Friday, January 28, 2011

A Block for Rebekah

Hi Rebekah! I've finished your block! No, it's not this one... this one is tooo boring!
For you, I reworked my block and made you this... which is juuuust right! Hope you like it! Cheers!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Block for Esch

This is based on the roofline and stairs of my parents' home; or, as we affectionately call it, the "very brady ski chalet."

I'm not sure it makes a very interesting block all on its own, but I think once it gets put in with the others, it will work really well.

Monday, January 24, 2011

architectural block for Debbie

This one had me stumped for a little while but I sat down last night excited to experiment with some bricks (which I think was in your original sketch, Debbie). I'm loving the effect... hope the end result plays nice with the other blocks!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

lines and curves

curves and lines

I'll admit that I kept pushing this block back because I was intimidated by the challenge. but at the same time I loved the challenge. isn't that what bees are about?

I made my own little challenge by cutting everything freehand (no rulers!, no measuring!) which may have made my curves a little too subtle. you can probably see my progression from left to right! finally got it on the last one!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Amanda's chevron

I just realized that I posted pics of Amanda's chevron on my blog and Flickr, but forgot to post it here!  It was a fun challenge!
I originally intended the right side of the chevron to be fatter than the left, but had to decide on fat or curve, so I chose curve.  Hope you like it, Amanda!

my other blocks

jess's and amanda's blocks have been out of my hands for a while, but I never got to post them here. I had no hard plans for either, which made for interesting piecing.

squares and rectangles

chevron for amanda

mid mod house

I'm slowly going through all the bee block fabric I received a couple of months ago. I have three blocks done, two more to go. Maybe I'll get them done before the next stack of fabric makes it my way. All the snow this week is sure to help!

I'm not a big planner

I worked on debbie's block yesterday, though I've had a highly detailed sketch since I read the original post ;)

mid modern sketch

I took inspiration from one of the gallery photos, "building" a house with a colorful door and a garage with a window over it. I did worry that my block is too literal and not outlined enough. if it isn't let me know and I can make another one!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Swooping Chevron

I wanted to make a swooping chevron, so I went with curves. All was going along swimmingly until that one I tried again, and again. Third time must be the charm, but honestly it's still a little wacky. I pressed the hell out of it. That's my go to solution when something doesn't go my way.
I hope it'll lay flat for you Amanda. And thank you for sending such a generous amount of fabric. I needed every inch. I appreciate being able to screw up and still be able to finish a block.
Next block is on the cutting table. I'm hoping it's it the mail before Rebekah's fabric arrives.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

blocks for January

fabric for the Mid Mod Quilt Bee

I am finally starting to get on the ball with my month! It took me quite a while to come up with a concept, but I think it's ready for the group now.

Here are my main inspiration pieces:

Here are the details for the blocks:
1. Final block size: 14”x14”
2. Use the brown or turquoise fabric as the base/main color fabric
3. Use any combination of the remaining fabric for the block (feel free to add your own prints as an accent if you have any that match)
4. Any piecing/applique technique is fine.
5. Include at least one rounded and hollowed out square/rectangle in the block

fabric for the Mid Mod Quilt Bee

I'm going to be combining these 10 blocks into a quilt for our master bedroom. I can't wait to see what you all create!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Barkcloth for Cheryl

I'm busy catching up. First, Cheryl. I love barkcloth too, so narrowing down the inspiration was hard, but I picked the shapes I loved and went for it.

First, I pieced in the arc shapes, then I let Cheryl's background fabric lead me and I went with that Philco tv shape that I'd still have in my living room if it would get a station. I fused and appliqued that. I would love to do a whole quilt of blocks like these. Thanks for the push, Cheryl. I can always count on you for that.

The hardest part was cutting the shape of the final block. I learned...I have crappy scissors that desperately need sharpening.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright Fabric Designs

When we started the bee the first thing I looked for were FLW designs. I must be the worst Google searcher because I totally missed any fabric that he might have designed. Then, at the Art Gallery of Alberta I found these cards.

Stunning, gorgeous, and elegant.

Suddenly I want. Especially that bottom right one. That could be a quilt so easily. It's just two blocks!