One of the reason I love my online sewing community is that it gives me the chance to participate in things like Virtual Quilting Bees. I have participated in a few of them, but this one that I'm in right now is my favorite mix of people so far. Probably because some of my best online friends are participating in it with me. :]
We started in May and I got to go first! I rifled through my scrap bin and pulled out some of my all time favorite fabrics and got to work assembling them into little bundles to send to each of my bee members.
I asked them to loosely follow Annela's crazy scrappy block tutorial and make me some crazily colorful blocks.
As soon as the blocks started coming back to me in the mail I knew that the quilt was going to be a bit scary. I keep referring to it as terrifyingly awesome. I know the scrap vomit thing going on here isn't for everyone - but for me, these fabrics are a reminder of lots of the projects I've done in the past 3 or so years.
I had been planning on adding sashing in between the blocks to break up all the color a little bit, but once I got 9 blocks back and saw how they looked next to each other I started toying with the idea of just butting the blocks up to each other. If you're going to go terrifyingly awesome scrappy vomit crazy might as well do it 100%, right?
Yesterday I got 12 of the blocks sewn together into the beginning of the quilt top - and I'm LOVING how it looks. Once I get 4 more blocks done I'll sew one more column on, making it a square quilt. It should end up being around 70" square - these are BIG 17" blocks.
This is going to be a couch quilt just for me - and the more I think about it the more I'm glad I'm not doing a plain sashing - the crazyness of all the colors will hide my ice cream drips better ;]
I'm linking up today at Megans awesome blog, Canoe Ridge Creations for Sew Modern Monday!
and at Tip Junkie for Tip Me Tuesday