August 2, 2016

Summer Bee Blocks

It's been months since I shared my blocks made for the Mid Century Modern Bee. One of the things I like about sewing bee blocks is the variety of designs I have the chance to make. This summer has been no exception. Lots of variety.

In May I made this churn dash block for Carla of Grace and Favour. She gave us the freedom to make whatever style churn dash we wanted and one of the examples she provided was this one with a center square. I liked the additional space to use another fabric.

In June it was the Raspberry Kiss block for Rene' of Rene' Creates. She asked for clear, cool blues. Perfect colors for a Florida resident. The tutorial is by Rachel of Wooden Spoon Quilts and can be found here.

Then for July it was colorful log cabins for Sherri of A Quilting Life. Sherri always has so many wonderful projects going on on her blog. Especially some great scrap projects. I look forward to seeing all the scrappy log cabins come together. It's such an iconic quilt block.

Wrapping up the summer was this woven block for Mary of Needled Mom. Mary asked for oceany blues and teals. The pattern for this block is by Elizabeth Hartman and can be found here.

Well that wraps up my summer bee blocks. Four more months of MCM to go in 2016. October will be my month to request blocks so I better start thinking about it now. In the past I've had bee mates make test blocks for a couple of my patterns which helped tremendously as I worked through the pattern writing process and tested various fabric concepts.

Are you in a quilting bee? If so what is your favorite part?



  1. What lovely blocks you have made for your bee mates this summer. My favorite part about being in a bee is getting the chance to try different blocks without committing to having a WIP hanging around, LOL! :)

  2. Lovely blocks Anne! I especially love the "Woven" blocks! I am in only one bee at the moment, and of course receiving blocks in the mail is the best part. The worst part is when the blocks don't show up! ;-((

  3. Love these all. Do you know the name of the cross fabric you used in Rene's? (If it's not handy, just ignore). All your blocks just sing COLOR!!

  4. Wonderful blocks . I really love my churn dash and had fun making the log cabin blocks so much so, that I want to keep sewing up my scraps ; )

  5. Lovely blocks, beautiful colour choices. I have just joined my first Bee group and am loving the new challenges... it is different to making a quilt for someone. And as it is for a fellow quilter, I want to make certain I have done it as best I can 😀
    The only downside thus far, is when people are specifying the whole block in certain colours which are not in my stash, example I have learned more about the differences in shades between manufacturers and still trying to locate the right shades for July's Queen,.
    My Bee month is October too and I am looking forward to it.
    Thank you for an interesting post.😀
    Sue xx

  6. Great eye catching blocks! I really like the churn dash variation.

  7. ooo I love your colorful log cabins!

  8. These are some lovely blocks. I haven't been in a bee block group for several years but enjoyed them when I participated. The signature blocks are a nice touch. Is that part of the bee group or something you are creating?

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. did a great job of catching up on all of your blocks. It would be hard to choose a favorite. I so enjoyed making the Raspberry Kiss blocks. I just love the Woven blocks. The colors are perfect!! Thank you.

    I am in two bees and have loved both of them. I want to make a whole quilt with each block idea that I stitch. lol

  10. Such gorgeous, clear colors in your bee blocks! Very pretty.

    I'm not in a bee, but I try to contribute a block each month to Covered in Love. It's a charity run by Kat Drinkwater on to donate quilts to families who have lost loved ones in the hospital Kat chooses the blocks and colors each month. What I like best about it is seeing the finished quilts a few months later on her blog! That, and knowing they are going to such a good cause.


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