I am totally jumping the gun here, but I couldn't control myself. The Modern Irish Bee starts a second year all bright, shiny and fresh in January. As soon as I picked February to be queen bee, my brain has been racing with all of the opportunities to try something new.
When trying to choose my block, I have been considering the bee setup. We have a wide variety of skill levels, so something pretty straight forward would be best. This is also a scrappy bee, so a block that lets me draw on the stashes of others seems
I stumbled upon the spool quilt along hosted by Laura of Adventures of a Quilting Diva. Each month she posts a new spool tutorial, so there should be about seven available by the time my February month comes along. That would let folks in my bee choose what they're most comfortable with AND gives me a wide variety of blocks in my quilt. Love that.
To give it a test run, I pulled (widely) monochromatic, stripey FQs thinking most folks would have something like this in their stash. I set out making four blocks from the spool quilt along: (left to right) block 4, block 1, block 3 and block 2.
I really dig the first and last block, but the second from the left is a bit bland. Anyway, I think what I've learned is A) there's a wide enough variety in skills that folks could be entertained without being overwhelmed and B) that I like a darker spool color over the Ash in the second purple thread block. I'm going to make another set of four this weekend and see where this goes as it gets larger. I may really dig it as it gets more scrappy, but right now it's looking a little uncoordinated and
This is also my first time using LV fabrics as a background. I have to say (in 100% total honesty) I'm not sure I like them. Folks who are gaga about LVs, can you tell me why this isn't wowing me? Is there a secret I don't know like you shouldn't use LV in a large space or it should coordinate better with what's going on in your block? Any insight, ladies?