Sunday, July 18, 2010

April, May, and June Bee Blocks

It's been kind of quiet on the sewing front. I'm chalking it up to it just being a busy summer with the kids, the new puppy, the on-again / off-again moving saga and, oh yeah, the full-time job. I actually have made something pretty major -- my new pattern for the next issue of Fat Quarterly, coming in just a little over a week.

More on that project soon, but in the meantime I thought it was a great time for a long-overdue recap of quilting bee blocks.

Here's the block I made for Sara / sames05 for the Buzz Cuts bee back in April. Sara asked for monochromatic blocks made up of squares, rectangles, strips or triangles from fabrics from our stash. My color was brown. Here's what I came up with:

Buzz Cuts | Block for sames5

April was Ashley's month over in {Bee} Imaginative. She requested square-in-square blocks in the style of Denyse Schmidt's popular Drunk Love pattern. Here are the two blocks I made from her lovely lilac, green and gray fabrics:

{Bee} Imaginative | April

{Bee} Imaginative | April

April was our final month over in the bee inspired group. I made these two square and rectangle blocks for Lisa / lharsma:

bee inspired | block #2 for lharsma

bee inspired | block #1 for lharsma

Moving on to May ...

This beast of a block is 16.5" and was made for Adrienne / Arnden's Space for the Buzz Cuts bee. She requested blocks made from this tutorial (scroll down) in shades of blue & green, made entirely with fabrics from our stash:

Buzz Cuts |May

May was Amanda / sasikirana's month in {Bee} Inspired. She sent a whimsical selection of prints along with a lemon yellow shot cotton and asked for any design that featured flying geese. After deciding to do some fussy cutting, here is what I came up with:

Bee Imaginative | May

Another bee that's wrapping up is my own SewConnected 2. Our final swapper was Kristen / kirbyloulou . She sent an assortment of "upcycled" blue and white pattern shirts and asked for blocks in the Gee's Bend / strip style. This was a fun challenge, and I loved working with the non-traditional materials! Here's what I came up with:

SC2 block for Kristen L.

And now, June ...

Over in {Bee} Imaginative, Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio asked for rectangular blocks in the modern / improv style. She sent two solids -- an aqua and a charcoal gray -- as well as a patterned IKEA print. Here's my interpretation of Jacquie's theme:

{Bee} Imaginative block for Jacquie

And finally, for Jennie / sunflowerquilt's month in Buzz Cuts, she requested a scrappy block made from this tutorial using our own scraps and a black & gray dotted print that she sent. Here's what I made for Jennie:

Buzz Cuts | June for sunflowerquilts

Another great scrap-busting pattern!

I hope you enjoyed this round-up of bee blocks. Have a wonderful week!


  1. Wow. Lucky recipients everyone but I especially like the rectangle with the IKEA print and the colorful scraps at the bottom.

  2. Terrific really did one awesome job! (yes..I know we over use that word.) And..that's the only way I can describe you and your ideas.

  3. great blocks, the first block really caught my with just that little bit of ren with qll thowe neutrals. Your Gee's Bend blocks were great too. I saw some of them at an exhibition in St Louis History Museum. Yours are very similar in spriit only in quilt fabrics instead of half worn clothes. I also loved the rectangle 2nd from the bottom.

  4. I love the shirts one, I'll be looking out for the finished quilt!

  5. I really liked the last two: Ikea focal print and the dots/squares block.

    Nice work!

  6. I'm in love with Adrienne's block!!!

  7. Beautiful work! I especially love the first one...(if you have any more of the woodgrain/lush prints and would like to swap I would love to!), also love the 6th, 7th blocks!!! Thats a lot of blocks to make wow.

  8. Wow! My faves list at Flickr just got a lot longer! Lots of inspiration in this blog - thanks for sharing!! I particularly like the Gee's Bend block - I've got a lot of men's shirts I've been hoarding and this may be just the right kind of idea for them!

  9. Wow! These blocks are amazing! I love your Gee's Bend block!!! I have been thinking about making a quilt using my husband's upcycled, men's dress shirts and shirting fabrics for my eight year old son ever since I saw inchmark's quilt here:
    By the way, I am in Cary, too, and I too have a five year old daughter. Maybe we will cross paths one day. I see that you are in Crafterhours swap, too. I cannot wait to see what you make with the Spoonflower fabrics.

  10. Gosh you have been busy! My favourites are the first one and the last two. Well done!

  11. Whoa, you are certainly a busy bee! All of your blocks are fab, John. I really must find a bee, seeing these blocks appear on everyone's blogs is so inspiring!

  12. You have been a busy bee {I see I'm not the first to say that -- the pun just fits}! You did a really great job on all of those. I think my favorites are Ashley's April blocks and Adrienne's May blog, but Sara's April blocks are really pretty too! Nice work!

    xo -E

  13. I love the yellow geese! I want to take part in a bee sometime. I never have, but it seems like it would be so much fun!