Bee Productive

/ Monday, 26 July 2010 /
I've been shamelessly behind on my bee quilting, so this weekend, I caught myself up.  Here are photos of three of the four bee blocks I made yesterday.
This one is for Joan, one of the Incredible Shrinkers.  It's a scrapbuster made from this tutorial.  It took ages to cut out all those 1.5" squares; I did them one at a time since I didn't want any duplicates.  I like the contrast with the dark background.  This is going to be a very pretty quilt.
Joan's block for June
Lydia is in two bees with me.  Here is the block she asked the Modern Tradition Bee to make for her.  The block is called Stars Around the World, and it's from an old quilt book that she had.  The fabric is Happy Campers from American Jane.  I love the big, airy feel of this block.
Lydia's block for July
The other block I made for Lydia was a quilter's choice block.  She asked us to use Amy Butler fabric from the Love line to make a 12.5" block with straight lines and no obvious, traditional pattern.  Here's what I managed to put together.  I love these fabrics so much, but I find it hard to make them work together.  Each one is a prima donna.  So I'm not really happy with this one - I feel like it "tries too hard", but I'm not sure what else I could have done.  I hope Lydia likes it well enough.  I am very interested in seeing this top all together.  The Love line is really one of my favourites, with all the rich colours.
Lydia's block for July
The fourth one was one I finished late last night and I was desperate for my bed.  I packaged it up before realizing I hadn't taken a photo of it.  It was for Carmen in the Maple Leaf Bee, and she assigned us each a colour and asked us each to make trees.  My colour was grey.  So I made a 14" block of liberated trees.  This -- liberated, wonky, improv, call it what you will -- is definitely not my best thing!  But I did my best - fingers crossed that Carmen likes them!

5 comments:

{ Pokey } on: 26 July 2010 at 10:45 said...

From where I sit, you are very productive! All cute creations...

{ kylydia } on: 26 July 2010 at 11:33 said...

I love both of the blocks you made for me!

I can't wait to get the Happy Campers blocks all together into a big top.

I know what you mean about the Love fabrics. I think I'll have to use sashing to separate the blocks so that they don't all become a jumble!

I really like your block, though! It's got so much detail going on in the piecing.

{ Dee } on: 26 July 2010 at 12:12 said...

what fun blocks you got to play with! this weekend. the Love is hard because they're all such stand alone beauties! but you've done a great job here!

hope you have a great week!

{ Lady Docker } on: 27 July 2010 at 03:09 said...

I think you have done a great job with the Love fabrics. You've had a very productive weekend.

{ jodi@sewpictureperfect.com } on: 30 July 2010 at 00:57 said...

Surfing Blog Land tonight and happened upon your blog. It's fantastic! I'm a follower and will be back! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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