Gee’s That’s A Lot of Yellow

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This month, it’s all about me.   Well, me and Adina.  For the Cottage Quilting Bee, the two of us are designers.  I’ll be Sending out my most favorite yellow fabrics and having my bee peeps stitch a Gee’s bend inspired block.  For those of you not familiar with the amazing quilts of Gee’s Bend, feast your eyes.  Here are a few examples…

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This last picture is only inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts, however, it is a style I love and adore which is why I’ll be asking my Cottage Quilting Bee participants to be making blocks like this for moi.   I very much want squares within squares within squares.  Each block can have many squares in it like the one directly above on the right, or it can have as few as three.  Each square within the block can have 1 to 3 fabrics in it like above in the pink, green, blue and grey quilt.  One square on the right has both green and pink fabrics.  I hope this is clear.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me here or at Flickr or leave a comment below.  Ok…fabrics going out today!  Thanks everyone!

Somewhere in a Land…

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There lived a woman who loved her daughters and loved making things for them.  She was never exactly sure when her pastime became her vice, or when the fabrics she bought for making these quilts, dolls and the like became the object of her desire, but this is exactly what happened.  The culmination of her love  for beautiful fabrics was the arrival of the etherial, new line from Heather Ross.  As pictured above with the sweetest selvedge ever made. 

Ok, that’s it for the fairy tale.  I can’t write in the second person about myself very well without feeling really ridiculous.  Seriously though, these fabrics are so lovely to touch.  They are two layers of gauze and they drape beautifully and sew easily.  I’m making a quilt of large blocks and it’s going to be incredibly soft, not to mention charming without being overly so.  Here are two blocks out of 7 so far:

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The blocks are turning out to be 15 inches, my biggest to date.  I’m trying to use up every tiny scrap leftover after cutting.  Notice the princess’s mattresses are framing the unicorn above. 

Check out the tiny snails…

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So, yes.  I may be on my way to Queen of collecting fabric, but I think anyone and everyone will love these fabrics.  Also, I think I have enough left over to make a small dress for a nearly 3 year-old girl.  What a coincidence!

All hail grand Duchess Heather Ross for her incredibly imaginitive designs.  Go visit her at her castle…