Monday, January 23, 2012

January Bee Blocks

Wait, it's January 23, and I'm already posting my bee blocks for the month? That's got to be a record! This month's blocks were a lot of fun, and all over the map stylistically, which was nice.

Envy block for Rebecca
First, the girls from the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild have started a new local bee that I'm taking part in. Rebecca, who blogs at Pieces and Cream, was up first. She asked for the "Envy" block, designed by Angela in the 99 Modern Blocks book, and gave us fabric from one of my all-time favorite lines, Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow. This block is such a great example of simple but powerful modern design. It has fantastic movement to it, and repeated throughout a quilt, I expect it will be stunning! It does however involve the dreaded Y-seams, which I used in my Mod Times quilt. Y-seams aren't complicated, exactly, but I do find it difficult to keep them straight and un-wonky-ish. In fact, one of the brown strips in this block is kind of making my eye twitch right now. Other than that, I love this block and hopefully Rebecca can work with it!

Carpenter Star for Cherie

For the Sew Beautiful bee, Cherie asked us for this Carpenter Star block in bright, springtime colors. She drafted this block herself to be intentionally Swoon-like, and while I love Swoon, I think I might love Cherie's version even more! Yes, there are a lot of HSTs involved, but it makes a huge 18" finished block, so just like Swoon, you don't have to make a ton of blocks for a good-sized finished quilt.

LynneBobSquarePants for Lynne
For Stash Trad, Lynne asked for her beautiful LynneBobSquarePants block (tutorial here). This block has been on my to-do list forever, so I was happy to finally get a crack at it—and for Lynne herself. When you compare this block to Cherie's Carpenter Star, you can see how endless the possibilities are with HSTs. They're such a fun and versatile unit in quilting—if you haven't yet learned how to make them (and make them well), it is absolutely worth the time to do it!

Polaroid block for Bree

Last but not at all least, Bree of My Crafty Crap asked for this fun Polaroid block for the String Me Along bee. I have to say, of all the blocks I've made for other people in the last year, this is the one I've been most tempted to keep for myself. : ) (Don't worry Bree, it'll be in the mail tomorrow!) This block was designed by Corey of Little Miss Shabby (here's Corey's original block), and Bree wrote up a tutorial for creating it, which you can find here.  Can't wait to see how this quilt comes together for Bree!


36 comments:

  1. Cute stuff! I love that polaroid block. I've seen a few others around and they're awesome!

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  2. All your blocks are lovely but I especially love the polaroid block! I can see why your don't want to give it up!

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  3. They're all so fun! Your partners are going to squeal.

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  4. All brilliant; off to pin the polaroid block tute xx

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  5. Congrats on getting sew many great blocks done! I think I like the Carpenter's Star best of all!

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  6. They are all fantastic. But I really love that polaroid block. It totally looks like polaroids - so cute!

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  7. Beautiful! I love the polaroid block. Definitely a contender for my bee month...

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  8. They are all wonderful!
    Did you get your tree blocks back yet? I can't wait to see them all together.

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  9. Wow! all the blocks look fantastic. Way to go!!!

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  10. Thanks, Lee, all your blocks look great! Funny, I tried to pick what I thought was an "easy" block for our first month. I've already gotten quite a few questions. Sorry for making your eye twitch, I think it looks fantastic :)

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  11. all of your blocks are lovely, but i think the polaroid is my favorite. i would totally be tempted to keep it to!

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  12. These blocks are beautiful. My favorite is the Carpenter's Wheel. Those prints are just gorgeous. And I love those bright prints you used in the BobSquarePants block. And how cute is that Polaroid block. Love them.

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  13. Seriously excellent blocks this month!!!

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  14. I just found my I spy pattern!
    Wonderful blocks. :) I have a few to finish up from last year... good work Lee.

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  15. I love all your bee blocks. I would be tempted to keep them all.

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  16. gasp! i love that last one! might have to keep that in the back of my mind for {sew} beautiful! :) great sewing as always!

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  17. I've always loved the Carpenter Star and have schemed a few times to make it and it hasn't happened yet. You've motivated me to restart my efforts! Yours is lovely!

    And the Polaroid block: why DIDN'T you keep it fo yo bad self! You could have made her another one! ;) Very cool piece.

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  18. I love, love the polaroid block. It's so cute and such a great way to feature some favorite fabrics :)

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  19. They are all beautiful. I wish I had the patients to do this.
    Keep up the great work.
    Shirley

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  20. Hi Lee! All your bocks are so beautiful! Especially I love with those polaroid photos! x Teje

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  21. Wow! They look fabulous. I do love an HST or two or twenty. Has to be the most versatile unit. And the Polaroid block is genius. I'm picturing this as a mini for my daughters bedroom! Danielle x

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  22. They all look wonderful! So many fun colors and designs. :)

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  23. how adorable! LOVE that polaroid block, but I am so so agreed on the the versatility of HSTs!!

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  24. Love these blocks!! Especially the carpenter star and the polaroid blocks, those are amazing!

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  25. I love that your little rainboots are in one of the "snapshots"

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  26. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! Didi I mention...LOVE!!!!!

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  27. Love your version of the Carpenter's Wheel, um, I mean, Swoon, er, I mean,...whatever! I still love the block! Your other blocks are gorgeous as well (as usual!).

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  28. Fun to see these--can choose between them for a favorite! But if I have to. . . it's the Polaroid block, perhaps in homage to the Kodak Company which declared bankruptcy this month? And to remind of us all of how much we loved playing around with those developing pictures.

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  29. Oooh, yay for finishing early!! I love your block for Bree, and I love how you added your boots to it, so awesome. I can't wait to see how her quilt turns out. That Envy block is awfully interesting, too!

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  30. LOVE the fussy cut hedgehog on the Polaroid block. I want an entire quilt like this!

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  31. These are so fun. Great work. These are wonderful treasures for each person! And the carpenter's wheel block is fabulous!! You would have to look very closely to see that it is different. I wonder which technique is easier. I am all about the shortest distance between two lines. ha! And the LynneBobSquarePants block is fabulous. The dark really makes the bright fabrics pop.

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  32. I love 'em all, Lee! That Polaroid one though - how cool!

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