Since the craziness of May is dying down, I am trying to catch-up on many things. One of which is over-due Bee blocks. These circle blocks are for are for Sinta.
They are a variation on traditional Dresden, but with a twist. They are made with 24 wedges instead of the 20 wedges in the traditional Dresden. These look so much trickier to make than they really are and you make two at a time so they come together quickly.
This wedge is created using a 15 degree wedge ruler. (A traditional Dresden uses an 18 degree wedge ruler.) Amazing the difference those 3 degrees make! Here they are side by side on the right so you can see the difference.
Here is another version of that quilt bock from a retreat I went to last year. When I shared that picture last year I got so many emails asking for the pattern. Well, now that pattern is finally available!
Here are a few other patterns from the book. This little starburst looking quilt is also created with the wedge ruler. I want to try this one next.
Cute applique vintage-looking elephants and circles.
And the pattern for all of these cute little wool circus animals and their circus train home/storage pouch. You can get this book from Kansas City Star as well as from American Quilting in Orem, Utah. American Quilting also carries the 15 degree wedge ruler if you want to combine shipping. Their number is 801-802-7841. (American Quilting is not set up as an online shopping site. You will need to call the store and the nice ladies there can help you out!)
Last summer as Amy was working on a really tight deadline, she contacted me to see if I would be willing to piece one of the quilt tops for this new book. Here is a picture of the one I sewed. It was so quick and fun to create. I’m kind of antsy to make one for myself. Anyway, ever since then I’ve been so excited to see the other quilts in the book.
Here is Amy sharing one of the quilts at Market. This book is full of some really unique quilt designs.
Here are a few more from the book that I really liked. The quilts in the book are all made from blacks, whites, grays, and tans – hence the name “Neutrals” – but I think they would look equally cool in colors. Modern Neutralsis available on Amazon or at your local quilt shop.
And finally… summer vacation has descended upon us. We had a busy final week of school last week including 6th grade graduation – which made me feel a little bit sad. Sixth grade is so fun and then suddenly they are thrown into the jaws of junior high school. I still have a couple more left at Elementary school, but I’m realizing that my kids are growing up! So we’re going to try to make the most of this summer. And I’ll try not to go crazy at the same time. Summer and I have a complex relationship.