Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Bee blocks

I gave you a sneak peak of some color play patchwork this weekend.  Golly it was fun!  Thanks for your encouraging reaction =).  On Saturday morning, I pulled solid strips from my scrap bin to make random patchwork in all the hues of the rainbow.  The blocks I made are "raw material" to fill in holes for a charity bee quilt I'm leading this month. 

So I was planning on photographing the finished blocks to show you, but I hadn't planned on it being so glamorous.  I think this particular block really does think it's "all that."  You see, the other evening when I photographed Aria's Easter dress, I glanced over at the ironing board to find miss hot thing sunning herself in full flirt mode.

miss hot thrandom rainbow patchwork (batting eying

and how could I resist?  I think she's batting those lashes now.

rainbow patchwork (batting eyelashes)

over-the-top glamorous?  yep.

And over on the table it wasn't much different.  I don't think she realizes she's just designed to "fill holes".  Like, literally, I won't hesitate to cut this pretty thing up to suit the other quilt blocks.  Well, let's not tell her. She'll find out soon enough.

Stacked Rainbows

Here's the other block I made for this quilt earlier this month.  I asked for random shaped blocks from my bee members, so the sky's the limit.  We'll just see what happens...

The rainbow quilt is the project of the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches, a charity quilting bee.  I'm also a member of the Love circle, whose April quilt is being designed by Natalie of Greenleaf Goods.

all from scrap!  heart.

Natalie asked for a particular strip, paper-pieced design in shades of yellow, pink, orange and green.  I've only done simple paper-piecing like this, but I do like it.  Someday I'll have to play around with the teeny-tiny kind to see what's what.

Piecing progress

Hope you like your blocks, Natalie! As it turned out, I did have enough scraps in these colors.

Love circle bee blocks - do. Good Stitches

So, what are you making lately?


  1. Love the paper-piecing squares - very pretty and bright!

    A kaleidoscope block quilt with Patty Young's Sanctuary fabrics in the warm palette. As you can see, it's a rather busy quilt... I'm hoping it calms down a little once I've got it all sewn together and bordered...

    And trying to finish off the blocks for the quilt from the Supernova Quilt-Along over at Freshly Pieced.

    Goal over the Easter weekend is to finish the Supernova top, and get at least two more rows of the kaleidoscope blocks sewn together.

  2. Rachel, those are gorgeous! I can't wait to see them in person! This makes me really excited to put the quilt together! I'm also glad you had enough scraps:)
    Also, the solid color blocks you made for your other quilt are amazing, I want to see a whole quilt made in that style!

  3. All of the above are gorgeous. Look forward to seeing the end results!

    I am still trying to finish off all my UFOs - one done, countless more to go. I need lots of encouragement as I am too easily diverted - especially when I see your lively coloured blocks...

  4. Hi, I've lurked on your site for a while, but this is my first comment :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE that 'hot mess' that you're going to cut up. I admired it all as the pretty stripes that you had cut up over the weekend, and the way that you've put it together is stunning. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!!

    And, I was wondering if you could post a quick tutorial on paper piecing. Nothing fancy. But, I don't 'get it' and would love to play a bit.

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. The patchwork is beautiful! I know the rainbow quilt you make with the blocks will be another lovely one!

  6. I love the color play piece. The best thing about fabric is there's always something new to try and play with. I love paper piecing, the more you do, the more you want to do. The designs are endless of course and then just playing with designs on your own is great. Today, besides weeding inbetween the rain drops, I'm going to finish my first PP7 Market bag and start another so I have 2 to choose from for my partner. Have a good one.

  7. Thanks for sharing your experience with paper piecing, Linda. Hope your weeding today was pleasant-ish. I was weeding too!

    I'll be sure to show the basics of paper-piecing next time I'm doing some, Allison. Thanks!

  8. Wow, those solid colour blocks are awesome!

  9. Quiltsville is going to have a paper pieced string block swap in June so I am getting ready to practice. Like those cute little string pieced squares.

  10. I really like your "all that" block - very cool, and so easy to construct - but looks much harder!!! Currently I'm playing with some of Kate North's beautiful batik blocks, working them into a quilt for our quilt ministry. They're so much fun to play with!!


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