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Let’s Bee Social # 161

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Lorna McMahon

Welcome to the Let’s Bee Social!

The weather has been really mild this past week or so. Which is nice… But it has also been very gloomy. The sky is hazy and the sun can’t make it’s way through! 

To compensate, this week my sewing room has been overrun with a herd of rainbow reindeer…

I really do consider myself to be “print challenged”. And spent most of last year working on overcoming that. But I have to admit… It sure feels good to get back in the “solids saddle” again. 










This Santa’s Reindeer block is one of the blocks included in the new “Have a Jolly Little Christmas” quilt along for 2017. I posted the instructions for the first block – Christmas Stockings and I am so excited to see those blocks being tagged on Instagram. The response to this free quilt along has been amazing!!! The free colouring pages have been downloaded over 1700 times!!! I do so hope that means these people are looking forward to quilting along…. And not that they are just big fans of colouring pages. Colouring is fun, but fabric is funner!

Don’t forget…. If you are quilting along… There is a never ending linky party here.
So come on and join in the Christmas party!

In the meantime, I have been busily sewing all of my own blocks into table runners and quilts. You can see my first finish of 2017 here. And there will be another coming in a post this Friday!

Then tune in on Saturday for the next set of instructions for the Winter Mittens block!

Now… It’s your turn for Show and Tell!!!
What have you been working on?
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23 Responses

  1. Paige says:

    Lorna, your herd of deer will surely brighten any gloomy winter day! Love your color combos! Thanks for hosting!

  2. He he he solid saddle! You make me laugh!

  3. says:

    oh, they are so pretty ! can't wait untill the mittens can be made, and I did cut a second pair of stockings…. It is so pleasant to quilt along !

  4. Susan L. says:

    I love the bright color combinations! They all look great Lorna!

  5. Thos reindeer are solidly cute! Will santa make an appearance in this quilt to keep those deer in line?

  6. What a wonderful group/herd of reindeer. Each color combo is so pretty!

  7. Kathy S. says:

    Squeal! I LOVE the herd of rainbow reindeer! OMG!!! I know I see some of those in my future!

  8. Those rainbow reindeer are the perfect fix for gloomy weather! That's a fantastic response to your QAL…but I'm not surprised. Your designs are so adorable that there's sure to be a large crowd wanting to sew with you 🙂 I always love seeing your blocks pop up in my IG feed.

  9. mangozz says:

    Love, love, love all of your colorful reindeer! I can't wait to make some of those! Thanks so much for this quilt-a-long. You are so generous with your time and talent.

  10. Tish Stemple says:

    I am really enjoying your QAL! The weather should be prefect this weekend for creating some mittens 🙂 I've loved watching your rainbow of reindeer come to life this week…are they magic reindeer? If so, once you have them sewn together the quilt might just fly off 🙂

  11. Jayne says:

    What a beautiful pile of deer! Loving all the color and color combinations! The few times I use prints always makes me crazy…solids any day of the week for me! I totally get where your coming from!

  12. Kate says:

    Lorna, I love your rainbow reindeer!!

  13. JanineMarie says:

    And you do solids so well. But it's not just that. Your crisp patterns are just made for solids. Especially any ones with animals, because they show off the eyes (which, in my opinion, show the personalities) so well.

  14. Cut&Alter says:

    I just love these reindeer Lorna – and the fact they are multi coloured just makes them cuter. I have my Christmas Stocking pattern all ready to make – just got to finalise the fabric!

  15. Cheryl says:

    What a super fun herd of rainbow deer! I love all of the different color combos!

  16. Karen says:

    What a herd! Smiling, smiling, smiling 🙂 What a happy moment in my day!

  17. Emily says:

    I love these rainbow reindeer! This is the block I am most excited for!

  18. Pat says:

    I just finished making the Christmas stockings for the quilt along. Too dark for photos tonight but I will link up tomorrow.But these Rainbox Reindeer are just too fabulous. I will have to make a wall hanging just of those guys!!

  19. SarahZ says:

    I have just been loving your colorful herd over on IG! Such great combos! I love seeing that pile of them!

  20. There's enough reindeer to pull Santa's sleigh. Very cute.

  21. Nicole says:

    I *love* the colour variations between the antlers and the heads. Very nice.

  22. Sewmotion says:

    I have to say, I also love it when you get back to solids, these reindeer are beautiful, and so bright!!! So glad to know the QAL is going so well, keep up the good work!

  23. You have made me smile over and over and over again with each romping rainbow reindeer. Great design, creative, happy, joyful, fun colors. I love each and every one! I made this pillow out of your deer (not reindeer) pattern for my son. is in realistic colors but if he were a girl I might have been more adventurous in my palette. Did I mention I like yours a lot?!!