Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bee Sewcial: Between Fantasy and Reality

Bee Sewcial May

Bee Sewcial May Blocks
I ended up mailing off four blocks to Marci's for Bee Sewcial's month of May.  She has quite a happy collection now and I'm excited to watch the building of what is sure to be a beautiful quilt.  There was a bit of artistic conflict, torn between abstract and literal when I first started working on them early in the month.  After a "time out" and a revisit, I'm pleased where they landed. 

The 12.5x20" remote retreat with rolling hills and a stream (above) would be a great place for a girls getaway weekend of sewing.  Both of the big blocks have components from that initial session and plan drawn out here

I threw in a neighborhood park and another little house to help with the composition of the quilt, scattering similar bits throughout.  (8x9 and 7.5x8).  It's so freeing to not have a traditional 12.5 square restriction. 
When I made this row of houses (9.5x17.5) I had in mind a very neighborly vibe with a front lawn and porch - can't you just picture the kids with a lemonade stand?  I had a couple of ideas that didn't happen, one being a lighthouse. 

For our June blocks Debbie, a quilters table is having us go Mid-Century Modern.  Her pin board is full of great shapes. I've chosen my favorites and there is also one iconic image that comes to mind when I think of that era so I may try and fit that in somewhere.   I was strolling downtown last weekend and noticed this mural with an entirely new appreciation.  Here's the link to the artist and a full view
MidCentury Modern Mural inspiration 
The colors this month are going to allow me to dip into my solids stash and pull out some untouched fabrics.  Super happy about that. 

I've signed up to be on the QuiltCon West Charity quilt committee and am excited for our planning meeting next week.  Improv with Intent marches on. 

Unconventional Sam

Baby Boy Blocks
Remember these Sunbonnet Sue blocks (below) that I made as part of a collaborative project for my niece when she was expecting her baby girl?  I went all out with the props and had a lot of fun representing meaningful subjects like the beach, pie baking and being artistic.  Details HERE
Baby Girl Blocks
Hopefully I'm not spilling the beans posting the boy blocks now for the current quilt being made for her baby boy but I finished them and just had to share.  This time I let the fabric speak to the theme and rather than embellish them I kept the needle turn appliqué simple.  I know he's suppose to have overall straps but I opt for what I like and it was just awkward - so call me a rebel.

I got a kick out of how the bike and game themed ones look like arm tats and that he's hiding a card up his pant leg - although not sure what a 4 of clubs will get you!

(The mosaic crops the shapes to make three fit in one picture but they are actually square)

I'm linking up to Let's Bee Social and  Scraptastic Tuesday with Leanne at She Can Quilt, and Finish it Up Friday - hope you will too.


  1. Looking good! Fun to see the mcm mural!

  2. Love that improv! So colourful. The Sam character needs to give up gambling and take up soccer I think....hehe! Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

  3. Very cute boy and girl blocks. Didn't miss the straps on the overalls at all and his pants stay up. He's now modern looking.

  4. You have so many great projects on the go here... But I really love those improv style houses. Especially done in the solids. Can't wait to see what you will come up with for the Mid-Century Modern in June. Sam is looking rather dapper in those non-traditional prints. Looking good!

  5. Very cool design! I love the houses with the abstract backgrounds!! The Sues and Sams are cute too! cheers!

  6. Shhh..don't tell anyone but your blocks were some of my absolute favorites. I think because they were exactly what I had in my mind, so thank you I love them and all the thought that goes into the process!


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