A month or so ago, I stumbled across a darling blog called "All Things Fabulous" by Jenni20 Designs. The post that caught my eye? She was starting a Twitter Quilting Bee. Twitter?..and quilting?? I admit, I was curious.
Her reasoning was simple - our quilty ancestors would get together from time to time and quilt. One part helping each other out, the other part pure social. She had a great point. I had a twitter account long ago but quickly abandoned it. This got me thinking, though, and I jumped in.
The requirements were almost effortless: Make a block a month and tweet. I mean, does it get any easier? Basically, each month one person will send out a fat quarter to the other 11 ladies. The 11 receiving the FQ make a block from it and our stash fabrics, then send it back. And we tweet. I've met some fabulous ladies from all over - including Germany - and it's been fun chatting with them.
And, bonus...we get to keep the leftovers from the fat quarters. Great stash building and stash using, all at once. I think I'll term it a stash makeover. :)
As the organizer, Jenni took the first month. She started us out with a bang, sending out this beautiful piece of fabric:
I immediately loved it and my mind started racing as soon as I saw it. After trying out several color and fabric combinations, I ended up with this block:
Jenni had told us she favored the blues and greens, so I tried to stay with those, and the orange just sort-of flowed with the rest. The block pattern is the Scrappy Hedgerow Block from Oh, Fransson. This was a real comfort-zone stretcher for me as I hardly ever put my own fabrics together. I'd venture to say that 95% of my projects are from pre-cut bundles and/or bundles that someone else put together for me. I've never been comfortable picking out fabrics. But, I'm learning.
I'll be posting my blocks here as I go, but if you'd like to follow the group, check out our Flickr pool. There are some very talented ladies here.
I hope Jenni likes her block. I mailed it out last week and I'm looking forward to the April Fat Quarter. Of course, I'm already trying to figure out what I want to do for my month, though I have plenty of time. If I remember right, I'm February 2012. I guess I get to work on patience, too... LOL!