October Bee Blocks

I spent some time this weekend working on getting some bee blocks done.  I'm normally the girl who likes to get bee blocks done at the beginning of the month, but between The Sewing Summit, writing a new bag tute, a travelling husband, and a munchkin who's starting to have a busy schedule, it's been a hairy couple of weeks and it's nearly the end of the month already.  Where did the time go???  I'm glad I took the time to get these taken care of, I'm looking forward to putting them in the mail on Monday.

This month, Becky is our quilter and she chose for us to do Lily's Quilts' LynneBobSquarePants block, which was fun to work on.  I've been wanting to try this block for a while, so it was nice to get to try it out...though, I made several mistakes along the way and had to rip out my stitches several times on the first block.  I think I was seriously lacking in caffeine when I worked on these blocks, because the tutorial is super easy to follow.  The fabrics for these blocks come from The Quilted Fish's new Delighted collection.

do.Good Stitches October blocks for the Bliss circle

{Sew} Beautiful Bee
Katie is working on a Christmas quilt and her fabric choices were great.  She sent a wonderful assortment of holiday fabrics and I decided to do a block with presents.  When it comes to the holidays, I'm one of those geeks who enjoys wrapping presents and buying cute wrapping paper and all that, so it just felt appropriate. I really enjoyed sketching out this block and putting it together, and I have to tell you...if you like this cute little block, I'll be sharing a tutorial for this one as a part of the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler blog hop next month, so stay tuned.

{Sew} Beautiful October block for Katie

String Me Along
This month, Sabrina asked for some simple paper-pieced string blocks, using some of Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane collection.  I had an especially rough day on the day I made these blocks and I found ripping the paper off the back to be super therapeutic.  It's funny, I have a bunch of Nicey Jane in my stash and I have a hard time finding the right project for it, but I really like how these string blocks look.  Hmm...perhaps a future project...

String Me Along October blocks 

I also made some progress on my baby quilts this weekend (okay, on one of them) and I'm hoping to share the process with you all tomorrow.  Have a great day!

September Bee Blocks

Phew, all caught up on my bee blocks for the month, that feels good.  Now maybe I can find some time to clean up my sewing room - looks like a hurricane came through there!!!

do.Good.Stitches September Bliss blocks

Carol is our quilter is month in the Bliss circle, and requested some string-pieced log cabin blocks.  I put off these blocks for a little while, thinking they would time-consuming, but they really weren't.  I made a big piece of string-pieced fabric to cut log cabin strips from, and it went really smoothly.  These blocks will be really interesting when they're all put together.  The color scheme is inspired by Cherri House's City Park quilt.

{Sew} Beautiful block for AnneMarie

{Sew} Beautiful
AnneMarie is our queen bee this month, and she sent out a fabulous assortment of Bonnie & Camille's Ruby and Bliss collections to make a Dutch Pinwheel block for her.  I'm not normally a big fan of muted soft colors like these, but this block really looks lovely.  The tutorial is also super easy to follow, I definitely recommend it!

String Me Along September block

String Me Along
A while back, Sharon was lucky enough to win my SMS Giveaway Day drawing for a collection of Soul Blossoms fat-eights, and she chose to send those out, along with some white fabric, for an HST block.  Yes, I know I said I was done with HSTs, after my monstrous HST warm/cool quilt, but I didn't mind having two bee blocks this month with HSTs, really.  I went with a simple diamond layout, much like my warm/cool quilt, and I hope Sharon will dig it.

Now all I need to do is pack these babies up and get them out in the mail.  I think it's quite possible that I might just find the motivation to go back to working on my Weekender bag now!  What about you?  What are you stitching up this weekend?

June Bee Blocks

In between working on my Modern Crosses baby quilt this weekend, I spent some time working on bee blocks.  I just finished up the last of them last night, so I'm super happy to check three things off my To Sew list, which seems ever growing!

do.Good.Stitches blocks

Blocks for do.Good.Stitches Bliss circle - June

This month's quilter is my dear bloggy friend, Megan, and she chose a nice, bow-tie block.  I've been seeing a lot of these blocks popping up on Flickr lately, so I was excited to give them a try.  I really like how they came together, and Megan's tute is super easy to follow.  Also, in case you want to pop over to give her a quick congrats, she is the new social media coordinator for the upcoming Sewing Summit, so I'm super excited that I'll get to meet her in person in SLC this fall!!

{Sew} Beautiful block

Block for Cara

Cara is our queen bee this month, and is planning a quilt for for a baby in the NICU, and we are all making house blocks.  I have seen some seriously cute house blocks over the years...and I'm not 100% in love with mine.  I added a little Heather Ross doggie to add a little character to the house, and I'm considering adding some panes to the windows so they don't look so much like eyes, but other than that, I really like how this came together.  Cara sent some great fabrics to work with!

String Me Along block

Flying geese for Nichole

Nichole requested a simple flying geese block - but was very open-ended in what kind of flying geese she wanted.   I thought (momentarily) about doing another circle of geese block, but decided in the end to take the minimalist route.  These prints Nichole sent are from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley collection, something I have very little of in my stash, but every time I see it, I want some.  I love the small scale of the prints, it makes them so versatile.  This was my first time doing flying geese, and I think they turned out quite well - I was pleasantly surprised.

Birdie Stitches June block

Birdie Stitches June Block

I know that the Birdie Stitches BOM group isn't a bee, but I always think of it with my bee blocks, because I'm only doing one block per month.  This one was a little intense.  There's a ton of stitching.  I've seen this one interpreted a bunch of different ways throughout the Flickr group, but I'm a total typeface nerd, so I chose to do outlines of the different fonts Corey used.  I really like how this turned out, ultimately, it might just be my favorite block so far!