This weekend it's time for Block #9 of the Virtual Quilting Bee. This block was designed by the clever Colleen Molen of the Busy Bean blog. While you're there, you should also check out some of Colleen's other tutorials - she is a crazy talented girl.
If you're new to the Virtual Quilting Bee click here for all the details as well as links to block and introduction to quilting tutorials.
Let's talk briefly about blocks. Some of these blocks have been a little bit trickier. I like to look at it as an opportunity to try something new, broaden our skills and become more awesome. That said (important public service reminder:) this is YOUR QUILT. You can make whatever blocks you want, however you want. There is no quilt gestapo that is going to come check on you OR give you a grade.
Remember, this is fun. If it suddenly feels more stressful than fun, step away from the block. Make a second block using a tutorial you really liked or even found elsewhere! Do what feels enjoyable to YOU. There is enough "have to do" stuff in our lives. It's important to keep the "want to do" stuff relaxing and fun. :)
Here is the Happy Go Lucky version. Happy Go Lucky (Moda fabric collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda) is officially in stores right now. You can also find it in these online retailers: Westwood Acres, Southern Fabrics, Pink Castle Fabrics, The Little Fabric Shop, and the Fat Quarter Shop.Kona Solids version. These ones are so pretty all together. I'm getting excited to put them into a quilt. If you are looking to collect some good solids for your stash, you might want to check out Marmalade Fabrics Around the Color Wheel monthly bundles. Also, Mad About Patchwork has a great Kona Solids bundle consisting of 25 different brights.
And speaking solids, check out these beauties by Elrem on Flickr. To see more of the fun variations, you can find the Virtual Quilting Bee Flickr group here. Thanks so much to all of you who are playing along! Be sure to leave questions in the comments and I'll respond as quick as I can.