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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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Island Batik Sneak Peek

I’ve been busy over the weekend, and I made some progress on this month’s Island Batik challenge so I thought I would share.

This month, our challenge is to make log cabin quilts. I’ve had a layer cake of the Alpine Jingle collection sitting around, waiting for the right moment and I decided that this challenge was it.

I’ve cut the pieces for the quilt, and have sewn together one of the blocks. The block is not a log cabin obviously, but a tree, made with paper piecing. I’m sure the log cabin blocks will go together well.

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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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