Monday, May 3, 2010

Quilting Bee Blocks | March 2010

Wow, what a difference a weekend makes. I have lots and lots to share with you, dear readers. The best news is we sold our house this morning! Fingers crossed that it all goes through OK, but it looks like we'll start looking for our new home closer to Chapel Hill. We've also got a new member of the family, and those of you who follow me on Twitter already know what I'm talking about ... if you don't, stay tuned for more info. It seems like my blog writing can't keep up with the pace of my life these days!

In the meantime, I thought it would be a good time to catch up on sharing my quilting bee blocks. I really love the batch of blocks I have to share with you today! March was a good month for quilting bee inspiration.

First up, for the SewConnected 2 group, Rita sent out some really gorgeous shot cottons and wanted "love" blocks in the spirit of this amazing quilt. I went around and around on what to make for Rita (so many ideas!) and finally landed on a "Be Still My Heart" block from Jacquie's free block tutorial over at Tallgrass Prairie Studio. I added some extra borders and was quite pleased with how it turned out!

SC2 | Block for Rita

In the SewConnected 3 bee, Solidia asked for spiderweb blocks using mostly Denyse Schmidt "Hope Valley" fabrics and a nice charcoal gray for the centers. These blocks were a bit of a challenge because, unlike other spiderweb blocks that I've made, these were not paper or foundation pieced. Solidia asked us to use an online tutorial that uses regular piecing. I had to work over the numbers a few times in my head before starting to cut, but I think they turned out OK!

SC3 March Blocks for Solidia

Also in SewConnected 3, Leah requested the popular "Circle of Geese" block. I love making these blocks. They might look intimidating, but this was the first paper-pieced block pattern that I ever tried. Trust me, it's beginner-friendly!!

Circle of Geese blocks for Leah

Over in Buzz Cuts, Jennie sent out red, white and black fabrics and wanted us to feature the adorable chickens however we saw fit. I made two big 15.5" blocks, and can't wait to see how Jennie's quilt turns out.

Buzz Cuts blocks for sunflowerquilt

SO cute!

Buzz Cuts | Block #1 for sunflowerquilt

Buzz Cuts | Block #2 for sunflowerquilt

March was Julie's turn in the {Bee} Imaginative bee. Julie wanted wonky log cabins / square-in-square blocks, and pointed to this wonderful quilt as her inspiration. I was able to make two for Julie, and really enjoyed working with her fabric selections.

{Bee} Imaginative Blocks for Julie

{Bee} Imaginative Block #1 for Julie

{Bee} Imaginative Block #2 for Julie

And that's it for March! Another month in the books. I just finished up my April blocks this weekend (nothing like waiting until the last minute), so I hope to have them up to share soon.

Have a great week!

29 comments:

  1. All of the bee blocks are fantastic. But I think the circle of geese are my favorite! I just love paper piecing.

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  2. GREAT blocks, John!!!!

    And AMAZING news on the house - well done!

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  3. Congrats and good luck with the house sale! Now comes the fun part, I hope you find what you are looking for :)

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  4. Wow great news about your house!

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  5. Beautiful blocks! your stuff always inspires me to "think outside the box"!

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  6. fantastic blocks!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  7. I'll keep my fingers crossed on the house!
    Now, for your blocks. What great work you do! I wish I had an eye for design-- I just end up stealing other people's ideas. *sigh*

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  8. Wow. What great blocks. And lots of them!

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  9. Excellent news on the house! Have fun house hunting!

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  10. They are all fabulous blocks, as usual!

    And thanks so much for linking to the spiderweb tut. I am just about finished quilting a Hope Valley quilt for my bedroom, and I wanted to make a spiderweb pillow from some selvedges!

    I also made a "circle of geese" block. I turned it into a colorwheel (not my idea, I saw it on a blog!) and gave it to a quilty friend for Christmas last year. :)

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  11. Congrats on selling your house. Love all your blocks. Great fabrics! Love & blessings from NC!

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  12. Congrats on the house sale. Love all your bee blocks this month. Nice fabrics for all your bees!

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  13. No matter the colors, fabrics, styles, designs -- your bee blocks are always fantastic! Looks like you caved and joined in the pillow talk swap round three after all? Yea!

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  14. You have been busy! Great blocks.

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  15. great blocks john!! {especially mine!}

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  16. The red blocks look so yummy I just want to lick them!

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  17. Love your bee blocks. They are all fabulous in their own ways. The red and black with chicks are really stand-out. And I love the circle of geese. These two blocks are as fabulous as the first blocks you did with that pattern.

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  18. Your blocks are fantastic - the colors are wonderful, and the way you just 'go for it' is really inspirational. I have quilted for years, but not regularly. I wish I was a bit more daring with colors; right now my stash doesn't have bright, cheerful fabrics so I must use what I have.

    You are such an inspiration with colors and block variety! I have given you an award; come on over to my blog for your surprise.

    Yvette :)

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  19. You do such good work! Good Job! Also congratulations on selling the house. That is an accomplishment in itself.

    I like NC State, but your blog and quilts are still sensational!

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  20. I had never heard of virtual quilt bees--how awesome! Glad I found your blog, now to find a bee or two.

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  21. Your new FQ blocks aren't on here yet but I just scooted over here from FQ to shout out how AWESEOME those blocks are. I didn't want to shout it on FQ because all the blocks you lot made are awesome but yours just shouted off the page at me. The addition of the Wonderland was the genius thing I think. Please put them on Flickr so I can fave them and copy them slavishly.

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  22. It is a pleasure to have discovered your blog and take the pleasant surprise that a man does nice things. I love the fabrics they use are very colorful and very coherent. I will keep going through your blog to see your creations.
    kisses from Spain

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  23. I love all of your blocks. They are beautiful!

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  24. I really love and appreciate your style of quilting and putting together colours. Thanks for writing such a great blog and for starting fat quarterly.

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  25. What great blocks! I love the circle of geese. I'll have to try it because I'm a sucker for paper piecing. Good Luck.

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  26. it was sooo nice to meet you in person! though i was highly disappointed when you didn't strut your stuff on the dance floor. it's okay though there's always next time. :)

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  27. I can't believe you are a man!!!!!!!!!! :-D

    ...kidding you ... very good job! I'm not a quilter yet ... still looking for the easy and right pattern!! ... but I kind of ran into your blog and couldn't stop peeking around!!

    many many compliments from italy!!!!!!

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  28. Oh, those chicken blocks and that fabric are spectacular! Love, Love, LOVE IT!

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