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Ok, so I lied. Well I didn’t mean to..but I changed my mind. I was thinking Fresh Cut for the fabrics for November’s Bee Modern quilting bee but despite my utter LOVE for Fresh Cut, it wasn’t what I was looking for. I’m planning on using the blocks to make a king-sized quilt for my bedroom. I wanted deeper/warmer/richer colors…less pastelly (is that a word?!). Anyhoo…These are the fabrics I chose. Mostly from Anna Maria Horner with a few others added in. I can’t wait to see it all together in a quilt! Here are my inspiration pictures:

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I’m looking for dresden plates, hexagon flower gardens and wonky stars. The girls in Bee Modern are so talented and I can’t wait to see what they do!

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Burp Cloths for a baby boy, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Seems like forever that I’ve actually COMPLETED a project. *sigh*
It’s been a busy, busy summer, with lots of acitivity and less mommy time with Jack being home. But school is back in session, and mommy is getting back into a groove 🙂 My first completed project for September are these burp cloths for a friend’s new baby boy. I just love Michael Miller’s Lil’ Cowpokes fabric, and I had these men’s shirting fabrics waiting for the right project…so there you go. I think I might need to use these men’s shirting fabrics for more…a boys quilt? Ideas, ideas, ideas. Speaking of ideas and projects…I have many STARTED projects that need to be finished!

The first started project that needs to be finished was started a YEAR ago!  Woops.  I just kept getting sidetracked.  I bought a whole bunch of batiks at my aunt’s quilt shop last year.  I am not usually a batik kind of girl, but I wanted to try something different, and I was drawn to the boyish, earthy qualities of the fabrics I chose.  So…I started a Turning Twenty batiks quilt for my two boys…and the quilt top is finally finished.  The backing is ready.  I just need to put it together 🙂  I WILL do that soon!  Here’s a little peek:

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The next project is a Zig Zag quilt (without piecing triangles), using a tutorial by Crazy Mom Quilts.  I have all the fabric cut and partially sewn.  The quilt top is ready to be put together now.  I chose whites, blues and browns…thinking that this quilt might be gifted to the family’s summer home on the beach.  Maybe (ha ha ha) I will get to it by NEXT summer 😉

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My next two “projects” are more like dilemmas…what to do with this amazing fabric?!  I have a ton of Anna Maria Horner that needs a complimenting quilt design…and I have been collecting all the red and aqua fabric I can find (this pic just shows some of it) to finally make a much desired “raqua” quilt…again, I need a design.  Hmmm.  I have been staring at these fabrics for months.  What to do, what to do.  Any suggestions?! 

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Ok….so, I have a lot to accomplish…and this is just the beginning of ALL that I want to get done.   There’s the robot quilt that I am planning on making for Jack(based on this GREAT quilt I found on flickr), a new fall bag, an attempt on hexagons like these and since November is my month at Bee Modern quilting bee, I need to get my act together and decide on what kinds of blocks I want the girls to make, and what fabric to use…not much time to figure it all out given that I need to buy the fabric, cut it up, divide it and send it to 15 girls all across the globe!  ah well.  I’ll get there.  One project at a time 🙂

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Blocks for Aimee, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Another Month, another block 🙂 Actually I had enough fabric to make two blocks. I made these blocks for Aimee and her focus was Alexander Henry’s Starling fabric. I loooovvveeee birds, so of course I love this fabric! Aimee’s fabric was fun to work with. A lot brighter than I’m used to which was a nice challenge in putting it all together. Aimee didn’t specify what types of blocks to make, only that each block include a Starling and some rick rack. (another challenge for me, as I’ve actually never used trim in quilt blocks before!) I hope she likes them 🙂

November is my month…and I’m struggling with a flood of ideas! I need to get the fabric soon, get it all cut out and distributed to the rest of the Bee Modern quilting bee group…whose members come from around the world! I’m super excited for my month and to see what these talented ladies come up with 🙂

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Blocks for Alexia I, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I am late with the August blocks for Alexia! So much going on around here with vacations and work and kids….but I finally got moving this week and had a lot of fun with Alexia’s fabrics!! I added some of my own fabrics too where I thought they might fit. I hope she likes the blocks and I can’t wait to see her finished quilt 🙂

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So it was Claudia’s turn this month 🙂  She chose Hello Betty Retro fabric (which I have had my eye on for months now).  When I received her fabric package I was so psyched….a) Hello Betty Retro and b) no rules!  (Not that rules are bad.  I can’t promise when its my month that I won’t set some ground rules!! )  I’ve been really wanting to try some paper piecing as in this string quilt example, so I chose that to be my first block.  I used up a LOT of the fabric she sent but I really wanted to do more than one block for her.  I took what I had and made a wonky log cabinish block.  I threw in some of my own fabrics here and there for some spice (as she told us was ok to do) and also to get to the desired 12.5″ by 12.5″ block.  I think the paper piecing could be QUITE addictive!!!  It looks so cool, and its fun to do!  Hmmm, the wheels are turning… 

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Now if only I could choose what my next project will be.  I just got some new fabrics from Fabricworm and am in the process of building my raqua (red/aqua) collection.  Not sure what type of quilt arrangement will showcase this color theme best.  Any suggestions?  I have seen it done as a wonky log cabin (always a crowd pleaser) and as a mod sampler quilt…though I was thinking of trying something different….paperpieced string quilt?  strip quilt?  ????????

Well, now that my head is spinning with ideas, I’m going to get to it.  G’night everyone 🙂

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Sunday Stash #2, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I know, again, its NOT Sunday!! I worked all weekend (thats my excuse), and wasn’t on my computer at ALL. (note withdrawal post!)
Anyhoo. I’m back from two night shifts and one evening and am getting back into the groove. I’m psyched for this charm pack (well actually I got five of them) and am thinking of using it to make Thimbleblossoms “Wild Thing” quilt. I think the fun fabrics will go really well with the whirly pinwheels 🙂

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Other than new fabric…I’m so excited to be invited to join a virtual quilting bee by Nichole of Shear Delight. I’ve loved spying on other bees, and have always WANTED to join one, like this one called Common Threads. Ours is called Bee Modern and I’m super excited to get to started and to get to know the other 11 girls. Thanks Nichole for including me 🙂

Also…dun dun dah, I joined Kindred Crafters in a coaster swap! You can still join us, the join by date is May 8th. You definitely gotta check it out.

And on that note…I’m fully committed and will be nice and busy for a bit. Love that! Ok, time for a little fro yo (Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia) and then off to bed! Night!

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