-- don't give me that look --
It's been months (who's counting) since I stuck my head in here to say hello. I figured it was time to dust off the surfaces and take down the cobwebs. I wouldn't want you to think I'd run off or anything (hush, you!).
This space hasn't been completely abandoned. I've managed a day or two in here from time to time over the past several weeks. I would never give up my happy place. My safe place. After all, a studio is meant to be used with great advantage. It's a creative space where you can be free to experiment and get crafty. Let it all hang out.
-- wait, wait, tuck it back in Miley. Not that much sweetie, darling. Take it back a little --
(queue Eye of the Tiger)
Well, darn it! It's time to get crafty again! It's time to bring back the fabric & sparkle!! GLITTER, GLITTER EVERYWHERE, BY GOD!
Go forth and be fruitful in your creative endeavors. Annoy the crap out of friends and family with how disgustingly crafty you can be. You make those super cute table runners and mug rugs. Be shameless with your stash choices! You bought new fabric? I wanna see it on instagram & twitter!
-- raises hands in a victorious manner --
Ok, ok. Shut the music off. Sit. I'll settle down before I get carried away.
What I came back here to tell you about has me jumping in my seat like a new Kelly Clarkson single. It's really exciting to me (if you didn't get that by my previous jumping in my seat comment).
You see, I've joined a new quilt bee for 2014. A very -manly- quilt bee. What's that you say? Manly and quilt bee in the same sentence? What the what?
Calm down, calm down children...
It's true. The men are quilting! And we'd like to steal the spotlight for a second.
-- yeah, over here. To the left. Hair and makeup OK? Hair big enough? --
If you haven't already had the chance to read Joshua's post about the bee, please take a peek and come back. It's OK. I'll wait.
You done? Cool right? I thought since Joshua was one of the founding fellows I'd let him give you the introduction. You followed us on Flickr? We're not printing t-shirts or sweat bands or anything fancy (yet. Sandy can totally take care of us with that, though), but we're bound and determined to have fun and celebrate men who quilt. We're not a novelty. We're here to stay. Mhmm...
If you're on instagram, the party's already started. Just check out our hashtag #NGAQB. Lots of blocks and posts by our bee members are popping up.
Seeing how it's already the second week in January, I should probably catch you all up on who's the lucky boy to get us started. The hotness of the month on our hunky male quilter calendar (RAWR) is Mr. January, Sandy Greenberg!
Mr. January asked us all to make him two Bordered Star blocks (one dark, one light) using fabrics from our own stash.
Here are several in process and completed shots of the blocks I made for him.
Give me a few more days and I'll have everything complete and shipped off to Sandy.
You can find a blog post by The Quilting Climber about this block here and download the free paper piecing template here.
To catch all of Sandy's adventures online you can find him in the following places:
Blog: Curly Boy Blog
PS - Each month there will be a brief interview posted on Joshua's page about the hunk of the month. Sandy's post is up now in that link I posted earlier in my excited rant.
Just in case you want to get to know us all better (and we sure hope you do) here is our roster. I always like to skip ahead and look at all the models for the year in my calendar too! *wink*
January - Sandy Greenberg
February - Andrew Joslyn
March - Andrew Youngman
April - John Q. Adams
May - Paul Hallinger
June - Giles Turnbull
July - Ryan Walsh
August - Shaun Abels
September - Giucy Giuce
October - Nick Ball
November - Scott Hansen
December - Joshua Helms
Floater - Chris Jones
Whip Holder - Andres Rosales
I also put a list with links for all members in the right top column of the blog. No, your other right.
If you're a man quilter, and want in on some of this man-on-man quilt lovin', we've started a Facebook group called, Men Who Quilt. Look us up and join us, please!
-- Now back to your regularly scheduled program --
What are you still doing here? Get back to that crafty awesomeness!!!