Monday, 16 November 2015

November Bee Blessed

I'm a little late with's been one of those weeks.

We are growing in numbers!! Each month we have the pleasure of welcoming new faces, and best of all we have a great time together, so if you're in the area and can sew, why not join us!!! Our contact details are here and this is where we meet.

This week we sent these beauties to their new homes:  
I must let you see how beautifully this has been quilted.

Pippi made her way to the home of a beautiful young girl

The Bear Paw went to a lovely lady.

And finally we parted with these lovelies... 

Haven't we been busy!!  We also laid out our Friendship Block quilt. Here's a peep at some of the blocks.  If you can't spot yours it's because I was sewing the others together.  Many thanks to all who contributed in any way.

Apologies for the poor photograph, taken in the fading light. The blocks look amazing together.

We also made a start on our new block.  If you haven't seen it yet the tutorial is here.

So that's all for now. Phew!!!! Thanks to everyone!!!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Wheel of Time Block

We realised we're very short of suitable 'man quilts' so when we spotted this block on Modern Quilters Ireland we thought it would be ideal and were very grateful when Louise gave the thumbs up. Pop over and look at her block, as she combines grey beautifully with aqua and orange.

Christmas is just around the corner so we thought if anyone out there wishes to send us a block that the ninth of January would be a good cut-off date. Thanks in advance for taking time-out to support us.

We would like to have either medium/dark grey or navy as our background colour with each wheel being made up of four different fabrics of the same colour - red, blue or green. It doesn't matter if this is combined with the grey or navy, so grey/red, grey/green, grey/blue or navy/red, navy/green, navy/blue.

Four  5 ¾ inch squares in either medium/dark grey or navy 
Four different 5 ¾ inch squares in either green, blue or red (keeping the same colour-way in each block)

Assume ¼" seams throughout

1. Pair one background square with one coloured square, right sides together

2. Sew a ¼ inch all around the inner edge of the square

3. Cut the square diagonally to make 4 triangles

5. Press the seams open and trim off the 'ears'

6. Repeat for the other 3 triangles

7. Repeat steps 1 to 6 for the three remaining pairs of 5 ¾ inch squares

8. Lay out the squares in the desired formation

9. Sew each row together, press the seams open and then sew the four rows together making sure to line up the seams.  Press the seams open.

The finished block will be 13 inches

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Many thanks to all.....

Many thanks to all who support Bee Blessed in any way, whether by donating fabric, making blocks or  joining us know who you are and we appreciate you.  We received a beautiful card and message from a lady who received a quilt recently and we have her permission to publish this.  It has encouraged us and I'm sure it will encourage you too....but more importantly it touched someone's life. 

''I was sitting in the lounge feeling somewhat my jaded self these days, when a knock came on the door- the dog was barking madly and I thought.. oh great, someone selling something, but it was the postman with a huge package. I was mystified but thanked him for it and sat down and opened it.......(this was about 5 mins ago). I read your card and I felt an overwhelming joy, it made me tingle and brought tears to my eyes. This is one of the most lovely things that anyone has ever done for me. I just wrapped myself in the quilt and breathed in all the love and prayers of you all. I then dashed up the stairs of my cottage and laid the quilt out on my bed.. a couple of amazing things.. how did you know my favourite colours were turquoise and purple!!- it looked perfect against the bedspread and bed is where I spend most of my time now. I am in so much pain and discomfort and yesterday was a really really bad day, so I was hoping today would be different and I was trying to be positive...and your quilt arriving...well it felt like an affirmation that I was not alone in all of this. I would so like to thank you all. I feel so blessed by this and just wanted to say a big big thank you for this spontaneous and generous thought. I will keep this quilt always, it will always be so special to me...I can look and enjoy it every night- after reading my bible and saying my prayers which is now an integral part of my life.''

It just shows how all your individual contributions are being appreciated and how receiving one of the quilts you subscribe to can be such a huge blessing in dark days.