Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bee Blocks

In 2010 I participated in my first online Bee. November was my month and since I was by now well familiar with the talents and creativity of my fellow-bee-people I cut into my beloved American Jane and MoMO stash and asked them to make me some modern improv log cabin blocks.  (I feel like I'm still too much of a 'rules-nerd' to make great improv blocks - but these quilters are rock stars at it.)
 It has been so much fun having the blocks roll in.
The are all fabulous.
I'm planning to use them to make a BIG quilt with a lot more white sashing and spacing in between, but you can kind of get the idea on my design wall. (Which, by the way, I'm making so much progress in my sewing space. Not only did I finally hang my hoops, I finally hung a "design wall" - or a good piece of flannel type material that you can stick blocks on. I love it!  Maybe one day I won't even have to kick piles out of the way before I take pictures in there! Baby steps. . .)
Here's a close-up of a few more. (I'm not thrilled with the pictures - they don't do them justice - it's such a pain to get good pictures this time of year.) I love looking at each one. Thank you again talented friends!
Finally, here's another block from the Bee for Michelle from way back in October. (Which I didn't actually finish until November, but still had never posted.)  Michelle asked us to make these Dresden blocks and sent the prettiest fabrics. I loved it! Can't wait to see these quilts come together. It has been fun to play with other people's fabric and try blocks I may never have made on my own. And I'm so excited to finish mine - but until then, I'll enjoy looking at all the blocks on my wall. :)

20 comments:

  1. They turned out so pretty! I can't wait to see it finished.

    Also, I love your design wall! Hanging it with eyelets is such a great idea. That way you can change it out if you switch projects. Exactly how did you hang it? I'd live to do the same.

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  2. I absolutely love those blocks... the colors are so striking.

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  3. That is going to be a beautiful quilt when you are finished! I can't wait to see it.

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  4. I signed up for my quilting class! It starts Mid-February and I can't wait to learn all the basics of quilting so that someday I can participate in one of the Bee projects!
    Biz
    http://busybizblogs.blogspot.com/

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  5. They're lovely blocks! It looks like you had a lot of fun...I should look into a bee sometime myself!

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  6. What a beautiful combo of fabrics!

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  7. That sounds so fun! I've never joined a bee before, but it sounds like a blast! Can't wait to see your finished quilt!

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  8. Fabulous bee blocks! I have one of those design walls too. I'm going to put some cup hooks on top of the armoire in my quilting room and hang it from there because I just don't have the wall space. (thanks for reminding me that I have it around somewhere--I had kinda forgotten about it...)

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  9. I love your blog and I love, love, love all of your quilts. Do you think you could come over one day and show me how to quilt? I want to learn so badly, and I would make cookies too!

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  10. All the blocks look great together! I love seeing everybody else's blocks, too.

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  11. Those are such cheerful and bright blocks! I love them!

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  12. Such a great mix of colors in those blocks. I can't wait to see how you put it together!

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  13. Really great! I am interested to see it when it is done.

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  14. Your bee blocks look fabulous. Aren't bee's so much fun.

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  15. I love all of the blocks. Thank you so much for making mine. It is so beautiful.

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  16. Those blocks are beautiful! I want to make a quilt for my son's teacher, she is due in April, and I was wondering if you had any ideas for a simple pattern. I have only made one quilt in my life and that was like 15 years ago! Any tips would be appreciated. I've got to look back and all the awesome quilts you have made. Also, how much does it cost to have it quilted?

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  17. I love your design wall!! Can't wait to see how all the blocks come together. Great inspiration to get back in my quilt room after baby! Thanks

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