Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Cream Tea and Mañana Mañana

If you're a regular reader (here's hoping) you must have thought we'd dropped off the face of the earth. I put my hands up...I procrastinated...and I can't even blame the beautiful summer.  I adopted the Spanish 'mañana, mañana' and now it has caught up with me.  TOMORROW HAS ARRIVED...in the form of a guilty-quilty conscience because I know I should have done this before now.  I love blogging but am most definitely lacking in self-discipline.

We last met on 10th June (hangs head in shame). Our CEO got up early and baked scones for the lovely ladies (and probably for half the neighbourhood if I know Ros).  They were yum and I don't think I've ever seen such big strawberries. Thanks Ros xx


We were small in numbers but got lots done...including pulling together some very generous donations.


A new Tumbler Block quilt top is now complete, and currently in my spare bedroom having already been quilted on Hilary's longarm. Thanks Hils.  I'll  get a photograph when the light improves.  It's a bit dreary right now and I want you to see how bright it is.


All we had to do was add some borders..


In May we set the Antique Tile block and you lovely ladies made and sent them to us.  Blocks were sewn together...


I longarmed it...


...and it went home to a lovely lady in Portadown who deserved some TLC


This Wonky Log Cabin block quilt is from a couple of months ago and Hilary longarmed it before it made its way to Siblings Together Quilt Group.  

Each year we support a fantastic charity group called Siblings Together Quilting Group, which you can read about here. They have been running for a number of years now and their aim is to collect and distribute quilts to kids at annual events during which siblings are reunited.  In support of their work we have donated these two quilts to this worthy cause and hope they bring a smile to the kids' faces when they receive them. Why not pop over to their blog or visit them on Instagram here.


 

Siblings Quilt numéro deux




Another pieced then longarmed quilt on my spare bed



And last but not least.  There was steam coming out of the longarms this month.!!! There are some which I haven't yet shown but...hasta mañana...

Although we're not meeting as a group during the summer Ros and I will be Busy Bees, choosing patterns and blocks, sorting fabric and doing all sorts of sewing bits and pieces in preparation for September.  We couldn't possibly cope without our sewing fix.

So :-)) we hope you have a peaceful, restful, fun summer with lots of sunshine and good times.
If you do feel Bee Blessed block withdrawal we would really, really, really appreciate a block using any of the block tutorials (12 1/2") we have used this year which you will find here. Colour and background colours are in your capable hands.  We have learnt that most things work and we love the challenge.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us in any way.  Hopefully we can renew our acquaintance in September.

Happy Sewing

Monday, 8 May 2017

May 2017 - triangle time again!

I'm sorry but I don't know the name of this block. It was part of a quilt-along which Jeni Baker, of incolororder, ran in 2012.  Pop over to her site/blog here and have a read and a peep. You will not be disappointed!!!  I have Jeni's HST book and love it!!!


This pattern uses half-square triangles which are made by sewing together one white square and one coloured square using one of these methods:
  • The traditional method which is here (using 4"squares) or 
  • The alternative method which you can find on Sometimes Crafter's tutorial here (using 6" squares) 
The tutorial with all the measurements to make the block is here - it's the July Block

Whichever method you choose don't forget to trim your HSTs to 3 1/2"square before sewing them together 

Jeni uses 4 different fabrics plus a white background and we would like our blocks made in the same way.  We would like the background to be white or white on white and the coloured fabrics to be bright and modern, please, keeping the colour within the block from a similar colour group.

We don't need the blocks until just before we next meet on 10th June...so if we had them by 8th June that would be fab.

Thanks in advance for your loyal support.  It is much appreciated.  I know Ros just loves getting her happy mail and I love getting the photographs of them when they arrive.

I hope you enjoy making your half-square triangles and if you've any questions please get in touch on beeblessedquilts@gmail.com

Happy Sewing

Saturday, 6 May 2017

May Brought Sunshine

I hope your weather is as nice as ours.  It has been a glorious week with both heat and sunshine and it's meant to continue until at least next Wednesday. Whoop Whoop!!

We're forging ahead with our quilts and there's a lot to show you.

I like to show you a photograph of each quilt in its various stages and then again at handover; hence any duplications in what you're seeing from month to month.  We're proud to show them off...

The Canvas Block quilt is finished and is a riot of colour.


That's a wee glimpse of Ros's pretty garden with half a quilt, on a sunny day.  We think it's going to its new owner this week but I promise to show you the whole quilt...



Thanks for all your Pinwheel Blocks.  We love how the finished quilt looks and it's definitely a block I'll be using myself in the not too distant future.  Stunning!!!


This quilt came together so quickly and has become Ros/Karen's speciality.  It makes short work of a Jelly Roll and there's another one on the go which we'll show you next month.


I love this little kiddy Hexi Quilt. Photographs don't do it justice.


We had received these centre blocks as part of a donation and pondered...inspiration came last week!  A Medallion...ish Quilt.  From time to time we make a quilt top which is just the right size for a wheelchair user's lap.  This is just the biz!!!


Some left over Layer Cake squares were quartered and joined a Charm Pack to make this quilt centre which will have pretty borders attached next month.


Poor Lisa was so frustrated that she didn't complete this quilt top on Saturday.  It's waiting for you on June 10th Lisa...


Another dinosaur in the works...


...and a boy's quilt in the making...


...finished by the girls and getting a good press.



And last but not least we gifted this quilt to a beautiful lady and pray for her speedy recovery.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to these quilts in any way, whether by making blocks, donating fabric, joining us monthly for some sewing and craic, or in any other way which escapes me...we couldn't do it without you.  

Last month's blocks are still coming in and we'll let you see them soon.  I hope to post this month's block in this next couple of days.

Happy Sewing



Our Pleasure...

I mentioned a while back that we had a couple of children's quilt donations pending.  Numero uno took place recently when we had the pleasure of handing over 12 quilts to a local Women's Aid Refuge - a very worthwhile charity .

Women's Aid offers a range of specialist services to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and you can read more about them here. 

The beautiful quilts were very gratefully received and as well as providing a number of small kids and babies with warmth, they will let the mothers know that they are being thought of and supported by local women. 

 I'll show you some photos:










Women's Aid helps many expectant mothers or mums with very small children so it seemed a perfect group donation.  

Thank you to everyone who has helped with these quilts in any way, whether by donating fabric, sewing, quilting, binding or whatever.  It is much appreciated.

We hope to soon let you know about our next charity/destination of choice for children's quilts.

Happy Sewing

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hard to Beat a Scrappy Pinwheel



Thanks for all your Pinwheel blocks. Don't they look fab sewn together. It's a pity that photographs in the basement, where we sew, never ever do the quilts justice. Or am I a poor photographer ;-). It's presently in a bag in my sewing room calling to me...'quilt me, quilt me'!! I'll get this blog finished and will be straight in to load it onto my longarm.  Boy do I love my longarm.


We had another new recruit this week thanks to her friend, Sarah. Welcome Jenni...I hope it's with an 'i'?  Here they both are getting stuck into the Pinwheels. Welcome and thanks for all the lovely goodies you both brought (see below). It was very kind of you to think of us. We'll put them to good use.




We got so much done on Saturday.  The Canvas Blocks are another scrappy triumph. Thanks!!! This month's block will be more gentle and if you've missed it you'll find it and all the necessary info here. Here's hoping you get a few minutes to make one for us.  We don't need them until 3rd May.


It's wonderful what a good rummage throws up. Ros is laying out the results of a black/white/grey find. She escapes the camera as often as I do but I got her!!! 


A peep at the others hard at work...thank you!!!


We've got a great charity in mind for this quilt. We made a Crossing Paths quilt before and loved it.  Minus the black carpet it will look completely different!!


Nothing goes to waste. This is the result of left-over 'Orphan Blocks'. Big thanks to Hilary for her custom longarming. It's amazing!!


We haven't forgotten the boys. Jenny - thelilaccat - donated a bundle of fat quarters and we were able to run up this hexie quilt using a pattern by Just Jude Designs.  Thanks so much Jenny.  It was a pleasure using your lovely fabric and there is enough remaining for another quilt. We have a couple of projects in mind for baby/kiddie quilts which we hope to tell you about soon.
   

Retro Car will be amongst the next kiddie handover :))

I think that's about all I have to tell you, apart from passing on some more thanks.  We received another amazing fabric donation.  It's beautiful fabric so thank you!!! You know who you are xx. Also, a kind lady donated some money with which we were able to buy 2 really pretty King Size quilt covers in a sale.  Would you believe they had 70 percent off!!!  An absolute bargain - trendy and cool - and the only way we can back our quilts.  From those 2 quilt covers we will back 2 complete quilts and probably use the remainder as strips to partially back 2 more.

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed either this month or in previous months.  As always we wish to say we couldn't do it without you.

Happy Easter and...


Happy Sewing

April 2017 - A pretty, pastel Antique Tile Block

It's almost Easter and at times it feels like Spring...what better excuse for a pretty, pastel block.

The Antique Tile is one of my favourite blocks.  It's quick and easy, yet can look very different depending on colour choice and placement.

We're thinking patterned, soft pastels.  Pink, lemon, turquoise, soft greens, soft blues and peach etc would be our preference and we would like the centre square to be white.

Modify Tradition have a great Antique Tile Block tutorial (amongst others) which you can find here

We would like the blocks by Wednesday 3rd May please, so that we can sew them together when we meet on Saturday 6th May.  If you need any further information, clarification, or the address to post them to, just send us an email.  You'll find the email address here.

I hope you enjoy making this month's block and we look forwarding to seeing them. Thank you in advance, once again.  We really appreciate your support and we couldn't do it without you.  

So here's to some lovely Easter weather and more importantly lots of chocolate...

Happy Sewing

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Gifting and some new recruits

I promised to show you a better quality photograph of this quilt.  Here you go...and better still...best of all...you're seeing it with its 'Cutesy Tootsie' new owner in its new home.  Sarah is one of our former CEOs and her daughter is recovering from recent heart surgery. Recovery has been amazingly swift and the quilt was received with much excitement whilst being closely investigated (see the blurred, applauding hands in the photograph). This photograph warmed our hearts - big time - and we can't thank Sarah enough for allowing us to share it. We're praying for continued speedy recovery.



I hope you like what we made from your kind gift Katy.  

We consider 'Bee Blessed' to be everyone associated with us or contributing to us in any way, as does Sarah.  I have to share this:

Sarah writes...

"Thank you everyone at Bee Blessed for thinking of Cutsey Tootsie as she had her operation and for sending this lovely quilt for her to enjoy. I can see it being used for all sorts of rascally play! She has recovered so quickly from her heart surgery and is full of life and energy. She is such a resilient wee sprout and we are blessed by her spirit. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness and for all the lovely work you do to bless families and individuals just like us with the fruits of your labour."

We also gifted these quilts inside this last month


Thanks once again to Francis Paul for completing this top and adding batting and backing etc. Also to Katy for your fabric gift.




The two Tumbler Quilts, above, have made their way to new homes in England.

It's lovely to get new recruits.  Helen and Sarah joined us this month.  Helen has been supporting us for quite a while, making blocks etc, and has recently written a lovely blog mentioning us. I know she has been trying to join us for some time now and I'm glad it happened!!! Having met Sarah at another sewing class we're delighted that she joined us and more importantly that she's a dab hand with the hoover. Hope to see you again soon ladies...


Some photos of the other happy campers...




Ros says this will be a quilt top in an afternoon...teehee...and will look like this one we made earlier...




 A little bit of gentle hand sewing


Whoops...had enough...I'm leaving...



This was completed and quilted, all ready for a new home.

That just about sums up what happened at Bee Blessed this last month.   

We have posted our current block in the previous blog and would appreciate it if you would make us one.  It just remains to thank you for your continued support.

Happy Sewing