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!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 4}

Sampler-7This week I made one really simple block and one that is slightly more complex {for me at least!}. So, first up is the Two by Two block. I chose some of my favorite Bliss prints and made this one without the dots, I love how bright it is!

Sampler-8For my second block, I made the Rolling Stone. Don’t look too close because my points don’t quite line up {should I remake this?!}.  I think part of the issue was that I have told EQ7 to adjust cutting to 1/8″ instead of 1/16″, which leaves the blocks slightly less accurate. For now I can live with it because from a distance I can’t tell too much. I want this quilt to be fun and stress-free, and I never claimed to be perfect!

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Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. A few of you noted last week that the PDFs had strange squares all over them, I think that issue is resolved and all the PDF files are updated! Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Two by Tow: I just cut 2 9″ x 2 1/2″ strips of the blue and one each of red and pink. I sewed the strips together in sets of two and then cut into 4 1/2″ squares. This was the quickest block yet!

Rolling Stone: I followed all the cutting precisely, but when I sewed my rectangle units together they needed to be trimmed. I miss measured and the green was ever so slightly larger than the blue, this made some of my points not line up. So, if you trim, trim very carefully!

sampler-8-blocksAnd here are all eight blocks together! My mini design wall is running out of space already, I may have to find a space to make a really large one, because seeing all the blocks together really helps me in choosing fabrics!

As usual, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. I’m already looking forward to next week’s blocks!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 3}

Greek-Square Alright, let me be honest…I cannot believe I’ve made it to week 3 on time! We spent the better part of last week visiting my parents, and Josiah has been on vacation too, so sewing hasn’t exactly been a priority! But I just knew that if I let myself get behind on the blocks, I would slow slip into being more and more behind. So, I finished them up this morning! I snagged some of this amazing Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram.

MosaicAnd, I bravely cut into the one fat eighth of blue seeds from the original release of Flea Market Fancy. I bought these on a destash on Etsy, since I missed the original release, and I’m so glad someone let these amazing fabrics sit on their shelf for seven years, but I didn’t want to do the same! The center fabric is also from Bliss, and I only have a small strip, so it was a tough decision to fussy cut the center, but I am glad I did.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 5-6Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Greek Square: As usual, I oversized the half-square-triangles. Also, I sewed the rectangles in strips and then cut them apart, that way I could again trim for accuracy. The rectangle units also ended up slightly wider than the center and corner squares, so I had to trim them down. I opted to just trim the dotted side so that I would have more of the pink Bliss.

Mosaic: Aside from oversizing the half- and quarter-square triangles, this block was pretty straightforward.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3Here are all six blocks together, I’m getting so excited about this quilt!

If you wanted to make a mini quilt like the one I made for the mini quilt swap {you can see it here}, you now have all the blog patterns. I made my sashing 3/4″ {cut at 1 1/4″}.

And, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. Although this is a casual quilt along, I just might have a prize or two up my sleeve for those of you making the blocks, because you’re the ones keeping me motivated to make this quilt!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 2}

TurstyleWelcome to week two! I’m really excited about this quilt because I’m using all my favorite fabrics, so I know I’m really going to love this quilt! Oh, and we started a Flickr group too, for those of you who prefer Flickr to Instagram, you can find it here. Block three uses one of my favorite prints from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

Economy-PatchBlock four is the Economy Patch, and I decided not to use the La Creme dots on this one. Since I didn’t really plan on using them in every block, I thought it was a good time to throw in some blocks without the dots.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 3-4Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Turnstyle: I cut the blocks at 5″ and 5 1/4″, respectively. Then I trimmed each quarter of the block to 4 1/2″ before sewing. This seemed easier than cutting anything with 3/16ths of an inch!

Economy Patch: I started with a 4 1/2″ center square and over sized the triangle corners. The first set of corners trims down to a 6 1/8″ square, then the second set to 8 1/2″. I’d much rather trim a little off than have my block too small.

Week-2-blocksAnd here are all four blocks together. I’m excited to start the next two. If you’re sewing along, we’d love to see your blocks either in the Flickr group or be sure to tag it #simplescrappysamplerqal on Instagram.

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!

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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!