Busy Bees Workshop

On 12 August I helped the Busy Bees of Fountain Inn, SC construct “Prest-O, Change-O” quilts. Everyone attended the workshop having completed the required homework. All the quilts started out looking like this:

Presto Changeo straight set

After stay-stitching, we cut the quilt tops diagonally, rearranged the pieces and re-sewed. We made second diagonal cuts through the quilt tops, and again rearranged the pieces and re-sewed. We had a lot of fun, and everyone made great progress on their quilts. It was so interesting to compare fabric choices. We had totally scrappy from stash, Christmas prints, Kansas Troubles, batik blues and greens, as well as purple and green prints. As you can see, all the choices yielded lovely quilts!

Busy Bees 1

Thanks for enthusiastic participation, Busy Bees!

We effortlessly turned straight-set squares into squares on-point.

Busy Bees 2

I designed “Prest-O, Change-O”  to utilize 2 packages of 5″ charm squares. I was inspired by Anita Hallock’s sewing and cutting method found in her book, “Scrap Quilts Using Fast Patch” published by Chilton Book Company, 1991. If you would like to purchase a pattern, leave a comment below.

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