Monday, May 10, 2010

Block Six with Freda's Hive

Nanette lives close enough to me that our paths have crossed a time or two at local quilt shows.  Who's Nanette?  Nanette Merrill is the lady behind the blog Freda's Hive.  Check out her blog.  It's a lot of fun.  While half the time I think of her as Freda, her name is Nanette.  Anyway, Nanette is one of those fun ladies who is fun to be around.  She is always cheerful and positive.  She was someone who quickly came to mind as I was thinking about doing this Jelly Roll Sampler.  One thing I really like about Nanette is that her style is so different from mine.  The fabric she's drawn to is as bright and happy as she is. 

Here's from Nanette:
Hi. This is Nanette from Freda’s Hive. Lots of people call me Freda and I’m always okay with that but Freda is my mother’s name. Mostly I don’t correct anyone because coming from a family of 5 girls and having 7 daughters (and 1 son) I have been called everything from my sister’s, aunt’s and my mother’s name to all my daughter’s names.

Freda, my mom, made everything from our swimming suits to jeans and wedding dresses when I was growing up. She taught me how to sew and taught me just about everything else I know so I thought it was fitting that our blog be named in honor of her. The hive part is because of our big family and the fact that our home is always a buzz of activity. In a hive each bee has to work to contribute and I’ve always tried to teach my family that life is work and work is good. I have sewn since I was a girl and quilted for more than 12 years. I love designing patterns and creating quilts and projects. Creating is essential to my happiness. I hope you enjoy making my block. Thanks Konda for inviting me to participate. This Jelly Roll-A-Long has been really fun. In fact, this is the quilt we will be making at the Breton Girls Family Retreat in September when I get together with my sisters, nieces and my daughters to make a quilt. It is a great project for anyone and everyone.

Click HERE for instructions to Nanette's block.

Thanks Nanette!!!

Here's where I am suppose to say, "Here are my blocks."  BUT I can't.  Here are Nanette's blocks though!

Is that fussy cutting in the center?  Yes!  Isn't it great!?!  She has included that in the instructions.  I have been itching to make this block since Nanette sent me the pattern.  So what happened to my blocks?  Well, it's called Quilt Market.  I have been frantically trying to get my book to the printer.  (It didn't help to take a week and a half off to go to Paducah, but that's okay!)  I have an appointment to take it to him tomorrow. 

I told myself I couldn't make my blocks until the book is done.  I have been trying to convince myself that's it's alright -- "These blocks are so fast!"  "I bet you could just whip it up and your book wouldn't even notice the different." and "Come on, you HAVE to get your blocks done, you just HAVE TO!"  Well, once Nanette sent me two pictures of her blocks, I decided to post those for you.  I will get mine done soon because all of these blocks are fast.  I haven't enjoyed listening to myself this week. 

Anyway -- look what Nanette has for you!  She has put together a charm pack of 20 -- 6 inch squares.  So one lucky winner can have some of Nanette's fun, happy fabric for herself (or his-self)! 

Thanks Nanette!

REMINDER: You have two weeks to make these blocks. There will be a drawing tomorrow for block four. Of course, any block that is posted before mine (or Nanette's) on flickr gets entered in the drawing. I have another jelly roll up for grabs and Emily has graciously donated one of her patterns. YEAH!

Happy Quilting!


karen @ badlandsquilts said...

I love Nanette's block!

Nanette Merrill said...

You're very thoughtful and kind Konda. Good luck with all you're wrapped up in. I know how consuming this stuff is. I've really really loved participating in projects with you. I agree about enjoying our differences. I learn more from those that have different styles than those that have my style. And not just in quilting, in all avenues of life. So thanks again.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a great block! Thanks! :-)

Grethe said...

Great block! Love the one in bluish and pinkish with the little
bird,sweet :-) I`ll start planing which of my Paisley stripes to use!

Deanna said...

Don't over do things. I have a very limited sewing time budget and have to remind myself that this is supposed to be FUN! Not another guilt trip.

Dandelion Quilts said...

Thanks for the great block tutorial.

Simone de Klerk said...

I love Nanette's blog and this new block is so her!
Thank you, Nanette!

prashant said...

Good luck with all you're wrapped up in.
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Anonymous said...

Oh the construction of this block has been a tale of woe for me... Check my blog to see how i made a mistake that needed to be ripped out and then made ANOTHER mistake which will have to be corrected when i am tad less frustrated and swear-y.