Showing posts with label Four Patch Block. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Four Patch Block. Show all posts

Monday, 30 May 2016

The Bee Hive 2016 - April Block - The Bermuda Mail Triangle

Queen Syerli of April was a busy bee indeed as she published a quilting book (how cool is that!) about a month ago. Therefore, she was at the time understandably too busy to decide a design and prepare a tutorial. She put the ball in our court by asking us to pick a design ourselves and to surprise her. We were free to choose the colour but were to work within the choosen colour family from light to dark. Syerli intended to later assemble the blocks into a sampler quilt. 

Puppilalla, Star Plus, Quiet Play, Blossom Heart Quilt Exchange, Quilting Bee

Too much freedom can be paralysing so it took me a while to settle on a design and decide the colours. The block I ended up choosing is the 'Star Plus' by Kristy from 'Quiet Play'. There are very pretty repeats possible but I decided to stick with Kristy's original layout to make it easier to recognize. 

Puppilalla, Star Plus, Quiet Play, Blossom Heart Quilt Exchange, Quilting Bee

I wrapped the block up nicely, added a few goodies and went to the post office to discuss mailing options. My block has still not arrived to-date and might well be lost in transit...

When this happens mailing internationally is so frustrating. I sent Syerli the letter as registered mail 5 weeks ago and it has still neither arrived nor returned. Therefore, it is most likely another letter to be chalked up against the Bermuda Mail Triangle... I am rather miffed as this leaves my swarm mate in the lurch. 

It is not the first letter not to have arrived either. One of the letters that was supposed to reach me when I was Queen of March also never reached me. In either case we will have to decide as a swarm what the way forward is supposed to look like in such circumstances.


The Bee Hive

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Bee Hive 2016 - February Block - Think Pink!

Puppilalla, original design, February Queen Bee, Quilting Bee

February Queen Bee Maja requested the very pretty ‘Wanna Fanta’ block in mostly pink and mainly floral. The emerging pattern creates that lovely ‘Orange Peel’ look. I immediately started to associate freely and - as to me the blocks look like flowers winding up a trellis - arrived at 'Sleeping Beauty' instantaneously. Were this my quilt, I would call it that =)

Wanna Fanta, The Bee Hive, Orange Peel block, patchwork block, quilting bee
Maja's sample blocks

As you can see from her sample blocks the main colour is pink with colourful accents set against low volume fabrics that contain grey. Maja asked us to use four different pink prints and four different low volume prints, as well as to throw in assorted pink scraps. Where possible we were to concentrate on floral prints.

Unfortunately, or actually quite fortunately depending on the context, I have used up most of my pink scraps for my (as of yet unfinished) Tessellation Style Pillowcase project, which means I was not really able to throw in a great many scraps to shake things up.

Patchwork, bee block, orange peel, Wanna Fanta, Puppilalla, quilting bee

So here my ‘Wanna Fanta’ addition to Maja’s project. I really like how it the blocks look together and have to fight the tiniest bit of quilt block envy =)

It almost made me reconsider my block choice for March when I will ascend to royalty.

Patchwork, bee block, orange peel, Wanna Fanta, Puppilalla, quilting bee

I also made a little additional block component. I though 'The Lovely Hunt' grey on white print would be perfect for this project but as it is not strictly a low volume fabric, I was not sure if Maja would want to use it. So I made it as a little extra.
By the way, have you spotted the Anna Maria Horner Studio Scraps I smuggled into this February assignment?


The Bee Hive

Monday, 8 February 2016

Stash Bee 2016 - February Block - Knock, knock. Who is there? An Orange...

I had so much fun with the January assignments that I was very much looking forward to February. Bee blocks instil me with a sense of satisfaction. Their limitation in scope means you arrive at a tangible outcome very fast. You also get to try new designs or techniques and work towards the completion of a project, albeit somebody else’s.

Queen Bee Graphic, Quilting Bee

Stash Bee February Queen Bee Renae tasked us with making her some ‘Orange Peel’ blocks. They were to be in bright summer colours on black on white backgrounds. Provided our stash could accommodate it, each peel and background fabric was to be different. Renae also prepared a Pinterest collection for us to get an impression of her preferred colour scheme. Most importantly the colours chosen for the peels were NOT to be muted or muddied.

Sounds straight forward or so I thought until I looked at my stash. Until Renae expressly asked that the colours were not to be muted, it never occurred to me to evaluate my fabrics under this aspect. The fact that I am currently taking Rachel Hauser’s class on colour ‘Color Intensive’, where she also looked at colour values with us, might also play into this. Anyway, I found that most of my pretty fabrics actually do fall into the ‘muted’ category. Works for me but was not what was required for this bee block.

Therefore, I started to take pictures of my fabrics to assess their relative values and to see which shone the brightest. I finally chose these ones as they meet the requirements.

Patchwork, fabric pull, bee block, Puppilalla, quilting bee

From there and after a trip to the fabric shop to get the fusible interfacing, I only had to follow the tutorial to arrive at this finished block. I think it ticks all of Renae’s boxes and will look just fabulous with her sample block.

Patchwork, Orange Peel block, bee block, Puppilalla, quilting bee

As the February Queen Bee of my second quilting bee group also asked for ‘Orange Peel’ type blocks, I got to practice two ways of going about creating the look this months. The second one partially used paper foundation piecing and is called ‘Wanna Fanta’. Both were fun and both had their own challenges.
With this technique, I found it difficult to assemble the four block components to a unified whole. With background fabric, interfacing, peel and seem allowances, there were about four layers of fabric on each side, which made it difficult to feed the bulk under the footer, whilst maintaining a reasonable straight seam.

All that remains this month is to mail the block and prepare for March. I will be Queen Bee in that second quilting bee and there is a lot of sewing to be done in preparation.

Stash Bee 2016