June 23, 2015

Going Green

I finished up my June Mid Century Modern Bee block for Rene' of Rene' Creates this week. After being so far behind in May I really wanted to get caught up. Maybe, just maybe, I can keep the ball rolling when July comes around.  : )

Rene provided us with a paper piecing pattern (with permission from the designer) and we each chose a color. Without thinking I chose green. I love green and have plenty of green scraps.

I won't say this block was quick. It has very veeery small pieces. I mean teeny tiny itsy-bitsy only 1/4" wide pieces. Those little center squares are only 3/4" but the end result is an amazing scrappy circle.

I dug into all my green and light scraps. Made quite a mess.

Had help selecting the light scraps. NOT!

Sorted scraps and started piecing. Only made a couple of mistakes. Hint . . . don't take a lunch break in the middle of piecing without marking which parts you've already sewn. Otherwise you'll be unsewing. Just saying . . .

Ever so slowly one quarter was done . . .

Then two quarters were done . . .

Then three . . .

And finally . . . all four quarters made into the finished circle.

Pretty amazing circle if I do say so myself. I can see why Rene' asked for help on these. I wouldn't want to make very many. I think one super sized block for the whole quilt might be kind of cool though. You can see the quilt pattern for these circles here.

With green circles making a recurring appearance here in the studio, you could say I'm going green.
In April I made this jade green circle block for the quilt the Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild plans to enter in QuiltCon Pasadena. Maybe you'll see it there. 

The final quilt came out beautifully thanks to the hard work of Stephanie, Christine and Wendy. This is the finished quilt. The photo was taken with my phone and isn't the best but you get the idea.. There's another row of all neutral circles on the far right that I couldn't squeeze into the frame. It's really a wonderful quilt and a great team effort by the guild..

It was also about a year ago that I took an inset circles workshop with Latifah. This was my concept . . more green circles.  Sorry to say this hasn't been finished but it was worth learning the technique.

Last but not least, to keep the curve theme alive there are the quarter circle blocks I'm making for my Drunkard's Path QAL. This was my May block. Green once again along with red. It's going to be a Christmas quilt.

There'll be another post for the QAL soon, so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.
Linking up with WIP Wednesday.



  1. Your Mid Century Modern Bee blocks look great ~ loving the green, as it is my favourite colour.

  2. Your quilt guild quilt is my alltime favorite quilt!!! I just love it! I think green is underrated as a color, you sure make it shine! XX!

  3. I don't know what is is about quilts and cats, but they just love being close at hand and involved in the process! I love the green logs and the guild quilt which has lovely colours.

  4. Quilts and cats, boxes and cats--the tighter the fit the better! Love the way you mixed the prints in the first circle. knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

  5. Love your green foundation pieced circle, so crisp and clean looking. Cute cat too.

  6. Circles everywhere- I love them all! Your May QAL block is amazing.

  7. Well, in my eyes, you can never go wrong with green... my favorite color! Despite the itsy-bitsy snippits, it was well worth the time. I have gotten into paper piecing lately, so this looks like a fun try.

    Love, love, love the DMMQG block, and the finished quilt it just amazing! I've seen some of your previous Drunkard's Path blocks, and I've been enjoying the color combinations.

  8. I enjoyed looking at all of your circle inspiration. I haven't started a block for Rene' as I've been super busy with home projects and have had to move my sewing area to the lower level so nothing has been stitched in weeks. I guess I better find some time as it looks like I'll need more than 1/2 hour to get this one finished, huh!!?

  9. Green is such a beautiful colour- I love it too! I didn't especially love making the MCM bee block for June! I promise the one for July will be easier...if I can make my mind up! Your Guild quilt is really wonderful too- so modern and clean!

  10. So many circles, I love it!! Everything looks so good, awesome work!

  11. All the circles are lovely! Love how you create beautiful quilts together!
    I will be getting back to the Christmas quilt before the end of this month! Very busy with end of schoolyear stuff! Just 3 more weeks to go until summer vacation!!!
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  12. Wow! I landed her from WIP Wednesday and wasn't expecting to see so many fab blocks on one page! I love the group quilt!

  13. The FPP you did for René is gorgeous! Though I also understand how tedious it was to make. Well, the result is very effective. Good for you to do that! The DMMQG quilt is great too! Love how the circles are all different, but similar. Such a good use of colors too. Glad you're hanging in there on your Drunkard's Path. It's looking good too!

  14. Anne, you really make the color green look fabulous! Thanks for much for powering through my bee block. It's gorgeous! I've seen photos on Instagram of your guild quilt and it's simply fantastic.


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