I started in on the Buzz fun pretty quickly after I started working at C&T. I would call myself a crafty person and I love to try new things. I had made a few quilts in my childhood but had since strayed to different things. I have really enjoyed the challenge of trying something new.
When I started, I didn’t have a sewing machine or any of the supplies required to start quilting, so I would do my assigned blocks wherever I could—in the conference room or on my mom’s machine. I knew this could not work forever, but since I was only doing one block a month, it was a fine system. When I was told there was an open month coming up, I decided to go for it.
I decided to pick the wonky log cabin block from Block Party—The Modern Quilting Bee by Alissa Haight Carlton & Kristin Lejnieks. I liked the design of it and I thought it would be fun to see what everyone in the buzz came up with, and boy, was I surprised. I gave each member six of the nine different fabrics I chose for the quilt. I could not have imagined how different they would turn out. It was so cool to see each person’s style reflected in her finished block. They came up with shapes and color combinations that I would never have thought of. The creativity in the blocks I received inspired me to try new things and be adventurous.
Here are the two blocks made by Teresa (she said Log Cabin was her favorite block and offered to make two):
This is just an example of how different this block can turn out, even made by the same person.
Here are the blocks I have received so far:
and the blocks I have made so far:
I like this block for more reasons than I knew when I started. It allowed each Buzz member to express their creativity in a way only they could. It allowed me to try new things and not worry about it turning out perfect. It is also allowing me to finish my “comeback” quilt without being too overwhelmed by the amount of work. Also, I think it is going to turn out to be really cute.
Through this whole experience, I decided I liked sewing, so I got my own sewing machine. I am a full-fledged quilter now.