Friday, April 25, 2014

April Bee Blocks

Whoa! This month's bee blocks were somewhat challenging for me!

A totally new-to-me block was the Ogee block that Mary/QuiltGenius of the Always Bee Learning asked for. This is my one bee where I get sent the fabrics, and it's always fun to see what my bee-mate has chosen. Mary did an awesome job cutting out the pieces for this block, so that definitely helped! But this was one I had to lay out completely and then piece each component as I carefully 'built' the block. Just for reference, Cristy/Sew Much Like Mom posted this unique technique for curves on Ig. I was too far along to try it this time, but it is interesting none-the-less.

Melissa/~Me1issa  of the FAITH Circle of do. Good Stitches chose Shape Shifter blocks for us. These have the most unique construction process. In general you start with WOV strips, and since I didn't have any in the colors needed, I complicated the process for myself by using fat-quarters. But once I straightened that out, these came together like magic. Each of the small blocks in the photo are 7" unfinished.

And lastly, for That Stash Bee, Ginny/fishcreekstudio had us do mini churn dash blocks that are 6 1/2" unfinished. Easy right? In reality yes, but I got chain-piecing and mixed up my colors and texts and pretty much had to unpick everything and start over. Gee whiz. I love them finished though and kinda wish they were mine to keep. sigh

I haven't received many Rolling Diamonds back from my Mid-Century Modern girls, but am really looking forward to getting those! But still. Another round of bee blocks under the belt.

14 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

You have been busy, Debbie! I love churn dash blocks too. 6.5" ones must be very cute! No sign of my block yet?

Ellyn said...

what great blocks! those curves would have stumped me! love the churn dashes

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

busy bee! The shape shifter blocks are gorgeous! I piece my dp blocks without pins and have no trouble, that tutorial was interesting but it did seem like a lot of steps - I've also never used glue and am not sure about it.

aangto said...

Wow! Lots of bee blocks. That glue technique is interesting. I may try it! I love the stripe block technique. That's my preferred method of hsts!

Lisa C said...

The mini churn dash blocks are amazing! Great job!

Katy Cameron said...

Lovely, varied selection as always!

feelincrafty said...

You are in a bunch of bees, my friend! They all look fun!

Leanne said...

I love your blocks, it was bee block sharing day today I think.

Anita said...

Love your churn dash blocks!

Malu said...

Your blocks are just adorable. A bee reallly seems to be a great way to practice new technics. I love the Ogee block. But this really is not simple.

Erica said...

Love them! Your churn dash blocks are adorable :)

Spontaneous Threads said...

This must have been the month of the seam ripper. I used mine in my Bee blocks as well, despite laying them out correctly, or so I thought!

Heather @ Winding Bobbins said...

Love your blocks (though that first one scares me....). I just joined my second bee, the happiness circle of do good stitches, and I'm excited to be able to make a couple more blocks each month.

Kelly said...

Those Shape Shifter blocks are FABULOUS, Debbie! I've pinned them to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/