|I duplicated a photo of my test block in InstaCollage app to check the overall design effect.|
I posted a copy of the photo above on Instagram and pretty quickly the offers came flooding in. I kept a list of everyone who responded. There was no initial time frame of when I needed the blocks (I was in no hurry) but I was eager to find out what everyone wanted in exchange so that I could sort through my fabric stash and buy any necessary additions and get started making all the various blocks.
What fun I was to have over the next few months as I played with various designs that were new to me and colour schemes that I had never used before. Here are some of the blocks that I made:
|Cassie wanted some single coloured blocks for her Rainbow Trellis Crossroads quilt. The orange one was a bit of a disaster so I made her an extra one in Red and also a Yellow block. The lime & grey one is my test block.|
|Alison's Trellis Crossroads block - bright scrappy|
|Alison's 2nd Trellis Crossroads block - bright scrappy|
|Raquel's Stacked Windmills block in Grey & Radiant Orchid|
|Janine's Bluebell's Cabin block - bright scrappy|
|Janine's 2nd Bluebell's Cabin block - bright scrappy|
|Jo's Come Together block - Bright Happy Colours|
|Julie's Triple Star in Raspberry & White|
|Julie's 2nd Triple Star in Raspberry & White|
|Lisa's Stacked Windmills Block with a medium pink middle row. I dug out my Tilda for this one.|
|Lisa's 2nd Stacked Windmills Block with a medium pink middle row. Lisa loves red & pink together so this one has more red in it.|
I had never been on the receiving end of a quilting bee or swap before (as I was yet to experience my Queenly Rule in either of my Quilt Club Australia bees); so I was pretty surprised that instead of receiving just a card with my block/s, PARCELS started appearing in my letterbox! Yes, parcels! And in these parcels were lots of lovely gifts of fabric, lovely assortments of beautifully home made & shop bought items, chocolates, mini quilts, chocolates, Nutella, lollies, chocolates, oh and did I mention the chocolates!! I was (and still am) so blown away (and full of chocolate)! YUM! YUM!
As I received the blocks from each of the girls I set about putting together a special parcel of love and thanks for each of them containing various items of love (and chocolate) together with their quilt block/s. Acts 20:35 states "There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving." My heart overflowed with happiness as they each received their parcels and I read their messages!
I cannot believe the friendships that I have made along this amazing journey and the beautiful craftpersonship that each person has demonstrated. We all live in various areas of Australia (& Raquel is in America). We may possibly never get a chance to meet in person but I feel such a connection with these gorgeous ladies!
Along the journey I started to make many more quilting friends online and have since discovered a large network of fellow Jehovah's Witnesses who are quilters (some of whom were members of my original block swap). As our network and friendships grew, Raquel decided that we should start up the #QuiltySistersInstabee We are Sisters united by our faith, and our mutual love of Jehovah and of quilting. We commenced our quilting bee in July 2014 and so far we have over 20 members. Click here to see the blocks that I have made for the Quilty Sisters Instabee Group.
Originally I had expected that I would have to make more of the Trellis Crossroads blocks for my quilt myself, however I have decided to carry this block through to the #QuiltySistersInstabee group as we are using the "Modern Bee" book as a basis for our bee. So far I have received blocks from 5 Quilty Sisters members and another from a friend in my QCA bee #5 group.
Here is an updated photo of the blocks which I have received so far - 22 blocks as at the 26th of September 2014. I anticipate that I should have a full quilt top (30 blocks are needed for a queen size quilt) in time for next winter & a very fancy quilt back made up of any extra blocks & the signature blocks.
|The quilt so far hanging up on my design wall (26 September 2014)|
There is also a signature panel representing each person who has contributed to this quilt. I plan to turn these into blocks which will adorn the back of my quilt. I am yet to decide on a design for these or for the back of the quilt.
|The signature panels ready to be made into blocks to adorn the back.|
I am really looking forward to snuggling up in this quilt when it is finished and when I do it will feel like I am being hugged by many many very wonderful and special friends!
Thank you to all of you - you know who you all are!