Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Coming right along

So that he could follow along, I made a promise to Kade to blog the process of his quilt construction. 
But first...
Here are the last blocks for my online quilting bee.  Can I just admit how glad I am to be done with this?  In all honesty, I don't think I will ever do anything like this again.  Here is why:
1. A year is a darn long time.
When I decided to do this, it really didn't sound like a big deal to have to sew two quilt blocks a month for twelve months.  However, over the course of the year my father suffered a terminal illness and passed away, we had to move suddenly, my son graduated from college, I began taking classes, I accepted a call to work every Saturday in the temple, and my Aunt (who has no children of her own) began to suffer health problems.
All of that doesn't even count the myriad of smaller issues that came up and needed to be resolved.  through all of that, was the constant nagging that I was getting behind in sewing my blocks.  This turned what should have been something fun into just one more thing I had to get done. 
2. It wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.
I became interested in signing up for an online bee because I ws having trouble connecting with other quilters. Then,  I kept seeing other bloggers posting about the bees they were in and how much fun it was to meet new people.  Many of them reported meeting some of their closest friends through their bees.  It seemed like just what I was looking for. 
Well, I don't know why, but that just didn't happen in my group.  I tried my best.  I followed proper blogging etiquette and made sure to comment on everyone's postings and on comments that others made on my postings.  I sent praises on jobs well done, etc.  But honestly, my group wasn't all that dynamic. With the exception of a few, it just didn't seem that the other members were all that interested in getting to know anyone.  In fact, there were some that never posted or commented at all..ever.  I mean, even the woman who put the bee together didn't really didn't contribute to our blog.  She had another bee that she was much more involved in.
So eventually I just gave up.  I did my duty and sewed my blocks like a good little bee member but that is all it ended up being.  Just another duty to be fulfilled. 
A lesson learned; online quilting bees just aren't for me.  It's not a total loss, though.
During this last year, a group of quilters at the campus I work for have found each other. Every couple of weeks we get together during our lunch hour to share our current projects, cut out new projects and help each other.  This is definitely more up my alley, real connections with live people.  As a matter of fact, my friend Kathy, her husband (who is also a quilter) and I are getting together this Friday for a "scrap fest".  Stay tuned to see the blocks we make. 
Okay, Kade.  Here we go.
I have been anxious to make a quilt from this new book and I found a pattern in it that I think will work great with your fabric selections.
I think this quilt has a very masculine, modern feel to it.

Here are the fabrics all cut up and sorted, ready to be sewn into blocks.  The author of the book recommends using index cards to sort your fabrics onto.  They will keep your fabrics organized and act as dividers to keep your blocks from getting mixed up.
Here they are all lined up and ready to be stacked.
Here they are stacked and ready to be sewn.
This method worked like a charm.
Ta Dah!  Looks great, no?
One block down, eleven more to go.