A VIRTUAL QUILTING BEE

You have come to TETHERED THREADS 2. We are a group of 12 women from all over the world who are quilting for one another. Each woman is assigned a month and chooses what she wants the others to make for her. We like that you have stopped by to see what we are doing. Feel free to comment and or ask questions.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How can it bee?

Seriously, How could it possibly be a year that has gone by? I have been in two block parties this past year, as has my daughter and my daughter in law. I sorta forced them both. However, I am sure they both have enjoyed it almost more than life itself. This month is my daughters month. She hasn't mailed her fabric yet, though she knows what she wants and loves the fabric she has chosen. After a year with all of you I know that she will get back some wonderful squares.
As I said I was in two block parties this past year. So what I decided to do was the same thing for both. I will end with 48 squares to put together. The squares have been so interesting and wonderful. I can't wait to compete it. But it's going to wait for a bit, I have a "Birth quilt" to complete for my grandson, who will be a year in November. I have 10 Dear Jane squares to complete by October 30th. All by hand, no machine for this one. Wouldn't you know it, I was driving down the freeway today after buying 8 fruit trees for my new yard and inspiration hit me like a ton of bricks. I see it in my head, a quilt that I have to make for someone I love. That means another trip the quilt shop, more fabric and on it goes. I have a craft fair to get ready for and Christmas just after that. I wonder which of us will actually put our squares together first? I wonder who will post their photo of a completed quilt. We all have to do that you know. We can't possibly just end our 12 months together and never see the end product. We have all been so connected and grown so close over the year how can we just say good bye? I think we should change the name of this block party though. Maybe, "To busy block party" or maybe, "It's all I can do the make the block, much less blog about it block party". Anyway I love all my squares and I will promise to post it's completion.
Hey, anyone want to go another 12 months? I"m pretty sure Beth wants to. Beth you could get 24 more amazing blocks for your quilt. 24 squares. I'm just saying think about it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

thank you soooo much!

Thank you all so very much!!

I was shocked!
And it is sooo beautiful!
Honestly,
I'm not sure if it was the hormones or the surprise,
or just the deep heartfelt thankfullness,
but I started to cry when I took it out of the envelope.

quilters truly are the most generous people.

The lil' guy and I both thank you so much.
You've made me feel so blessed to be a part of such a great group of quilters.
thank you.
Kelly

Monday, July 12, 2010

here they are...

My June blocks for Kathy have been done for a bit and on their way to her...

I wasn't so sure about my wonkiness...
"wonk" I've noticed, does not come easily to me...

but I think she likes them, so I'm safe :)

I'm so enjoying the swap process.
It has opened up opportunity for me to really stretch and learn.

I'm excited for the next one!

p.s. no baby yet.
I have 5 days til' my due date.
I'll let you all know when it arrives :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

a thousand apologies

here they are.
My May blocks for Kathleen.
Done and dusted.
In the mail.
LATE...
So sorry....
so what happened to me this month??
why the late blocks from a girl who's turnaround record has been pretty good?
ummm...
well when I received the fabrics and directions, I froze.
I found it confusing.
ummm...yeah.
let's remember I'm 34 weeks pregnant.
I have baby brain, people!
so then I didn't have the right fabric in my stash.
so I had to go to the store.
the fabric store 25 minutes away.
this is not normally an issue.
It's normally a joy...
hmmmmm...
"surely I must have something here..."
nope.
so then I equated purchasing the fabric for the block
to finishing the block.
ummm...
note to self--
purchased fabric=UN finished
so this morning
I decided to let it lag no longer.
45 minutes
2 freezies
and a broken seam ripper later
(don't ask-- I didn't even need it for the block!)
ta da!
two blocks finished.

Friday, April 16, 2010

April squares


I LOVE COMING HOME AND FINDING A SMALL PACKAGE. IT'S BEEN SO MUCH FUN GETTING ALL THESE SQUARES. THESE ARE THE ONES I'VE RECEIVED SO FAR. AREN'T THEY GREAT. THESE ARE FROM AUDRIE, RUTH & BETTY. ONE OF THEM HAS HER NAME EMBROIDERED ON IT. THANKS FOR DOING THAT RUTH. IT'S HARD TO SEE BUT I KNOW IT'S THERE. I WILL ALWAYS KNOW IT'S THERE. THANKS. IMAGINE IF YOU WERE IN 12 BLOCK PARTIES AND YOU ARRANGED IT JUST RIGHT YOU COULD RECEIVE SQUARES EVERY MONTH.

Monday, April 12, 2010

March and April blocks

I decided yesterday that I was going to sit down and get caught up on my quilting bee blocks. Quite amazing what you accomplish when you put your mind to it!

Blocks for Marty... I'm a huge fan of wonky / improv blocks so these were right up my alley.


I had lots of fun working on these :) I added a Kona solid (I think it's called herb?)... hope that's okay, Marty!


And Jen, I'm so sorry I took so long to get your blocks done! I'd put them on my WIP shelf... and then kind of forgot to make them. Oops! I hope you like them tho :)

The blocks will be in the post tomorrow, ladies :)

-- Audrie

April already?

So how do I know it's April?
I got Marty's fabric in the mail,that's how!


I was a lucky girl and received the beautiful orange-yellow fabric!
which I happened to have some stash to match!


Marty requested simple and off centred.

In my first block I added the lovely centre square from my Make Life stash
--the surrounding fabrics are the ones Marty sent.
finished off by my "signature colour"
also from Marty.


This block, I fear,
is not the "simple block" that Marty requested.

I simply went overboard-- I couldn't help it!

It was the first time I was ever able to just pull stuff from my stash that worked!
and the block just carried me away!

The stripes are from my Amy Butler stash
and the polka dots and flowers were again from Make Life by Sweetwater

I mean look at all those seams!!!
aren't they pretty!
Sorry Marty!

Your fabric was just too good and I was just too weak!
Simple went to the wayside.

Hope you can still use them :)