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.

 

September Block for Janice

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.

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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.

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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.

pink house

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.

red house

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!

Janice

Irene’s Block for September

The block I am requesting this month is a simple, back-to-basics kind of block: a log cabin, albeit a “skinny” one.

Der Block, den ich diesen Monat gerne habe würde, ist ein einfacher, grundlegender Block: ein “log cabin” Block, wenn auch ein “magerer”..

The center should be red – as red as you can get it. Red on red is great, but please no other colors at all.  Also no metallic on the red.

Das Zentrum sollte rot sein – so rot wie es geht. Rot auf Rot ist großartig, aber bitte keine anderen Farben. Auch nichts Glänzendes auf dem roten Stoff.

The “logs” should be white and/or off white.  Again, tone on tone is great, patterned fabrics are great (as long as they are tone on tone) but again please no metallics.  Mixing whites and off white is also great.

Die Seiten sollten weiß und/oder fast weiss sein. Auch hier ist Ton in Ton super, gemusterte Stoffe sind toll (solange sie Ton in Ton sind) aber bitte auch hier nichts glänzendes auf diesen Stoffen.

My intention is for this quilt to read something like this:

So stelle ich es mir vor:

 

Now to the block; cut your white/off white fabrics as follows (all of them are 1 1/2″ wide):

Die weissen Stoffe bitte so zuschneiden (sie sind alle 1 1/2″ breit):

O 2 1/2” cut 1
N 3 1/2” cut 2
M 4 1/2” cut 2
L 5 1/2 cut 2
K 6 1/2 cut 2
J 7 1/2 cut 2
I 8 1/2 cut 2
H 9 1/2” cut 2
G 10 1/2” cut 2
F 11 1/2” cut 2
E 12 1/2” cut 2
D 13 1/2” cut 2
B 14 1/2” cut 2
C 15 1/2” cut 2
A 16 1/2” cut 1

and the one red square:

und das einzige rote Stückchen:

P 2 1/2”x 2 1/2″ cut 1

 

Here is a diagram where each “log” goes:

Honestly, I do not understand why EQ labeled the logs from the outside in – I personally would have much preferred to start with A in the center….

Ehrlich gesagt verstehe ich nicht, warum EQ die Logs von außen beschriftet hat – ich persönlich hätte viel lieber mit A in der Mitte angefangen ….

Really, it will probably take you longer to cut the fabric than to construct the block. Have fun!!

Es wird wahrscheinlich länger dauern, den Stoff zu schneiden, als den Block zu konstruieren. Habt Spaß!!

Tu-Na Quilts: Wanta Fanta Blocks are Needed

Tu-Na Quilts: Wanta Fanta Blocks are Needed

I’m busily preparing to leave on vacation and just happened to see that I’m up for August to request a block. So this post will be short and sweet and scheduled. Well, maybe two out of the three.

I requested the Wanta Fanta Blocks last year when I was also in the Blossom Heart Bee but only received blocks from three of my hive mates (and 2 other blogging friends) so I’m thinking I need to ask for more of these so I can finish this quilt with lots of scrappiness.

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This blocks consists of two snowball units and two X units. I thought I’d simplify this block and ask that you just make the units and not sew the units together as pictured above. Just trim each unit and mail. That will require less of your time and allow me to scatter your units around to create a more scrappy look. 

Pattern Location: The free Wanta Fanta pattern can be found here on Blossom Heart Quilts and more info about it here.

Colors needed:

Background: Please use either a solid white or white on white for the background.

Fabrics A, B, C, and D should all be a different orange fabric— any shade or tone except for peach.  I am going for a very scrappy orange look so anything goes such as solids and prints and batiks as long as orange is the main color. 

To make the snowball units:

Cut two 6.5″ squares from solid white or white on white.

Cut eight 2.5″ squares from orange fabric as listed above.

Directions:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of each of the orange squares and another one 1/2″ away. Place each orange square with RST on the corners of each white square.

 

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Sew just a hair’s width on the outside of the line towards the corner.

Trim seam by cutting between the two stitching lines.

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Press seam towards corner. It just seems logical.

Trim block to 6.5″ Please make two.

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Here are those cute, little, bonus HSTs. Please include them in the mailing. You don’t need to press seams or trim them.

To make the X Units: Make sure your printer will be printing at 100%. Print out two pages of the paper pieced pattern included in the pattern link above. Measure the test box.

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The pattern gives approximate fabric requirements but you could use scraps.

Lay paper on top of wrong side of orange fabric (printing should be showing on top) with fabric covering area #1 completely with about 1/2″ around it. Pin.

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This is a bad example as my orange square is too close to being the finished size for the block. This is one of those “do as I say, not as I do” times.

Place this section on top of white or white on white fabric, again making sure you have plenty of fabric that will cover #2 area with about 1/2″ around it.

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Reduce stitch length to 1.5. Sew on the line between #1 and 2 starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. I even sew right off the paper.

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I should have continued this sewing line off the paper. This helps keep the seam from unraveling.

Fold paper back and trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

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Press on the right side of the fabric (not on the side with the paper to prevent the ink from bleeding). Now lay this section on top of the same white fabric making sure you have plenty of fabric. Sew on the line starting and stopping well into the seam allowance. Even better, start and stop off the paper.

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Trim seam. Press. Trim block to 3.5″ square.

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Please leave papers on. Make 8.

No need to sew them together from here as I can spread them around to add to the scrappiness. Plus this is about all that you can get done in 1.5 hours or so.

Alternative for non-paper piecers: If paper piecing is not your thing (or your cup of tea), please make 2 additional snowball units and forget the X units.

What I Learned Today:

  1. I do not know how to write up a post quickly.
  2. I am very wordy.
  3. I’m exhausted. I need a vacation.

Question: Where’s your dream vacation? We’re heading to see our new granddaughter in Michigan and then we’ll hop around Minnesota on the Shop Hop. By the time you read this, I should have already visited about 30 shops. But our big vacation comes later in the year when we go to Germany and Italy.

I’ll be watching for the mail, as soon as I get back from my trip. Thank you very much!

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts