Monday, August 6, 2012

Bee Blocking It

In this month's bee block round-up:

Crown of Thorns block for Tiffany
I made this Crown of Thorns block in June for Tiffany in the Stash Trad bee. She asked us to create an "explosion of color" in the outer HSTs, with the color from the inner ring carrying over into the fabric used in the outer HSTs. You can find the block pattern here, and go here to see the finished quilt top that Tiffany made with these blocks! It's so beautiful and colorful!

Next up, I made two paper-pieced yellow and gray paper-pieced stars for Kati, who had July in both of my bees.

Paper-pieced star for Kati
So here's my Stash Trad block for Kati, using my own fabric. The pattern is from the book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars by Carol Doak. This is probably my all-time favorite paper-piecing book—all the stars in the book are done in very traditional fabrics, but if you can look past that, the patterns are, well, fabulous! This is the Pennsylvania star.

Paper-pieced star for Kati
And here's my {Sew} Beautiful bee block for Kati, made with fabric she provided. This is also from 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars. It's the New York star.

Swoon block for Erin
And finally, here's a bright, fun Swoon block that I made for Erin in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee. Would you believe this is my first Swoon block? I love it in these super-bright colors!

30 comments:

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Great blocks! I love them all! And don't feel bad, I've still never done a swoon block. :)

Mareenchen said...

Those blocks are fantastic! I love the paper pieced ones especially, such a beautiful colour scheme. I've resisted making a Swoon block up to now but my strength is waning by the day. :)

Nat at Made in Home said...

I love the Pennsylvania it is so beautiful! May have to check out the book!

Sarah Strange said...

These are just so gorgeous! Very very well done! These are like my Holy Grail of piecing!

Donna said...

Beautiful blocks!

Esch House Quilts said...

Wow! I love all your blocks, but those paper pieced ones are amazing - I could never deal with all those small pieces :) Good for you!

Sara said...

Are the pieced stars easy to put together? They look so intricate and beautiful!

Patti said...

I am going to have a look for the book! Love all your blocks!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Oh wow, I love your blocks for Kati!! I can't even decide which one I love more, they're both so fab :)

charlotte said...

Oh! I love them all. Really great blocks.

Tanyia said...

just beautiful! I love those grey, yellow, and white fabrics! <3 I would like to learn paper piecing. I saw a tut on it, but the directions were just a little too much to follow in my head with no experience in it at all.

Leslie said...

the crown of thorns is gorgeous and i love the color combo of grey and yellow....beautiful job

Leila said...

Your paper pieced stars are AMAZING!!! Great work!

Newbie Jen said...

Lovely blocks. I have that book by Carol Doak, and I sometimes I have trouble seeing past what is on the page. Thank you for showing me some lovely examples in modern colors. I may have to dig that book out again and give it a whirl!

CathyK said...

Wonderful blocks! I especially like the Crown of Thorns...so bright and colorful!

Becky said...

WOW! Gorgeous! Now you have to send them away?! I hope you made a few extra for yourself :-).

felicity said...

I've not made a Swoon yet either. It's the contrarian in me, I think. :-p

Love these bee blocks!!

loveyoumuches.com said...

I love them all! - Beth

Cherie said...

Wow I'm loving those star blocks! The effect of them works really well with the brighter prints =D

Katy Cameron said...

Oh wow, I love those star blocks, absolutely amazing! I definitely think Kati was onto something getting others to make enough for a quilt though ;o)

Janice said...

all amazing blocks! I'll have to check out that paper-piecing book.

Suz said...

I absolutely love your paper pieced blocks - both the designs and the fabrics you've used. I just have a bit of a touchy question. You know those little bits that don't quite line up?? I know that paper piecing is supposed to be the answer for accuracy, but I always find that when I go to piece the sections - I get those same freaking little bits that don't quite match up. I'm just curious about whether it annoys you, to have gone to all that effort and still end up with little annoying bits. (and I hope you don't mind the question - I promise - I didn't really notice them all that much).

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Lee. Just happened upon your blog. LUV your blocks and the fabrics and colors you use. So much energy! I enjoyed the visit.
best from Tunisia,
nadia

Kristy QP said...

Beautiful bee blocks! I especially love those paper pieced stars! Gorgeous!

Cas said...

wow that yellow & grey star is amazing. such fine detail. i could never have the patience to achieve that. well done :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

ok I aim for my blocks to ever look so good! These are all beautiful. The paper pieced stars are so gorgeous!

Patti said...

Love your blocks.

diane said...

All your bee blocks are beautiful but your Stash Trad block for Kati is breath takingly stunning!

Amanda Reilly said...

I absolutely love the two stars! I need that book!

smallgrapes said...

Absolutely beautiful.

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