No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee 2 – Round Four

The No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee 2 band has not split up. We are still going as strong as New Kids on the Block in 1989. I had a brief Joey McIntyre moment where I went a bit ego-crazy, but that’s only because I’m the cute one. Whew! Glad that’s over! Anyway, when I received Giucy Giuce’s quilt from John Q. Adams, I encountered all shades of Oh Dear. This colour palette is not in my wheel house. In fact, it is so far from my wheel house I thought about sending it back to John so he could have another go at steering the ship. But no, if Giucy (normally a rainbows type of guy) wants to wear autumnal eye shadow, how could I refuse?!


Previously, John had added the feather to the bottom of the bear (I’ll get to that) and the rows of triangles to the side and one on the bottom. After I finished scratching my head, and reading numerous suggestions on Instagram, I decided the bear looked a bit hungry so needed some fish. I had recently seen Sarah No Hats In the House Sharp’s Folksy Fish pattern at QuiltCon (coincidentally, at the Crimson Tate booth where fellow NGAQB2 member David Barnhouse works, and across the QuiltCon aisle from the Andover booth where Giucy works. Talk about when worlds collide!) I also knew that Giucy and Sarah are quilty friends and it would be a nice homage to that friendship to use her pattern. Wow! And what a pattern it is! Curved, paper-piecing–have you ever even-even? As a mini sidebar review: the Folksy Fish pattern is very well written with clear instructions creating lots of opportunities for making the fish your own, and making something terrifying a complete joy in the end. Highly recommended!

After I had finished the fish swimming in a collage of low value creams, I really couldn’t fathom putting them above the bear. However, John’s beautiful feather was currently below. It all seemed upside down to my logical brain, and I knew what needed to be done. Before going full on diva, I messaged John to make sure he didn’t mind me ripping out his work. He gave the green light, so I went about reconstructing the layout of this quilt. Now, as you can see, the fish can swim happily below, and the feather (birds) can fly above … that is until the bear eats them both. The food chain is a bitch like that. Roar.


I finished everything off by extending the side-triangle borders, and adding another triangle border to the bottom. I’m loving how many fabrics are in this quilt. It’s so organic and painterly, which allows your eye to search out details continuously. After the fact, it also felt really good to stretch myself with this colour palette so I’m thinking I might look good in autumnal eye shadow too! I’ve sent it on to Nicholas Quilts From the Attic Ball who is going to have himself an improv-gasm. I know this will be right up his alley, and I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

10 Responses

  1. Susan k says:

    Love the fishes. And yes they belong below with feathers above. I take it you’re feeling better again – yay!

  2. Julie says:

    Love how this is looking, your fish turned out really well. Definitely the right move to put the feather above the bear – looks very ‘Spirit Animal’ now.

  3. Tish says:

    Working on a group piece can be so scary and fun at the same time. I love how you added to the quilt. It’s like the bear has his paw raised saying, “fishes, get in my belly!” How many more quilters are adding to this project?

  4. Lisa says:

    I was wondering about happy fish swimming along beneath a bear about to scoop them up but maybe they are happy to the point of scoop. I think you look good in autumnal eyeshadow.

  5. Jen says:

    Have recently purchased Sarah’s fishy pattern and love how your fish have turned out. It’s a fab quilt. The colours look great.

  6. Sue L. says:

    Please keep making. You continue to make me smile.

  7. Darrell says:

    WOW..WOW..WOW.. this piece is fabulous. Molli, Your idea to switch was the perfect move and your added fishes continue the perfection. Whose ever piece this is .. is gonna be blown away.. All you guys are fantastic!!!!

  8. C says:

    i love how you guys collaborate on these quilts. how many quilters in the group, and how many quilts are on the go at any one time?

  9. Helen says:

    Not a great lover of the autumnal shades myself . Life is more about Spring for me but loving how this comes together

  10. Erin says:

    I have been stalking your blog (and insta and everywhere else I can think of) to see f there were any updates to any of the NGAQB quilts?Hope they all ended up well and happy in their homes…

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