Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Getting my bee hive to work.

May already.....did I really put my name down to be Queen Bee for The Modern Irish Bee for May thinking that I would be organised enough to be ready at the start of the month?

Last year I made some  Road to Tennessee blocks for Jan at Isisjem for the Bee a Brit Stingy group.
I fell in love with Jan's quilt and told myself that I need to put this down as a great quilt that would use up all my scraps, (or everyone elses)

So this is it.  I want a quilt just like that.  Jan used a Tutorial that Sarah @ Sew Me.  has written.  I found it easy to follow then and want to return to it again for my quilt.

For each 12 1/2 " finished block you will need......

 32  x  2" squared blocks of Kona White
I have also put in a few Kona Ash to replace some of the white blocks.  If you want to do this you are more than welcome, but I would only like a splash of the ash.  I am not bothered where the ash is when you sew your little blocks up.

16 x 3 1/2"  of lovely bright colours using modern fabric. As Jan said to us, think of summer,  Aqua, yellows, oranges, reds, pinks. You can put in dark purple, navy blue but not too much please.  I am not keen on fabrics for this quilt that have lots of black and brown or dark green.  Batiks are not a favourite of mine, and I don't want obvious children's prints in it either.  (sorry for being so fussy)

I am looking for two 12 1/2 " blocks please.

Like Sarah has mentioned in her tutorial you will need to draw a line down the 2" blocks, it makes life a lot easier and the blocks will come together better.

What is great about this block is the chain sewing.  It really does come together really quickly once you have dome all the cutting.

You can find the thread that I use at a great price at Threads and sew more (did you like that Fiona)

Once you have made your little blocks it is time to put them together. 
Follow Sarah's tutorial and please, please, please use a SCANT seam.

My blocks came out just over 12 1/2" 
Don't worry if yours do too.

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and getting all these little parcels in the mail.

Happy Sewing



  1. Loving this quilt so far, can't wait to see the end result!

  2. EEEE!!!! Can't wait to give this a go!

  3. Yay! these look gorgeous. Lovely choice!

  4. You used such gorgeous fabrics in the blocks!

  5. What a great stash buster block, sure your Bee mates will have fun with it.

  6. Fab choice and making those blocks gave me the bonus triangles which started me off with my baby bear quilt! Just in case you fancy that too and can ask your bee mates for those trimmings!

  7. Hi I am helen, new to the bee . Looking forward to making these for you

  8. These are gorgeous blocks, can't wait to see what you get!


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