clothes in grade school.  We both made skirts in 4H in about 5th grade.  Kelly still has her skirt!  I continued making garments and then Halloween costumes for my children when they came along.  I did not start actually quilting until about 10 years ago.  My skills have come slowly and through much practice.  The helpful quilting community makes this such a joyful experience.

Q:  What does quilting mean to you?

Kim said:  Quilting has come to mean a lot to me.  Lately there have been a great deal of awful life experiences happening around my life, and having the ability to create with color and line and just sewing has been very helpful and at times therapeutic.  If I could just get myself to finish something, I think that would help too!! 

Q:  Why did you want to join our Bee?

Kim said:  I thought that joining a Bee would allow me to be challenged and to expand my abilities and do things that I thought were outside my comfort zone.  In a good way, of course.  I enjoy the camaraderie of the Bee ladies, and maybe by the end of the year, I might recognize your faces. LOL.  

Q:  Tell us the thoughts behind your choice for this months block/design/project.

Kim said:   For these blocks, I would like you to experiment with the flying geese.  Challenge yourself to try something new, maybe a new way of doing them, maybe work on the points, or do some crazy wonky ones where you let points go where they may!  Try paper piecing them in an arc, or lay out some curvy lines and draw in some geese and piece them, if you like.  Let them fly straight or wonky, radiating out or in.  Do as few or as many as you like.  I don't see a specific block size here.  
There are tutorials out there.  I am a Ginger Monkey has some good ones in her tutorial section.  The Sometimes Crafter has a paper piece arc and good tutorial under her sampler quilt subheading.  It's the last one, I think.  Have fun, and thank you so much. 

Flying Geese Inspirations and Instructions:

The Last Piece - tutorial for basic Flying Geese

The Sometimes Crafter - direct link to the circle of geese pattern, paper pieced.

Sew Happy Geek - teaches you to make a Flying Geese Pinwheel

Here is a free pattern for a paper pieced circle of flying geese (different from the one above)

A Girl In Paradise - blogs about how to make Wonky Flying Geese

If you are on Pinterest here is an entire board of Flying Geese inspirations:  FLYING GEESE BOARD

Red Pepper Quilts - shows you a selection of modern flying geese quilts. 

For the more experienced or dare i say just BRAVE soul, here is a tutorial on how to draft your own paper pieced pattern for wonky flying geese. Go to :  Why Not Sew?

There are plenty of other sources out there if you search.  
Have fun ladies and BEEEEEEE inspired!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sew Day

Take 2


Ok so my original plan was to show tips/tricks on doing the Retro Flowers quilt block; a block I just mastered myself, but copyright issues were questioned, hence I found a similar pattern with the same elements.  

I wanted us all who are participating in the sampler to try curves....gasp! : ) along with piecing.

I will bring templates for those who would like to participate.  Here are some links to online tutorials in case you want to look ahead of time (I will bring my laptop):

Sometimes Crafter  She has a tute for a large block.

McCalls Quilting  A block with smaller pieces in the floral arrangement.

Needle and Spatula  Wonky block

Moda Bakeshop  Dance in Circles
There are tons more out there, but these are just the ones I really liked (that is the great part about being the writer...I get to pick what I like to share with you all..hee hee)
If you are in town this weekend come and join us at Our Sewing Room from 10-5 on Saturday 5/26. 
We will chat, laugh, and maybe get some sewing done! : )



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pinky pinky!!

1. Kawaii Japanese Handnade Plush Kigurumi Bunka Doll Cloth Doll Art Toy Cute Baby Pink Sewing Japan, 2. cathedral windows pink block, 3. felt and fabric coaster, 4. Amy Butler's Style Stitches No. 2 - Reversible Everyday Shopper, 5. Pink and patchy, 6. Sewing Day, 7. pink bunting flags, 8. Rose scented little balls in a glass and a Heart Pincushion, 9. Pink and White Tape Measure Purse, 10. BabyBuddy- pink dino, 11. Presente da Helen, 12. Day Twenty-Three- Pink Doily Pillow Form, 13. simple tote, from bend-the-rules sewing, 14. the-pink-rabbit, 15. pink corsages, 16. Pink Bag

Have you guys made your swap item yet?  I haven't, so we all know what I will be doing today!  Things are getting out late because... is life just moving in fast forward for you too?  Seems like the sun starts shining and then there are at least 8 hours MORE of tasks a day- no complaining from me!!  I <3 that sun!!

May's meeting is going to be a more interactive get together-- swap and Show and Tell time, OF COURSE!  But also I am going to set up some "design walls" so that we can organize the Habitat blocks... remember those?  Well, I have been carrying them around with me to every meeting and sew day and there always seems to be SOMETHING else to attend to.  I think that I need to stop!  I do know that we have a bunch of new quilters as well as seasoned quilters-- I think it could be a great recipe for some active discussion regarding setting options and the sashing/no sashing options.  It is also fun to try out different settings to see which one really makes a group of blocks "SING."  It will be a fun exercise in designing YOUR OWN QUILT!! In case that is something that challenges you.

See you tomorrow night!  If you could also read the last post and respond that would be FABULOUS!!  Those of you who did, MUCHAS GRACIAS!!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Great minds at work...

...sort of. : )

Jessica and I had a "planning" meeting this week.  A meeting in which we drank lots of chocolate rose tea (made ourselves quite buzzed from all the caffeine) and came away with more questions than answers! 

Questions like:

What would you all like to do in the future? 

  • Would you like to show quilts at the fair?  At Our Sewing Room?
  • What would you like to see demos about? 
  • Do you have a demo you are dying to share with everyone? 
  • Would you like to meet up with the Portland Modern Quilt Guild for one of their meetings or do a swap with them or with the Central Oregon Modern Quilt Guild
  • Are Wednesday nights still working for you? 
  • Would you like more structure with bylaws, rotating "officers", etc?

Leave comments below with your answers if you would please, or email Jessica or myself with any questions or comments. 

In the meantime I have been wanting to make us a banner...I am shamlessly stealing the idea from the PMQG because their banner is incredible!

If everyone (who would like to participate) would make one 6-inch block...any block...any colors...and bring it to the JUNE meeting (plenty of time) we can start working on one.  Sound like fun?

Ok, now don't be distracted by all the pretty colors, go back to the questions and give us some answers please ; )


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Because we can all relate...

Ha ha...a little laugh for your Wednesday morning!  Quilt on ladies, quilt on! : )