June 07, 2017

Sewcial Bee Sampler – Row 3 Roundup

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Row 3 is done! Yeah! I’m more than halfway through the Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt! The time has flown by and the blocks have been a joy to piece. It’s also been really fun picking my fabrics for each block.

The choices are getting more and more challenging as I make my way through the fabrics I pulled from my stash. If nothing else, this quilt has taught me how creative you can be when you are dealing with just the materials you have on hand. You might want to use a particular fabric for a block only to realize you don’t have enough. Argh...that fabric just happened to be what you initially based your other fabrics on. Gah, everything needs to be re-auditioned. Frustrating is an understatement.  I know you get it #thestruggleisreal 😉
As the title suggests, this week’s post rounds-up the 5 blocks featured in row 3 of the SBS. Which means, that only leaves us with 2 more rows to go. Woot woot!

In case you missed them, you can see Row 1 and Row 2 here and here.

Before I know it, it will be time to baste and really start thinking about how I’m going to quilt her up. But not yet! I’ve still got 10 more blocks to work on and I’ve got to manage that with just these scraps:

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Eek!

Hopefully I can pull it off cause I’m really loving how this quilt is coming along. Hoping it all doesn’t go south when I start adding the borders and sashing!!

Now, onto the good stuff!

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In the suggested layout, row 3 starts off with the Four Square block. I love the boldness of the central plus in this block design. I decided to enhance that “+” even more by using He Loves Me Plum which is a nice deep burgundy. This was balanced out with lots of pinky coral tones and a little soft yellow. I’m curious to see what border colour I end up choosing for this one.

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Sometimes you have to try different fabric combinations to see how things will work out. On Right Angle, I took a chance and went bold by pairing two of my dark maroon fabrics in the central design and contrasting that with the coral backdrop of Zen Chic Moda from the For You collection. I like how it turned out, but don’t love it. That’s ok though. Even if a fabric pairing doesn’t turn out exactly how I thought it would, at least I gave it a try and expanded on my fabric pairing learnings 😉


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The Flying Geese quilt block pattern called for 4 different fabrics, but I was curious to see what the floral fabric (that has yet to be named!) would look with the contrast of the solid maroon and the linen. This happens to be a block without any borders, so it was fun to incorporate the two colours I’m using for my borders here. I absolutely love how it turned out. And I’m always amazed at how a patterned fabric can look quite different depending on what solid it is paired with. Makes you realize just how many options there are to choose from when choosing a quilt colourway.

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The Star and Cross block was beyond simple to piece together. Which is sometimes a welcome reprieve from the focus and precision required with more complex blocks. What I did have fun with was playing with value and prints. This also pretty much used up the last of that coral linen. I’ve got a few small scraps left to use as an accent. It’s remarkable to think how many projects I’ve made using that linen – aprons, zip pouches, tea towels, my first quilt, pin cushions! Wow, it’s making me rethink my belief that fabric is expensive. I mean, it is! But, if you manage your scraps properly, you can really get a lot of mileage out of your yardage. Hmm, that’s a good way of justifying a whole bunch of quilty related expenses 😉


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The Broken Dishes block was fun as it’s one of the first blocks I ever made. It was fun to revisit it and see how far I’ve come in my piecing skills! I didn’t fully understand how to nest my seams when I first started; what a difference that technique makes to getting perfect points (as opposed to stitching and hoping it all works out!!).

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How are your Sewcial Bee blocks coming along? Any favourites so far? I’m particularly fond of Dove in the Window and Wedding Ring, but that can all change as I work on the remaining blocks. Still lots of good quilty time ahead! 

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Happy quilting my friends!

xo

Shannon

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6 comments:

  1. I really love the palette you are working with; it's so fun to see brown used when so many people shy away from it. Good luck making the most of the fabric you have remaining!!

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! It's fun to mix it up every once in awhile and step outside our color comfort zones ;)

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  2. I love love love those colours Shannon!

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    1. Thank you, Sue!! I can't seem to get enough of corals and pinks! I'm going to have to change it up for my next project ;)

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  3. Gorgeous blocks Shannon! It's so fun to see this quilt grow, row by row!! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Izzy!! It's really been such a fun quilt along - you should totally give it a go!!

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