I have been so excited participating in the Sewcial Bee Sampler hosted by Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs and Maureen Cracknell of Maureen Cracknell Handmade. I’m not sure if it’s due to our lovely hosts. The fun blocks. Or the awesome community that has been participating and sharing their progress. But this is hands down my favourite sew along I’ve participated in to date.
I’m literally giddy every Wednesday when the next block is released. And once I’ve completed it, I’m instantly wishing I had another to just keep going! It’s like watching your favourite mini-series and being left on a cliff hanger at the end of each episode! It’s the first time I’ve ever felt like this, but I’m not complaining, it’s awesome!!
If you haven’t heard of the Sewcial Bee Sampler, you can find all the details about this free sew along on either Sharon or Maureen’s blogs. And don’t worry about keeping pace with the release of each block. Before I committed, I had mentioned my concern to Sharon about some constraints in my schedule later this spring and summer and she assured me this was about having fun and working at my own pace. So, if keeping up was holding you back, fear not!
I’ve got a few projects on the go at the moment, so when it came time to deciding on my colourway I wanted to go with something that was pure fun! And that was readily available in my stash. Yup, I’m still sticking to my #workingmystashoff goal for 2017 😉
My colourway for 52 Weeks with the Quilter’s Planner ranges from dark indigos to light blue and I wanted something that was bright and fresh and conjured images of spring! So after quite a bit of deliberation, I decided on a mixture of maroon paired with coral, orange and pink.
I’ve had this deep maroon linen in my stash for awhile and I’ve been itching to pair it with coral (big surprise, right?! Me and my love for coral!). I thought the oranges and coral would help liven up the maroon while the pinky tones would add some softness. I haven’t entirely decided on the block borders and sashing, but right now my plan is to do a mix of maroon and beige linen with coral sashing. I haven’t bordered any of my blocks just in case I change my mind…so we shall see how this one plays out!
To date I have tackled the first 5 blocks in the top row. Again, I’m not sure if I will stick to layout provided but, for tracking purposes, it will be easier to share it all with you this way.
Week 1 was the Patience Corners block and, although I didn’t initially love my fabric choices, I adore this block. It’s actually become one of my favourites and I refer back to it regularly to remind me of the tone and feel I wanted this quilt to have.
The second block I tackled was A Dandy block. This one got a lot of love on Instagram, but I was concerned that it was too floraly! My good quilting bud Amanda of Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. assured me there could be no such thing 😉
I love the boldness of the fabrics I chose for the Flock block. Just watch your block placement, as I somehow managed to attach the top and bottom incorrectly. A quick double check is better than having to whip out the seam ripper, right?!
Block 4 is Crow’s Nest and I love this block for the simple fact I FINALLY got to use that central floral fabric. It’s been in my stash for awhile and every time I look at it I smile. So, I’m thrilled to finally be dipping into it. I haven’t a clue who designs it, so if you do, please let me know in the comments below!
Rounding out the top row is the July Fourth block. What I love about this one is the subtle movement.
Along the way, Sharon and Maureen are sharing loads of quilting tips and resources to help ensure our piecing game is on fleek. This is a perfect sew along to perfect your skills, join an extremely engaged quilting community and let your creativity flow. What more could you ask for?!
You must also checkout the #sewcialbeesampler hashtag to see everyone’s interpretation of these blocks – it’s truly a sight to see!
Happy quilting my friends!