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

It’s a Piece of Cake.

Hi and welcome to the merry merry month of May.  Its definitely spring here, there, and  everywhere in the northern Hemisphere.  So, IMHO its time to celebrate surviving another long cold winter.

At our house, when we celebrate there is always a big beautiful cake involved.  Sadly, my favourite cakes are chock-a-block full of  carbs, sugar and other things which are not great for my waistline.  So, whatdaya say we make fabric cakes instead.

Before we get to the recipe lets talk about general tools and ingredients.

  • Make your Cake dimensions as per the pattern on line
  • Choose any shade of grey, preferably a tone on tone, or small-scale print for the block backgrounds
  • Cake stands can be any shade of teal or turquoise, solids or prints are fine
  • Cake stand design – choose the one that suits your cake block parameters or modify  one that you like – or design one of your own as long as it fits within the parameters of the block
  • You choose the kind of cake that teases your tastebuds.  There are lots of choices provided.  Give it a name if possible – Turtle cheesecake, Black Forest cake, etc. (Irene, I’m really anticipating something awesome from your fabric pantry)

The pattern we are using is called “Sweet Cakes”. Its a a free downloadable pattern by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics.  I cannot give you the link to the pattern as it is encrypted, but I am happy to give you instructions on how to go there yourself to download a copy of the pattern for your own use.

Go to by clicking here

  1. Click on “Get Inspired”
  2. Choose “Free Downloads”
  3. Scroll through until you come to the Sweet Cakes Pattern. (Pattern cover has a navy blue background and 9 yummy looking cakes)
  4. Click on “Download pattern”
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “download instructions”
  6. Save the download to your computer or print it out. (I printed mine out so I wouldn’t always be having to go back to computer).
  7. Choose which cake you want to make and which cake-stand you want to put it on
  8. Bake it

Here is one I made just before Christmas.


Strawberry Torte

And, here is another one.


Orange Explosion Cake

Let me know if you have any problems getting this pattern to download.  Also let me know if you do not have the technology on your computer to download the pattern.  You may also be able to find a link to the pattern on Pinterest.

Thanks so much for baking me a cake. I’m looking forward to taking a delicious bite from each and every one.