Bee Hive Swarm Mara Love

I have spoken about the Bee Hive Swap I took part of from Blossom Heart Quilts. I have taken part of a few other swaps here and there, like the Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Rock’n Round Robin but I had not actually taken part of a block swap. It seemed simple and easy enough, so of course why not. I came down sick last week (hence no WIDTW as I was literally that sick); I even stayed home from work for two days and I am known to NEVER stay home from work. Anyhow, I was much better come Monday morning but I was still very tired and very worn down and so I was happy when Monday came to a close. I came home knowing that I had one package in the mail to expect and that already had me happy… but then I pulled up and saw two packages. Then I opened my door and saw two more packages (they were in between my door and storm door)… you bet I SQUEALED! If you were my neighbor, you would have seen me doing a slight happy dance (seriously). It instantly perked me up.

Left to Right: @thesistyuglers   @mishamakes   @chelengeorge   @michaelannn

I know anyone would agree that this would instantly make you smile during any bad day! Coming home to this amount of smiles is irresistible! The remaining has all been posted on my Instagram, so I apologize if you already follow me there, too!

Instagram post:

I was in bed at 7:30p last night… this resting while sick business is real! Check out the #starplusblockand lovely goodies from @thesistyuglers those frogs are killing me, and she so graciously charmed a piece of each of the fabrics as well! The frog charm, I can’t wait to start making my charm bracelet! And those bag of gummies, you ask? They may or may not be 80% gone already. And I don’t even have kids. thank you for the awesome froggy goodness! #beehiveswarmmara

Instagram post:

I wish you guys could see that awesome sparkly pencil! It really BLINGS! I have now dubbed it my doodling pencil! I need to know where this gorgeous green frog fabric came from @michaelannn because it speaks to my frog soul! Haha how cute is that amazing frog pouch? And the cutest littlest notepad! Aaah! #beehiveswarmmara

Instagram post:

I smiled ear to ear when I unwrapped this BEAUTIFUL frog princess stamp! How cool is THAT!?! This is perfect for my signature stamp mark! @mishamakes you know how to make a froggy girl feel oh so purtty! The #openwidezipperpouch and the bee hive fabric… along with embroidery thread which is perfect to get started with! So mich crafty goodness I almost don’t know what to do with it all! I have so enjoyed becoming closer “virtually” with you these past few weeks! #beehiveswarmmara

Instagram post:

Last one from my #happymail Monday! Look at the astoundingly lovely mug rug/mini from @chelengeorge and all of the other goodies! Girl, you did such a great job on that arrow and I am jealous of myself! Haha those fabrics also!!! I am going to have to make something super awesome with all of these fabrics you ladies have graciously shared! I LOVE the post card, too… it will be on my board forever! Thank you over and over again! #beehiveswarmmara

The experience with swaps and others alike continues to grow and I believe I will forever be a part of something within the quilting friend community! I love Instagram for this main purpose as it helps bring everyone together directly with very little to have to shuffle through. I have one more block to receive and she is helping balance with the colors that are already selected… putting in some more Orange. I just know that this is going to be one LOUD quilt that is going to be like having a party going on even when I’m peacefully sleeping or snuggled underneath it! Just look at how lovely all of these play together already; Yet they are a huge contrast from one another which is my favorite part. If you haven’t learned yet… I really don’t like ‘order’ and I like to just live it loud and love it all!
Has anyone joined any other swaps or anything of that sort recently… just finished one? I am sure your experience was just as pleasant, as I love how even if someone slips or has to unfortunately excuse themselves from it there is always an angel to save the day. No hard feelings, either! Quilty friends really ARE the best! Agree?
I am linking up and showing off at Show and Tell Tuesday w/ I Have to Say…, Sew Cute Tuesdays w/ Blossom Hearts Quilts and Thankful Thursdays w/ Quilting Jetgirl so be sure to stop by and show your stuff off, too!

What I Did This Week #7 – WIDTW

Beginning last September, I joined Cheryl with Meadow Mist Designs with her Foothills Mystery Quilt Along and it is unfortunately almost done. Do you ever experience the feeling of while you are working on something you are anxious for it to be complete but when it is complete, sometimes you are sad to see it end? That’s kind of how I feel with this one. It has been fun connecting with everyone who has taken part of this as Cheryl did a lovely job with the entire QAL. I am hoping she does this more than once…. (here is to crossing fingers). I didn’t write too many progress posts about it unfortunately as late last year was super busy, but if you are curious of my thoughts, they are here:

As I stated, it has come to a near end as February was the instructions for piecing the entire top together. I would have never guessed the design to be as it is. This was most certainly kept very well a secret throughout! Job well done Cheryl! 
I originally chose to stick with one fabric for each of the specified A, B and C fabric groups; however when I received the December instructions, it called for piecing together squares, which in turn would create another square that should really be ‘scrappy’ per-say. Because I didn’t know the ending design of the quilt, I began to panic within myself if I was going to have enough contrast with different fabrics and if really I should have done different greens but with a solid background and all sorts of other things questioning in my head. I also had questioned that if I were going to stick with the green squares and turn them into larger squares, I would rather purchase more of the Kona Sprout (green) fabric (of course I would be low or out of it) and cut the squares so there are less seams… but then I was back where I started and wasn’t sure if I should now add more contrast. I contacted Cheryl just for her advise in the matter and she said either one would really work. I like scrappy and thought adding a scrappy look would be nice, so off I went to put together some scrappy 4-square blocks. 
I really didn’t like it when I put it up on the wall. Right away I knew I needed to change back to the solid, but then I would have all of those seams when really I could have cut just one larger square (ugh). Thank you OCD. I figured before I sewed everything together I needed to see how I liked it with the solid green color and as you have seen, I loved it. I ended up finding a true appreciation for the scrappy once all was said and done and liked how it looked, but I didn’t think it was best suited for what I was going for with this quilt top. I like that I stuck with the solid color and allowed the ‘star’ shapes to really show rather than get lost with the 4 patch square since everything else is done in one fabric. 
I really love this quilt design that I actually intend to make another one… that one will be scrappy. I am not quite done with this one yet, as I would like to make it a bit bigger. I have ordered more of the Kona Sprout so once that comes in, I can get to really finishing this top. This top here was the big finish of the week, but I did accomplish some other things, as well as get spoiled more by my #beehiveswammara ladies!
I am really appreciating what WIDTW has helped me with; that I have accountability each Friday as well as what it forces me to do throughout the week or at the end of the week. I have already experienced the week of feeling I did nothing when in fact when I look back, I very much so did and this week each day I came home from work I almost had no enthusiasm to sew and when I would convince myself to hold off, in the end I realized that if I didn’t then I really wouldn’t have anything to post for my weekly link up! I am loving the benefits of this and hope to continue to grow with it and hopefully everyone else does, too!
Now that I just showed my week off, show us all something or all of what you did this week! 

Sew Stitching Cute quilts

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WIP Wednesday and Frogs

I absolutely LOVE frogs… have I made that obvious yet? If not, I have completely failed at the true love I have for frogs. I am constantly asked why I love them and I truthfully wouldn’t have an answer for you. I often find myself asking the very same thing. The only thing I can remember last from any memory early on is after my parents separated and my mom bought a new home in 1993, my younger sister and I were able to decorate our bedrooms with the whole shebang. I remember telling her all about green and frogs, but I didn’t want a green room and I was not into all of the ‘fancy’ (prissy) colors (pink, purples, aquas, etc.); my mother told me how much a soft pink would look great with the green and all of the frog items. Looking back on it, how much I literally despised pink most of all, I have no idea how she convinced me to do so. Low and behold… my room was pink full of green and frogs. What I also remember, was going shopping for decor in the room and my favorite piece was this Silverchair Frogstomp poster. The best part, you ask? I nor my mother knew who they were, it was just perfect because it had a frog on it. I don’t know what happened to that poster but I definitely need to get another one. 

So following my absolute obsession and love for frogs, when I had seen Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts newest QAL had a frog block in it, I was all over it! Unfortunately I kind of found myself stuck on what fabric to use for the block as my idea was to use my vintage-y and older fabric in my stash. I had already used some pretty awesome fabrics to make super cute elephants for the #Elephantparadeqal but found myself not liking any of the fabrics for the frog block. There were tons of ideas, but nothing for the feel that I was going for in the fabric selection for this quilt. Until my wonderful #beehiveswammara ladies came through… with their generous giving of fabric scraps and frog fabric… one had sent me this adorable story time frog fabric and some other scraps (of course, mostly green). 
Once I had remembered about this, I immediately got to figuring out the rest… which wasn’t that hard as she had sent me scraps from her block that was made for me and it had the perfect green fabric for the legs! Off I went to sew one of the most adorable frogs… EVER! Isn’t he the cutest!?! I am obsessed with him! I love the frog sitting reading… I love the fabric on the legs… I love the eyes (which were another great steal from scrap fabric of mine that had those awesome circle designs on them) as they work perfect for frog eyes! 
I have plans to make lots and lots more of these amazing frog blocks! Thanks Lorna for these, they are going to be used tremendously by me! 
I am linking up and showing my stuff off today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off, too!