Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Woven bee block

Look at me!  It's not even mid-February and I've finished my bee patchwork!  Whee!  Ok, ok, so I have pretty good reason not to procrastinate this month and our lead quilter did assign about the easiest block in the world...  But, it still feels pretty darn good.

This month for Love circle of do. Good Stitches, we've been asked to make 18" square "woven" blocks, inspired by this gorgeous quilt at from the blue chair

Step 1:  Pull string scraps in requested colors.  Pulled and pressed!

Woven block for do. Good Stitches

Step 2:  Join shorter strings to make longer ones, aiming for more than 18" long.  No sweat.

Woven block for do. Good Stitches

Step 3:  Join 18"+ pieces side by side until you have created patchwork at least 18" wide.  Press all those seams (open in my case; it's how I roll).   Enjoy your audio book.

 Woven block for do. Good Stitches

Step 4:  Square up and done!

Woven block for do. Good Stitches

This is definitely a great block for a bee.  Who doesn't have string scraps around, begging to be used?  Or at least enough for one block, right?

Ok, now I can play with clamshells guilt-free.  Don't forget we're having a link party tomorrow.  Hope to see you there!


  1. Thanks for posting this. I save the scraps from our quilt retreats and this is going to save some stuff that I would normally not use.

  2. I don't think I've seen this before. It would be a great string buster for my scraps. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh duh! I have that book and know the person who quilted it so I guess I've seen it at least twice before. Pregnancy brain!

  4. I really like this block. I love string quilts, anyway, but this is a very nice take that I hadn't thought about before. Love it!

  5. That is going to be one awesome scrappy quilt! Good job getting your block done early :-)
    Do you have any tips for pressing open?? It's my preferred way, too, but gosh, it takes me 3 times longer than pressing to the side.

    1. When I press open, I first run my finger along the seam to open it and follow closely with the iron. That's probably obvious! Sorry I can't be more helpful. I never really pressed to the side, so I don't have much to compare with =)


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