Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bees Really are Awesome

Even though I have a million things to do - quilty and non-quilty, I keep joining bees and swaps.

The positives of doing them definitely outweigh any time issue negatives.

Here I have some yellow and gray disappearing nine-patch blocks I made for a swap. Kind of like the purple, I'm not a big fan of just gray and yellow. Even though I've been seeing it around a lot - it's obviously a hot color combo - I often feel the values are too similar and they can fall flat. I liked the push to make myself think a bit more in value and pattern contrast when I trying to create blocks I would be happy with.

I'm surprised how much I like this spider web block for my Vintage Sheet Bee. Although I really love several of the bolder vintage sheets, I'm definitely not a pastel person. For this spider web, the softer patterns were specifically requested. While making the four separate parts, it was pretty much a mechanical process for me.

Once I joined all four parts it was like the a little glow of happiness. My month is coming up in November for this bee - and I'm excited to try out a few test blocks that include some of these softer prints!

Hurray for fun Swaps


Angie said...

I agree - online communities of groups really keep the inspiration moving to keep up with the various projects. I also find classes very helpful too!

Angie - www.craftedAngles.com

danielle said...

oh this is so cute- wish i found your little bee- i love vintage sheets, and am always looking at ways to use my stash!!

Leslie said...

these look great. i love that vintage spiderblock...so pretty

randi said...

these projects look great! i think it is wonderful that you are experimenting with new color combos. we find a lot of new inspiration when we do things like that!

Stephanie said...

Wow, I'm really not a soft color person either, but I really like that spiderweb block. So pretty, reminds me of sorbet.