Friday, February 27, 2015

We Bee Learning

This is my month for the We Bee Learning quilting bee, and I am excited to get started. I hope you all love this block as much as I do. This quilt will be for me because I have yet to make a quilt for myself. I hope you don't mind contributing to my first ever "kept" quilt.

I chose Lee Heinrich's (Freshly PiecedRibbon Star Block because she has a great tutorial, and the star is so lovely. Her blog is a great source of inspiration for me. The block is a 12.5" block, so the perfect size for our bee.

(photo credit: Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced)

(photo credit: Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced)

In terms of fabric, I prefer moderns. You can use florals, geometrics, solids, or anything in your stash. I am not a huge fan of Civil War reproduction fabrics or brown, but I like tans and creams. 

In terms of color, I am desperately in need of spring colors to get through the rest of this winter. You can see below that pinks, fuschias, blues, yellows, greens, and white are the base from the inspiration photo. However,  feel free to add in more spring colors—oranges, lavenders, reds, yellow-greens—The backgrounds can be in colors, whites, or light grays. My husband loves scrappy quilts, so a bright explosion of spring will be perfect.

I pulled in an image from Google Images and used PlayCraftsPalette Builder to come up with a color combination. The palette builder only demonstrates solids, but I love both patterns and solids, so any mix you think works will be good for me. 

I have pulled some fabrics from my stash that I will choose from to make my two blocks. First, however, I have to get Katie's blocks done. I will post my two as soon as possible in the Flickr group. Still need some stamina back after my bout of pneumonia. This winter has not been my friend.

Note: The photos are not great because it is evening and dark. I will try to retake the photos in better light tomorrow and exchange them here.

Blues and aquas - note they are not all tone on tone

Whites (though they look gray in this photo) and grays for possible backgrounds

Oranges and spring greens with a little teal

Pinks, fushias, and lavenders

My yellows are sadly lacking. I am going to have to add some more sunshine to my fabric!