Bee Blocking It


In this month’s bee block round-up:

Crown of Thorns block for Tiffany
I made this Crown of Thorns block in June for Tiffany in the Stash Trad bee. She asked us to create an “explosion of color” in the outer HSTs, with the color from the inner ring carrying over into the fabric used in the outer HSTs. You can find the block pattern here, and go here to see the finished quilt top that Tiffany made with these blocks! It’s so beautiful and colorful!

Next up, I made two paper-pieced yellow and gray paper-pieced stars for Kati, who had July in both of my bees.

Paper-pieced star for Kati
So here’s my Stash Trad block for Kati, using my own fabric. The pattern is from the book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars by Carol Doak. This is probably my all-time favorite paper-piecing book—all the stars in the book are done in very traditional fabrics, but if you can look past that, the patterns are, well, fabulous! This is the Pennsylvania star.

Paper-pieced star for Kati
And here’s my {Sew} Beautiful bee block for Kati, made with fabric she provided. This is also from 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars. It’s the New York star.

Swoon block for Erin
And finally, here’s a bright, fun Swoon block that I made for Erin in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee. Would you believe this is my first Swoon block? I love it in these super-bright colors!

30 replies
  1. Mareenchen
    Mareenchen says:

    Those blocks are fantastic! I love the paper pieced ones especially, such a beautiful colour scheme. I've resisted making a Swoon block up to now but my strength is waning by the day. 🙂

  2. Tanyia
    Tanyia says:

    just beautiful! I love those grey, yellow, and white fabrics! <3 I would like to learn paper piecing. I saw a tut on it, but the directions were just a little too much to follow in my head with no experience in it at all.

  3. Newbie Jen
    Newbie Jen says:

    Lovely blocks. I have that book by Carol Doak, and I sometimes I have trouble seeing past what is on the page. Thank you for showing me some lovely examples in modern colors. I may have to dig that book out again and give it a whirl!

  4. Suz
    Suz says:

    I absolutely love your paper pieced blocks – both the designs and the fabrics you've used. I just have a bit of a touchy question. You know those little bits that don't quite line up?? I know that paper piecing is supposed to be the answer for accuracy, but I always find that when I go to piece the sections – I get those same freaking little bits that don't quite match up. I'm just curious about whether it annoys you, to have gone to all that effort and still end up with little annoying bits. (and I hope you don't mind the question – I promise – I didn't really notice them all that much).


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