What can a person do when it is 90 degrees and 99% humidity? Why, make a quilt, of course! Here are all your lovely blocks with a few more of mine all assembled and ready to sandwich. I have some backing and binding fabric from my stash, so I won't have to buy anything for this quilt except the batting. Want to use wool batting for this quilt, as I plan to use it for my naps next winter....ahhh...that gives me hope to carry on. Does anyone have a brand to recommend?
I sent my Raspberry and Lime blocks to Nifty a long time ago, but I have neglected to blog them. I wish I could say I had forgotten, but really, I have just not had the time! These were so fun to make, and I think they are going to make an awesome quilt!
Here is a close up of one of the blocks. I put in one little green triangle of what little bit of this silk/cotton blend I have that was hand dyed by a friend. I thought it would add a little oomph for her.
Also, I knew this one fabric was a little "off" in terms of color, but it looks more "off" in the photos. At first, I was worried about it. But in the end, I decided I really liked that little punch of a different red in there. I hope you liked them, Nifty! Can't wait to see your finished quilt! I might have to do one of these myself. This was addicting to me.
I finished my Peppermint Stick and signature blocks for Andrea while I was on retreat at Gruber's with my prized blogging friends. Not as fun as Amanda Jean's...But I didn't have that many bright, clear reds, surprisingly. I found that I have a tendency more toward the brick reds. So, I found these two great reds at Gruber's (I love gingham, and you might not be able to tell from the photo, but the more solid red is quilter's linen...it has a little visual texture). I just alternated the two reds. I thought that was kind of fun for a Peppermint Stick. I hope you like these, Andrea! They are on their way to you!
I know everyone else thought these were easy, but I tell you, I unsewed several of the seams. I had the hardest time with those stupid angles! LOL. But that's just me. Your tutorial was awesome. Once I got the hang of it, I was okay.
Can't wait to see your finished quilt with these! How fun!
Thank you, Andrea, for coordinating this bee. I had so much fun, and I appreciate how gentle everyone was with me on my first bee. I am sad to see it come to an end. I look forward to seeing everyone's finished quilts!
Sorry for the delay, Nifty! I went with a single lime green and changed the orientation of the stripes, and a couple of magenta-ish reds (swear that looks much less purple in real life). Hope it works for your quilt!
I made lime and red HSTs for Nifty. Since I used my normal method of making them (sew two squares together and cut them apart) it made 2 of each alike. So . . . I only sewed half of them into a strip, and I sent the other half "loose", so you can scatter them around in your quilt in other places as you see fit, Lee Ann.
Then I made a peppermint stick for Andrea. I wanted to call it a Barbershop Pole about halfway through. Add in some blue, and you'd have one! This was fun and quick and easy, and I've already put all of this in the mail to you guys!
Now that we've all had our turn, what's next? Is the Bee over (sadly)?
I do intend to come back and show my finished quilt one of these days. I've decided on a setting and border, but my applique has slowed down considerably lately . . . too many irons in the fire!
Here are your HSTs LeeAnn! They were certainly fun to make. Great colors!
I tried making them a little wonky like you said we could. (Don't worry, it does lay straight regardless of how it appears in the photo!) I agree with Tara...it was a little odd to not trim down. I think the wonkiness will show up more when this is sewn to other strips and some of those points disappear into seam allowance. Hope it gives some fun variety!
I'm very behind on my bee blocks. For all three of the bees I'm in. So I decided to start at the end today in hopes that at least someone gets their block on time! By far the quickest bee block of this bee! I'm off to make some 1/2 square triangles and cathedral windows and appliqué leaves! Wish me luck!
At the tail end of the bee, I'm happy to be wrapping things up with this easy block.
Inspired by the fantastic variety of fabrics everyone contributed from their stash over the course of the bee and these two quilts...
...I decided I want "Peppermint Stick" strip blocks in white and red. Here's the strip I made.
A full tutorial is on my blog here. For this block, please use:
True whites (nothing to creamy). White-on-white or red-on-white fabrics are great.
Really red reds....cherry red, candy apple red, convertible red, Christmas red, peppermint red! I especially love tonal prints (red-on-red) and white-on-red prints. Nothing too orangey or purply or with other colors in the print.
Measurements of your own choice...strip should be between 35"-45" in length and 3"-6" in width (unfinished). The rest is up to you.
Clean lines and even spacing. I love me some wonky....but not for this quilt. Please have the stipes be evenly spaced and of the same width.
If you have fabric in your stash that will fit the bill, hooray! Please use that. If you need me to send anything, let me know. I'm also requesting your signature on fabric to go on the back on a little block like this. :) Details for that are also on my blog.
If you have any questions, please let me know. Can't wait to sew this up in July. It'll be my "Christmas in July" project!
These were all new to me as I had never made a cathedral window block either. I emailed Stephanie to make sure it was okay to go through the back of the block. I had started trying to avoid going through and then wondered how it would hold together. Stephanie said she goes through every 2 or 3 stitches on the curve.
I have to say, this was an incredibly satisfying block to make. Was it the paws? (I do like a bear paw block!) Was it the blue and white? Was it getting to use my snake skin blue fabric? Don't know, but I think this was one of my favorites so far. While LeeAnn had to exercise discipline to not put a red center, it took a significant measure of self control on my part to not chop up the rest of Mary's background fabric and make a second block for me just like it! But fear not Mary, I resisted the temptation! Block and remaining background fabric are in the mail.
Hi Everybody! Are you ready for your April block? This month, we are going to work on a Secret Garden block. Have you heard of these before? I hadn't until recently. I'm super excited to have you try this block.
I have been infatuated with Cathedral Window blocks for a while now, so I bought the book Cathedral Window Quilts by Lynne Edwards (click the book title to go to Amazon and see it). Wonderful book. Highly recommended. So, originally, I wanted you to help me with a Cathedral Window block, but I couldn't figure out how to make it work, since one needs to assemble four blocks at a time to make it. Then, I saw the Secret Garden block in the book and thought, "That's it! We can do that one! And I'll still get a little of the Cathedral Window experience!"
And "Secret Garden" seemed very apropos for April! How many of you loved the book, The Secret Garden (click the book title if you can't remember), when you were a kid? I did! I loved fantasizing about having a really cool old key that opened some secret gate to a beautiful garden. And I thought the message of healing and regeneration was pretty awesome.
When I get your blocks back, I'll butt them up against each other like this and blind stitch them together to make a quilt. :-) (I think. Who knows. Maybe I'll change my mind by then.) Your packets will go out in tomorrow's mail. I'm sending each of you four 8" squares of white fabric that you'll sew, fold, and press to make the foundation blocks on the left. (You can do that step on the machine.) Then, I'd like you to contribute four 3 3/4" squares of red fabric that you'll tuck inside and then do the hand sewing to make the Secret Garden. (I sometimes find it helpful to cut mine just a little smaller than 3 3/4". They seem to fit in there better.) The block finishes at 3 3/4" square.
I know some of you can't or don't like to do hand sewing. In that case, if you would at least make the white foundations for me and send them back to me with four 3 3/4" squares of red fabrics, I will do the hand sewing. I enjoy that part, but I find making the white foundation tedious.
If you can hand sew, I'd love it if you'd at least give one of these a try. If you don't want to finish the rest, please just send the completed foundations back to me with your red squares, and I'll finish them up. If you want to sew all four, that would be terrific. But I don't want to ask too much!
Also, these blocks don't get any batting. The finished block is the front and back. So, the back of the block shows. You have to work fairly neatly on the back.
Don't worry. I'm sending detailed instructions with your fabrics. I'm really excited to see what you send back to me. Go wild with your reds. Pinks, reds, dark reds, orangey reds, peachy reds...the more the merrier! Currently, my blocks are boring, because all the reds are the same value. I need some variety here, ladies!