Sunday Stash – Me + You Batiks and Bee Blocks

This week I was pulling out fabrics to make my Bee Block for by Bee Inspired International Bee group (we have a blog here).  Sue, our February Queen, asked for a monochromatic block, so I found myself pulling out my Me + You batiks.  I actually found I had bought 2 bundles of this stuff – I loved all the colors and the dots and just kept buying more of it.

I pulled out enough fabrics to make a few blocks, so I was considering making an extra few of the February blocks just for fun.  But rather than just make a few blocks I wouldn’t know what to do with, I had a better idea – why not make each of the monthly Bee Blocks out of my Me + You bundle?  I have a bunch of bundles I need to use, I’ve really like both of the Bee Blocks so far this year, and at the end of the year I’ll have a cool colorful stack of blocks.  I LOVE this idea!!

So along with my February Bee block, which I sent off to Sue in Australia (there is some Blueberry Park in here too):

I made another block for myself (I had to size it down from 12.5″ finished to 12″ finished, but that wasn’t too bad):

and went back and remade the January block out of the Me + You bundle:

Here they are together:

I think they look great together, and I can’t wait make the rest of them this year.

Finally a bundle that I have a plan for!

Linking up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.

Bee Inspired Quilt Bee Group – February Block

Second month, second block.  This month’s Queen Bee is Sue from Sevenoaks Street Quilts.  She chose a really nice block with a plus sign, and asked for a monochromatic color scheme with white or cream background pieces.  She also offered a few photos for inspiration, which were really helpful (here and here).

Perhaps I took her request a bit too literally, but here is my block:

Clearly, I went with blues.  The center is a Me + You batik and the edges are from Blueberry Park.  I had fun playing around with a few different colors and stash pulls, which gave me some ideas…but more on that on Sunday!

 

 

Death Star Quilt

A few months ago I saw a post with this awesome Death Star quilt.  I have to admit, I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I regularly pull out the movies for a viewing marathon.  They just make me happy.

I looked up the pattern that post referenced and found the site.  It is a blog called Quirky Granola Girl, and she has a nice tutorial for making the quilt.  However, the way she did it was all using EPP (English Paper Piecing), and while I can do EPP and do enjoy a good hexie, I just wasn’t up for doing EPP on the whole thing.

I thought about it for awhile, and started to think I could probably figure out a way to paper piece most of the pattern.  I was a bit daunted by arranging the colors so that it looked right, so I thought about it some more.

Then December hit, and Rogue One came out.  We went and saw it and I was inspired, so I came home and whipped out the pattern and the original Star Wars (Episode IV) for motivation.

pattern

I had a bunch of Zen Chic Modern background Ink fabrics from a bundle I bought that seemed like they would work well for my Death Star.  I also had a few Blueberry Park grays and blacks that fit in too.  I wanted to make sure that I got the arrangement right, so I took a picture of my line-up using the Mono filter on my camera to check the tones.

tone-check

From there I made a bunch of copies of the pattern and set about paper piecing the top and bottom hemispheres.  It really went pretty well, and I was happy with how it came together.  I purposefully fussy cut a few of the fabrics – I thought the flowers on a Death Star were funny, and love the woman’s face over there on the left.

Death Star
Death Star

 

After the paper piecing, I only had a bit of hand appliqué to do to sew down the main pieces, and to add the dish to the upper hemisphere.  I picked the small dotted background piece because I thought the dots looked like stars.

I embroidered a good Star Wars quote on it:

…and then hand quilted concentric rings around the circle.  I thought the hand quilting would be nice on it as it is a pretty small piece (~17.5″ square).

Added binding and a hanging sleeve, and it is finished:

The back:

 

I think it is really cool, and I’m happy with my paper pieced adaptation.

This quilt was on my Q1’17 FAL list, so I’ll be linking it up when the time comes.  This is my fourth finish!

 

 

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