I've had a desire to quilt for a while but the thought of completing an entire quilt is so daunting to me that I've never gotten around to it. When I was asked to be part of a Virtual Quilting Bee I jumped at the chance! Not only would I get to connect with acquaintances from college (who I didn't know were so crafty) but I'd finally get to try my hand at quilting to figure out what I would want for my own quilt.
Here are the basics of a Virtual Quilting Bee if you haven't heard of it before (I hadn't!):
- There are 12 "bees" and each one is assigned to be Queen Bee of a particular month.
- When it's your month, you choose fabric to send to the other "bees" with instructions on what kind of quilt square to make.
- When the squares are sent back to you, you finish the quilt.
Our Quilting Bee has quite a range of sewing and quilting experience (for example - Me: lots of sewing experience, not much quilting experience.)
So March is our first month, and I got even more excited when I got this package of fabric in the mail and the instructions for our first square! (Of course I forgot to take a picture of all the fabric before I cut it into strips.)
March Quilt Block
20" Wonky Log Cabin
Luckily March's Queen Bee gave some great websites with tutorials on our first square. I won't bother with any sort of tutorial because these sites have already done such a good job. Go check them out!
I followed Quilt Dad's tutorial for my squares, first cutting all the fabric into stripes, 1.5", 2", 2.5" and 3" wide.
I thought a tea pot would make a nice center.
Here's a few pictures of how making my first wonky log cabin went.
This is when I started to realize just how big a 20" square was going to be! You can see it's reached the edges of my 18" wide cutting mat.
Do you quilt? Have you been part of a Virtual Quilting Bee?