Stash Bee Blocks

Wonky Log Cabin Block

I’ve been negligent and behind in my Stash Bee block sewing lately. But, even though I’ve been behind {sorry Lynn!}, I am working on catching up. Lynn asked for two bright, wonky, gender-neutral blocks. I wasn’t able to get the log cabin anything but straight, but the strips are a variety of sizes, so I think that counts as wonky, right?!

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And then a bright, wonky star, with a solid color for the outside. I really thought this yellow was fun!

Patchwork-Star

For March we made a giant block from Kat’s tutorial, with an emphasis on polka dots, it was fun digging through my stash for pretty bright dots and those type of prints. I threw in some butterflies and geese for good measure too.

Now I am on to some flying geese for my Modern Stitching Bee Blocks. We are to make two blocks of any combination of lengths, for a total of two 12″ x 12″ {so, 6″ x 18″ or 4″ x 12″ x 3, etc.}.

So, if you know of any great flying geese patterns I might enjoy, let me know. I think I’m going to try one circle, and then one easier one. This is my first time with flying geese and with the circle of geese, so, again, any tips would be appreciated!

Catching Up

I am sure many of you can relate, but it sure seems like everything is a wild ride between Thanksgiving Halloween and New Years. I had hopes of getting so much accomplished, but, as usual, find myself falling behind! So, I have some projects and bee blocks that are painfully overdue…but still fun to work on. The first are some bee blocks for October!!

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I am still working on wrapping my mind around foundation paper piecing. I actually made the pink block just by cutting rectangles, it wasn’t until I examined the pictures later that I realized my book isn’t leaning on anything. Oops…

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The block with the orange book was was from a template, but the corners didn’t match very well. It is a learning experience, and the small size of the blocks {6 1/2″} didn’t help.

I think these blocks were fun, but I really struggle with coming up with these interpretive blocks…oh well! Wait until you see the November blocks…!!

Converging Corners Block

I just wanted to share my September quilt blocks for one of my bees.  Perhaps everyone has seen this block before, but since I missed it somehow, I thought I’d share as it was fun to make and I loved the result!  It is called “Converging Corners” by Ashley of Film in the Fridge.  You can see a collection of the blocks {including mine} on Anneliese’s blog here.

Do you have any quilt blocks you’ve loved making that we might not have seen?

A Cold and Some Bee Blocks

A cold has kept me down for the past week or so.  The kids got it and recovered quite quickly…so, imagine my dismay when I came down with the same thing and have been slow to mend!  I think it’s all the busy-ness of being mama that has kept me under the weather!  But, I did manage to make and mail some bee blocks!

Stash Bee, August {I know, super late!} for Rachel, mammafairy sews.  The block is Starry Night by Faith of Fresh Lemons, which was my first real attempt at foundation paper piecing!  Good thing Faith has amazing directions!

Next up, Modern Stitching Bee, September for Chrissy of Sew Lux {my favorite fabric shop!}, the block is “Four Acres” from Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers.  It was a fun, easy block!

Okay, that’s all for now, hopefully this cold will get better and I can get back to work.  Right now I think I need a cup of hot tea with honey some tea in a cup of honey, and to watch a Jane Austen movie on the couch…

Sewing with Selvages {Tutorial}

It is my month for my quilting bee in July! I am asking for the string version of my scrappy star, made with a few selvages. So, as a precursor, I’m going to do a bit of a tutorial on using selvages in the block, even if you’re not in my quilting bee, I hope you find this useful!

First, for this specific block, there are chevrons in the center with the star points, so, on two of the 5″ x 4″ paper rectangles, draw a 45 degree angle going one direction, then draw it the other direction on the other two.

I find that strips ranging from 3/4″ to 1 1/2″ and anywhere in between are the best sizes for these blocks.  Adjust your stitch length to something shorter, this will make tearing the paper away much easier {I set mine at 1.5 instead of its regular 2.5}.  Start with two strips, right sides together, then place them parallel to one of the drawn angles and stitch them down.  Then press them open.  Place another strip, right sides together with the edges matching and continue sewing in the same manner.

To add a selvage, place the fabric right sides up over one of the strips, with about 1/4″ extending beyond the selvage edge.  Then stitch the selvage down on both sides, as shown in the picture above.  This will give the seam plenty of strength and keep the selvage in position {since selvage edges don’t have the same stretch as the body of the fabric.  Please note: do not cut the fabric above the selvage away, this will leave a raw edge on the top of the quilt block!

Then continue piecing the block by sewing strips right sides together and then pressing open.  Your fabrics should extend a little bit beyond the papers.  Then, from the back side trim to required measurement.  Please note:  this may not be the exact size of the paper, so please measure the block when you trim!

For this particular block, you will then cut the 4″ x 5″ rectangle into two 2″ x 5″ rectangles.  When you place this rectangle with one going the opposite direction, you will have the chevrons.  Piece the corner 5″ x 5″ squares in the same manner, but it won’t matter what direction the angle is going, as long as it is diagonal across the square!

And there you have it, a little bit of sewing with selvage edges, I’m really excited to see some string blocks come together!