Tuesday, August 3, 2010

{ Long Overdue } Bee Block Update

Howdy Y'all! (I'm practicing my Southern drawl for Houston Market in the Fall). How am I doing? :) ha! I'm still finishing up the final details for my AccuQuilt giveaway so it's still hush hush for now ... I CAN tell you that several folks have contacted me to donate prizes. There's still time to donate so feel free to leave a comment letting me know you want to participate. There will be one grand prize winner and several runners up! Yay!

I thought I'd take some time to catch up and show you all the bee blocks I've been working on over the last few months. I promise not to bore you too much (are you having flashbacks of watching grandma and grandpa's vacation slides?). I'm participating in 4 Bees this year. I know, I know, lots of commitment, how do you ever get anything done and all that. Believe me, I'm learning my lesson!

Starting things off with the Fussy Cut Bee.

March 2010 was Lisa's month. Her theme was square in square blocks. She sent an assortment of fabrics and this was the block I made for her:

Fussycut Bee Block for Lisa

April 2010 was Victoria's month. She requested whirligigs with a diamond or square center. I came up with this block for her:

Fussy Cut Bee Block for Victoria

May 2010 was Chelsea's month. She sent out an assortment of jewel toned fabrics. I was able to make 2 blocks for her:

Fussy Cut Block for Chelsea

Fussy Cut Block for Chelsea

June 2010 was my month. I have a separate post for that month so we'll skip on to July. It was Amber's month. She requested log cabins and sent some bright fabrics. I was able to make 2 blocks for her as well:

July 2010 Fussy Cut Bee Block for Amber

July 2010 Fussy Cut Bee Block for Amber

Another bee I participate in is called {Bee} Imaginative.

I left off on Julie's month, March 2010. She sent some great Monaluna fabrics and I made 2 blocks for her:

Bee Imaginative Block for Julie

Bee Imaginative Block for Julie

Up next in April was Ashley. Her theme was Denyse Schmidt's Drunk Love. I was able to get 2 blocks pieced for her as well:

Bee Imaginative Block for Ashley

Bee Imaginative Block for Ashley

May was Amanda's month. She wanted flying geese blocks. The fabrics she sent were beautiful. I had time to make one block for her:

Bee Imaginative Block for Amanda

June was Jacquie's month. She wanted simple, rectangular blocks and sent some home dec fabric. I made one big block for her:

Bee Imaginative Block for Jacquie

July was my month. As soon as all my blocks return, I will post them.

The Red and Aqua Bee has been very challenging for me. Most of the participants have selected some sort of paper pieced block. Although not my favorite way to piece, I have been getting better as the months go along.

Cate was up first in February. She chose a Kaffe pattern called Pickle dish. Here are the 2 blocks I made for her:

Pickle Dish Block for Cate

Pickle Dish Block for Cate

March was Tami's month. She wanted endless chain blocks. Here's what I made for her:

Red and Aqua Block for Tami

Lisa was up in April. She wanted foundation pieced string blocks. FINALLY! Something I could whip up without trouble. :) Here are the 2 blocks I made for her:

Red and Aqua String Block for Lisa

Red and Aqua String Block for Lisa

We took May and June off due to drop outs. I think we lost a few because of all the paper piecing.

July was Corey's month. She requested liberated wedding ring blocks. Another paper pieced block, but this time it was no different than strip piecing. She wanted a little wonk to the strips. Here's the block I made for her:

July 2010 Red & Aqua Bee Block for Corey

Finally, for Buzz Cuts, starting the bee off in May, Adrienne requested stash busting star blocks with blue/green fabrics from our scrap bins. I had a lot of fun making this block for her:

Buzz Cuts Bee Block for Adrienne

I am still completing blocks for June (Jennie) and July (Kimmie).

Whew! That was a long post! Thanks for reading!

12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous blocks! I'm always fascinated by the way you design your blocks.....

    ReplyDelete
  2. wow, do you ever have time to quilt for yourself? All the blocks look stunning.

    ReplyDelete
  3. As I went through the photos I was thinking "ooh! THAT's my favorite so far" and then I thought that 2 or 3 more times as I got further down! Really lovely variety.

    I really love the red/teal ones and the fussy cut one in the first photo, something about the elegant simplicity of it.

    Great post. I'm sure it was long for you to write, but it really makes it fun to see all of the different types of blocks in one post.

    ReplyDelete
  4. All the blocks you made are beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to share.

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are a great addition to the bees you are in. All of your blocks are wonderful and creative.

    ReplyDelete
  6. wonderful blocks...nicely done.

    ReplyDelete
  7. those are all spectacular! thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I agree about the Red and Aqua Bee, it could've been called the Paper Pieced Bee! It's my first bee ever and it's been a bit of a challenging introduction to the world of bees. It's inspiring to see what you're making for your other bees, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Those blocks are really lovely Ryan. I particularly like the flying geese one.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hey Ryan, I love all the cool blocks you've posted on this post! AWESOME! INSPIRING!! Your blog is so awesome! I'm so excited to start some quilting projects. I've been slowly teaching myself how to sew through youtube videos and reading blogs like yours the past two years. I have a three year old son who loves robots, monsters, and space... and a 1 year old daughter who is so cute and gets very excited every time she sees a horse. My first sewing project was to make her a baby quilt while I was pregnant with her. It turned out pretty good considering I had no idea what I was doing when I started! It is so cute and cozy, I wish I had made it bigger so I could cuddle in it with her, lol! We just bought our first home and I have the colourscheme for my living/kitchen/dining room figured out and I want to make a bunch of throw pillows for the couches... that'll be my next project...

    ANYHOW... too much information...

    I just wanted to say that your blog is an inspiration! And I think it is SO COOL that there are men out there who will quilt and not think it is something only women can do. I used to work in a scrapbooking store and would always get excited when a man would come in because he wanted to start scrapbooking... it was a rarity, but very cool when it happened... lol!

    ReplyDelete
  11. It's so fun to see the beyondthereefpatterns.com fabric showing up all over town! That's a little modern hawaiian thrown in to that beeblock from jaybirdquilts.com - how fun!! Love what was done with it...you creatives...

    ReplyDelete
  12. Aw man! (ha) I love your blocks and the layout. Where did you get the ideas for these layouts?

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...