Monday 27 July 2015

Bee Block Finishes

So, while the paint is drying in the kitchen and my machine is buried at the back of the room, I thought I'd share some Bee Blocks I made for Modern Irish Bee.
Last month, Erin asked us for coloured blocks with a wonky star in the middle.  These were great fun.  We had to choose 35 squares of a particular colour 2.5"x 2.5" and lay them out in a arrangement pleasing to the eye with a white square somewhere in the middle.
I chose orange and purple and seemed to have more variety in the orange for some reason.  Using scraps we were to add wonky points to the squares around the white and create a star!
The tutorial for these can be found here on the Modern Quilters Ireland blog and going by the colours everyone is making this will be a beautiful rainbow quilt.  Great way to use up scraps too!
This month Cynthia asked us for disappearing 9 patch blocks and sent us some orange batik prints in the post for the centres.  It was fun to get an envelope with 2 charm squares in it.  Most people had to wait for the blog post to come up to see what mystery block we'd be making.  
Cynthia asked us to use black fabric with white prints and white fabric with a black print for the remaining squares.  I pulled from stash and I think these are mostly Lotta Jansdotter.  It's been a while since I made a D9P and there is something really lovely about making a simple block. 
One of the first quilts I made made for my friends daughter's 3rd birthday - Puppy Park fabric by Riley Blake & some machine embroidery on top!
Using layer cakes it's a fast and easy way to pull together a quilt top.  I really like how you can showcase a large print  or novelty fabric and add calmer places for the eye to go to.
 I love the simplicity of these in Black & White with the pop of orange.  Great choice Cynthia!
 Will make a very beautiful and usual quilt I think!


  1. Great blocks! It's always interesting to see what other people choose for bee blocks.

  2. Great result; it would be interesting to see how all the bee blocks come together. Was it a stipulation that everyone use black with white in the corners, or will some people have reversed the layout? I wonder how that would work.

  3. what terrific blocks. I want to try both the wonky star/scraps block and the disappearing patch. I love the black and white with the color center! LEeAnna

  4. Great blocks, and the choice of the black and white prints with the batik really lets that color pop - so nice! How is the remodeling going? Was 3 layers of paint deemed enough?

  5. The blocks with the wonky star are great. Hope you're happy with the finished painting.

  6. Oooo! I love how your bee blocks turned out. Very nice colors in each one. :)

  7. Great blocks. I love the pop of orange in the D9P blocks

  8. I too love the black and white with a pop of orange.
    My local sewing group makes lots of wonky stars. We have found that everyone can manage them.

  9. The wonky star blocks are wonderful and the D9P blocks are very effective - love that pop of orange with the B&W :)


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