Sailing Under Blue Skies

These sailboat blocks will be sailing just across the state line from South Carolina to North Carolina to Emily, our January charity queen, who will be making quilts for Project Linus.Sailboats in a rowAfter the blocks were made, I realized the sky fabric, Rustic Weave in Turquoise, I had chosen was fairly dark. Sailboat single 1I thought the sky fabric paired well with the water fabric, a Kona Cotton solid in Peacock.  Sailboat single 2These sailboats were fun to make and they are on their way to Emily at The Darling Dogwood.Sailboats three


February 2019 – Charity Block(s)

It is my turn to provide a block that can be put together into a charity quilt.  I drew this block a little while back just for this purpose.  it is paper-pieced, but really, really easy. And if you would rather not paper piece, it can be constructed in other ways too.

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As for colors, I would like for you to use a dark blue for the “background” please.  For the stripes please make the top stripe yellow and the bottom stripe green. I am envisioning bright, vibrant colors for this quilt.

When finished, it will be donated to the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.  Following a couple of devastating years and equally devastating hurricanes, Carole (From My Carolina Home) created the project in order to help households in Eastern North Carolina.

Below are a few examples of how the block can be used:

The .pdf for the pattern is below: (please ensure that when printed the block is the correct measurements; 6 1/2″ from outside line to outside line).

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I hope you all have fun with this one!

Lastly, please try and get the block (or blocks if you are feeling industrious) to me by March 15th.



Come Sail Away With Me

I’m the hostess/maker of Bee Inspired first charity quilt for 2019.  I chose a fun and simple sailboat block and the boats have been sailing all the way to my mailbox!

We opened this up to anyone who wants to make blocks, not just original Bee Inspired members.  I’m pleased to report that we’ve had two new folks join in!  First are FOUR great boats from Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life.

Wendy’s boats

And there are two fun boats from Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing. I adore this water fabric!!!!

Kathleen’s boats

Here are two from Sue at Sevenoaks Street Quilts.  You should visit her post here for much better photos.  She really got into the ocean theme!

Sue’s boats

Sharon of Yellow Cat Quilt Designs used different dots for her sky fabrics.

Sharon’s boats

Kate of Smiles From Kate used some lovely sky & cloud fabric for one of her boats.  Looks like a beautiful day for sailing!

Kate’s boats

And Janice of Color, Creating and Quilting! used a similar cloud fabric for a sunny day and raindrops for a stormy day.  Good thing it’s only fabric rain!

Janice’s boats

These boats will be sewn together into a quilt for the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus.  If you want to make a boat or two for this charity quilt, you can find the tutorial here.  If you need my address for mailing, just leave a comment and I’ll email you.  Please mail blocks by February 15th.  If that’s too soon, don’t worry.  Ann will be hosting another charity quilt in March and Sharon will host one in July.

Boat Blocks Project Linus Quilt

These blocks were fun and fast to make!  Or they would have been had I not chosen to use directional fabrics for the sky.  Sheesh!  Because of that, the flags on one of these blocks had to be sewn on backwards because I didn’t think it through when I was making the HST’s.  Sorry about that, Emily!  You don’t have to use that one if it doesn’t look good with the others.


January 2019: Charity Block

Our Bee Inspired group has been together since 2017.  Our first two years, we operated as an online quilting bee.  For 2019, we’re changing it up!  This year, there are a variety of activities and each member chooses which she’d like to participate in.  And we’re no longer limited to just the original twelve members; anyone can sew along with us!

One of our activities is making charity quilts.  There are three of us throughout the year who will pick a block, post a tutorial and a mailing deadline, and anyone can make and mail blocks. The hostess will then assemble the blocks and donate the quilt to a charity.  I’m first up and we’re making boats!

I am an active member of the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus.  Project Linus quilts go to kids from birth to age 18 who need a blanket hug.  The Charlotte chapter sends quilts to 45 organizations in a 5-county region, including hospitals, police departments, shelters, and more. The quilt made from the boat blocks I receive will be donated to Project Linus.  My preferred size is a 4 x 4 setting, meaning 16 blocks.  I can do a Project Linus quilt with as few as 9 blocks.  If I get more, it will just be a bigger quilt!

Bee Inspired members already have my address.  Anyone else who wants to make a block or several, leave a comment letting me know and I’ll email you my mailing address.  Please plan to mail blocks by February 15th. 

There are several patterns and tutorials out there for this block.  I mostly followed this one by The Spruce Craft, but I also saw basically the same block at Generations Quilt Patterns, Alanda Craft, and this complication at Quilt Inspiration has several quilts that include this block.  These measurements (except for the HST pieces) are from The Spruce Craft.  I am using my photos because I like a  detailed and photo-heavy tutorial.  This is a 12″ finished block.

You will need four fabrics:

Sky:  light to medium blues or light to medium grays

Water: dark blue

Boat Bottom and Sails: anything yellow, green, red, orange, brown, or multi-colored.  Purple is also fine if it is on the bold side and not too pastel-y. My Project Linus chapter specifically needs non-gender-specific or boy-ish quilts so please avoid anything obviously pink, floral, or girly.

cut pieces


Sky: (2) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles, (2) 3 1/2″ squares, (2) 4″ squares **or whatever you like to make 4 HST**

Sails: (2) 4″ squares **or whatever you like to make 4 HST**

Boat Bottom: (1) 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle

Water: (1) 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle

Use whatever method you like to make 4 HST out of the sail and the sky fabrics.  I cut (2) 4″ squares from each fabric.  I used my Quilter’s Magic Wand to mark both sewing lines, then I stitched on both lines, cut apart, pressed, and trimmed to 3 1/2″ using my Bloc Loc Ruler.  If you prefer a different method, adjust your original pieces accordingly.  You want 4 Half Square Triangles each measuring 3 1/2″ square.

Quilter’s Magic Wand  

Arrange your HST as shown below.  When you have your pairs sewn together, press one unit toward the sail fabric and the other unit toward the sky fabric.  This will allow the units to nest when assembling the four-patch.

HST arranged for the sails

Once your four-patch of sails is assembled, add a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ inch sky rectangle to each side.

sails plus sky

To make your boat bottom, take your 3 1/2″ sky squares and mark a line down the center of each square.  Line the squares up on the corners of the boat fabric rectangle as shown.

Sew on the marked line.  Trim 1/4″ from the sewn line and press.  Your boat bottom will look like this:

boat bottom

Sew your boat bottom to your sails.

boat bottom plus sails

Sew your water rectangle to your boat.

completed block

Voila!  You are ready to sail away!  I can’t wait to put together this colorful, scrappy armada!


This is our third year in Bee Inspired but we are shaking things up in 2019 and running activities rather than bees. This will work out better for some of us who have other commitments that take priority over bee blocks.

We’re going to be sewing charity quilt blocks, making a mini sampler and running a couple of challenges. If you fancy playing along we’d be glad to have you. Here’s a garishly coloured schedule. Follow the blog for tutorials and details of the challenges.


scheduleWhat does a six block sampler look like? These are a few doodles I’ve put together (in Word which explains the standard shapes). The houses are any 3 extra blocks of your choosing. We’ve decided to use 6 inch blocks and a modern-traditional theme.

samplerYou’ll be able to contact the charity quilt queens if you want to contribute to their quilts simply by commenting on the blog.

If you want us to show your blocks or challenge quilts leave us a comment on the relevant tutorial post and we’ll be in touch for the photos.


Two blocks for Kate

Our queen for the month is Kate.  She is having significant mobility difficulties at the moment.  I am not disclosing this to gossip, but rather to illustrate how we have all become “real” friends, even though we have never met (or even spoken to each other). Unsere Königin für den Monat ist Kate. Sie hat derzeit erhebliche Mobilitätsschwierigkeiten. Ich verrate das nicht um zu klatschen, sondern um zu illustrieren, wie wir alle zu “echten” Freundinnen geworden sind, obwohl wir uns nie begegnet sind (und auch nie miteinander gesprochen haben). Because Kate is not able to sew or type currently, several bee members volunteered to help with making her blocks and publishing her posts!  Pretty awesome, huh?

Da Kate momentan nicht nähen oder den Computer benutzen kann, meldeten sich mehrere unserer Mitglieder freiwillig, um ihre Blöcke zu nähen und ihre Beiträge zu veröffentlichen! Ziemlich großartig, nicht wahr?

So here is the block that Kate wanted for this month:

Und hier ist der Block, den Kate für diesen Monat wollte:

IMG_2257 2.jpg These two blocks are constructed out of only two (2 1/2″) strips of fabric….genius!

Diese zwei Blöcke sind aus nur zwei (2 1/2 “) Stoffstreifen konstruiert …. genial!

I hope Kate likes them, and I hope she can get back to doing the things she loves to do and wants to do soon!

Ich hoffe, dass sie Kate gefallen, und ich hoffe auch dass sie zu den Dingen zurückkehren kann, die sie gerne macht und die sie bald tun möchte!