I am back again to share the last three months of my blocks from the IMAGINE circle of do. good stitches. It has been a lot of fun and the bee has given me the chance to practice some of my more newly obtained skills such as paper piecing.
July was hosted by Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies. She asked for two 12.5 x 12.5 inch blocks using the ET Phone Home quilt block template from Lily’s Quilts. She asked for deep reds and medium to dark blues for the “rings” and grey as the background fabric. These blocks were a challenge and extremely time intensive. There were 88 paper pieces per block and she asked us to make two blocks each. I actually had to start all over again on my first block after seeking out a paper piecing lesson during our Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild retreat from my friend Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics. Though my blocks were a little late, I love how they turned out and can’t wait to see the completed quilt.
August was hosted by Jess of SewCraftyJess. She asked for one technicolor twist block from her own tutorial found here. The block finishes at 20″ sqaure, so we only had to make one each. This was definitely a nice time saver after the labor intensive July blocks! Her color inspirations were bright bold pinks, yellows, oranges, purples, white and grey. I love the look of the overlapping squares in the center.
September was hosted by Andy at A Bright Corner. She designed a block called “jumble” for our bee blocks. You can find Andy’s jumble quilt block pattern on her site. Her color inspiration was aqua, orange and white. Each block finishes at 12.5″ and she asked us to make two. Orange is not a color that I have a lot of, so I had to make my two blocks corners from the same 4 prints. I don’t think that should be a noticeable if they aren’t placed right next to each other in the finished quilt though. These blocks were super fast and fun to make. I think that mixing up the colors could result in some really fun and funky quilt blocks too.
Now that I am all caught up with the past 9 months of bee blocks, I hope to make a regular monthly post from now on to keep you all updated. For October we are making some flying geese in sets of 4 blocks. Should be a fun finished quilt. If you are interested in joining do. Good Stitches, you can find sign up information here.