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Let’s Bee Social #1

Posted on: January 1st, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

Happy New Year!
Today is the first day of a quilty new year!
I am sew excited to begin this journey with you all. The subject for my first Let’s Bee Social linky party post, is an introduction to my Quilt Along for 2014!

I am hosting the Oblongagonalong in February!  You can read more about the oblongagon here.  And the finished quilt I made previously can be seen here.  

I have posted a schedule on my new Quilt Along 2014 page which can be found just below the blog header.  And I have added the quilt along button to my right sidebar.  Sure hope many of you will be able to squeeze this quilt along into your busy plans!

Honey Bee Mine Fat Quarter Bundle Shelly Comiskey for Henry Glass Fabrics

I am making a quilt using the Honey Bee Mine collection by Shelley Comiskey for Henry Glass Company.
I found this fabric line on the Fat Quarter Shop site and fell head over heels with the cute little bear and the colour scheme!  It has an expected shipment date of January 2014.

So I was thinking of beginning the quilt along the first week of February.

I don’t know what I did that has caused the one block on the top left to not show as filled in!!!

This is a mock up of my planned quilt.  This is sized 70″ x 85″.
What I am wondering is, if you are interested in participating in the Oblongagonalong, would you wish to make a smaller quilt?  These blocks are made from 6″ squares.  You would be able to get 7 blocks per WOF strip, and this layout would require 3 strips of each of the 15 prints, or 1/2 yard of each print.

These are some thing that you may want to alter for your planned quilt:
Size of block – You may want to use a larger square to make your blocks
Size of quilt – You may want to make a smaller or larger finished quilt
Layout of blocks – You may want to do a random layout or an alternate pattern
With or without borders – You may wish to add a border.

Here are a couple possible modifications….

This example is using 8″ blocks.
This would give you 5 pieces per WOF strip.
This quilt shown is approximately size 50″ x 56″.

Again that top left block is blank!

This example is using 10″ blocks.
This would give you 4 pieces per WOF strip.
This quilt shown is approximately size 51″ x 56″ and shows a random placement.

Blank block again!

This example shows another layout option…. A flower design.

I think I broke my EQ7!

For anyone who would like to participate, I am willing to custom design your project on my EQ7.  You want 8″ oblongagons?  Done!  You want to make a smaller quilt?  Doable!  Don’t hesitate to ask!  I will gladly work with you through email correspondence to work up your own personal design.

So please let me know if you are interested in participating in the Oblongagonalong!!!!
And if there are any questions or if you would like me to draw up an alternate plan for you, please just ask!
I would love to help!


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Thank you for participating in the Let’s Bee Social linky party!
Wishing you all a Quilty New Year!!!!
Keep On Quilting On!

14 Responses

  1. Unknown says:

    I just got a fat quarter bundle from Henry Glass with this new fabric, so I'm ready to go. I really love your big flower pattern, Awesome! I would love to do this quilt! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I'm in! Love these layouts. I am going to do the first one…really looks like a honeycomb. I think I will do mine smaller, crib size? What do you think for block size on this one? Maybe 45 x what ever works. Can you work me up something like this? That white block is cracking me up:) Sometimes this computer stuff is so crazy! This will be fun!!!

  3. Sherry says:

    Happy New Year. Your layouts look great. Thanks for hosting this party. It's my kind of party!

  4. I like the chevron style layout, but unfortunately I'm on a quilt along diet :(Happy New Year!

  5. Patricia says:

    Thanks for hosting the party! My link isn't working and it won't let me remove or edit it. The correct link is was trying to post it from my tablet and it didn't work. Sorry, I don't know if you can fix it or not.

  6. Jayne says:

    I love reading your blog! I am considering…only because oblongss…scary! Happy New Year! I wasn't sure if the link up was just for your QAL people or in general! Either way its fun to see new blogs!

  7. Lindsey says:

    All of those layout are really lovely, and that fabric is adorable! Thanks for hosting the linky! 🙂 Happy New Year Lorna!!

  8. Unknown says:

    I'm definitely going to do this and I was wondering if I could do the flower design you made in a lap size with some borders. I've got the fat quarter bundle to work with and I'm so new at this any suggestions are great! Thanks so much for this quilt along! 🙂

  9. Vicki says:

    How does one link to the party? It is going to be such an exciting new year!!

  10. This message is in reply to Tabitha, or anyone else who would like to quilt along for the Oblongagonalong. Please send me an email at sewfreshquilts (at) gmail (dot) com and I will set you up with a design for the quilt along according to what your specifications are. Happy New Year!

  11. Martha says:

    I love the designs you created, specially the chevron. Oh my goodness I wish I had time to participate the design is so lovely.

  12. Rosa says:

    Fabulous party!

  13. Unknown says:

    Love it, I've been wanting to do a large hexe quilt for ages…but this is even better, I'm in!