But I have been tempted by another bee after an invite from the lovely Joan. She was one of the first quilters I had contact with when, a few years back, we participated in a fabric swap organised by Sew Mama Sew. He work is impeccable. I was stoked when I found out that she was part of the QATWII bee and even more pleased when she invited me to join the Friends with Additions bee she is mama of. It's a kind of travelling quilts bee, which I think will be real fun as well as a challenge.
I chose Yoshiko Jinzenji as my inspiration and pulled together this inspiration mosaic
Then came the design and making of the starter block. I used her cipher quilts as a kick off point and designed my own paper piece templates in EQ7, chose some bright fabric and came up with this...
|pigpen cipher code....how knew?!|
It says "enjoy the journey" - which is appropriate in many ways. I'm stepping into new territory with this kind of design but what better way to start a new journey than with quilty friends. It's also a call to arms for my bee buddies, who have already expressed a little trepidation with my inspiration mosaic. Don't stress, just enjoy :). And, my quilt block is about to head off to Switzerland for the first stop of its global journey. I am really looking forward to seeing it come home as a completed quilt top.
Another little make this week that kind of snuck its way in after I couldn't find anything nicer in the shops was this little peasant dress made as a 4th birthday gift for my niece, Grace May...
|got to love the foxes|
Thank goodness the wee man decided on a 3 hour nap that day! I'm hoping she (and her lovely mum) will think that the upside down foxes on the back and one sleeve is an innovative design feature #oops.
Back to the bee block grind!