I've been doing patchwork by mail! (I talked about it a while ago)
Last spring Cynthia Frenette invited me to partake in a quilting bee she started, and it's been really fun! Each month, one member of the Fab Bee sends out a request and some fabric to all the participants, and we all follow the instructions and use up the fabric and send a finished block back to it's rightful owner.
|the fabrics and request for hearts|
|the block I made for Cynthia and Norm|
Cynthia started it off with "hearts" in April, and explained that the quilt was for her hubby Norm, who chose the colours and fabrics. Some of the pieces are Cynthia's own designs that she printed at Spoonflower, and since this time, she has had her own line of fabric printed by Robert Kaufman!
In May, we used a spark of colour and neutrals to make improvised blocks for Holly.
|and the block I made|
July was fun too! Darlene, who is a lover of all things vintage, asked us to do a "stack of books" block. I slipped in some vintage fabrics - and I sent along a bundle of coloured plastic knitting needles for her.
What I didn't know about Darlene is that she is generous to a fault! She sent me two lines of bunting that she made as a thank you! I hung them up at our house during our Quilt Forest event.
Then came August....
and the request from Ellen to make..... an OWL!
Here are things I have rediscovered about myself this month-
I don't do representational art, and I especially don't do animals!
I live in a wonderful natural environment, surrounded by trees which are full of birds, including owls.
|barred owl, photo taken from the porch at dusk. "Who Cooks For You?"|
|Winging it - free piecing, applique, embroidery and machine couching|