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.
What 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.
You’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.
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:
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!
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!
This month is double queen month in Bee Inspired so twice the fun!
I’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.
And finally the log cabin for Irene. I’m hoping I used the right fabrics for this.
I finally finished The Great Dog Quilt from my 2017 blocks. I got it all quilted and bound, and I think it looks great:
Here is a close up of a few of the blocks:
If you want to see more detailed photos you can head on over to the post on my blog post here.
Thank you all so much for making and sending me such wonderful blocks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!