Monday, March 3, 2014

Virtual Quilting Bee Party!

Welcome to our Virtual Quilting Bee Party! Today we are going to show off all our pretty blocks, quilts, and whatever else you were inspired to create using tutorials from the Virtual Quilting Bee.
If you are new and wondering what this whole Virtual Quilting Bee thing is, let me 'splain. This was a free quilt-along series last year on this blog, starting with quilting basics, tools, choosing fabrics, etc. We then had 16 guest bloggers share a quilt block and finished the year with how to assemble and finish the quilt. All of the posts, tutorials, etc. are still on the Virtual Quilting Bee page and will stay there infinitely as a resource.
For me, part of this was an experiment to create the same quilt twice: once using traditional quilting fabrics (in this case the Happy Go Lucky collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda). The second quilt using all solids - I used Kona solids for this quilt. I love to compare and contrast the two quilts. (The only difference being I did't add and inside 'stop border' - the blue one in the Happy Go Lucky quilt - on the solids quilt.)
I finally got the Kona solids version quilted, this one by the talented Emily Sessions.
I wanted really dense quilting on this one to fill all the white space. I gave Emily free-reign and just told her to do her thing and I think it's pretty amazing!!
Now it's your turn! Let's see what you made using the Virtual Quilting Bee tutorials! First of all, this does NOT have to be a finished quilt. In case you can't tell, I still haven't put a binding on the Kona quilt. It'll get done - just not in time for this party. Partial projects accepted! And it doesn't have to be a whole quilt. If you made a pillow using one block from the VQB, link it up. One project per link, please, If you have multiple projects, you can create separate links.
You can either link up a blog post or link directly to a Flickr picture (here's how to do that.) Or, if you just want to share via Instagram, that's awesome too. Just use the hashtag #virtualquiltingbee. You can also see creations in various states of progress in the Virtual Quilting Bee Flickr group.

And here's the fun part! Thanks to some generous sponsors, there are some fun prizes. The link-up system will be good for the next week - through March 10. Then I'm going to let you vote for your top three favorite (I think. I'm kind of a newbie at this link-up thing. If it works to vote, we'll do it. If not, I'll just pick all prize-winners randomly.) Three of the prizes will go to top vote get-ers. The rest will be chosen randomly from this link up and from the Instagram #virtualquiltingbee hashtag. Sound good??

And here are our sponsors and prizes!

Mad About Patchwork
Mad About Patchwork - $50 Gift Certificate!: WINNER: Paula #15

Honey Be Good - 12 piece Fat Quarter Bundle of Grey Abbey collection ($41 value)
WINNER: #21 Katelyn

Green Fairy Quilts - $30 Gift Certificate WINNER: #25

Bloomerie Fabrics - $25 Gift Certificate WINNER: #3 Sandy Upstairs Hobby Room

JAQS Fabrics - $20 Gift Certificate WINNER: #29 Jennifer

Modern fabric for quilters & artists
Marmalade Fabrics - $20 Gift Certificate WINNER: #6 Cabin Fibers

The Little Fabric Shop - $20 Gift Certificate WINNER: Sigrid #18

Poppy Seed Fabrics - Happy Go Lucky Charm Pack + Pattern WINNER:  #8 Purple Paradise
Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop
Fat Quarter Shop - Dear Stella Confetti Dots Charm Pack  #12 by Kristina

Prize package from Diary of a Quilter: WINNER: #22 Jenifer

Can't wait to see what you've made!! Remember, just one link per project below.

Post edit: Huge thanks to everyone who shared!! It was so fun to see everyone's different versions. They were all beautiful! The WINNERS are posted above. I couldn't figure out how the voting worked because I'm pathetic like that, so all winners were chosen using Radom.org. An email will be sent to each winner.

17 comments:

  1. LOVE your solids version! So modern and the quilting is gorgeous!

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  2. These are both wonderful versions--and I admit to being super happy to a block in each quilt!--thanks so much for including me!

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  4. Love both versions! The negative space quilting is stunning

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  5. stunning!! Love this quilt and the quilting on yours is stunning!! May use some of your ideas for mine!! Thanks again, I had a blast, learned so much and found a new virtual teacher and inspiration!!

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  6. This was such a fun project. Thanks Amy! It's was great fun "working" with you!!!

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  7. Thank you again for hosting! I really enjoyed seeing and trying different methods of block assembly, something you don't get to experience just following a pattern (mine are usually just made-up anyway!) I'm so glad I got a chance to play. Having a quilt at the end is fantastic bonus. :)

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  8. I really love both of your quilts and couldn't say which I like better. I've enjoyed watching them both come together. Thanks for sharing all the time!

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  9. Love them both but those solids are so gorgeous! Love the cornerstones too, nice touch.

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  10. You do such beautiful work. Both are amazing! Hope your day is splendid, Amy. Smiles

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  11. Ack! I got so excited I did not read well enough- I did use the roll method, but I did not use one of the quilt squares from the Bee! So sorry- please feel free to take it off if need be. PS- I'm so running to complete one of the squares, such a cool project! Thanks!

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  12. The quilting on these is amazing! Putting in my top:) Got to get this thing quilted! You have inspired me to get going.

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  13. Just became your latest follower. Great blog

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  14. Just wanted to thank you again! Can't wait to visit Mad About Patchwork and get some goodies!

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  15. Hi Amy, thanks for your note on my flickr page but I only just saw it and it is too late for me to link up! Sorry about that.

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  16. Hi Amy,
    I was so excited about the link up party, and then totally missed it! It's crazy how a March filled with snow makes it seem like it is still January, thereby making March deadlines seem far away. Anyway, thank you for hosting this- it was only my second full size quilt and definitely a huge learning opportunity for me.
    Warmly, despite the still winter chill,
    Nicole
    www.nicolebertram.ca

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  17. That quilt from Emily Sessions is out of this world! I'm trying to pick my jaw off the floor.

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