Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bee Blocks

I got my latest round of bee blocks put in the mail yesterday, so I thought I would share them here. And it doesn't look like I ever posted about July's, so you get those, too!!

All four

I recently joined a new bee, Bee {Purposeful}, that is organized by Corey of Little Miss Shabby. I have been wanting to increase my charitable sewing this year and Corey happened to post about this bee at just the right time, so I joined. It is set up in a similar fashion as do.Good Stitches with some people as designated quilters and others as "stitchers" that send blocks but aren't responsible for the actual quilting. Our first month was August and Corey asked for Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks, in the style of Camille Roskelley's. These were so much fun to choose fabrics for that I just might have to make a version of my own, too.

New England blocks for Andy

Andy was the quilter for July in our dGS circle. She chose these scrappy New England blocks in colors inspired by her summer flowers. These blocks were quick and easy to make. A tutorial can be found on Andy's blog, A Bright Corner. 

August Blocks for Lindsay

For our August dGS block, Lindsay asked us to make these blocks which are one of the patterns featured in her upcoming book, Modern Bee. Sukie designed the block, which was another quick one to make. 

Arkansas Traveler

We are taking August off in That Stash Bee, but for July Kelsey chose these Arkansas Traveler blocks in bright, scrappy colors. I have been wanting to make these blocks for a while now, but I can definitely say they were not quick to make! They aren't difficult, just a little time consuming. And since Kelsey wanted a specific fabric used for the background, she sent some to us since most of us wouldn't have it in our stash. When I opened the package and saw 1/2 yard of fabric I was surprised that she had sent so much for two blocks. But she knew what she was doing, as I just barely had any left over!


Our July block for Always Bee Learning was this fun Sparkler block by Lee of Freshly Pieced. Kristina already had our fabrics cut, so these blocks seriously came together in about 15 minutes. I love this block and am excited to see the quilt all finished! 

Improv arrows 
And finally, our August blocks for Always Bee Learning. Megan asked us to make improv arrows inspired by some pictures on The Workroom's photo stream. These were so fun to make, and a nice break from the other projects I've been working on. 


  1. These all look fab, I especially love the arrows!

  2. All gorgeous and I agree with Katy those arrows are awesome!

  3. Beautiful blocks. I like your scrappy trips blocks. I was thinking of doing another too while making my blocks. It's nice that a little from us makes a big difference ; )

  4. So many lovely Bee blocks - love the Trip along ones too!

  5. All your blocks are incredible, Toni! The Arkansas Traveler has been on my radar for a while now, so you have inspired me to get busy with it!

  6. These are all just lovely! I confess I'm a little jealous you're done with August already! ;-)

  7. Gorgeous blocks! I just adore your improv arrow blocks. They will make an awesome quilt.

  8. All look great! You're certainly keeping busy with all the kids at home over holidays too.

  9. Your blocks are gorgeous, as usual! I really like those arrows... what a cool idea!