Every time I check out 15 minutes play website, I am inspired. Victoria has generously provided a wonderful spot for quilters to gather, play and show & tell. Now I am fortunate enough to be able to participate in Victoria's online quilt bee with 12 very talented and creative ladies. This is a first for me and I am totally hooked.Each person has been assigned a month of the year. When your month arrives, you must choose an idea for making scrappy blocks. Each person, will then, make blocks along that idea, send them to that person and post them on the website. It has been so much fun to see all the blocks from all the ladies as they are posted. What has been a plus for me is the inspiration that I get from everyone. For instance, the choice for November by Nifty Quilts was scrappy block all in red fabrics. I sent these 3 blocks to Nifty.
Once I began making these quick, fun, blocks, I couldn't stop. I had to keep making more. The same thing happened when I made October blocks for Victoria's month This has inspired another idea. Now I am thinking that I could make scrappy blocks for each month of the year. But as an added idea, choose a color for each month of the year. For October, I would make blocks using only blacks fabrics. Reds for December. Then make more blocks for November using golden yellows, January might be blue. You get my drift? And as another added bonus, I already have a short stack of single colored scrappy blocks that I've had laying around for a couple of years just waiting for more.
I had even made one into a pillow. Most of the scraps came from this quilt. All nicely coordinated, huh?
This picture shows the back of the pillow. Rather than sewing it permanently "closed", I like to make one side lap over the other. Plus, it is fun to make a band that slashes across for added appeal. I usually end up liking the back more than the front.
More to follow on this monthly theme as well as on the pillow theme.