Bees and Quilt-a-longs

I’m super excited to be participating in a Quilting Bee at Whipstich this year as well as having decided to participate in Alyssa’s Skill Builder quilt-a-long (QAL). I’m really hoping to enhance my quilting skills, learn some new things and actually complete a few kick-ass quilts.

I’ve completed the first 2 quilt blocks for the QAL. I am LOVING these blocks and my color choices. Now that I’ve laid out all the fabric, I’ve decided this is a pretty “bubbly” quilt with lots of circles. I may try a lot of stippling when I do my quilting. This quilt is also a quilt-as-you go which means that instead of completing the top, sandwiching it with the batting and the back and then quilting it, you quilt it as you go. I haven’t ever done this before and I’m a little nervous as to how this is going to look but I’m going to give it a go.

I’m going to use the same blue for the back, I’ve just decided, and keep it simple.

The only thing I don’t love about this QAL is that Alyssa doesn’t post the new blocks until the 17th of the month. I’m already itching to make the next 2 blocks but good things come to those that wait, or some such.

I’m also trying to decide what quilt I want to make for the bee and March is my month. I think I’m going to go with this quilt in yellows and greys. One of my dearest friends in the world is moving to Dallas and I want to make something for her to remember me by. I’m not sure she needs a quilt in Dallas but that’s neither here no there. I just need to pick my fabrics and go from there.

I also have 2 quilts that are in the quilting stage now and I’d love to see those completed within the next month. Wish me luck!

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