Friday, June 27, 2014

The Roaming Quilt Bee: Round 1

Ba-ba-ba-da! (trumpet sounds) The first round for the Roaming Quilt Bee has begun! As I sent The Scrappy Rambler along on its merry way, I received Jaime's quilt, aptly named the Modern Wanderer.  Here are the pieces she made for her starter blocks.

I love Jaime's fabric choices.  I first met her at a sewing night at Mama Said Sew.  She was working on the Gypsy Wife Quilt.  I instantly liked her because 1, The Gypsy Wife is an amazing quilt, so anyone making it is super cool in my book. And 2, I love her fabric choices.  So colorful, fun, and eclectic.

I knew it would be so fun to work on her quilt. The first thing I did was make a big buffalo hunter star.  When Michael and I left Gillette one of the ladies who taught me to quilt gave me some fabric and a pattern to make this star as a going away present.  I always refer back to that same little piece of paper with the star pattern on it.  It seemed the perfect addition for this happy quilt.

 I also included some blocks that Jaime herself had made.  Here's a confession: I am a scrappy scrounger.  When people leave fabric scraps behind, I usually take them. Jaime had left these two little blocks in the scrap bin (at least I think it was Jaime). I think they were from her Gypsy Wife Quilt, and for whatever reason they didn't work for that project.  I love orphan quilt blocks! I've found that sometimes when a block is made for a specific quilt it just doesn't work the way it should.  However, those blocks are perfect for working into other scrappy projects.  Many of my favorite pieces in my quilts are rejected quilt blocks from other projects. Here are Jaime's two, super fun blocks (see why I had to have them?)

The next thing I did was add this strip of funky fruit to another of her blocks.

I like how well it works with her strawberry fabric. 

So there you have it.  It will be so fun to watch the travels of this Modern Wanderer.


  1. karen, perfect! i love that you snuck her 2 orphans back into her quilt - that is funny and perfect (even if they weren't her blocks, they are still perfect!) and you know me, i am your orphan & scrap soul sister - i was already pondering how to fit some orphans i have rescued into peoples' that bad?!?! (:

  2. It was me that made the blocks...but, sadly to say, I thew them out for a reason. I didn't care for them. I didn't even realize you had put them in my wandering quilt until seeing this post....oh well.

    1. Oh wow, this is awkward. Sorry about that.

    2. karen, personally i think your adds fit perfectly with the starters...but an unfortunate happening in regard to taste, i guess...but...that's a bee for you - to collect pieces of each others' personalities and have an unexpected, unique, meaningful piece of art in the end that hopefully we will appreciate and enjoy! please don't shy away from being your scrappy, genuine self for the rest of the bee - we expect and want that from you! and if those tiny blocks are still there when i get jamie's quilt, i will steal them and use them myself, cuz i like 'em. (: (: (: