Friday, September 4, 2015

Make it Mean Something

One of the most anticipated and dreaded events in my month is the new assignment for Bee Sewcial, an improv bee where we create from our own inspiration based on the palette and specifications set by the queen bee for the month. In September, Hillary/entropyalwayswins [entropyalwayswins] is asking for minimalism in black and white, or in her own words, " Make a design that highlights the importance of negative space (some things are better left unsaid) and lastly make each design mean something." Mean something, eh?

After some mulling and sketching, my first block was inspired by the notion of how modern quilters are steeped so deeply in tradition, and that led to a very sparse log cabin block.


After seeing Diane/ylmommyx4's very personal 'swimmer' block, I began to think about what would define me personally. The Table came to mind, and after several considerations of how to express that, I created a single place setting.

 
I really enjoyed working in black and white this month, and found I also have a fondness for minimalism. Something to keep thinking about for sure. Feel free to follow Bee Sewcial on Instagram, and you are invited to sew alongside us each month by using the hashtag #inspiredbybeesewcial. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Now What?

Pretty cool stuff! Yesterday the first completed Bee Sewcial quilt was posted, courtesy of Stephanie/Spontaneous Threads. Seriously, check it out! The blocks were a delight all by themselves, but with Stephanie's amazing quilting . . . well just wow.

Later in the day, Diane/Random Thoughts...do or "di" posted her finished Bee Sewcial quilt top - oh the color! And all those curves!

Confession: I'm a little jealous that these two gals are as far along as they are! I love the mid-century modern-inspired blocks I've received from my bee-mates, but boy, putting them all together is a unique kind of puzzle! So I figured a status photo was in order, as they are now all up on my design wall so I can mull them over. I keep hoping a plan will come to me soon!

Just as a note, my original inspiration blocks were the 2 bottom center - diamond with light background
and squarish one with the teal background, with backgrounds added just last night.