Monday, November 9, 2009

September Quilting Bee Blocks

You know it's bad when I'm just now posting my September parade of quilting bee blocks ... on NOVEMBER 9th. I wish I could post my October blocks too, but ... *cough cough ahem ahem* I haven't finished them all yet *cough cough*. Yes, it's true -- for the first time in my swapping career (and yes, sometimes it is akin to a career) I have fallen slightly behind in my monthly commitments. I'm scrambling a little bit right now to catch up, and I'm looking forward to December (which is an "off" month for many of the bees.)

So let's jump right in, shall we?

In the SewConnected 3 group, Ashley sent out the always fabulous Mendocino fabrics with a pale blue solid and asked for wonky star blocks in a variety of sizes. I was able to make three blocks from Ashley's fabrics.

This first one is 12.5" square:

I had fun with this next one, which finished out at 6.5" wide by 12.5" tall. Every time I look at it, I think that my photo is stretched ... but it's not!

I was experimenting a bit and added some "shards" into the points. See them on the top right and bottom left points in the star above?

And finally, a wee li'l guy that's 6.5" square (with some more yellow "shards"):

Adrienne helped me and all the other Buzz Cuts kids get into the Halloween spirit early this year by sending out some really fun holiday prints for her quilt. I made three blocks, starting with this simple 6.5" pattern:

Halloween Block #2

For some reason, I just love making those little "X" blocks. I think they're a great addition to any quilt design.

For my next block, I decided to play a bit with curved piecing. I wanted to go with a more wonky look, rather than precise ... so my disclaimer for the next photo is that the pieces were never intended to match up!!

And I went for another basic but fun block for my third one:

Next up are Karla's blocks for the bee inspired group. She sent a selection of fabrics from the Botanical Pop line and requested disappearing 9-patch blocks.

A simple pattern, but always fun to make. I was able to eke out two blocks from Karla's fabric.

September was a two-member month in bee inspired, and Ann from Denmark was our other assigned member. Like Ashley, she wanted wonky star blocks made from a variety of Christmas fabrics. Here are the two blocks I made for Ann (love those Christmas chickens!):

Over in the Cottage Quilting Bee, Rachel (of p.s. i quilt fame ... I know she loves when I say that : ) requested the always popular string blocks for her fabrics. I really loved the autumnal color palette of Rachel's fabrics:

And finally, September was Amanda Jean's month in the original SewConnected group (which *sniff* is nearing its final month). She requested 15.5" blocks featuring tiny houses sitting in a field of creamy white, inspired by this awesome, amazing, super cool Ingrid Press quilt.

SewConnected | House Block for Amanda Jean

Here's the close-up of the first house I made:

SewConnected | House Block for Amanda Jean

And even though I didn't have enough white to border it, I also made this little house (church? barn?) to send along to Amanda Jean:

SewConnected | Extra House for Amanda Jean

So there it is, folks -- another month in the books for virtual quilting bees. And if you've been itching to get involved in a virtual quilting bee like the ones shown here, I encourage you to visit the Quilting Bee Blocks group on Flickr. Erin does a fantastic job of corraling the news from the many bees happening on Flickr, including new bees that are always opening up and recruiting new members.

Happy Monday, all!


  1. I love those Halloween blocks, how fun! On my blog , which mainly seems to center around cross stitch these days, I add a blog in the post to encourage people to go check out. Today I added yours! You should have some new 'friends' headed your way soon. Those star blocks are great. You're braver with those intricut angles than me!!

  2. John...great blocks....I always get a new idea everytime you post!:) I've just started doing the wonky much fun...and I never thought about using different fabric for each point!!
    I always love houses and that little one, with the bottom being smaller than the top...too cute! Great job!

  3. Busy, busy, busy and it all looks fabulous! I love Rachel's string block....the colors are wonderful and the wee houses are so cute.

  4. Dear John,
    Please let me know where Ashley lives so that I can steal her quilt once she finishes it. :-)

    Love the blocks and the fabrics she chose- swoon!!

  5. Gosh you do sign up for lots of bees! I love that house quilt. Such an amazing looking quilt when all the little houses and trees are lined up. You would think they would get lost in the huge amount of white but they don't. Well done with all your lovely work.

  6. I just love those top few blocks, that fabric is great.

  7. Those are a lot of blocks!! I can see how you can fall behind! I WOULD!!!

    They are all so pretty! It makes me intimidated to do my own quilting bee that I just started!

  8. I like the very first one you show today. The colors are just perfect!

  9. haha.
    i DO love it when you say that.

  10. love them!! {even if you are behind} rumor has it your starting sew connected again?...