April and May Bee Blocks

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!

 

 

March Bee Block – Trees and Gnomes

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!

 

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.

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