Friday, 28 September 2012

Bee Blocks & Bunting


It's Friday!!  I'm not sure why I am particularly  happy about this fact as my days seem to merge in to one another and sometimes I lose track of exactly which day it is but perhaps it's having a couple of days off the exhausting nudging the 4 year old off to pre-school routine in the morning.

Anyway, last month when we were back in England, my bestie's daughter asked if I would make her some bunting in pastel colours. She's not a girly girl and so I majored on blue and green stripes and dots with a little bit of pink thrown in for good measure.


I'm a little late to the bunting party...who knew it was so fun, quick and easy to make?  I fear I may be a little on the old side for bunting but it certainly cheered our bedrooml up.


Bee blocks have been their usual plentiful self...well that's what happens when you are in (gulp) 5 bees.

First up is this Follow the Leader block for Sarah in the We Bee Modern Bee - a bee which uses blocks from the Modern Blocks book.   Sarah wanted us to use browns, yellows, oranges and reds with a hint of green so that her blocks would look like falling leaves.  Clever! I panicked a little as these are not colours I readily have to hand..well apart from green.  Luckily and not for the first time, my rainbow charms came in to their own and saved the day.


Next were Sea Glass blocks for Helen in the first month of a new bee, Sew Euro Bee-An.  Helen sent us some Kona snow, some Kona Poseidon colours for the border and some pretty scraps in blues, greens and pinks....and yes, there were some batiks in there. The borders could be any size we wanted and we were to place 1-2" coloured blocks in a random fashion.




It was also my turn to make a block for Helen this month in the mystery bee, Stitch Tease. Helen asked for wonky stars of various sizes in bright colours against a background of kona ash.  Here's a sneaky peek of her block which measures 24.5"


Lastly, it was Kris' turn as quilter in the Care Circle of do.Good Stitches.  She asked for Liberated Churn Dash blocks in jewel coloured blues and greens using this tutorial.  These were my first Churn Dash blocks and they were fun to make as they included foundation piecing and that was also a first for me.



It's my turn as quilter in the Care Circle next month and I have still to come up with a plan although I saw Svetlana's Shoo Fly quilt today and I'm thinking that block could make a great quilt for our circle. She's helpfully given a great tutorial.  It's also my turn as queen bee in the We Bee Modern bee next month and I have yet to choose my block...mainly because my real favourites have already been picked. It will be fun to receive some blocks next month....for me!

Anyway, have a great weekend whatever you are up to!


24 comments:

Charlotte said...

lovely blocks! that is a LOT of bees!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Gorgeous blocks and bunting!

two hippos said...

great blocks! Do you think anyone can be too old for bunting - hope not!

Susan Standen said...

Wow! You are churning out stuff, and beautiful blocks at that. And can you ever be too old for bunting?

Kelli said...

I love your blocks! And that bunting is so cute.. I have resisted joining in the bunting party so far, too.. but it sure looks like fun! It does kind of go with the gorgeous quilt and pillows on your bed. ;)
xo

Dianne Neale said...

Busy, busy, busy! I love the wonky churn dash.

Isisjem said...

Wow what a lot of Bee's you're in. Fab bunting - and of course you're never too old for bunting!

Flying Blind... said...

Good going my dear x

Sarah said...

Great blocks, cant believe you are in 5 Bees! Wowee...

Toni said...

The bunting looks cute! And 5 bees? Well done!!

Katy Cameron said...

WTG on all those bee blocks, love those patchworky churn dash blocks

diane said...

YOu are sure making up for having a slow sewing summer. Everything is beautiful. Your friend's daughter will love that bunting

Kris said...

I am busy making bunting here too. I love it! Love all your bee blocks. Especially the ones that will be coming my way!

Leanne said...

Those are such pretty blocks and lovely bunting as well.

Nicky said...

I'm not the only nutter in 5 bees then!?

Great work, love the bunting, and the shoo fly would be lovely!

linda said...

wow a lot of bees,lovely blocks and bunting ,keep going :)))

Kelly said...

cool blocks and you are never too old for bunting!

Cindy said...

This is SOOO filled with goodness. You have me all excited now to try bunting!

Patchwork and Play said...

5 Bees...that would have my head buzzing! (Sorry!) The bunting is very cute!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Oooh I did well this month didn't I? Thank you so much - I love the Sea Glass blocks and I'm sure I would love the stars too if I could see them!!

Rebecca Lynne said...

Bunting is on my list for the girls... How time consuming was it??

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Love your wonky churn dash blocks!
5 Bees... ? My dear, how do you cope? But it’s fun isn’t it, you learn so much from taking part in bees!

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

5 bees... you are a mad woman! great blocks though & can't wait to see what you have in store for us .ext month

Wendy said...

Lovely blocks and lovely bunting!