Bee Inspired – (late) Block for Emily

When Emily requested a “book shelf” block with a theme, I knew immediately that mine was going to be a Harry Potter block (unless someone else snapped up the idea first).  Luckily, no one did and I was able to do it.

Als Emily einen “Bücherregal” -Block mit einem Thema anforderte, wusste ich sofort, dass meiner ein Harry-Potter-Block sein würde (es sei denn, jemand anderer hatte die Idee zuerst aufgenommen). Zum Glück war ich die einzige (oder die erste?) die diese Idee hatte….

I decided to print the book spines and then construct each of the books out of a different fabric.  Each book is also a different width (since each of the books has a vastly different number of pages).

Ich beschloss, die Buchrücken zu drucken und dann jedes der Bücher aus einem anderen Stoff zu konstruieren. Jedes Buch hat auch eine andere Breite (da jedes der Bücher eine sehr unterschiedliche Anzahl von Seiten hat).

Designing the book spines was a lot of fun (and also VERY time consuming).  Everything from the font, the colors, the design elements, the positioning of each element or text  became major decisions as I obsessed over them.  I am satisfied with the result, given the limitations of my printer…..I would have liked to incorporate the color of the fabric into my spines, but my printer cannot handle that volume of color saturation on fabric.

Die Gestaltung der Buchrücken hat viel Spaß gemacht (und war auch sehr zeitaufwendig). Alles von der Schriftart, den Farben, den Designelementen, der Positionierung jedes Elements oder Textes waren sehr wichtige Entscheidungen! Ich bin mit dem Ergebnis zufrieden, angesichts der Einschränkungen meines Druckers ….. Ich hätte gerne die Farbe des Stoffes in meine Buchrücken integriert, aber mein Drucker kann diese Menge von Farbsättigung auf Stoff nicht verarbeiten.

I left Emily a little extra fabric on the top and the right side so she can trim the block and make it fit into her quilt.  I do hope she likes it….(and forgives my tardiness)

Ich habe Emily ein wenig extra Stoff oben und auch rechts gelassen, damit sie den Block so zuschneiden kann wie sie ihn braucht. Ich hoffe wirklich, er gefällt ihr und sie vergibt meine Verspätung.


Blocks for Emily and Sharon

I had a very busy December, working almost every day at the quilt shop. So I’m late in doing my bee blocks. Just this week, I finally finished December and January. For December, Emily @ The Darling Dogwood requested a book block. Emily is a librarian, so this block is so perfect for her!

Her size requirements were rather free-flowing (13″ tall by 13 to 16-1/2″ wide), which gave her beemates and me a lot of options. Emily wanted us to use a theme for our fabric choices, and to add “something you might find on a shelf” to our block. For the theme, I chose the Wizard of Oz because I had a lot of those fabrics and because they are a great series of books.

Emilys block 1I added Dorothy’s ruby slippers to the stack of books as my “shelf item.” I hope Emily that you like your block! I’ll be mailing it off soon–we got hit by an ice storm last night so no travel for a while. You’ll find Emily’s tutorial for the block here.

Emilys block 2For January, Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilts chose the Quatrefoil block. I’ve never made this one before so I was looking forward to it.

Sharon told us that she’s going to put her blocks together for a Project Linus charity quilt. Isn’t that nice? We were given a wide range of colors to work with: pink, yellow, blue, green, turquoise, and coral color scheme. I found some butterfly fabric in my stash that had most of the colors in it so I think it’s perfect. I hope Sharon will too.

I think I originally bought the fabric for a quilt for my daughter when she was little so it cheers me to think it’s going on to gladden someone else’s heart.

You can find the tutorial for Sharon’s block here.

Sharon block 1Can’t tell you how good it feels to be caught up! Ann is up next and I can’t wait to see what block she’ll choose! I’m up for March so I need to put my thinking cap on…

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Bookcase block for Emily

So sorry it’s late Emily but I hope you like it anyway.  The theme is the ‘author’, Alison Glass.

I added a Russian doll on the shelf and a bookworm, Gloom.  I really enjoyed making it, so much so it has now gone on my wishlist as a gift for my long suffering beloved.  Why long suffering?  You haven’t seen what migrates out from my sewing room into every other room in the house.  It wasn’t me though, it must have been the dogs, hehe.

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Enjoy, this is going to be a fabulous quilt.

With smiles from,

Kate x

A quiz about us.


Here is a little collage of the blocks that Ms. Kate sent me a few days ago.  I love them. They will look sooooo cute in my quilt.


Quatrefoil Block

Happy New Year to everyone!  Can you believe it is time to start up again????

This block and the scrappy quilt that results has caught my eye for a while, so this is it for 2018.  I tried out this pattern and it is super easy!  Here is where you can get your copy of the PDF.  PDF pattern

For the background please use white, or a white on white, or a tiny print that is predominantly white background.  Fabric D.

For the rest, use from your stash of  pinks, turquoise, blue, green, yellow, coral.   No batiks please.  If this will help, here is a picture of  a great combo.  This will be used for a Project Linus Quilt, so think babies and children for your color choices.


And please do not mail to me until I post my Texas address, we are headed south again and I don’t know my mailbox number yet.  I will post on FB next week with an address.

I do have my quilt from last year set together and ready to quilt.  It is so cute!  I know some child is going to love it.  I plan to give it to Project Linus.  So thank you to all of you for contributing.  Emily, I will post once it is quilted.

January 4, 2017….we are in Texas! So here is my mailing address for you:

1710 North Vermillion   G6     Brownsville, TX  78521

And I’m loving the blocks I am seeing! 


November block for Paige

Each month I say “I love this block!”, and each month I mean it.  This month’s block and the quilt that Paige designed around it is one of my all-time favorites….

Jeden Monat sage ich “mir gefällt dieser Block sehr” und jedes mal meine ich das auch ernstlich.  Aber in diesem Monat ist der Block den Paige entworfen hat, wirklich einer meiner Favoriten…..

I think I may be asking Paige for permission to make this quilt – it is organic, it is interesting, it is imaginative and it is beautiful!

Ich glaube ich werde Paige fragen ob ich dieses Design kopieren darf – dieser Quilt ist interessant, Umwelt-freundlich, und sehr sehr schön!

And here is my contribution to her quilt:

Und hier ist mein Beitrag zu Ihrem Quilt:

There are no red/rust bottoms on my trees because the fabric never arrived…Paige will add the red clay when the trees arrive at there farm in South Carolina.

Meine Bäume haben keine Erde weil der Stoff dafür nie angekommen ist.  Paige wird sie unten dran nähen wenn die Bäume bei ihr in South Carolina ankommen….