Karen’s Bee Block is Done!

Karen’s Bee Block is Done!

Last year, each of us took turns selecting a block for the other Bee Inspired members to make for us. I was doing fine until a series of unfortunate events late in the year derailed me. Try as I might, I simply couldn’t get that train back on the tracks.

I’m determined however to make those blocks. As proof, here’s one of them, finally!

Karens Wanta Fanta block 1

This one is for Karen @ Tu-na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. The block is called Wanta Fanta, and you can find the pattern in here. The pattern is by Blossom Heart Quilts.

Karen wanted her block scrappy with bright orange fabrics and white.

Karens Wanta Fanta block 3

I had a lot of fun digging through my orange fabrics for just the right ones. Aren’t they bright and cheerful?

Karens Wanta Fanta block 2

I hope you like your block Karen! I’ll put it in the mail today.

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Chicken Blocks for March

Chicken Blocks for March

March is my month to propose and collect blocks for a Charity Quilt.  In preparation for my month I had two happy accidents.  First I saw this quilt by Emily Dennis at Quilting Love (this is her photo):


Then while at my local quilt shop right before New Years I found this awesome fabric:

chicken background fabric

So, obviously I needed to make a chicken quilt!

Emily’s blog post is here, and she links to the original pattern and tutorial for the Chicken Block: Chicken Quilt Block Tutorial by Sew Inspired.  I agree with Emily’s comment in her post that the instructions for attaching the comb is not entirely clear, so I’ll add some instructions of my own here.

Chicken Block Charity Quilt:

Please follow the Sew Inspired tutorial to create a 7″x8″ block (6.5″x7.5″ finished).

Body Fabric – black, grey or yellow – either solids or prints.  I like the look of the quilt that Emily created so the example above is a good one to use.  Note when you piece the chicken the 5.5″x6.5″ body piece should be placed with the 5.5″ side as the width and the 6.5″ piece as the height (see the diagram below).

Background – white solid or white on white print

Beak – Orange solid or print

Comb – Red solid or print

I drew this diagram to help with the assembly.  I got confused about which way the body was oriented and did it the wrong way the first time.  Go ahead and do all the triangle ‘snowballs’ on the edges before you do the comb (through step 4 on her tutorial).

chicken diagram

Comb Tutorial:

  1.  Cut two 2″x2.5″ squares as instructed in the tutorial.
  2. Draw a comb shape on the wrong side of one rectangle.  Orient the rectangle so that the 2.5″ side is the width and 2″ is the height.

marking the comb

3.  Put the squares right sides together and sew on your comb line:

sewing the comb

4.  Cut down the excess around the sewn line and clip the seam allowance where you have tight curves.  Here I’m trying to show that I clipped it in the ‘valleys’ between the comb bumps:

cutting the comb

5.  Turn the comb right side out and press:

turning right side out

6.  Place the comb on the top background strip (2″x5.5″) that already has the chicken body triangle attached.  You can see below I drew a 1/4″ line on the right side of the background piece to help keep the comb away from the seam allowance.  I should have done the same across the top!

quarter inch on the side

7.  Top stitch the comb down by stitching around the edge of the comb:

sewing down the comb

8.  Sew the 2″ square background piece on the right side.  You can see here I did better with keeping the comb away from the top seam allowance on my second comb:

comb comparison

9.  Join the rest of the pieces and admire your cute chicken!  With my pin cushions I’m really gathering a flock.

blocks with cushion

I hope you enjoy making your chickens, and I can’t wait to see them all!  If you choose to participate, please send me your blocks by April 15, 2019.  Bee Inspired members have my address, but if you just want to join in and send me blocks leave a comment and I’ll get you my address.

Happy chickens!

Ann from Brown Paws Quilting






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

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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Galaxy Star in Fandangle Fabric

Jen gave us the freedom to choose any block we wanted to make but gave us a few suggestions.  In this post, she choose several from Quilter’s Cache where there are quilt blocks galore!

I choose the Galaxy Star 9″ paper pieced block.

Galaxy Star 1 sm

For colors, Jen requested the tertiary colors and I have the perfect fabrics.  These three prints are from Christa Watson’s new fabric line, Fandangle by Benartex.

The two tone on tone prints are Crosshatch in light grey and teal.  And print is Triangle Trinkets in teal.

Fandangle Fabric for bee

I had fun brushing up on my paper piecing skills and even managed to keep the background fabric oriented correctly.

Karen made a woven star block for Jen and I’m looking forward to seeing more!

June block for Jen

circle of geese

When Jen asked for a block of our choice for this month I knew exactly what I was going to make because when I posted my Stash Bee Geese Trails block from Piece and Press block for March queen (also) Jen (@jentexas) on Instagram (see it here) she said it was on her list of makes. I know how long my own list is and how frequently it gets updated so here it is – a tertiary coloured Circle of Geese. I used a different pattern this time around, the Circle of Geese from Piece by Number, and increased the size by 125% so that it turns out at 16” finished. I wasn’t intentionally going to place the geese in rainbow order and that’s just as well because somehow the plan I did have went awry anyway. Hope you like it Jen!



Li’l Shamrocks for Jennifer

Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but I finally have made a couple of  little shamrock blocks to be included in the border of Jennifer’s quilt.

Shamrocks Two

These little shamrocks measure just 4 1/2″, so sewn into the quilt they will be 4″.


I used a Cotton and Steel print, Dottie in Picnic green, and another green, a print from Hazel by Alison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew.

Sharmrocks more

You see,  Jennifer is continuing her theme from 2017.  Her block from March 2017 was Irish Eyes.

And one more pic of a little shamrock.

Shamrock Single

These are in the mail to Jennifer and I can’t wait to see her finished quilt.

Scrappy Strips Block for Ann

Ann requested a Scrappy Strip Block finishing 12″ square using a white background and brightly colored scraps.  She posted about the block here and wrote a detailed tutorial on her blog Brown Paws Quilting here.

I grabbed some scraps and made this block.

Feb Scrappy Strips Block sq

I almost took the easy way out and made a cross but wanted the challenge and inserted the second strip at an angle.  It looks nice and straight at this angle…

Feb Scrappy Strips Block 2

But what about from the other angle?  Success, I did keep the strip lined up fairly well.

Feb Scrappy Strips Block 3

Even though Ann requested two strips in each block, I had enough scraps sewn to make one additional strip so I inserted a single strip in a block and thought she could add in another strip.

Feb Scrappy Single

Now to catch up on my other bee blocks!

Made With Lerv

The most important ingredient in a good cake is chocolate love and that’s what I’ve put in my cake for Velda. This cake was going to be raspberry like Emily’s but maybe I can call it red velvet with a chocolate Smarties frosting.

Thanks for the excuse to buy Smarties and happy spring Velda!

velda's cake