I was driving home from work on a gorgeous summer evening, thinking about what to do for my Buzz block, when a swarm of bees came flying into my car. Luckily, I was at a stop light because I put my car in park and jumped out. The bees flew away and I continued home with my window rolled up and A/C on. A little later in the evening, I went out to my backyard to give my herb garden a much needed drink of water and felt a tickling on the back of my leg. I closed my leg then, screamed and jumped around as a I saw a wasp flying away.
Only now as I sit at my desk writing this post do I realize, that the incidents are somehow connected. It had to have been some sort of intervention to give me a little push to work on my Buzz block…after all, I was late on getting my blocks out. It was a really crazy coincidence and I did get my block together soon after the sting, but I had a mental block. All I knew is I wanted to do a really fun “I spy” quilt for my kids, but I just didn’t know where to go from there.
I have built up a stash of really cute novelty prints, most of which I have acquired from the C&T Publishing annual fabric giveaway for the employees. I really wanted to use some of these fabrics however, I was overwhelmed…which ones should I use, what should the color palette be, how will all these random bits work together, and what pattern to use? I really wanted to do a quilt that would be fun, challenging, and different for the quilter bees.
I flipped through the book to find inspiration and the Confetti Quilt caught my attention right away. It seemed to be the perfect quilt for my stash. I knew that I would need to purchase a few solids and a whitish fabric. So with my quilt pattern in mind, I excitedly went to our local quilt shop, The Cotton Patch. I found a nice off-white fabric and a cute print that I had to purchase, even though I knew that I already had plenty of novelty prints. This actually helped me to focus the direction that I would take in choosing the prints. I picked out a few solids that went nicely with the cutest-ever print. From here everything really fell into place.
I went home and was able to quickly go through my fabrics and choose ones that went with the palette. I passed out baggies of assorted prints, solids and whites. I pretty much asked the bees to have fun, choose the snippets they like and put aside the ones that they don’t need. This block is really just a matter of choosing the fabrics you like and putting them together until you have a 10.5″ square. There are no rules, you don’t even have to cut straight. Everyone put a lot of creativity into their block and each one turned out unique and perfect. Some people did feel it was challenging to work on such a “free-form” type of block but I couldn’t tell by the end result.
I wanted to remember who made each block so I discreetly placed the initials of each quilter bee in a corner of their block. I can’t wait to put this quilt all together with a fun, bright backing. My original idea was to do an “I-Spy” quilt and I think my kids will love playing the game with this confetti quilt.