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August’s Bee Block

Last month I promised Stacked Windmills and I am here to deliver! I pulled red, pink, bright green, teal, and gray from my stash to complete this block.


This completes the seventh block for the Modern InstaBee Hive 13 and the last block that I finished in Philadelphia.

July’s Bee Block

Can anyone tell me how July is over tomorrow?! I feel like it just started and now it is over. July was my last full month in our little house. This time next month, I will be a Maryland resident.

Since I know that next month will be crazy, I have been sewing up a storm the last week and have been surprisingly productive. I sewed my last signature blocks in Philadelphia for the Modern InstaBee Hive 13 and completed the blocks for the July and August Queens.

July’s Painter’s Palette makes six blocks completed for the Modern InstaBee.


You will have to wait until next month to see how we revisit Stacked Windmills in a completely different color palette!

June’s Bee Block + A Birthday Surprise


Two words: String Circles – this is the block for Modern Instabee Hive 13 that I feared the most because it was way beyond my skill set. After a puckered trial block and a cry to Instagram for help, I was successful. Following the advice I received, I used a lot of Best Press (starch), 32 pins, and did a bunch of stopping to adjust the fabric as I stitched.

That is a lot of pins! I have now completed five blocks for the Modern Instabee and I am having so much fun. July brings us to Painter’s Palette.

Switching gears from a quilt block to a zipper pouch, a surprise zipper pouch to be exact. A very happy birthday shout out goes to my dear friend, Janelle! We have been great friends since college and we do not get to see each other as often as we like. Sadly, Philadelphia and Cincinnati are not conducive to weekly dinners.


I tucked this zipper pouch in the mail on Friday and waited for the phone to ring on Monday. She was surprised and she loves it – those are the reasons that I love putting little surprises in the mail.

I used the trusty Noodlehead Wide Open Zipper Pouch tutorial in the large size. Here is the pouch with my iPhone for size.


Sewing provides a wonderful distraction from all of the chaos going on in my life right now. We have two households in two states, the cats are being moved to MD on Sunday, and I am actively job hunting while the house is on the market. When it all gets overwhelming, I go upstairs and sew.

How about you? Do you use sewing as a reprieve from life?

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