Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Three Bee Blocks and June OMG

With graduations, new grandbaby's being born, a niece getting married, and a weeklong business trip out of town, this month was a fail for getting my Bee blocks done on time.  But . . . I finally finished them all.  Here they are in no particular order!  The pattern for this Double Star block can be found here:
Double Star Block


These next blocks are for Hive 6 of the Stash Bee.  These are just simple 9-patch blocks that finish at 9 inches.  Just cut up 3 1/2" squares of the colors you want and sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance.  The Queen Bee's request was that each block have a white or white on white square in the middle and the rest of the block be from one color way.

And last but not least is a block for Irene who requested a block done entirely in grays for a new quilt for her bed!  This is a 9 patch in a 9-patch in a 9-patch!  Very fun!

My June One Month Goal is to get Kenzi's quilt top cut and sewn together.   Here are the fabrics she chose and the order she wants them in!  I love getting specific instructions!    Do you find it rather scary when someone says, oh just do whatever you think looks good?  That is the worst!   Too much leeway leaves me constantly second guessing my decisions.  So thank you, Kenzi for knowing exactly what you want!


Wish me luck on getting this goal done because we will be moving out of our house this month into a rental or 5th wheel (not sure which one yet) while our house is being finished.  I'm crossing fingers for rental!   I should take some more pictures of the interior of the house we WERE going to move into.  It is downright gorgeous!  I'm sad that I don't get to live there.  But not TOO sad, as my final, forever, no-more-moving house has been started!

And last but not least for today's post, I am going to try my hand at writing a pattern.  It will be free because I'm pretty sure the market for this one will be pretty small!  Linda Hungerford at Flourishing Palms made a quilt in the shape of her home state of Florida.  Check it out!

Isn't that great?  I was fascinated by it!  I asked her if she would be publishing a pattern for it and she said no.  But THEN she had so much interest from her own quilt guild that she decided to do it after all.  In the meantime I asked her if I could use hers as inspiration for making one of my own home state of Idaho and she said sure!  And she also agreed to be my mentor if I needed advice.  Before you ask me "Are you crazy?  You've already got too much going on!"  My answer is "You're right!"  So at this point, the state of Idaho is just a concept and that's as far as it's going to be for a while.  I'll let the idea percolate in my head as to how I want to do it.  I've got a few fun ideas that I'll share later.  And in fact, if any of my fellow Idaho friends and yet to be met friends want to tell me what you'd like to see on a quilt like this, by all means please leave a comment!

I'd love to hear from you!

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19 comments:

  1. Love all your bee blocks Janice! Gold luck with reaching your goal this month. Great idea for a quilt!

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  2. I think Kenzi has a great eye for placement! It will be beautiful. You do have a lot of your plate, it will be worth it all in the end. Yes I would love to see more interior pix of the house.

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  3. I scrolled back and saw how busy your May was! Your blocks look great, good luck with your search for accommodations! Summer is a great time for hand sewing...

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  4. I laughed because I almost missed the smallest of the nine patches...that block is teeny! Kenzi's layout of her fabrics are beautiful, you will have the quilt top pieced in no time at all. Maybe we need all the states to have a quilt like Linda's? I remember when Linda posted her Florida quilt and was just amazed at how she pieced it together. And I'm so excited for you that you have already started your dream house. It seems like just yesterday you guys were remodeling the first spec house. I can't wait to see pictures as it progresses.

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  5. Your bee blocks are very pretty. I'm interested in seeing what you accomplish with your Idaho quilt whenever its done. As to making quilts. I usually do whatever I think is good....but I do try to match things up with the person I am making the quilt for.

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  6. Lovely fabrics. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

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  7. Hi Janice,
    Your bee blocks look great. I love the 9-patch within a 9-patch. That is a cool idea (and I just love 9-patches). Good luck with your pattern writing! The Florida quilt is really cool . . . I love the little islands. I am sure you will come up with some creative ideas for Idaho, especially when you let it just work in the background so to speak. ~smile~
    Roseanne

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  8. Great looking Bee blocks. It's amazing how fast the month flies by. I am usually scrambling to get mine done too. My sister just emailed that she was coming to visit June 26th-380th. I told her to bring her calendar as I could get so much done then before the end of the month.

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  9. With Florida having little pieces of sun breaking off at the bottom of the quilt, maybe your Idaho could have little potatoes? *smiles*

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  10. Love all of your Bee Blocks... that 9-patch in a 9-patch in a 9-patch is fantastic! That first 9-patch had to be tiny to work with!! I agree about having people give direction on what they want. It really takes the pressure off and makes the creating much more fun! Thanks so much for linking up with To-Do Tuesday!

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  11. Lovely bee blocks Janice! I like the Idaho idea - certainly would be a fun quilt! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

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  12. Your blocks are so pretty! My daughter would love your grey one! You can be sure I'll be forwarding this post to her! Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Lots of eye candy here! Pretty blocks. Fantastic FL quilt! Have fun with your ID version! My daughter would like an off white quilt in the future, far in the future as they are remodeling their house right now. But your gray block is giving me an idea of what a cream/off-white quilt look like! Hope your move and house building goes well!

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  14. potatoes - an Idaho quilt HAS to have some kind of potato representation, right?!? i love the Florida quilt, and Idaho will be fun, too ... sigh ... it's too bad that Colorado has such a boring shape...

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  15. Very pretty! I like your double star block, and that expanding nine-patch is very clever!

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  16. I'm marveling at how gorgeous your fabrics are for the simple nine patches with the white square in the middle. Are those all scraps? If so, you have an amazing scrap collection! :)

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  17. You are on a roll Janice, all those bee blocks on top of finishing your last quilt top AND becoming a Grandma again. With planning your house move and everything else I wonder you get any quilting done.

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  18. Your Bee blocks are lovely, and that pattern for the shape of your state is a great idea, I look forward to seeing Idaho! Good luck with the move, sounds exciting :)

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  19. We only had graduation with friend and family visits, but the end of May beginning of June felt jam packed. Your's must have been just crammed. Very pretty blocks, my favorite is the double star. Good luck with your OMG. Sometimes starting a new project is as hard to get to as finishing an older one.

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