August 2012

"Gelati" Dresden for Judy

I am catching up on my bee sewing this week. In the Quilting Around the World Bee 2, Judy from Australia asked for a block inspired by her Dresden starter block. She also asked for “gelati” colors. Now I have to admit I was not totally sure what “gelati” meant, but I think it means sherbet inspired colors.

I have never attempted a Dresden so I was excited to try to make this block. I found a wonderful, time-saving tutorial for making Dresdens. This video tutorial is worth viewing if you are at all curious about these blocks!

I followed the tutorial and this is the block I made for Judy. It was fast and easy. I just love learning new techniques and this is one I really like.

The one thing I did differently was instead of using hand-applique to sew the blades to the background, I used a Sulky clear polyester thread on the top and a Sulky white thread in the bobbin and machine appliqued the block to the background.

Here is a photo of Judy’s blocks so far. Her starter block is on the top left.

Hope all is well with you and your family!

Until next time,
     Joan

Jewels in the Dark for Pam

It has been very quiet here in CaliQuilter blogland. I have been spending lots of hours with a web designer who is building a website for me, which is exciting. I had no idea it would require so much time and planning, but I am excited that we are nearing launch time!

On the sewing front, I have just completed a block for Pam in the Quilt Around the World Bee. She asked for a block featuring strong geometric figures, using clear, bright colors on a Kona Charcoal background. She calls these blocks Jewels in the Dark. Here is my block:

This block pattern is called “Lightening Bolt.” Pam said it reminded her of a summer lightening storm so I guess it is aptly named. This is a photo of her blocks so far. Pam’s starter block is at the very bottom.

It might be interesting to sash these blocks and turn them in different orientations to each other. In any event, it will be fun to see what the rest of the group comes up and to see how Pam sets these together.

Until next time,

    Joan