Thursday, March 29, 2012

March Bee Blocks

March bee blocks are in the books! Here they are:

For the Stash Trad bee, Amy of During Quiet Time requested a Winged Square block. She asked us to use a two-colored print for the center, with the half-square triangles on one side in one of the colors, and the HSTs on the other side in the other color—plus Essex Linen in Natural for the background. All such great choices to freshen up and modernize a very traditional block! Amy's tutorial for this block can be found here.

For my center square, I used one of the cuckoo clock prints from Moda's Hideaway by Lauren and Jessi Jung. I just love the kitschy Alpine theme of this collection—hello, I'm from Milwaukee. : ) "Kitschy Alpine" is an official home d├ęcor theme around here. Hideaway is an older collection but there's still some available on Etsy—you can pick up the print I used from Pink Castle.

For {Sew} Beautiful, Elizabeth asked us for a "Squaretastic" block entirely in Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner. I've never pieced in voile before. While it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be, it was definitely slippery and different. In fact, I found the most challenging part was cutting it without it slipping around underneath my ruler! And it's just not quite as crisp and precise as I'm accustomed to with quilting cotton. But other than that, I didn't mind it, and it's going to make an amazingly soft quilt!

Finally, for the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee, our fearless leader Amy asked for this wonky X block from the book Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers. The note included with Amy's instructions said, "For all the planners in the group, welcome to my chaos." LOL. But it's a bright, fun, scrappy chaos, isn't it? : ) I screwed up that top X a little—I forgot to trim the strip to make it narrower and more wonky. Then I tried to go back and do it later, because it was looking too fat compared to the other Xs, but of course, that meant that patch was no longer quite 4"! Argh. But I think it turned out okay in the end, and other than that little mishap, this was a fun and easy block to do.

18 comments:

Esch House Quilts said...

I really love that winged square block! I'm not familiar with it and I think the color instructions Amy gave the group were perfect.

Kelli said...

The winged squares is my favorite, but that could be the color combo winning out too! Great blocks, Lee. I'd be happy to get them. ;)

Amy Friend said...

Thank you so very much for making me such a pretty block! I love it.

Katie B. said...

I finished my block for Elizabeth last night too. I hope I didn't get too much drool on the voile...

Amy said...

Lee,
Love my block and don't care about the so called error...I am all about the crazy. That just adds to the fun. Can't wait to finish the quilt with these. Going to be awesome!

CitricSugar said...

Gorgeous! Love the orange and aqua and that fabric you picked for the background - so much more interesting than standard white cotton. Love it.

Svetlana said...

Love your blocks. So pretty!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Loving that winged square. Great fabric selection

Mrs.Pickles said...

everything looks lovely!

Patchwork and Play said...

The Winged Square is a wonderful block! And your piecing is perfect!

angela said...

I like that top x on your block! It makes them look wonky and not sloppy....if the improv parts aren't off enough, they end up looking like mistakes instead of intentional, I think.

Live a Colorful Life said...

That winged square block is wonderful. I LOVE it. Definitely putting that in my things-to-do folder!

Cherie said...

Love the blocks!!! The colours all work so well together! =D

Katy Cameron said...

Love all of these, some fabulous fabric choices in there

Dayna at Precut Paradise said...

I love the blocks...especially the first one with the fussy cut middle. Soo cute!

diane said...

Your HST block is beautiful

Dawn said...

The blocks are all wonderful but my fav is the Winged square block. Love the fabrics in that one!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I love the block you made for me, thank you!! It's fab, and so is your block for Amy, it looks great!

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