I can’t lie- I’m pretty sure I’ve had the pleasure of being part of THE most fantastic traveling bee in the history of bees! Seriously, I can’t even tell you- I love this group to pieces. 6 other ladies, each adding something completely beautiful and unique to the group (and the quilts). For the past year, it’s been just one “wow!” after another as I rip open the constant stream of bubble mailers filled with the most dynamic, personal, inspired blocks, and precious little journals accompanying each quilt and keeping track of who’s added what, bits about fabric or design choices, and sweet affirmations for the lucky quilt owners.
This one belongs to my sweet friend, Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane. She chose a super modern aesthetic for hers- bold colorful solids on light, low volume neutrals, and I know we’re all having a blast adding our touch to it.
This one came to me as a stack of gorgeous blocks, so I decided the first thing I needed to to was go ahead and start joining them together. I came up with this layout, but left out Susannah Kate‘s fabulous feather block so that the next quilter in line would have something to add to for another “row” (or whatever their little heart desires).
I also added a couple of blocks of my own. This quilt had everything…wonkiness, improv, curves, herringbone, triangles, stars…I knew just what it needed….hexis!
Just one more stop and then this quilt is yours, my dear Jennifer! Hope you love it!
The other quilt that I had fun adding to this month was Lindsey Rhodes’ vintage kitchen themed quilt! Oohhhh myyyy, what a darling quilt for a darling gal!
Valerie’s Kitchen Aide mixer is just to die for! All kinds of vintage wonderful!
And the mixing bowls, mason jars, and arrow! This one is just getting cuter and cuter.
I decided to add a paper pieced apron, from a darling pattern I found on Etsy by Charise Creates. The instant I saw it, I knew it had to be in this quilt!
Enjoyed trying out a little tip that a reader, Melissa Anderson, shared with me recently- she uses a tracing wheel (used in garment making) to perforate the lines between the patches, rather than sewing along them with an unthreaded needle.
I wasn’t quite sure if it would perforate enough to allow for the easy folding and tearing away needed…but boy was I wrong! The tracing wheel worked beautifully! This is my new favorite tip of all time! Much much much much quicker, saves your sharp needle, and you don’t have to do it sitting at your machine. Finally, I can put Grandma’s old tracing wheel to good use!
So I paired my new apron up with Susannah Kate’s precious little teacups and added them to the quilt.
I also added this pretty star block, which I thought had some nice vintage charm, and would allow me to beef up the size of this quilt and piece it together in rows. Hope you like your vintage kitchen quilt as much as I do, Miss Lindsey!
I’m so grateful for this group of gals, and I just can’t wait to get my very own quilt as our year nears an end. VERY excited to see most of these ladies at Sew South coming up next month…yup, that’s right, this mamma’s taking a sewcation in just a few weeks! Can’t wait to see some great friends, and recharge my batteries.