Simply Solids Bee: April

April’s bee block was chosen by Lisa in Port Hope, she designed an original paper pieced block called “Modern Butterfly”. Lisa’s original block was created in pastels but since we’re scrap busting, I decided to use brights, butterflies have bright colours to warn predators that they’re poisonous. To offset the bright colours, I used my go-to grey, Kona Coal.

SSB Butterfly

I hope Lisa likes it.

A few weeks ago I asked Pam from Mad About Patchwork about Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons from Westminster, I haven’t seen shot cottons in person and was wondering what all the fuss was about. Today I received three lovely, generous sized samples, Pam sure knows what colours I love!

Kaffe Fassett Shot CottonsIn the photo above, specifically the Prune, you can really see the two different colours used the weft and warp of the weave. The fabric itself has a very soft hand, I’d love to make a shirt for my husband out of this, it is gorgeous! The hamsters are working hard to create a special project  Thanks Pam, I love them and will be looking to you for colour recommendations.

Since American postal costs have skyrocketed to $20.00 for a small package to Canada (!!!) buying from Canadian retailers where postage is under $6.00 just makes sense, even if the cost of yardage is a little more! Have your online shopping habits changed since the outrageous American postage rate hikes?


Open Wide Zippy Pouch

Bending Pins

This is my first attempt at Noodlehead’s Open Wide Zippy Pouch, I really like it and learned a few new tricks in the process. I quilted the exterior fabric prior to construction.

Bending Pins

Bending Pins

I also worked on M-R‘s block for our Simply Solids: a modern {bee}, she wanted a Trip Around the World block and supplied us with the dark grey and deep purple fabrics, we filled in the rest.

Trip Around the World

I need to continue working on my quilted basket tutorial!!  Have a great weekend everyone!


January’s Lucky Star block


January’s Lucky Star block is a paper pieced block of the month led by Don’t Call Me Betsy. I thought that since I’m in the Simply Solids bee, I’d try another quilting using only solids. I’m not completely happy with my block so I think I’ll try again using a colour palette from Design Seeds or maybe low volume solids.

I need more practice to produce a better paper pieced block! Any tips??


February Simply Solids bee block complete!


This is my first block for the Simply Solids – a modern {bee} Flickr group, our first Queen bee selected the “converging corners block” using this tutorial. A nice simple block to ease everyone into the groove of things. One block a month is easily attainable even if you’re working full time or have children or both if you have a great partner!

I love fuchsia and orange together so that was a no brainer and used navy in the opposite corner. To tone it down a bit, I used Kona Ash in the orange corner and a taupe in the navy corner, it think it works well. I hope our Queen likes it, can’t wait to see her finished quilt!

Have you ever participated in an online bee?