March 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday/Bee Block

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for another WIP Wednesday.

Here it is the end of the month and about time I get my Mid Century Modern Bee block done for Debbie at A Quilter's Table. She asked for a low volume block based on the tutorial over at Little Miss Shabby's blog. It was a fairly simple block to make but I'm not sure about the best way to press. The seams where the gray strips meet seem a little bulky.

I really like many of the low volume/light value quilts that are showing up online. I've even been playing around with an idea of my own but it hasn't made it past the designing stage yet. When Debbie requested this type of fabric I was excited to give it a try and to see what everyone else came up with too.

Pulling fabric from my stash made me realize I don't have a big selection of low volume or light value fabrics. Like many quilters, I have tons of mid values and few true lights and darks. Here is where I started. Several colored dots on white, a handful of leafy and bird related prints, and miscellaneous other prints. I can definitely see an excuse for fabric shopping . . . hehe. Just don't tell my husband.

It was hard to decide what to use for Debbie's block but I eventually settled on mostly grays with some blues and greens thrown in. It turned out a bit darker than I thought it would but hopefully it will work with the rest of the blocks she gets. After all, you need a lot of variety with scrappy quilts right?

The last couple of weeks have seen plenty of behind-the-scene sewing too. Just not things that have shown up on my blog. My new pattern is coming along nicely and I hope to publish next month. Check back often to get the first peek.  I've also submitted a couple of things to magazines and thus can't share.

These cuties are the biggest adjustment I've had going on in my studio. I never realized how easy it really was with our sweet old lady Shadow. She would drive me crazy at times but just as often was content to sleep in the chair while I sewed. No need to worry about her eating threads off the floor, eating pins off the design wall, running with scissors and generally tearing things to pieces . Hmmm . . . life with kittens is interesting, fun and challenging . . . just like human toddlers in the house.

But they are adorable. Opal and Leo (formerly LuLu until she turned out to be a he)
Head back over to Freshly Pieced for more quilty goodness and have a great week of stitching.


  1. Love your block Anne! I think Debbie is going to have a beautiful quilt.

  2. oh I love the block you made! I think this has kind of been an experiment for many of us!

  3. Your kitties are so adorable! That last photo almost made me forget to say how lovely your block is.

  4. Anne, your block is gorgeous! And the kittens are oh so precious! I know exactly what you're going through, mines will be 2 in April and they do the same thread eating, etc. Childish things...

  5. Can't wait for your new pattern. Just became a new member of Craftsy and purchased Cascade and Facets--glad to have my hands on them (well, digitally speaking).

    I like your MCM block--it looks great!

    Elizabeth E.

  6. You did a great job. Her quilt will be lovely. Hope mine gets to her soon!

  7. I like the block. Great fabric choices

  8. Your bee block is really pretty. I think it's just the right combo of neutrals. Debbie will love it.

  9. beautiful block, and those kitties are so sweet all cuddled up like that!

  10. The woven bamboo fabrics are fabulous--I really like your block a lot.


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