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Virtual Quilting Bee 2013

Virtual Quilting Bee 2013

Make time for stress relief

June 13, 2013

Well hello!  I know it’s been a long time since I’ve checked in with the y’all. . . do you miss me?  It’s only been 6 weeks since my last blog entry. . . freak!

Things have been really hectic in my life.  I’ve accepted a new position at work and I’ve hit the ground running.  At the same time, I’m trying to be a good wife, mom, daughter, and treasurer. . . yeah I’ve gone to the buffet of life and my plate is full!

This week, I finally decided to get my shit together and sew.  Sewing is a great stress reliever for me and I thought trying to put it in a little every night really helps me keep my shit together.  (going postal is not an option)

Remember the Virtual Quilting Bee? Yeah I started pulling my fabric in my color combo to catch up. . . I was only 5 blocks behind. . ha!!

Virtual Quilting Bee
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Blocks 1 thru 7


Above is block 1 thru 7 and I’m loving how it’s turning out.  The bee goes to the end of October and I’m really excited to see the future blocks.  It really nice to just knock something out so quick.


Blocks 1 thru 3

Above is block 1 thru 3 and they were very easy to put together!  Since this is a sampler quilt – I’m trying to go scrappy on it.  I’m not too concerned that the reds or yellows are in the same tone. . the background and the borders will pull my sampler quilt together.  I have other sampler blocks from the 4×5 modern Quilt Bee that I’ll but putting in this quilt (the challenge is those blocks are 12×12 and these are 8×8)  I’m aiming for a queen size quilt.


Blocks 3 thru 6


Above are block 3 thru 6.  I think I’ll have to redo Block #6 . . . (if you notice it’s a tad bigger than the other blocks and I didn’t notice that til I put them all together ugh)  It gives me practice on inset seams anyway cause that kind of broke my brain.


Block 7


Above is block # 7.  I did a little fussy cutting for the center.  I love those damn owls!

I’m going to work on my WIPs next and see if I can’t wrap those up by the end of the year. . . I think I only have 20+ (ha!)  I’m also working on a quilt-along. . can’t wait to get that done to show y’all.

Next week, I’ll be doing a webinar as the treasurer of the Modern Quilt Guild.  The webinar is about setting up and maintaining finances for your guild ~ oh fun stuff I tell you!  If you’re in the leadership of your guild and want to register go to the big tent site for more info.

Virtual Quilting Bee 2013

Virtual Quilting Bee: Block#2 Origami Star

March 21, 2013

Origami Star Block

Welcome to the next block tutorial of Diary of  A Quilter’s Virtual Quilting Bee!

Virtual Quilting Bee
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The Virtual Quilting Bee is a great online Quilt-A-Long combined with great tips and tricks. Earlier this month, Mrs. Sherri of A Quilting Life showed us how to make a great Sawtooth Block.

Regarding fabric selection, I wanted to add to my current sampler quilt and use red, yellow, and grey.

4x5 Color Choice

If you’re still debating on color choices – try this Design Seed, Jessica puts great color palette together.

Design Seeds

Today, I’m showing you a brand new block called the Origami Star.


Fabric Requirements:

  • (4) 1.75 x 4.5 inches strips in fabric choice 1 (Strip#1)
  • (4) 1.75 x 4.5 inches strips in fabric choice 2 (Strip#2)
  • (4) 2.00 x 4.5 inches strips in fabric choice 3 (Strip#3)
  • (12) 2.5 x 2.5 inches squares in background fabric (with a pencil or Pilot FriXion pen mark a diagonal line on each small square)

Block Construction steps:

*If you do “chain piecing” you should have this block done in less time it takes you to make dinner.  Chain piecing is sewing your units in an assembly line.

Step 1:  Sew strips together – you want the large strip in the middle.

  • Sew Strip#1 to Strip#3
  • Press seams open
  • Sew Strip#2 to the other side of Strip#3
  • When you’re all done you should have a block that measures 4.5 x 4.5 (square it up)

Step #1 Step 2: Sew background fabric to 4.5 x 4.5 block ***W A R N I N G***  Make sure if you’re chain piecing to have each block positioned the same so you don’t mess up on background fabric placement and have to unpick

  • Take (1) 2.5 x 2.5 background square block (right sides together) and line it with the top of your 4.5 x 4.5 square and sew on the line that you’ve marked.
  • Trim off the corner leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance
  • Press the seam allowance open
  • Place another background square on the opposite side of the square and repeat the instructions above
  • Place the last background square on and repeat

Step #2 Step 3: Sewing the Units together

  • With a 1/4 seam allowance sew the corner units together.
  • Press seams open

Step #3
Origami Star Tutorial

Please link up in the flickr group or if you’re on Instagram use the #virtualquiltingbee – I would love too see your versions of this block!!!! The next block will be 4.5.13 can’t wait to see what’s next!

p.s Here’s the link for a 12.5 x 12.5 block!!!