January 2019: Charity Block

Our Bee Inspired group has been together since 2017.  Our first two years, we operated as an online quilting bee.  For 2019, we’re changing it up!  This year, there are a variety of activities and each member chooses which she’d like to participate in.  And we’re no longer limited to just the original twelve members; anyone can sew along with us!

One of our activities is making charity quilts.  There are three of us throughout the year who will pick a block, post a tutorial and a mailing deadline, and anyone can make and mail blocks. The hostess will then assemble the blocks and donate the quilt to a charity.  I’m first up and we’re making boats!

I am an active member of the Charlotte chapter of Project Linus.  Project Linus quilts go to kids from birth to age 18 who need a blanket hug.  The Charlotte chapter sends quilts to 45 organizations in a 5-county region, including hospitals, police departments, shelters, and more. The quilt made from the boat blocks I receive will be donated to Project Linus.  My preferred size is a 4 x 4 setting, meaning 16 blocks.  I can do a Project Linus quilt with as few as 9 blocks.  If I get more, it will just be a bigger quilt!

Bee Inspired members already have my address.  Anyone else who wants to make a block or several, leave a comment letting me know and I’ll email you my mailing address.  Please plan to mail blocks by February 15th. 

There are several patterns and tutorials out there for this block.  I mostly followed this one by The Spruce Craft, but I also saw basically the same block at Generations Quilt Patterns, Alanda Craft, and this complication at Quilt Inspiration has several quilts that include this block.  These measurements (except for the HST pieces) are from The Spruce Craft.  I am using my photos because I like a  detailed and photo-heavy tutorial.  This is a 12″ finished block.

You will need four fabrics:

Sky:  light to medium blues or light to medium grays

Water: dark blue

Boat Bottom and Sails: anything yellow, green, red, orange, brown, or multi-colored.  Purple is also fine if it is on the bold side and not too pastel-y. My Project Linus chapter specifically needs non-gender-specific or boy-ish quilts so please avoid anything obviously pink, floral, or girly.

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Cut:

Sky: (2) 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles, (2) 3 1/2″ squares, (2) 4″ squares **or whatever you like to make 4 HST**

Sails: (2) 4″ squares **or whatever you like to make 4 HST**

Boat Bottom: (1) 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle

Water: (1) 3 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle

Use whatever method you like to make 4 HST out of the sail and the sky fabrics.  I cut (2) 4″ squares from each fabric.  I used my Quilter’s Magic Wand to mark both sewing lines, then I stitched on both lines, cut apart, pressed, and trimmed to 3 1/2″ using my Bloc Loc Ruler.  If you prefer a different method, adjust your original pieces accordingly.  You want 4 Half Square Triangles each measuring 3 1/2″ square.

Quilter’s Magic Wand  

Arrange your HST as shown below.  When you have your pairs sewn together, press one unit toward the sail fabric and the other unit toward the sky fabric.  This will allow the units to nest when assembling the four-patch.

HST arranged for the sails

Once your four-patch of sails is assembled, add a 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ inch sky rectangle to each side.

sails plus sky

To make your boat bottom, take your 3 1/2″ sky squares and mark a line down the center of each square.  Line the squares up on the corners of the boat fabric rectangle as shown.

Sew on the marked line.  Trim 1/4″ from the sewn line and press.  Your boat bottom will look like this:

boat bottom

Sew your boat bottom to your sails.

boat bottom plus sails

Sew your water rectangle to your boat.

completed block

Voila!  You are ready to sail away!  I can’t wait to put together this colorful, scrappy armada!

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BEE INSPIRED 2019

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.

SCHEDULE

scheduleWhat 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.

samplerYou’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.

 

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:

IMG_2257 2.jpg 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!

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.