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:

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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!

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Kate’s Block

Our fabulous mastermind Kate has had some health problems lately leading to difficulty sewing.  She sketched out a block that takes just two 2 1/2″ strips and creates two blocks that are basically negative images of each other. You will get both blocks from just 2 WOF strips of fabric!

For fabrics, tone on tone if possible in shades of blue, green, red, yellow, and purple.  A veritable rainbow of colour!  Please avoid neutrals, browns, etc.

Choose two fabrics.  From each fabric, you will need one strip that is 2 1/2″ by WOF (width of fabric).  The measurements are tight, so be careful with your cutting!

From each fabric, cut:

2 A – 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

4 B – 2 1/2″ x 2″

3 C – 2 1/2″ squares

I thought I took a picture of all the pieces cut out but I can’t find it!  I’m so sorry!

To make the middle part of the block, you will sew your pieces together like this: BCBCBCB.  Keep in mind that C is bigger than B.  There will be 3 of the larger pieces (C) and 4 of the smaller pieces (B).  Once sewn, your middle will look like this:

Now all that’s left to do is sew the A piece on the top and bottom!  Your top and bottom fabric will match the B pieces, so the outside becomes a frame.

Ta-da!  You’re done!

Bee Blocks for Jen and Susan

Bee Blocks for Jen and Susan

I belong to an online bee, Bee Inspired, and each month our Queen selects a block and we all make one for her.

I’d done well at the beginning of the year, but recently I’ve fallen behind and they’ve begun to stack up. So I’ve made it a priority this month to make my bee blocks and to get them mailed off to each Queen at long last.

colors jen likes from the Color PalettesThe happy news is that I’ve gotten two of my bee blocks done! The first is for Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch. Jen told us to use this bright color palette and to make whatever we wanted, so I made her my Berry Cross block, a block I designed myself. I thought the block might remind her of me.

 

Jen Bee Block 1I designed the Berry Cross block originally for a blog hop, then hosted a quilt along with it. Here’s my Berry Cross quilt from that quilt along. I’m currently writing a pattern for Berry Cross, so look for it soon!

Berry Cross 1.jpgI’m mailing your block off today Jen! So sorry it was late. Hope you like it.

Susan color schemeI got another bee block done as well. Thank goodness for simple, modern blocks! The July Queen was Susan @ Seven Oaks Street Quilts. Susan wanted us to make toadstool blocks with a simple color palette—red, grey, and white.

I love the fabrics I found for my version, and I hope Susan loves them too.

 

Susan’s block is based on a block by I Am Luna Sol. If you want to make Susan’s variation, the instructions are here on our bee blog—Bee Inspired.

Susan block 1I love how bold this block is. What a wonderful quilt it will make! I hope you like it, Susan! I’ll put it in the mail today.

Now to cut the fabrics for the next bee block. Maybe it’ll help to get it done!

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Twice the fun!

yellow houseThis month is double queen month in Bee Inspired so twice the fun!

BI green houseI’m starting with the house blocks for Janice, one made on behalf of Kate. The first one was simple. I made life more difficult for myself by choosing the directional terrarium print for the second and it would have been even more difficult if I’d attempted to match the print but I didn’t even think about it and I have zero experience in that anyway.

log cabinAnd finally the log cabin for Irene. I’m hoping I used the right fabrics for this.

 

September Block for Janice

Yikes!!!  If it wasn’t for Kate reminding me, I would have forgotten to do this.  I had it in my head that my month was October!   Well, here we go . . .

Two of my favorite loves are star blocks and house blocks so what could be better than something that combines both together!  Sandra at Mmm! Quilts designed a block like this.   It is soooo easy and very fun to make.   Although you’ve probably already seen these, I’ll show you the samples I have made and then link to Sandra’s pattern at the end of the post.

Here is the first one I ever made and it made me fall in love with this block.

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The blocks measure 16″ but there are so many big pieces that the block goes together very quickly.  The part that takes the longest is probably choosing the fabrics.  I’ll address that next.

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As you can see I am kind of doing a “house by color” kind of idea.  In other words, you can choose whatever fabrics you like, even multi-colored prints as long as the block reads mostly one color.    I don’t have a green house, black/white house, purple house, brown house, or orange house  or any of those yummy in between colors.  I seriously won’t mind at all if you want to make a house in one of the colors I already have.

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So far, my colors have been pretty bright and saturated because I LOVE bright, modern colors and fabrics; however, if your stash does not have that much of those colors, I would love to see a pretty pastel house or a low volume house with a POP of bright colors on the door and star points.   Funny enough, my favorite color is red but I’m not very excited about this red block I made.  I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m not in love with it.  So let’s add red to the list of colors I don’t have.

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LINK TO SANDRA’S HOUSE BLOCK PATTERN

If you don’t want to make a block this big or you have another house block you have been dying to try,  send me that instead!

Have fun, bee mates!

Janice

Irene’s Block for September

The block I am requesting this month is a simple, back-to-basics kind of block: a log cabin, albeit a “skinny” one.

Der Block, den ich diesen Monat gerne habe würde, ist ein einfacher, grundlegender Block: ein “log cabin” Block, wenn auch ein “magerer”..

The center should be red – as red as you can get it. Red on red is great, but please no other colors at all.  Also no metallic on the red.

Das Zentrum sollte rot sein – so rot wie es geht. Rot auf Rot ist großartig, aber bitte keine anderen Farben. Auch nichts Glänzendes auf dem roten Stoff.

The “logs” should be white and/or off white.  Again, tone on tone is great, patterned fabrics are great (as long as they are tone on tone) but again please no metallics.  Mixing whites and off white is also great.

Die Seiten sollten weiß und/oder fast weiss sein. Auch hier ist Ton in Ton super, gemusterte Stoffe sind toll (solange sie Ton in Ton sind) aber bitte auch hier nichts glänzendes auf diesen Stoffen.

My intention is for this quilt to read something like this:

So stelle ich es mir vor:

 

Now to the block; cut your white/off white fabrics as follows (all of them are 1 1/2″ wide):

Die weissen Stoffe bitte so zuschneiden (sie sind alle 1 1/2″ breit):

O 2 1/2” cut 1
N 3 1/2” cut 2
M 4 1/2” cut 2
L 5 1/2 cut 2
K 6 1/2 cut 2
J 7 1/2 cut 2
I 8 1/2 cut 2
H 9 1/2” cut 2
G 10 1/2” cut 2
F 11 1/2” cut 2
E 12 1/2” cut 2
D 13 1/2” cut 2
B 14 1/2” cut 2
C 15 1/2” cut 2
A 16 1/2” cut 1

and the one red square:

und das einzige rote Stückchen:

P 2 1/2”x 2 1/2″ cut 1

 

Here is a diagram where each “log” goes:

Honestly, I do not understand why EQ labeled the logs from the outside in – I personally would have much preferred to start with A in the center….

Ehrlich gesagt verstehe ich nicht, warum EQ die Logs von außen beschriftet hat – ich persönlich hätte viel lieber mit A in der Mitte angefangen ….

Really, it will probably take you longer to cut the fabric than to construct the block. Have fun!!

Es wird wahrscheinlich länger dauern, den Stoff zu schneiden, als den Block zu konstruieren. Habt Spaß!!