Wednesday, July 8, 2015

More Kisses

There's always a quandary when it's my turn to be a bee mama and choose a quilt plan for the group. At least it is for me. And it was no different as I mulled over options for FAITH Circle for July. The palette was the easiest - inspired by a flower bed at the airport as we were coming home from a recent trip to visit our son and daughter-in-law. Coral and yellow - totally not my norm, but something about the mix seemed just right.
Though I expect my bee-mates to use mostly prints in these colors, I did check my Kona card to give them a closer idea of the colors I'm looking for: Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Coral, Nectarine, Mango. And for the record, I'm fine if they use these actual solids too.

After much hemming and hawing, I chose a current favorite around the interweb, Rachel/Wooden Spoon Quilts' Raspberry Kiss block. Below is the quilt that pushed me over the edge. It's by Brittney/bselbyquilting on Instagram, and I appreciate her consent in letting me post it to share with FAITH Circle.
photo courtesy of Brittney Selby

Rachel's tutorial makes a 4 1/4" block, so I asked her if she'd mind if I up-sized it for my bee's use, and she kindly gave permission.

So I'm asking my bee mates to make three blocks following Rachel's tutorial, except with these adjusted cutting directions:
4 - 2 1/2" squares + 2 - 6" squares (cut diagonally) for background
2 - 2 1/2" squares + 1 - 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle for cross
Note that I stitched my blocks with a scant quarter inch and they finished at 9 1/8".

As you can see in my sample blocks, for the backgrounds, I've also chosen black and white or gray and white low-volume prints, white on white prints, or a very pale gray, such as Kona Ash (not shown). A mix of these is fine in each block.

It's always fun to see the blocks start coming in and here's another quilt to add to the 'to-do' list for next month!


  1. This will be a wonderful quilt!

  2. so beautiful & thanks for the measurements to make bigger blocks. I have a variation of this block brewing in my head that I'm going to test out today. I'm pretty sure you won't like it, bwahahaha

  3. Very cute little quilt! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Beautiful blocks and I really love those colours! So summery and happy :)

  5. Oh my!!! These are going to be just gorgeous!! And those are my favorite Kona yellows!! Mangooooo!!!

  6. We used that block for a VMQG block lotto and it looked wonderful. Great choice!

  7. Can't wait to see it come together Debbie! And I love the source of your colour scheme!

  8. I've always like this design and corals are one of my favorite colors. Mixed with yellow it will be a nice cheery quilt.

  9. Can't wait to see how it turns out!