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Bee Inspired and the Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge

As you might know I belong to an online bee known as Bee Inspired. Recently, one of our members asked if we’d like to participate in the Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge and of course I said yes!

In a nutshell, as a group we are making a quilt for charity that will be shown at Quilt Con. The color palette this year is white/grey/black.

The quilt design is up to us, but it must include text as an integral part of the design. We came up with a theme (You got this!) and quickly divided the quilt into 16” x 32” blocks that each member would piece. Most of us are using English for our text, but some of us have ventured into other languages. I believe our quilt will include French, German, Greek, Gaelic, Spanish and Italian. I chose Italian because Italy was the last county my sister visited before she passed away last year.

Translated into Italian, You got this became Ce la fa. Not wanting to simply trust Google to translate, I joined an Italian language group online so I could get a native translation.

Another thing our group decided was to include one or more Friendship Stars in our block. I decided to use a variety of fabrics, moving from very light grey in the upper left to dark grey and black in the lower right.

For the letters, I moved from a very dark grey on the left to a very light grey on the right for the most contrast.

Here are some of the other blocks.

Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery has volunteered to sew the blocks into a quilt top for us, and Ann @ Brown Paws Quilting has volunteered to quilt it.

We will collectively choose a charity to give the quilt to after it has hung at Quilt Con 2020. I can’t wait to see the rest of the blocks. I think the quilt will be wonderful once it’s all put together.

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Bee Block Done!

Regular readers know I belong to an online bee, Bee Inspired. Last year each member got to act as Queen and select a block for us to make her.

Well, one thing happened after another and I never got the last four blocks done. I’m determined to get them done however and to prove that, here’s one of the blocks!

This one is for Karen @ Tu-na Quilts, Travels, and Eats. The block is called Wanta Fanta, and you can find the pattern in here. The pattern is by Blossom Heart Quilts.

Karen wanted her block scrappy with bright orange fabrics and white.

I had a lot of fun digging through my orange fabrics for just the right ones. Aren’t they bright and cheerful?

I hope you like your block Karen! I’ll put it in the mail today.

Now to cut the fabrics for the next bee block. This next one is a log cabin, and it’s for Irene @ Patchwork & Pastry.

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Bee Block Roundup

I belong to an online bee, Bee Inspired, and each month our Queen selects a block and we all make one for her.

I’d done well at the beginning of the year, but recently I’ve fallen behind and they’ve begun to stack up. So I’ve made it a priority this month to make my bee blocks and to get them mailed off to each Queen at long last.

The happy news is that I’ve gotten two of my bee blocks done! The first is for Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch. Jen told us to use this bright color palette and to make whatever we wanted, so I made her my Berry Cross block, a block I designed myself. I thought the block might remind her of me.

I designed the Berry Cross block originally for a blog hop, then hosted a quilt along with it. Here’s my Berry Cross quilt from that quilt along. I’m currently writing a pattern for Berry Cross, so look for it soon!

I’m mailing your block off today Jen! So sorry it was late. Hope you like it.

I got another bee block done as well. Thank goodness for simple, modern blocks! The July Queen was Susan @ Seven Oaks Street Quilts. Susan wanted us to make toadstool blocks with a simple color palette—red, grey, and white.

I love the fabrics I found for my version, and I hope Susan loves them too.

Susan’s block is based on a block by I Am Luna Sol. If you want to make Susan’s variation, the instructions are here on our bee blog—Bee Inspired.

I love how bold this block is. What a wonderful quilt it will make! I hope you like it, Susan! I’ll put it in the mail today.

Now to cut the fabrics for the next bee block. Maybe it’ll help to get it done!

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May Bee Block for Velda

The May Queen of Bee Inspired was Velda. I got her block mostly  done a while ago, but it languished as I figured out how to finish it. More on that in a moment.

First, I belong to an online bee called Bee Inspired. Every month, someone gets to be Queen, and they get to choose a block for the rest of us to make for her. Here are the blocks I've made so far this year for my bee mates. Click on the photos to learn more about each block and where you can get the pattern.

January's block for Sharon

January's block for Sharon

February's block for Ann

February's block for Ann

March blocks for me (small shamrock blocks) to go with last year's block for me, Irish Eyes (my design)

March blocks for me (small shamrock blocks) to go with last year's block for me, Irish Eyes (my design)

March blocks for Paige

March blocks for Paige

April's block for Emily

April's block for Emily

Anyway, for May, Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery wanted a cake block. The pattern is called Sweet Cakes by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. Here are Velda's samples.

The pattern includes a lot of variations, and Velda gave us the freedom to create something meaningful to us. For continuity, Velda wanted the background to be a tone-on-tone or solid gray, and the cake stand to be turquoise or teal (solid or tone-on-tone).

Here's my block--Italian Cream Cake.

Italian Cream Cake was the cake we served at my wedding, so I wanted to share that with Velda.

Italian Cream Cake is rich, filled with coconut flakes and chopped nuts and lots of lots of flavor (and fat). Our cake was so delicious, it was gone in a second! Scott and I were lucky to have gotten a single piece to share. <grin>

Anyway, Italian Cream Cake is light colored with creamy frosting between the layers.

So the first thing I did to make the block was to find the perfect fabrics. I wanted not only to capture the right colors, but also to somehow show the elegance of a wedding cake. So the white fabric I chose had a sort of elegant embossing, and the teal fabric for the cake stand had gold touches. Even the grey background fabric had a shimmer.

After making the cake block, I immediately knew that something was missing. You see, our wedding cake was covered in fresh flowers. So I wanted to do that on my cake block too.

I set the cake block aside for a while and thought about it. Then I got an idea--to applique some flowers on top of the cake a la trompe l'oeil--but did I have some fabric with flowers the right size and colors to simulate my wedding cake?

I set the block aside again until I could find the right fabric. Finally I found this fabric, and cut it up to create the flowers with which to adorn my cake block for Velda.

I used raw edge fusible applique to add the flowers. But I had to set the block aside again when I sewing machine got sick and had to go to the sewing machine hospital. It's still not back, but the other day I got brave and did the edge-stitching using my tiny portable machine that can only do straight stitching and a small zig-zag. The result isn't as nice as I would have liked, but it's finally done and on its way to Velda!

Wanna try Italian Cream Cake? Here's a light version by Cooking Light that I've made. It's incredibly good. Here's a full-fat version if you want to try that instead.

Well, it's on to the June Bee Inspired block!

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