Monday, October 31, 2011

Two Months of Bee Blocks

Happy Halloween! The last day of October means it's time to post some bee blocks. Except that as I got ready to post the October blocks, I realized I never showed you September's either. So here they are, all in one fell swoop.

{Sew} Beautiful - September
Dutch Pinwheel
AnneMarie asked for this Dutch Pinwheel block using Ruby charm squares. I can't wait to see all of these blocks put together. It's going to be gorgeous. You can find a tutorial for this block right here.

{Sew} Beautiful - October
Christmas block for Katie
Katie asked for Christmas blocks of any design, using fun holiday scraps. Bee members had already done a few Christmas trees and some presents by the time I got around to doing my block, so I whipped up these twinkly wonky stars.

Stash Trad - October
This is a brand new bee for me. It was organized by Lynne of Lily's Quilts and features traditional blocks done in our own modern stash fabrics—how could I possibly say no to that? There are some amazingly talented ladies in this group and I'm so excited to be making blocks for them!

Cracker Scraps block for Angela
For our very first month, we made these "Cracker Scrap" blocks for Angela (you can find the block tutorial here). This was a fun, easy block to make, it looks great, and OMG it's HUGE! Something like 19" square. So you could whip up a very good-sized quilt in no time with her tutorial.

Do. Good Stitches - September
Do. Good Stitches strip block
Natalie asked for strip blocks of any design, in a single fall color. My color was red, and I ended up doing a version of my strip-pieced zig-zag mug rug—only waaaaay longer. : ) This block measures 48" by 6.5"! Can't wait to see how this quilt comes together.

Do. Good Stitches - October
Do Good Stitches - Around the World block
Melanie asked for Around the World blocks in any bright scrappy colors. We used this tutorial to make the blocks, and I was really surprised at how quickly and easily they came together! This will be such a fun quilt.

String Me Along - September

HST block for Sharon
Sharon asked for any half-square triangle design, using these Amy Butler charms. I love this offset HST design.

String Me Along - October

String blocks for Sabrina
Nicey Jane string blocks for Sabrina. If this block looks familiar, that's because it is—this is my second set of Nicey Jane string blocks for this bee in the last few months. : )

And finally, a little look ahead to November: It's finally my turn in the {Sew} Beautiful bee! This is such a fabulous bee—everybody in it is so creative, so inspiring, and more or less on time. : ) And since these ladies are all among my favorite bloggers, I wanted to assign a block that called for a little creativity and personality.

Fabric stack for {Sew} Beautiful

So I've mailed out this fabric to my beemates and I've asked them to create tree blocks for me. The blocks can be pieced or appliqued or both. They can make a tree of any season, with leaves or without, with wildlife or without, etc. They've got free reign—as long as there's something tree-ish in there! I did give them a Flickr gallery with quilty tree inspiration—you can check it out here. I can't wait to see what the {Sew} Beautiful ladies make for me in November!


Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

All gorgeous blocks! I can't wait to see your tree blocks.

Elena said...

Lee!!! Such an inspirational post full of gorgeous blocks! I just joined my first bee....4x5 with Sukie, so I'm excited to choose colors and see what comes back.

Linz said...

I love the Dutch pinwheel! THat is gorgeous! Well, ALL of the blocks are gorgeous!! :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Beautiful Lee; but then again your work always is...your colours are so vibrant too. Great work Lee. I especially like the string one....want summer back I guess; we have a light snow on the ground here this morning....rained and snowed yesterday...just way too early!!

karenfae said...

love those blocks - all of them that you show!

LynCC said...

some wonderful work there. Wow! The zigzag strip must've taken a long time. Very cool.

randi said...

so much to enjoy here today! i love the ruby block, and i think i am going to have to try angela's block. it is an awesome layout!

Sheila said...

My, you are in so many bees - I just love all of these blocks.

beaquilter said...

what is this blogger bee you are talking about? can you email me more info? room for anymore maybe in the new year? hint hint

Lisa @ Sixmunchkin Stitching said...

Love that zig zag strip!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love all your gorgeous blocks!

Heather D. said...

These are all great. I particularly like the cracker scrap block!

occasionalpiece said...

Delightful way to begin a Monday morning. You HAVE been busy sewing and it will be fun to see the results of your tree swap. Thanks for a great start to my week!

Elizabeth E.

Katie B. said...

Great blocks! I love my Christmas stars, and your tree blocks are going to be so fun!!

**nicke... said...

oh how pretty! it is a feast for the eyes!

Amy Sp said...

Those Christmas stars are just adorable!

Linda said...

Love the nicey jane string blocks!

Rebecca said...

Funny, I was thinking of choosing paper pieced houses for my bee month! I loooooove the trees!

pasqueflower said...

You have been busy as a bee! Love your blocks--and envy your perfect points.

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, what an amazing collection of blocks! I love them all, but I think the scrappy stars may be my favourite :o)

laura said...

love your blocks.

SewLindaAnn said...

All your blocks are so well done and look fabulous! I hope you'll show us the finished quilts from your bee members, I am totally intrigued with Natalie's idea.

Diane said...

I love all of these!!! :) I can't wait to see how the blocks turn out with the fabric you sent out!! The colors are fantastic! :) Aren't bees so much fun?!!! (I just finished up my third month of blocks, and I love it!!) :)

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

How much fabric did you give each person for your tree blocks? i.e. each one of those colors to each person? and how much of each?

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