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.
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!