Monday, February 16, 2015

Bee Block, Log Cabins, and a Winner!

It's been a very nice long weekend for me.  I got to attend a sewing class, I went for a drive with my husband up into the mountains, and I'm finishing up some little projects.  Plus, I have selected a winner for the Grow Your Blog Giveaway.

The first order of business was to make up a block for my Stash Bee Hive 4 group #stashbee. This is a fun, modern block to construct. It was easy and I love the way the colors in the fabric played out. Queen Kathy wanted navy blue or dark yellow on one side, and modern neutrals on the other side.  Hope she likes this one - it's going clear to Australia! Super fun, fun!

The class I took on Saturday was to learn how to use the Curvy Log Cabin Ruler, created by Jean Ann Wright (former editor in chief of Quilt Magazine).  Jean Ann and her sister, Janet Houts, are now pattern designers, and Jean Ann has been having fun designing quilting rulers, too.

I didn't have time in class to get the other 'set' done. If I had, you could see how the curviness of the blocks comes into play.  In my block, the white background is smaller than the printed blocks. When put together, it gives an optical illusion of curves.  I need to make a mere 57 more blocks for my quilt, so I do believe this quilt is my long-term project!

These are 6" blocks, and four blocks make one larger block. Very scrappy!  I thought about doing each one the same, but that taxes my brain too much. So I chose to go scrappy.

Yesterday, I didn't sew or quilt a single stitch. Nope, not me. My husband and I drove up north about 60 miles to see how the Stanley Basin in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain Range was fairing this year.  While our snow has melted in the valley (elevation 5,500 feet), there hasn't been too much snow melt up high.  We have a cabin that sits about 7,200+ feet, and the peaks are 10,000 or higher in these photos. So lots of snow in the high country. Which is a good thing for our drought-stricken state.

View from Galena Summit looking north across the Sawtooth Range.

This is the view from our cabin. Kinda hard to take, but someone's gotta do it!

The Sawtooths and Mt. Heyburn and McGowan peaks. Redfish Lake sits on the other side of the trees.

Oh! My winner!  It was a fun month to get responses from the Grow Your Blog Giveaway.  I met a lot of nice people and followed several new blogs myself.  When it came right down to it, the winner of four fat quarters of wonderful Kaffe Fassett Collection fabrics is:

Diane Wingo

Thank you, everyone, for participating, and thank you Vicki at Two Bags Full for hosting this event. It was a pleasure to participate!

I'm going on a road trip soon, so I have this strange sensation that Fabric From Far Away is calling my name. Perhaps there just might be some Stash Collecting in my near future?

Quilting with a smile,


  1. Those blocks you made in class are sure fun. Hope you link them up with Oh Scrap!

    And that view - Yowza! Thanks for taking one for the team. :)

  2. congrats to the winner of the beautiful fabric-and enjoy your trip

  3. I love the block need a tut on that one, and the log cabin looks great. The pictures of the view is breath taken.

  4. Congrats to the winner and what amazing pictures! How pretty! :)

  5. The blocks are great! I have always loved the curved look of some log cabins--this will be beautiful. And what a lovely drive. Your scenery is stunning!

  6. Your log cabin blocks are great, but I really like the "mountain" block. Your fabrics are wonderful! Thank you for sharing the photos from your drive. Even though I am a warm weather person, the views are gorgeous!

  7. The curvy blocks are beautiful! And those mountains....your backyard view - stunning!

  8. Oh, nice blocks! I love the scrappy look, and your colours are so cheery. I'd be interested in seeing what the ruler looks like - enquiring minds want to know! (Yes, all of my spelling is very Canadian!)
    Hey, I just noticed that the block kind of mimics the sawtooth wonder it appeals to a mountain girl!

  9. Sounds like you have a very lovely long weekend! Yay for sewing!

  10. I love that modern mountain block at the top! It's lovely and the recipient is sure to love it. Like the log cabins, too. And insanely jealous of the view!

  11. Beautiful scenery! So different from our Midwest. The rounded log cabin has become one of my favorites of late. I like your scrappiness. Enjoy!


  12. What a beautiful view!!! Thank you for sharing it with us. I'm beginning to think my curved piecing is a long term project too...but you showed me that's okay. I'll fit some easy pieces inbetween and enjoy the process for awhile. Your scrappy blocks will be worththe effort...they are cute at 6" each!!


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