Bee Blocks

Tutorial for Crosses and Star

This tutorial is for the block “Crosses and Star”.

StarandCross

Download the PDF file for the templates here   –  StarandCrossTemplates

Cut 12 of Template A

Cut 4 of Template B

Cut 4 of Template C

Cut 1 of Template D

Cut 4 of Template E

Cut 4 of Template F

StarandCrossDiagram

Using this slightly wonky diagram as a guide, begin by sewing one E and one F to each side of  C.

Next, sew A to F, and another A to E. Then sew a third A to E-F. Repeat for the remaining three corner units.

Sew the top two corner units to each side of B. Press toward B.

Sew a B to each side of D. Press toward B.

Sew the bottom two corner units to each side of B. Press toward B.

Sew the top units to B-D-B, and finish by sewing the bottom units to the other side of B-D-B.

Until next time,

Joan

 

California Poppy for Beth

Poppies for Beth

In the Quilt Around the World Bee II, Beth in the UK asked each of us to make her a block of a flower that represents our country.  I live in California, so I chose to make a California Poppy for Beth. I love the simplicity of this beautiful, golden-yellow flower. The inspiration for this block came from a painting I have long admired by Shirley Novak, called “Pumpkin Poppies II”. This block also allowed me to play with raw edge applique, which is one of my favorite techniques.  This is another quilt that I will enjoy watching as it grows.

Until next time,

Joan

Playing Catch-up!

 

 

Our son Ben’s wedding is now a warm memory. I have taken down the Thanksgiving decorations and put them away.  I was finally able to take the time to catch up on some sewing. I feel like I haven’t been in my sewing room for a month!

The first project was finishing Blocks 3 and 4 in the EQ Block-Base Sew-Along. This is Block 3, which is #2448 in the Block Base software.

 

I may have gone a little overboard on this one. I will wait to see how it plays with the other blocks and decide whether or not to do it over. I actually like the colors in this block, but the variety of patterns may be too much.
This is block #4, which is 2049 in the Block Base software:
I made this block a lot calmer, with lots of white space, to compensate for the craziness of block #3. This is the first four blocks as a group:
The next project was to finish my block for Rachel in the Around the World Quilt Bee II. Rachel asked for a geometric block using “berry” colors. Her starter block used lavender, dark pink and some orange, so I put orange in mine, too, for a little interest. This block is called “Braided Bounds.”
I took the photo at night in low light, and the flash distorted the colors, unfortunately. This is better in person. It was a little tricky sewing the pinwheel units to the center square, but I enjoyed making this block.
So, it is back to the machine to get started on Block #5 for the Block Base Sew-Along, which was posted Monday. I am hoping to get ahead of the game this week.
Be sure to come back and see some more photos of quilts from Festival in Houston.
Until next time,
Joan