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March 12, 2019
photo shoot from Ellyn's Place

Sunday was a cloudy day, perfect for outdoor photography, so hubby & I headed to the local playground. It's one of my favorite places to take outdoor photos of my quilts.
climbing! not something I could easily do a year ago.
I had brought several of my recent quilt finishes, including my Solid Seven Gnome in the Christmas Forest quilt.

And my most recent finish, Take Note...
After a while, the wind kicked up, making quilt photography very difficult...


Ah well, it was a fun day nonetheless!






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January 20, 2019
My finished Solid Seven bee quilt from Ellyn's Place

 As promised, I have a completed bee quilt to share with you today! The ladies of the Solid Seven bee are so amazing. You can read more about them and our different prompts of 2018 here.
Back in November, I asked the gals to all make me Christmas trees, any pattern/tutorial, original improv trees, whatever they wanted. I did give them a color palette of teal/aqua, red, green and pink but beyond that I gave them very little guidance. Did they ever come through for me!

Such a great variety of trees came my way, all shapes and ...

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January 16, 2019
Solid Seven bee 2018 blocks from Ellyn's Place

Well here I am... one of my goals for 2019 is to write more regularly on my blog. I'm not off to a great start, aren't I? Ah well, lets look forward, shall we?

Today I'd like to share all of the blocks I made in 2018 for my beemates in the Solid Seven Bee. This group of ladies is amazing and their prompts always challenge me. We all "met" on instagram and we work strictly in high quality solids.

Our first prompt last year was from Nicole. She asked us to make collage blocks with at ...

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October 1, 2018
bee blocks for Tracy from Ellyn's Place

It's October! New month means a new challenge for the Solid Seven bee. This month, Tracy requested 80s themed, neon solid bee blocks. So much possibility here.  I was traveling when she announced the theme and by the time I got home, many of the obvious choices had been taken. You really need to check out our hashtag, #thesolidseven, to see what everyone came up with. Here are mine, soon to be popped in the mail....

This one was a doozy! I plotted it out on graph paper then pieced it and appliqu├ęd the TV on top. Those center ...

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September 3, 2018
Bee blocks for Ailish from Ellyn's Place

Our latest solid seven bee blocks are for Ailish and I popped mine in the mail a couple of days ago. I was really excited by her prompt.... she wanted improv rainbow blocks using curves. I had so much fun with these! First up an improv dresden rainbow....
I wasn't real excited about the way I added the square in the corner, but overall it's a fun block. Then I had this idea using some gentle curves...
And I absolutely love the way it turned out! Ailish was not concerned with size or that the blocks were square ...

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July 11, 2018
Solid Seven July blocks from Ellyn's Place

This month the Solid Seven bee is making blocks for Briawna...
I actually got mine done early and shipped off to her already! Briawna asked us to make Wonky Log Cabin blocks in the style of the Gee's Bend Quilters. She requested clear, bright colors with a touch of black in each block. No pinks or purples as she is making this quilt to gift to her husband who saw some Gee's Bend quilts and was intrigued by them. This was really fun!

It was great to dig in my solid scrap bin and use up some of ...

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June 25, 2018
Solid Seven blocks for Kara from Ellyn's Place

When I first saw Kara's (karascreativeside) prompt for our June Solid Seven Bee blocks I was a little bit stumped. Kara teaches marine science and biology. She wants to create an ocean quilt with lots of fish, sea life, etc. We do seem to have a lot of nature/water lovers in our bee! City girl Ellyn is doing her best to fit in. 

I searched for free paper piecing patterns (they were scarce and most had already been snatched up). In the end, I drafted piecing patterns and put together these three fish for Kara. 
Do go check ...

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May 24, 2018
Solid Seven Doors from Ellyn's Place

This month  in the Solid Seven Bee, Jessica prompted us to make doors! Oh man I love doors! I have a whole Pinterest board of doors which I browsed through over and over again. In the end, I was inspired to recreate doors from photos I took when Hubby and I went to London in 2012. I did some rough sketches from photos, then improv pieced my doors (meaning I just pieced them as I went. it worked out well!).

It was hard to narrow down which doors to do. I ended up choosing three of my favorites...
This one ...

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April 19, 2018
Solid Seven Bee blocks from Ellyn's Place

A couple of months ago, I was invited to join an Instagram bee called the Solid Seven. The premise for this Modern Quilt Bee is that they use only high quality solids in their bee blocks. There are more than seven members, but the seven refers to the color spectrum, ROYGBIV. Since I love solids, love modern quilting and really enjoy bees, I was excited to join their ranks. 

Our first set of blocks are for Nicole (Saphre1964). Nicole asked us to make three blocks, on a 13 inch square of white solid, within the theme "collage". She likes bright ...

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