It’s my month to bee queen!

In my opinion I should ALWAYS be queen ;D, but alas, I will have to content myself with being a “Quilting Queen Bee” and for only a month!  We have a wonderfully creative group of women in Hive #6 in the Newbee Quilters bee from Threadbias. We’ve made all kinds of blocks in the past months and they were all fun. I found it was really a bit of a struggle to choose which block to ask everyone to make for me!

I finally decided on the economy block. I’ve always wanted to make some but, they never quite made it into it my stack of WIPs or planned projects. (Do you have an entire shelf of those too, or is it just me?!) I decide on the tutorial from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. I love her work, and find her tutorials clear and wonderfully photographed…and, I love her choice of fabrics for this project! Vintage-y and whimsical–totally fun.

I can’t wait to show you what everyone sends. I’ll keep you posted! (gotta have at least one bad pun per post, right?)

But, in the meantime let me catch you up on the blocks I’ve made for past months, for our other “Queen (bees) For A Month”.

Modern Granny square

Modern Granny square

The modern fabrics really updates this super easy block. And when you trim it down, it looks like you’ve done all the hard work of setting squares on the bias. I love blocks that look like more work than they really are! (shhhh!, don’t tell) The tutorial is from Simple Simon & Company.

The Pinwheel Toss


This fun nine patch from Clover & Violet has its tutorial on Sew We Quilt. You’ve got to check out how cute it is when it gets cut and rotated. The pinwheels make it!

The Spectrum Star

This block of rainbow-y goodness can be made with the tutorial from Ellison Lane.

Converging Corners

IMG_2972This angel block made with Film in the Fridge’s tutorial, in scrappy, earth toned, modern fabrics, was a so much fun that it was my second choice of block for my month as queen. Guess it’ll have to get in line behind my other projects!

Sailing Ships

Such a cute little sailboat  and it can be found here at Delaware quilts.

Scrap Jar Stars


An adorable scrap buster can be found at the Little Bit Biased blog.

Churn and Dash


Some modern & whimsical fabric makes this classic block fresh. Made from the tutorial on Cluck, Cluck Sew.

A great array of blocks and new blogs to check out, right?!

Stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on the new blocks we make, and can’t wait to show off the Economy Blocks as they get here!

Happy Quilting!

On-line Quilting Bees

Has anyone ever done a quilting bee? I hadn’t, but I loved the idea, so when I heard the there was such a think as an on-line bee, I was totally intrigued. With a bit of googling around I discovered Threadbias and several on-line bees.

I joined two and it’s been really fun! The first one is for Newbee Quilters. There are 12 ladies in our group, from Los Angeles to Perth! One person picks a block, post the pattern and gives the fabric parameters. We have about a month to send out our completed blocks. The next month someone else is the “Queen Bee”, and they pick a new block for us to make. My month is July, 2014. I haven’t decide what to make yet. Suggestions??

Our first block was the Star Crossed Block from Don’t Call Me Betsy. Elizabeth Dackson has a great tutorial for this block as well as many other fab things on her website:

I made several blocks and these were the two I sent.

I was worried that there wasn’t enough contrast with the blues and lavender,


but after trying the blue and orange I was satisfied.


So off they went to Australia for a great adventure!

I’m really enjoying this process and can’t wait for next month’s block. The group is friendly and supportive and it’s exciting to watch the pictures as the quilt grows with each new addition.

Next Post: Improve-Robin– a different style of Bee!