Thursday 17 January 2013

:: AusModBee ::

I'm not sure I've properly mentioned the AusModBee yet.  It's my first-ever quilting bee, and I'm really excited to have been asked along.

The 'bee mamas' are Jeannette and Danielle, and there are 14 of us altogether, from all over Australia.  I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone as the months progress.

We've all chosen a month, starting now and running for the next 14 months.  Every bee member chooses a block, and when it's your month, all the members sew two blocks for you from fabric you've sent out.  

Lorena is up first, and has chosen Anna Maria Horner's gorgeous feather bed quilt pattern

{{my test-block for Lorena's feathers}}
The girls and I met up with Lorena and her gorgeous daughter last Saturday at The Quilters' and Embroiderers' Store - which was a real treat, since Lorena and her family live in Sydney - they were just in Brisbane for a few days.  It was great to meet someone I've only known so far through instagram and Flickr, and to talk about a mutual love of fabric and sewing.

My bee-month isn't until August, and after much book-and-internet research, I've decided on a Japanese x+ block.  There's an excellent tutorial for the block on Badskirt Amy's blog.  Since sharing my first four blocks in an earlier post, I've made three more.

Block number 5 is crazy bird party.  I was so happy to use some more of Leanne's owls (The Little House Martin) and to mix them in with Karen's (Blueberry Park) hand-printed fabrics (the triangles and flowers).  And I so love the chickens, which I bought from Frances (Miss Matatabi ). 

{{bird party}}
Block number 6 has some Kyla May 'best Dad ever', mixed in with sweet Heather Ross peg dolls from her Crafty Chloe line and some of MsCurlyPops' Cam's gorgeous hexies. 

{{best Dad ever}}
And block 7 has some total favourites too.  Happy Zombie Monica's Holiday Happy gnomas and Violet Craft's Madrona Road and Peacock Lane.  

I am loving making these blocks, they've become really addictive and I'm making the most of having a bit of extra time during the school holidays to sew as many as I can.

Have you popped across to our shop yet to check out our fabulous new bird cushion covers and cushion panels?  They are awesome, and so much fun.  Can't wait to sew up a few for home.  Vee has a pink 'Hello Gorgeous' cockatoo on her lounge already and it looks fabulous! 

Hope your week has been a good one.   xoxo cat


  1. You have the BEST stash ever. Those blocks are awesome! The feather block is lovely, I'm sure Lorena will be thrilled with it! x

  2. Eeeee! I love the feathers, they look great! Glad to hear that you got to meet up with Lorena in person. Love your blocks as well--what a great stash you have!!!!

  3. Love the fussy cut button card in the x-block! Super cute.

  4. I sooooo want to do the x+ quilt, especially after seeing yours on Instagram! Love yours for so many reasons. You're my x+ pimp. XO!!


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