Monday, 10 August 2009

A Heap of Bees, Swaps & Quilt-alongs.

The observant ones amongst you might have noticed that I have a few new buttons on my sidebar. These are all links to a new heap of bees, swaps and Quilt-alongs that I've joined.

In no particular order, I'll tell you a bit more about them.

I've joined another quilting bee called Eurovision Quilters.

We are a group of 18 ladies all based in Europe! We have members in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden, and Norway. We are not all originally from these countries for it's a real eclectic mix. We start in September - so look out for future posts to see what we're up to.

As I enjoyed being part of DSQ6, I couldn't wait to join Doll Quilt Swap 7.

This is a secret swap in that we work on information provided, but our recipient won't know what they are getting until it lands on their doorstep!! I have a design in mind for what I'm making, so I'll be cracking on with it in the next couple of weeks.

Another exciting swap I've signed up for it the Scrappy Christmas Quilt Block Swap.

For this swap we are using Oh Fransson's Hedgerow Blocks Pattern but using Christmassy fabrics. We could sign up to make either 6 or 12 blocks (I chose 6). I will be sending 2 blocks each to 3 seperate people and will receive 6 blocks total in return. My idea is to turn them into a table runner.

I had planned to make my blocks this week but when I raided my stash I realised that I had 9 panels for making Fabric Advent Calenders but no fabric for making the blocks - but I've now got some on order.

One swap I have completed is Blinking Flights Bug Swap.

Blinking Flights makes really cute softie bugs and a group of us signed up to trial her pattern and tutorial and as a bonus get to receive a bug!! Mine has been sent to my swap partner and as I don't want to reveal too much before he arrives, here's just a sneaky peek. I will show more in a future post so you'll have to pop back.

The 3 remaining buttons are for Quilt-alongs. All of them have been going a while, but time has prevented me for partcipating to date - so they will all be works in progress for a while to come.

Firstly - Oh Fransson's Mod Sampler Quilt-along.

I shall be using a variety of rainbow coloured fabrics in my quilt, with black sashing, and backed with a rainbow mosaic stained glass effect fabric.

Secondly - Old Red Barn Co's Sew-along.

I was given a Hoffman Fabric Bali Pops Batik Jelly Roll last Christmas that I shall be using for the quilt top.

I love the idea of making a traditional hexagon quilt but I would never ever have the patience to hand sew them together, so this is a great way of getting the effect without the work!! I haven't got any fabric in mind for this but I'll probably again use a jelly roll but not necessarily in "traditional" patterns/colours.

Well that's all for now. We are off to West Devon for a bit of a holiday in the next few days so when I return maybe I'll have some pretty purchases to show you all. I can use the excuse of my birthday at the end of the month to warrant these - can't I??


  1. Have a great holiday! Can't wait till September.

  2. Wow, you will be incredibly busy! I particularly love the rainbow fabric one (but then I love rainbows so I would!)