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Bee Blocks, Guild Branding and Fireworks!

Happy 4th of July! Today is also my father's birthday. Growing up during 4th of July we used to get a bucket of KFC and head to the high school baseball field for fireworks. After a while the fire danger got so bad they started doing laser shows instead (lame!) Tonight we do plan to see some fireworks. On another note here is what I have been up to this week.

On Saturday I got to attend my first Modern Quilt Guild meeting. The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild is in the process of revamping and this meeting was to establish board members and do some planing. I am now their new designated designer, and am very excited! I will be creating a new website, membership cards, ex. If you live in the Phoenix Metro area, we would love love for you to join us! Our new meetings are the third Saturday of every month. Visit our website for details. 

Color Scheme

I started working on the logo design for the Guild. With this logo my goal was to capture the essence of Phoenix, Arizona, in harmony with Modern Quilting.

I approach my quilting just as I do my graphic design, which means I first choose a color scheme, based off of inspiration. My inspiration was a photograph of a Phoenix Sunset. I pulled coordinating colors from the photograph to create my color scheme.

Logo Idea #1

Logo Idea #2

I played with a bunch of ideas, too many to share, but these two were the first I presented. Some members made suggestions to possibly combine the two logos.

Final Logo

Combining them was great, and I think I have achieved my original goal!

3x6 Q2 Hive 3 - Sample Block

I have also been working on some Bee Blocks for the 3x6 Mini Bee. A few weeks ago you may have seen the triangle block (above) I created, that was my test block for the Bee.

Piecing some Bee Blocks

Piecing some Bee Blocks

Based on everyones preferred color choices I pieced together the center triangles and just need to add my borders. This block was inspired by a bunch of Kona Scraps I had left over from my Patchwork Prism Quilt. I will be using those scraps up for a long, long time!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I am linking up today with Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday. Lee is taking a much deserved break from WiP Wednesday for the summer, and each week she has a guest blogger. I think this is such a good idea! I'm enjoying meeting new bloggers each week. Today's guest post is from Jess at SewCraftyJess.

Tomorrow for our Quilting & Sewing Events 101 Series we will have a wonderful visitor, and another book giveaway! So make sure to stop by and enter!

Have a wonderful 4th of July friends!


Alyssa Williams

Alyssa Williams

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.