Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bee Frazzled

It's October and round here that means one thing...cooler temperatures! Not that they are here yet...

September was a bit of a frustrating month for me sewingwise as I was behind from the start, lacked momentum for most of the month and really only found my rhythm in the last few days.

There were bee blocks to be made of course.


I had Jennifer's Stitch Tease bee blocks for August *blush* to make.  She asked for Arkansas Traveler blocks (far right) in hummingbird colours against a dark grey background. We used this super straightforward tutorial by Lee and the block came together with no difficulty.  The only problem was that the background was paper pieced and there was a lot of wastage so using the cutting instructions I got through a whole FQ for one block! The diamonds for the second block are made, so once new fabric supplies arrive, they will be off to Jennifer.

Hadley was Queen Bee in September's Stitch Tease and asked for 49 patch blocks using low volume in one block and aqua, deep pink, dark grey and low volume in the second block.  Now these was easy to put together but only once I had found the fabrics, which was challenging to say the least! She is going to have the most beautiful quilt.

A few months ago, Rhonda asked if I would join her Modern Stitching Bee and seeing who was in it I jumped at the chance. Leanne was first up for the new round and asked for square within a square blocks and QST blocks. She asked for fussy cuts in pinks, acid greens, aquas, zesty oranges and lemons and juicy purples. For the QST blocks, Leanne wanted prints which would read as horizontal lines - this challenged not only my fabric choices but my brain in correctly positioning the components of the block and let's just say there was seam ripping and then some!


Determined to do better this month, I decided to get on with Emily's blocks for the Modern Stitching Bee. Emily asked for log cabins using a little red, yellow and green surrounded by navy and low volume fabrics. While I didn't repeat within each block, there are some repeats within the second block but I'm hoping that with some careful positioning they will fit in nicely. Another beautiful quilt me thinks.

A couple of bees wind up this month and I won't be joining in any Round 2s. I need to lessen my bee commitments and concentrate on just a couple.  If you hear me joining another you have permission to shout at me!

Annabella


18 comments:

Isisjem said...

Gorgeous blocks I can see why everyone wants you in their bee's!

Charlotte said...

beautiful, beautiful blocks!

Katherine said...

Lovely bee blocks, Annabella! I think that they will each be delighted with such pretty additions.

Sarah said...

That's a lot of bee blocks in a short time, and all so gorgeous! I had to repeat most of my fabrics in the second log cabin block for E. My stash didn't extend to quite so many original prints. She's going to have a stunner of a quilt, as will Leanne.

Kate said...

Lovely blocks. A log cabin is always fun and attractive.

heart of charnwood said...

I'm in exactly the same position, very behind in bee commitments, and i think it will take me this month to catch up! Love the blocks you made though, good luck with this months, I hear more LV is on the way for ST! :o)

Janine said...

Gorgeous blocks :)

Flying Blind... said...

Yay!!!
I figured after the August fabric haemorrhage, it was only fair to create no wastage for my month, honest!

Dianne Neale said...

I thought it was just me wasting all that fabric!!!

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

Absolutely gorgeous blocks. I'm with you on the bee commitments - two of mine are about to finish, and I'm not rejoining. I'm the worst bee member ever (cough July blocks still not done cough)

Leanne said...

I am so glad you are in a bee with me, I don't mind if you don't join the others. I love the blocks you made for me, thank you.The other blocks here are lovely too.

poppyinstitches said...

brilliant blocks!

Di said...

Georgeous blocks. Bee blocks are great for stretching you and doing different patterns. Keeping up is a harder thing as I can say from personal experience! Di x

Heather D. said...

Bee frazzled....I got a giggle out of that. :) Your blocks look great Annabella!

Katy Cameron said...

I hear you on the 2nd block duplicates! WTG on catching up though

blandina said...

Darling Annabella, your work always amazes me.

Canadian Abroad said...

You are the bee queen. And in full scale production there.

diane said...

as long as you stay in the bees I am in with you I will be happy. All lovely blocks. I need to get working on the October blocks