Irish Eyes

My Turn at Hive Queen

As many of you know, I’m a member of an online bee known as Bee Inspired. I met my bee mates through the New Quilt Bloggers group, and I couldn’t ask for a better set of quilters to be associated with. Recently, I got far behind in my work and also in my commitments to the bee—three months behind, in fact! Luckily I’ve caught up early in June. I can’t tell you what a relief that was!

This month is my turn at hive queen, which means I get to choose a block for the other members to make for me. I had a tough time choosing, but in the end I designed a block I’m calling Irish Eyes.

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I’m Irish and I’ve always wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt but I could never decide if I liked single Irish Chain or Triple Irish Chain quilts better. Lately, I’ve been wanting to make something that looks like an Irish Chain but with a modern twist. I’ve been trying to design my take on a modern Irish Chain block for some time now, and becoming Hive Queen this month was the push I needed to finally decide on something.

The block finishes at 12” and uses the No Waste Method Flying Geese method. Here’s what you’ll need to make one block:

               (4) 4-1/2” squares
               (8) 2-7/8” squares
               (2) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles
               (2) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles

Dark Green
               (1) 2-1/2” square

Medium Green
               (1) 5-1/4” square

Light Green
               (1) 5-1/4” square

Use (1) 5-1/4” Medium Green square and (4) 2-7/8” squares to make (4) Flying Geese using the No Waste Method. If you need help with that, click here to view my tutorial.

Repeat, using (1) 5-1/4” Light Green square and (4) 2-7/8” squares to make (4) more Flying Geese. Sew (1) 1 Medium Green and (1) Light Green Flying Geese together as shown. Repeat with remaining Flying Geese.

To make the Center, sew (1) 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” rectangles to either side of (1) Dark Green 2-1/2” square.

Sew (1) 1-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles to the top and bottom of the unit.

Layout the Center, (4) Flying Geese units, and (4) White 4-1/2” squares as shown. Sew the block together in rows, then sew the rows together. Trim to 12-1/2”.

Here’s what I might make with my blocks. I just love this, and all the quilting possibilities it presents. But mostly I’m psyched by the idea that I’ll have a quilt that reminds me of my Bee Inspired bee mates. Woot!

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