Two Months of Bee Blocks


Happy Halloween! The last day of October means it’s time to post some bee blocks. Except that as I got ready to post the October blocks, I realized I never showed you September’s either. So here they are, all in one fell swoop.

{Sew} Beautiful – September
Dutch Pinwheel
AnneMarie asked for this Dutch Pinwheel block using Ruby charm squares. I can’t wait to see all of these blocks put together. It’s going to be gorgeous. You can find a tutorial for this block right here.
{Sew} Beautiful – October
Christmas block for Katie
Katie asked for Christmas blocks of any design, using fun holiday scraps. Bee members had already done a few Christmas trees and some presents by the time I got around to doing my block, so I whipped up these twinkly wonky stars.
Stash Trad – October
This is a brand new bee for me. It was organized by Lynne of Lily’s Quilts and features traditional blocks done in our own modern stash fabrics—how could I possibly say no to that? There are some amazingly talented ladies in this group and I’m so excited to be making blocks for them!
Cracker Scraps block for Angela
For our very first month, we made these “Cracker Scrap” blocks for Angela (you can find the block tutorial here). This was a fun, easy block to make, it looks great, and OMG it’s HUGE! Something like 19″ square. So you could whip up a very good-sized quilt in no time with her tutorial.
Do. Good Stitches – September
Do. Good Stitches strip block
Natalie asked for strip blocks of any design, in a single fall color. My color was red, and I ended up doing a version of my strip-pieced zig-zag mug rug—only waaaaay longer. : ) This block measures 48″ by 6.5″! Can’t wait to see how this quilt comes together.
Do. Good Stitches – October
Do Good Stitches - Around the World block
Melanie asked for Around the World blocks in any bright scrappy colors. We used this tutorial to make the blocks, and I was really surprised at how quickly and easily they came together! This will be such a fun quilt.
String Me Along – September
HST block for Sharon
Sharon asked for any half-square triangle design, using these Amy Butler charms. I love this offset HST design.
String Me Along – October
String blocks for Sabrina
Nicey Jane string blocks for Sabrina. If this block looks familiar, that’s because it is—this is my second set of Nicey Jane string blocks for this bee in the last few months. : )
And finally, a little look ahead to November: It’s finally my turn in the {Sew} Beautiful bee! This is such a fabulous bee—everybody in it is so creative, so inspiring, and more or less on time. : ) And since these ladies are all among my favorite bloggers, I wanted to assign a block that called for a little creativity and personality.
Fabric stack for {Sew} Beautiful
So I’ve mailed out this fabric to my beemates and I’ve asked them to create tree blocks for me. The blocks can be pieced or appliqued or both. They can make a tree of any season, with leaves or without, with wildlife or without, etc. They’ve got free reign—as long as there’s something tree-ish in there! I did give them a Flickr gallery with quilty tree inspiration—you can check it out here. I can’t wait to see what the {Sew} Beautiful ladies make for me in November!
24 replies
  1. Elena
    Elena says:

    Lee!!! Such an inspirational post full of gorgeous blocks! I just joined my first bee….4×5 with Sukie, so I'm excited to choose colors and see what comes back.

  2. Marjorie's Busy Corner
    Marjorie's Busy Corner says:

    Beautiful Lee; but then again your work always is…your colours are so vibrant too. Great work Lee. I especially like the string one….want summer back I guess; we have a light snow on the ground here this morning….rained and snowed yesterday…just way too early!!

  3. occasionalpiece
    occasionalpiece says:

    Delightful way to begin a Monday morning. You HAVE been busy sewing and it will be fun to see the results of your tree swap. Thanks for a great start to my week!

    Elizabeth E.

  4. Diane
    Diane says:

    I love all of these!!! 🙂 I can't wait to see how the blocks turn out with the fabric you sent out!! The colors are fantastic! 🙂 Aren't bees so much fun?!!! (I just finished up my third month of blocks, and I love it!!) 🙂


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