Last Bee Blocks {Union Jack}

Good Morning! It’s Friday and the start of a nice long weekend. I did not accomplish very much sewing this week, not really feeling very well. But, I am so glad to be back to normal now.

A couple of things that I made are these two “Union Jack” blocks. They are for the lovely Rhonda of quilter in the gap for the Modern Stitching Bee. By the way they are very late!

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This is the first one and was very much a trial for me. I really dreaded making it. But once I decided I had to make it or tell Rhonda I had chickened out and couldn’t, I decided to really just give it the best shot I could. I also got a lot of encouragement from my daughter, Jennie, Rhonda and lot of lovelies on instagram. And just like many others said, it really wasn’t that hard. Hehe, so easy to say now that they are finished.

After I made this one I did think it could have used a different color in it and maybe it would have been a little more interesting. But saying that, I really do love these two blue fabrics. Rhonda also gave me her approval, so that is really all that matters, since it is for her.

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Next was to make a second one. I really like Pam Kitty Morning fabrics and thought this would be a good combo. I am super pleased with it. Kind of like Valentine colors, I do love them. It did get easier after the first one, it’s because I used a great tutorial that Molli Sparkles has on his blog. It is really a super tutorial and that is why I added the link. I am sure I could not have done it without it. If you have ever considered making one just use his tutorial, it’s the best. I am now dreaming of a quilt with these blocks, it would be so lovely!!

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Here are the two blocks side by side, totally different but the same.

The Modern Stitching Bee is no longer running. I only belonged to it for one year and really enjoyed it. A little sad it is over though.

I hope you have a great Friday and a super weekend.

Modern Stitching Bee Blocks

I have been making a little progress on my blocks for the Modern Stitching Bee. I was thinking these blocks were going to be difficult, but they are just fun!

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It is fun going through scraps and putting them together in a fun way! I love seeing all the mixes of fabrics in each of these blocks.

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I have been sewing many other things lately, but I am glad to be making bee blocks again.

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These are all for now. I have a couple of more blocks for this bee and then several more for the Sew Sweet Bee.

 

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.

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

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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!!

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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.

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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!

hummingbird

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?

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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!!

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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.

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

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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.

Sewing-blocks

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.

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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.