I'm the Queen Bee for Hive Eight of the Stash Bee this month. I had a hard time picking a block until I saw this post at Smiles from Kate. I asked Kate the name of the block so that I could look it up. Kate in her kindness not only gave me the name of the block Circle of Squares but she gave me a link to the creator of the block Janeth of Toefeather and she gave me a link to a pdf download of instructions which lead me to this tutorial where the block had been renamed Circle Of Friends. These two tutorials give instructions for a 12 1/2 inch block.
I made my block at 15 1/2 inches and posted the tutorial for that size here. So if you would like to make this block you have several options.
The other thing I'm crushing on is this lovely mini quilt and card that came in the mail last week.
These came from the wonderful Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl. I am one of Yvonne's patrons and I'd like to take this opportunity to share why I chose to support her.
I think it's really important to support each other as artists and artisans...I also feel that quilting which is primarily a women's art/craft is undervalued....so even though I am not any where near wealthy I think its important to help out people as they are building up their business. We have all done this in other ways, by buying the quilter's planner and by buying patterns and by testing patterns for people.
Yvonne offers an incredible service to the online quilting community. She visits oodles of us and leaves us valuable and encouraging comments. She also writes the most thoughtful blog posts and shares resources which help us to really think about what we are doing and where we are going as quilters. To me this is a valuable resource which deserves compensation.
I didn't do this for the perks like this beautiful mini quilt, or the pdf patterns I receive for her tutorials. I did this because Yvonne was already providing me with an invaluable service, which is sharing intelligent insightful articles that help me to think and to grow as a quilter, a designer and a person. Thanks Yvonne.
I'm linking up to Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
where she shares a new pattern release. Beth also supports the online community by providing a place to link up, so thanks to you also Beth.