19 July 2012

July Bee Blocks

I finished blocks for the Free Bee and the Traveling Quilts round robin earlier this month. July is Stacey's month for the Free Bee, and she asked for strip-pieced improv blocks inspired by the work of Rosie Lee Tompkins. You can read a bit about her at Collectors Weekly: 'The Beautiful Chaos of Improvisational Quilts'.



Stacey's sketch served as color inspiration for my block. The fabrics are cotton solids, linen, and shot cottons. The untrimmed block measures approximately 15"x23".

For the Traveling Quilts, I added my bit to Alissa's quilt. So far, this project has been touched by Alissa, Elizabeth, Heather, Monica, and now me.


I added the coloumn of circles on the left side. I used a bit of the Art Gallery chartreuse Alissa sent with her first block, along with various linen and cotton solids and prints from my stash. I love how each quilt in this round robin is developing it's own personality. This one is just so elegant -- I had half a mind to keep it and claim it must have been lost in the mail

Next up in the Traveling Quilts will be Amber's project, if Monica can stop staring at her amazing Ron Swanson quilt and sew along for just a few minutes.

8 comments:

  1. Shoot Dan, it's all in the photography and cropping. You may have guessed I wasn't sold on this on twitter but here your FB block looks AMAZING

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  2. this is all amazing, but i most love the little rays that radiate off of your circles on alissa's quilt.

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  3. This is a very interesting round robin.

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  4. The quilt looks amazing....I love love it!!!!!

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  5. I just love round robins! This is a very fun modern quilt. :)

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  6. Ha, ha!I can understand Monica's lack of focus on the traveling quilts at the moment. ;)

    This one is sophisticated; you're right! I LOVE what you added.
    Did I tell you that the Wonky Bee I'm a part of is going to do a traveling quilt/round robin for our next round? We were definitely inspired by you guys!

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  7. I'm totally excited about the Free Bee block, but I'm totally LOVING your addition to the traveling quilt!

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  8. What a fabulous quilt you got to take part in!

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