Time for a Stash Bee update! Our Queen Bee for July is Mary Huey. She chose this adorable bird block from the Block Lotto. I was so scared when I first saw it – I thought it was paper pieced! (Never mind that I joined Stash Bee to challenge myself and learn new quilting skills…) Imagine my relief when I saw that it’s not paper pieced! It’s actually a bit of improv piecing and it’s really fun.
Mary asked us to name our birds. Here’s the Bottle-Beaked Ruby Wren:
The Royal Winged Warbler:
Last, but not least, the Spotted Lantern Marthabird (named after my grandmother, who’s quite fond of pink):
I made three just in case I messed one up! I was upset when I measured my blocks and found them all to be slightly smaller than they were supposed to be. Mary said that was fine. She’d asked us not to trim them – hence the bit hanging off the side. I used more of that Alexander Henry “Go For Baroque” fabric that I’d put on the back of the Lotus Quilt – and I sent Mary the rest of the scraps, as well. I’d also cut a few extra pieces by accident, and I thought she might like them for more birds. The blocks (and scraps) went in the mail yesterday afternoon!
A few scraps for Mary:
Mary asked us what our life-long passion is. I’d have to say books. Right now quilting is my passion, but I’ve only been quilting for eight years. Books, however, have always been a part of my life. I love reading. I reread my old classics, Z’s military history books, murder mysteries (I love a good whodunit!), whatever is available. Z teases me that I still patronize the public library – but I can’t afford to buy books to keep up with my habit! I read on my commute and on the exercise bike. Reading is magic!