Monday, May 9, 2011

May Bee Blocks

I spent my Mother's Day weekend sewing.  Sewing bee blocks, to be exact.  It was wonderful!  Definitely the best Mother's Day gift I could have gotten, other than the beautiful handmade card my husband helped my son make.   I've got two quilts I need to focus on this week, so I wanted to get a few small projects checked off the To Sew list.

First, I worked on my Birdie Stitches block for May.  This one was the most tedious so far - lots of flowers to embroider on this one!  I like how it turned out, though, and I'm super pleased that the embroidery seems to be on the block straight for once.

Birdie Stitches - May block

Next, I worked on my do.Good.Stitches blocks for this month.  I enjoyed these blocks, they were very easy to put together.  We're using a tutorial from Hyacinth Quilt Designs for this month's blocks and focusing on light blues and greens for our color palette.

do.Good.Stitches May blocks - Block A

do.Good.Stitches May block - Block B

I saved my block for Angela in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee for last, this weekend. It was at least partly because I wasn't 100% sure about what I wanted to make for her.  Angela has given us complete creative control this month after sending out some gorgeous blue fabrics.  She was inspired by the modern sampler feel of this red & white stunner from Crazy Mom Quilts.  I ultimately adapted the Stashbuster block from Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I've been wanting to try this block for a very long time, and I definitely like how it came together.  I sure hope Angela likes it too!  I love the fabrics she selected, they're so calm and soothing.  I cannot wait to see what kinds of blocks the rest of the group makes!

A blue block for Angela

Finally, I can leave you with a teeny-tiny sneak peek of something I'm sending in the mail today to our {Sew} Modern Monday hostess, Megan.  She and I are doing a little mini-quilt swap,and keeping what I made for her a secret is a serious challenge!  I can't wait to show you the rest after she gets it!

My first attempt at hand-quilting...

I'm linking up today with {Sew} Modern Monday.  Hop on over to see some other fantastic modern finishes!

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations


  1. I love that blue and white block you did!

  2. love your do good blocks. I have been thinking about what fabrics to use, guess I better get to it! And I love that blue and white block - very pretty and fantastic use of fabric!

  3. LOVE all of your blocks!
    What a lovely way to spend Mother's Day!
    Can't wait to see the secret little quilt - the red hand quilting is so cool!

  4. W O W! all of your blocks are fantastic, but the block for Angela is blowing my mind! I'm in love.

    This sounds like a great way to spend Mother's Day! I had intended to get a lot of sewing done, but instead I took a 3.5-hour nap. Not at all productive, but I'm not complaining! :)

  5. Oh my goodness! What amazing projects you are working on! I love your do.Good.Stitches blocks! Your {Sew} Beautiful Bee block is fantastic too!

  6. Those blocks look amazing!! SO cute! Love the flowers!

  7. Those are beautiful blocks! I can't wait to see your mini quilt...

  8. Whoa I'm stunned by your sew beautiful block! Great work!!

  9. Oh my that blue block is just stunning!! what a lucky beemate :)

  10. Wow! So beautiful! You blue block for Angela is so specacular. Really, really beautiful.

    I have just joined the Birdie Stitches quilt along - I'm a little late, but getting there! I can't wait to ge to the May block - how cute :)


  11. Love that bee block for Angela. You are on the ball! Look at what the rest of us have to live up to now. :)

  12. What a fun way to spend mother's day :) And I LOVE LOVE my block!!!! Can't wait to see it - thank you!

  13. Your blocks are awesome. I love them all!

  14. I'm a bit behind on blog reading so I'm moving pretty fast to catch up...had to stop when I saw the blue/white block. Wonderful job - how could Angela not love it? :)


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