Monday, August 29, 2011

The Blocks of August

I spent the weekend putting my newly acquired improv piecing skills to the test while working on my August bee blocks:

Sew Beautiful: Kati of From the Blue Chair sent each of us fabric in black, white, and a single bold color. We were asked to make improv-pieced blocks and to use the color sparingly. I haven't done a lot with black and white, so it was fun working with these striking, graphic prints. And I love the pinkish-purple accent color that I got.

Do. Good Stitches: Two more improv-pieced blocks. For these, Ara Jane asked us to use pink, yellow, brown, beige, and cream. This isn't a color palette I would have chosen on my own, but the colors surprised me by working very well together. Somehow the blocks remind me of candy or ice cream. Or maybe I'm just hungry right now.

String Me Along: Patchwork Queen sent out these gorgeous Nicey Jane strips and asked for string blocks. String blocks sure are quick, easy, and fun—especially when somebody else cuts the strips for you. : )

Modern Quilt Guild block: This isn't technically a bee block, but all of us in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild were asked to make one of these for a group quilt. The design is Elizabeth Hartman's Wellington Park pattern, which can be found here (it is in the free "Modern Quilting Primer" e-book).

We could choose whatever we wanted as far as colors and prints, so I based my palette for this block on the Anna Maria Horner print in the center. I've had the dark orange and burgundy-ish prints for ages, but had never used them because the colors didn't really feel like me. But it's funny how, in the right palette, they look so fresh and modern. So, you see—you just never know when you'll find a use for that oddball print in your stash.

I'm linking up to Sew Modern Monday. Have a wonderful week!

24 comments:

Debbie said...

Lovely blocks!

Issabella The Cat said...

Those improv blocks are beautiful, I wish Malka was coming over to the UK to do a class, I'll have to make do with her books for now.
As a side note, I have that same odd ball fat quarter from AMH and also don't have a clue what to put it with lol

Sheila said...

Those are super blocks - love the b & w especially. You are right - we all have some uninspiring fabrics in our stash - it would be quite a challenge to marry them with something new and produce a more modern look.

Elizabeth D. said...

Awesome blocks, Lee! I love your do.Good blocks - and yes, ice cream indeed! I have that same FQ in my stash, and haven't used it because it tends to stick out like a sore thumb, but the way you used it looks super fab :)

Toni said...

All the blocks are great! Your improv blocks look fabulous. Going to have to try that!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

beautiful blocks...I love the black one...

Kim said...

All beautiful blocks! That is some great inspiration!!!!

KristyLou said...

Wow, those turned out great! Thanks for showing them off :)

CityHouseStudio said...

Beautiful blocks! Improv piecing sounds very interesting.
LOVE your modern quilt guild block!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Beautiful blocks, especially the black and white one!

Marg said...

Lovely blocks they all look great. I'm going to have to try improv piecing. There's lots of inspiration in these blocks.

The Thompsons said...

What beautiful blocks! I really like the black and white one- the color really pops.

Laura said...

Gorgeous bloCks Lee! Youve done so well!

Linz said...

So cute!! I love the improv blocks!

Kati said...

Love all the blocks, but especially the one for me! I'm so jealous you were able to go to that class. That would have been fabulous to learn from her.

Megan said...

Lovely blocks, Lee! :) I am so happy you were able to take a class from her--how stinking cool! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

Jessica said...

Great blocks! Looks like that improv class was great, those improv blocks are amazing!!

Katie B. said...

You're the improv queen now! I'd love to take a class like that. And I love what you did with that AMH print! It looks great with those colors.

Natalie said...

Awesome blocks, Lee! I totally love the improv :)

Superior Threads said...

Those are great blocks. I, too, like the Improv blocks and I always like a challenge.
Great Job!

Ricci

Connie said...

Wonderful improv blocks! I love all of them!

Laura said...

beautiful, beautiful blocks

**nicke... said...

I totally pinned these! beautiful work lee! lovely lovely loverly!

Live a Colorful Life said...

All your bee blocks are wonderful. I can't decide which I like the most. Do.Good is really cool! and the string block with the Nicey Jane will be really pretty.

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