Here we are into June, and I haven’t yet posted about my Bee’s April and May blocks. Both were fun to do, and I’m happy with how they came out.
This was April – fun birds for Velda from GrannyCanQuilt. My first block is this one:
I’m also making my own set of blocks from a Me+You bundle of batiks, duplicating each of the monthly Bee blocks. These are the bird blocks I made from my own quilt:
I just love these blocks, and they are a great way of using up scraps. I might start making my own set of blocks for a big bird quilt!
For May, Irene of Patchwork & Pastry went a very different direction. She was looking for a very subtle palette with an assortment of grays. At first I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough grays to get this block to come together, but I was really surprised with the selection I had. This was my fabric pull – the photo is in monotone to check the values:
Her block was a series of 9-patches gradually increasing in size. Here it is coming together:
Look at that cute bitty 9-patch!
And the final block:
I’m really pretty happy with it – it came out a bunch better than I thought it would. I’m going to have to figure out how to adapt this block to my Me+You color palette, which is a lot more colorful.
I hope both Velda and Irene like their blocks – both have been sent off.
Now on to French Poodles in June!
Our Queen Bee this month, Kate from Smiles from Kate, picked a really interesting block – improv trees and gnomes. You can see her post about her block here. I have to admit I wasn’t totally crazy about it to start, but making the blocks was an interesting process.
Here is my fabric pull – I was drinking coffee in my New Mexico mug on a Sunday morning:
And here is my finished block. I was in deep concentration trying to make the trees, and especially putting the darn trunks on the trees (they kept winding up way off to the side), so I don’t have any in process photos.
I’m pretty happy with it, and got it sent off to Kate Friday morning. I do hope she likes it. I think the gnomes are cute!
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.