Thursday, October 10, 2013

Modern Bee blog tour and my quilt!

Hi, friends! Today is my stop on the Modern Bee book tour! Early last year, I was a part of a bee with some of my favorite quilty people, and it became a book written by Lindsay Conner. The book, Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends, is finally out!


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Each member of the bee designed a quilt and made blocks for the other quilts.
Want to see my contribution?

  Old & new
I based my design off of a quilt top made by my great-great grandmother and finished by me! You can read more about her quilt here.  One of my favorite things about her quilt is that it very much fits into the definition of what we consider modern today, so I thought it would be fun to remake it with the help of my bee friends.


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My great-great grandmother used diamonds and sewed everything by hand. Well, ain't nobody got time for that today, so I used half-square triangles (and other fancy tools like a sewing machine!).

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I added in a few reverse blocks and sewed solid strips to the top and bottom for a little added something.

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I'm really happy with the way it turned out!
By the way, this book isn't just for people involved in quilting bees. There are lots of tips for participating in bees, but if that's not your thing you'll find 13 great quilt patterns.


Modern Bee Blog Tour
Monday, 10/7:  Sew Mama Sew + Stash Books
Tuesday, 10/8: SewCraftyJess + Sew Sweetness
Wednesday, 10/9: Ellison Lane + Diary of a Quilter
Thursday, 10/11: Katie's Korner + Pat Sloan
Friday, 10/12: Fat Quarter Shop + imagine gnats
Saturday, 10/12: Quilting is My Therapy + Hot Pink Stitches
Monday, 10/14: Live a Colorful Life + Craft Gossip
Tuesday, 10/15: SewCanShe + Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Wednesday, 10/16: Craftsy + Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
Learn more about the book!
Order now
 on Amazon


And of course no blog hop is complete without a giveaway!  To enter to win, click here to complete the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win a Modern Bee gift bag* filled with sewing goodies from Coats and Clark, FreeSpirit Fabrics, Olfa, Pellon and Timeless Treasures!

*Winners will be randomly selected after October 18, 2013 from all comments received. If the winner lives outside of the U.S., they'll win a Modern Bee e-Book of instead of the gift bag.


51 comments:

K said...

Both are beautiful quilts...super nice work! It is wonderful that you were able to finish your great grandmother's quilt, how neat. The book looks great, congrats!

Moneik said...

The quilts are beautiful! Congrats on a great new book. I love doing quilting bees.

Lindsay Conner said...

Katie, I just love seeing both of your quilts together in one shot! Such a special family heirloom... I'm a bit jealous that you have quilting in your blood!

Lisa Drury said...

Great Job, I love these Quilts!

Katie said...

I'm sewing some holiday themed baby bibs for the little ones this week.

Kelsey said...

Such a great quilt!!

Cecilia said...

Pretty quilts! Thanks for sharing.

Cindi said...

Beautiful quilt! And I love the story behind it.

Lee said...

How nice to finish a family quilt! This book looks great!

StarofMoonDancer said...

My best quilting bee (sister & buddy Barbara Phillips)whom I miss dearly
as she moved away..We where closer than sisters..Knew what each other where thinking and laughed constantly. Love her dearly..Love the new book..Keep them coming.

Catherine said...

I've never belonged to a bee. Right now, I'm working on a tablerunner.

Linda Fleming said...

Grandma would be proud of what you do!

Brandy Pettit said...

That is a gorgeous quilt, I just love the purples and greens. Thank you for sharing!

Bohemian Mimi said...

I have never been part of a bee, but love the idea! Such a beautiful quilt!

Kathy Sue said...

These are such great quilts. I have spied more than one I'd like to add to my "to do" list! Thanks for a great book and a chance to win this great giveaway. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Farm Quilter said...

Love every quilt I have seen in the book!! Congratulations on your beautiful quilts!!

Jeanenne Nielsen said...

I love making quilts and would love to try the quilts in this book. Thanks for the chance.

Georgi said...

I've never been in a bee, but it's on my bucket list! Currently working on Christmas tree skirts for our 4 daughters ~ this is my first year giving quilty things, so I hope they turn out! Thanks for the chance ~ fingers crossed!

Whit said...

What an awesome book! Crossing my fingers! I'm not currently part of a quilting bee but would love to be!

April Shae said...

I am not a member of a quilting bee. But I did participate in a "birthday block" once. I was actually very disappointed. The blocks (pattern + fabric) that I supplied the members were either not done, lost, or the seam allowance were so off I couldn't use them. Not sure I will try that again!!

Toni said...

I love this quilt so much, Katie! And even more seeing it next to your great grandmother's! So fun. And congratulations on having your part in such a cool book!

Annette said...

these are totally gorgeous! Would love to win! :)

Rhonda D. said...

Love your Cordelia's Garden quilt &
your great grandmother's. Thanks for
the chance to win!!

Stephanie Studer said...

Love the beauty of your quilts!

ashlibrooke said...

I love your quilt and I want this book!

Nikita said...

gorgeous quilts!!

Bj said...

love all the vibrant colors, working on a disappearing 9 patch and a block of the month, bees look like great fun!

sewpsyched said...

Loving the chance to win! Thank you.

M.W. said...

Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like such fun
Shawn

Jacqueline Bahí said...

Un edredón fresco y agradable. Muy bonito.

GrannyTo8Boys said...

Great quilts. I can't wait to make one with my grandsons.

Marla said...

I love the reverse blocks and the sentiment behind it all.

Anne said...

Congratulations! Wouldn't Grandma be so happy for you. I like the vibrant colors you chose!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Your quilt is beautiful! Congratulations on being in the book! I have not been part of a bee as of yet but it's something I'd like to try in the future.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jen said...

I love, love, love this quilt! Beautiful pattern!

Kristie said...

Oh my goodness...missed this along the way. But gotta say I LOVE your quilt, and the fact that it was designed after your great-great-grandmother's? Priceless.

kat129 said...

I want this quilt.

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