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February Bee Blocks

February was a big month for blocks! I have two blocks for the Philly MQG bee for Cathy and I signed up for The Bee Hive and am participating in and leading two swarms. I am hoping that by having an official leader, deadlines, and schedules that they will run much smoother than my Modern Insta Bee. Sadly, I am still missing five blocks from the Insta Bee. I have not had good luck with swaps (I have an angel for my Schnitzel & Boo Mini swap since my partner is MIA) and bees so far. Oh and I made a few Hazels as well.

A quick aside, if you are in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and would like to check out a quilt show, Southern Comforters of Bowie is hosting their annual The Best Little Quilt Show in Maryland on March 21st and 22nd in Bowie. I will have three quilts in the show and will be doing and Infinity Scarf demo on Saturday at 1pm. I hope that you will stop by and say hello!

After last month’s scary feathers, we had a lovely block for the Philly MQG. Cathy chose a Japanese X Block pattern from Making Rebecca Lynne.

andpins_PhillyMQG_FebruaryBoth of my February Queens for The Bee Hive Swarms selected the Tic Tac Toe Block. Patty divided up the swarm into warm and cool color X’s with random low volume background and corner pieces.

andpins_Swarm2_FebruaryTaslim selected a color palette of aqua X’s, low volume corners, and white backgrounds.

andpins_Swarm11_FebruaryMy final blocks for February were for the winners of my NYE giveaway. Michele, Tabitha, and Gill all selected Hazel the Hedgehog blocks. They were popped in the mail earlier this week.

andpins_HazelsHow did your February treat you? I am so ready for Spring! I am happily pulling mainly from my stash and only buying fabric when I “absolutely have to”. (Whatever that means!)

 

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Blocks & Swaps

It has been a busy week around here as we crash into Christmas. I still have too many things to finish, but I have some fun blocks to show today.

December brings us another month of the Philly MQG Bee. We did Spiderweb blocks for Pat, one of my dear friends. Pat provided us with the center kites and foundation paper and instructed us to go scrappy and colorful from our stash. Boy, were these blocks a challenge for me! No color palette and random, neither one of those make me comfortable, but I trudged on and really enjoyed the process of making these blocks.

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These blocks are my sewing and quilting history. Pat now has pieces of almost every project that I have made to date and I love knowing that. She has pieces of my favorite scarf, my mom’s quilt, my grandmother’s quilt, pieces of fabric from both of my nephew’s quilts, everything!

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How many scraps do you recognize?

I was lucky enough to be able to sneak to Philadelphia on Tuesday to hang out with my MQG friends. We had a wonderful evening with our annual white elephant swap and I really wish I could make every meeting! Pat and Bobbi have made my transition to Maryland much easier and have been my cheerleaders and proofreaders with my tutorials. To thank them, I made each of them a block.

I fueled Bobbi’s paper piecing fire with an Outhouse block by Carolyn Friedlander. I got Bobbi hooked on the shirts and I am secretly hoping that she gets hooked on the outhouses as well! I’d love to do another swap with her.

andpins_outhousePat had mentioned how much she loved the Hazel the Hedgehog blocks when we were planning the Philly MQG bee so I made her one!

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And finally, Southern Comforter’s had their annual Christmas potluck this month complete with a holiday themed 12.5″ block swap. Well, I am not one that is big on tradition so I made a Xmas inspired Hazel!

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It has been a block filled December! It is my month for the Modern Instabee and I cannot wait to show you what I have been receiving. I am going to post once I have all of them together, so you will have to wait and see!

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Are any blocks in your plans?

 

September’s Bee Blocks!

September was a two block month for my Modern InstaBee Hive 13 and the first bee blocks that I have put together in our new home in Maryland. I waited until the last possible second because both Queens requested purple…a color that I was seriously lacking, so I had to check out the local shops and pick up a few purples.

Without further ado, I present to you Trellis Crossroads in purple, orange, gray, and yellow with low volume cream/white with black accents and solid white for the center.

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The second September block is the beautiful Triple Star in orange, shades of purple, and black, with a low volume scrappy background. Metallic accents were requested so I dug into my botanics stash for a special center.

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This completes the eighth and ninth blocks for the Modern InstaBee Hive 13. This month we work on the Ninja star!

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