Sunday, May 6, 2012

Busy with Bee Blocks

NuBees May Hive #5
This weekend has been productive. After finishing a quilt it always feels good to do something small and attainable so I started off with my May Bee Blocks.
Just Passing Through - Rainbow
Just Passing Through - Blue and White
I sat out of NuBees for a few months trying to catch up on projects and am glad to participate again.  The hive is smaller than usual with 4 to make.

Just Passing Through - Orange/Aqu
A perfect excuse to finally work out of my new book Modern Blocks. Narrowing it down to just one out of 99 wasn't easy so I went with my gut and chose the one that caught my eye the most: Just Passing Through designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.
Just Passing Through - Gold/Orange
Which is your favorite?



Clearing Out the Cobwebs


These blocks in Aqua/Red/Pink with Black & White for Lee of Friends+Fabric=A Modern Swap Bee were a lot of fun - and what a mess!  Those scappy designs really get me going, I had a blast digging around my buckets, cutting, trimming and deciding what goes where.

We used  Heather's tutorial  for the Spiderweb found on the blog with my favorite quilting playlist... Even though I had made some a year ago in the  Scrapbuster Swap , it took a bit to clear out the cobwebs and remember what I had learned - like how to create a 1/4" so the star tips don't get cut off and how to make the center joints line up. I can't wait to see them all together with the secondary pattern.

Linking up to Sew Modern Monday and  Manic Monday

18 comments:

  1. Very fun bee blocks! Good for you!

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  2. Great bee blocks! I haven't seen that first design before - very clever!

    Your spiderweb blocks turned out very well too!

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  3. The rainbow block is my favorite. I can't get enough of Amy Butler so I love it in your block.

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  4. I really have a soft spot for spiderwebs - they rock. And I love the just looking through block - new to me and really effective.

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  5. I love the rainbow block too, did you use different fabrics for the stripes, or just flipped the originals to the back side? It's a really interesting look and to me an original idea :) I've never seen it before. The spiderweb blocks look awesome! Love the red and teal together! :)

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    1. The light strips are different fabric - I found a sunflower for the yellow and a pink floral for the red - using the back side would've been too easy! What a brilliant idea.

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  6. I haven't made the Just Passing Through Blocks yet, but yours' look great! :)

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  7. I'm so excited you have a blog? How did I miss that?...I love seeing what you do over on Flickr and now I can follow your blog!! Yea!

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  8. Love the spiderweb blocks. I still need to do mine for the Craftsy BOM. I just need to find the time :) They look really fun.

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  9. I'm torn between the blue and white JPT block and the rainbow. So I guess they are both my favorite! You did a great job with the fabric selection to attain the effect required by the block.

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  10. Beautiful "transparency" blocks - I love them!

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  11. I like the orange and blue one best, but I think that's partially because my college colors were orange and blue. I do really like the design!

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  12. Gonna say again how I do love those Just Passing Through blocks (which I have not seen before these, so thanks for introducing me to them)! As for my favorite - I think it's a toss up between the rainbow and the orange/gold one... I like the combo of print with print.

    And just an aside, I have to admit I have to mute my computer when I am on Heather's blog! It usually doesn't mesh well with the music I already have playing on my stereo or iTunes!

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  13. What beautiful blocks and wow, the fabric is great.

    A favorite? Wow, that's hard as all of them are so amazing. Blue and white says choose me. ;)

    Thanks for sharing them.

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  14. Your blocks are beautiful!

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  15. Okay, these blocks are amazing. The pattern is really cool, and then you picked the best fabrics for them. How in the world can I pick a fav??? Love them all.

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  16. Love these blocks!! Thanks for linking up to Slash the Stash!

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  17. Thank you for posting about the Just passing through block! You gave me inspiration and I'm grateful! After seeing your post, I created a version of the block of my own (in metric measurements) and have just finished a quilt based on those blocks. In case you want to see, I blogged about it here: http://www.tilkunviilaaja.blogspot.com/2013/08/valmis-kirjava-tilkkupeitto.html

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