Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Open Book Quilt Block for Virtual Quilting Bee

I joined a virtual quilting bee of sorts started by Tracey of Itching2Bstitching.  We are working from the book, Modern Blocks:  99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers by Susanne Woods.  (You may be able to get it from your library.  Click on the photo of the book at the bottom of the post to take a look at it on Amazon.)  

I've never done one of these before, so I'll share how this kind of bee works for others who don't know about them.  Each month one person is the queen bee.  She chooses a block from the book for all of us to do.  The "queen" can send the fabric she wants us to use or suggest colors and such she likes.  The pic above is the block chosen by Kelleigh for February.  It's called "open book." 

In Modern Blocks, the center binding area of the book is actually the same color as the background fabric.  It almost appears that the book is floating.  Kelleigh chose to have that area in a light fabric different from the background so that each person could sign the block in that space.  I chose to embroider the name 'cuz my handwriting is not the best.

Scary thing for me to do sewing for someone else!  Fortunately, these are an understanding and accepting lot who are not expecting perfection.  One block down, eleven more months to go!  I can't wait for my turn to be on the receiving end in October.


  1. What a great block - the embroidered spine is the perfect touch! Many years ago I paper pieced a bookshelf quilt for a friend who works at a library --- there are certainly many more embellishment options available today! (Or maybe there were more options available back then too, but I wasn't aware of them, LOL).

  2. I love you site, and I am now following you with LF and GFC. I would love for you to stop by and follow back, so we can stay connected. Lori

  3. Hi Bay!!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the blog hop! Wishing you all the best in your bloggy endeavors. Cheers!


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