Bee Block Catch Up from June

Bee-Block-2I think I’m having one of those days weeks months summers where I bit off more than I can chew. Not to complain too much, but I feel like life has sort of snowballed on top of me and I’m digging my way out with a teaspoon! So, in the midst of having three crazy kids, I’m slowly working on getting unburied from projects that are long overdue. These bee blocks are one example!

Bee-Block-1They were the June block from the Modern Stitching Bee and I just finished them and sent them out a couple weeks ago. While they’re very pretty, they took a lot of time, so I’m glad to have them finally on their way. Hopefully I can find some time to finish the rest of my behind blocks soon. I’m doing my very best to avoid joining anything else until all my swapping, bee, and pattern writing commitments come to a close, with all the swaps out there, that is a hard thing to stick to!

In the meantime, we have some new patterns underway, which always takes longer than I think it will, but I hope they’re worth the wait! Thanks for sticking with us, even though we haven’t had much to show. I do have a couple kids waiting on some Banana Ice Cream, so I should probably head that way!

Spiderweb Quilt Top {almost complete}

Summertime, and I am loving it even though I am not a huge fan of really hot, humid days. But, I am loving the sun. Since I am originally from WA state, where we do not see the sun a lot, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have four new blocks to share from the Modern Stitching Bee group and an almost complete top.

First two are from Leanne. They took a little scenic tour getting to my house but I am so glad they made it safe and beautifully.


We made two 12 1/2″ blocks for each partner.


Love them! Thank you Leanne from She Can Quilt. (Love the Briar Rose strawberries).

The next two are from Rhonda at Quilter In the Gap. Love them so much!!



It has been fun seeing all the variety of fabric that make up each of these blocks. These are the perfect block design to use because they include a large variety of prints. Thank you again Rhonda, I love them, (especially all the low volume)!! Be sure to check out their blogs, they have great inspiration on there.


This is not a great picture, but I wanted to share a little bit of what all of my blocks will look like put together for my finished quilt. I think they go perfectly together. I am so thankful for such kind and generous women who have made all of these blocks for me, I know it will turn into a beautiful quilt that I will treasure!


Since it is summer, I thought I would share this cute little hummingbird that I saw out of my kitchen window this morning. I put that feeder up about a month ago. It hasn’t seen very many birds because there is still a lot of syrup in it. I just happened to see a little bird there on the weekend, so now I check regularly. Happy days!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I sure am, lots of grilling, watermelon, cherries and corn on the cob. I come from a family of corn on the cob lovers. It was very pleasant yesterday, my son and I went for a walk and then sat on the back deck enjoying the fresh air. What have you been doing this summer?

Today will be for some more catch up sewing, I am so excited about my little visitors I have coming soon. I have lots to do to get ready for them!!

Have a great day and weekend!



My Bee Blocks WIP’s

There has not been much sewing going on at my house lately. But I have been slowly working on getting caught up on some quilting bee blocks. I belong to two groups so they are keeping me plenty busy. I hope you don’t mind if I share my progress?


This is the basket block that Missy Shay, {she blogs at Missys Cakes and Aprons}, asked us to make for her in our Sew Sweet Bee. It is really cute but now that I see mine with a little bit of a different perspective, I see that my handle is crooked. I will have to take that apart and fix it. I guess it’s good to see things from a distance sometimes! Oh, and by the way I am not late on this one!!


Anneliese, who blogs at {mail from the cheeky monkeys} is in the Modern Stitching Bee group. She asked for this block.                                        Lots and lots of hst’s.


I made sure to lay it out carefully so I did not make too many mistakes.


I am happy to report I only had to rip out a couple of rows a couple of times!! It is really a cute block and a lot fun to use lots of scraps, but not what I usually make. I know it is good to get a lot of practice. I sure do need it!! I have one more to go and then I can call it!! This one is very late, I am sorry and will try to do better.


This is my Sew Sweet Bee block for Kerri from Lovely Little Handmaids, it is a little late. I had fun making more hst’s, they are a little larger and a little easier to work with. I believe this is called a dutch pinwheel.



And another block finished and just needing to be put in the mail!! I really love this block!!

These sewing bee block groups are super fun and challenging too. I have more blocks that I have received but I will wait for another day to show them. I am getting really excited about another quilt top!!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I am really enjoying a lot more leisure time this year.

X and + Blocks {Modern Stitching Bee}

April’s Modern Stitching Bee blocks were for Rebecca! Here are the blocks my mom made {she made an extra one for me, to help me catch up}:

x-+-3 (1)

Choosing the fabrics is the most time consuming part of these blocks, since they require a bit larger pieces {Rebecca has a tutorial here}.

x-+-3 (2)

But then the blocks come together pretty quickly after that!


This is the one I made:


Rebecca asked for saturated colors, but also that our styles show, so I went with these brights {as they are about as saturated as my fabric stash gets!}. I hope she’s okay with it and that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb!}.

It is so fun to get to make different blocks each month! I think I see more x and + blocks in my future!

Modern Stitching Bee Blocks- {Love}

It is so fun getting such beautiful blocks in the mail from places I can only dream about. I absolutely love it and I love, love these blocks. I thought I would share my happy mail with you!! {I think my son also enjoys seeing what is in the packages too!}


These are the set I received from Diane at Random thoughts do or di , they are just so lovely!! I could spend all day looking at them!! I really love how Diane used the selvage in some of the pieces.


This set is from Katy at The Littlest Thistle. She did a beautiful job and I love them too!!


I do have more blocks that I have already shown, but I thought it would be fun to put these four together and see how the quilt is beginning to take shape. There are so many pretty fabrics in them and I know just how much work went into each one. I am going to cherish this quilt for a long time.

I will have two of the prettiest quilts ever!!

Thanks again Diane and Katy!!

I hope you have a great weekend. I know I am looking forward to it. I have a little yard work, a lot of cleaning up to do and hopefully some sewing and organizing in my “gigantic pile of fabric” I call my sewing room. {That’s the way Silas described my sewing room when he got a glimpse of the room, when the door was accidentally left open. I think he was a bit afraid that he would get lost in there!!} We had so much fun while Jennie and the three little lovelies visited. I know it would be better if they lived closer but it is a lot closer than California. I will be happy with what I have!!

What plans do you have for the weekend? Sewing??