I knew I had made and given away a lot of bee blocks this year, but I had not counted. Let’s gather them all together in one place and try to see exactly how many there were.
Mary wanted us to identify the species. Clockwise from top left, we have a garden dicky-bird, a technicolour turtledove, a diamond-tipped parrot and a blue-chested desert hen.
Melissa wanted scrappy, light backgrounds and purple points.
Sewing is easy but cutting the curved pieces by hand takes care.
A wildly wonky star for Kate
Yellow can sometimes lack contrast against a background fabric, so I used my darkest yellows and my lightest backgrounds.
I made a set of Polaroid blocks for Jennifer in Canada to be made into quilts for her twins.
I call this Tricia’s fifty shades of grey quilt!
I made a bone from Kumiko Fujita’s book for Sheila.
We were asked to make red and gold blocks.
Grace asked for pineapple blocks in grey, black, nay, teal and yellow.
So simple, and yet so effective!
Grey and Teal were Diana’s chosen colours.
Some angel blocks
I used what few bright strings I had in my scrap box before cutting more strips from my stash.
The original pattern in Gail’s bag was in an issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting, but I found it easier to sew it by drawing myself foundation paper templates.
Yvonne asked for large letter blocks.
I tried to include a mix of warm and cool brights.
Denise asked for 14-inch bear paw blocks in a bright colour with soft grey and white backgrounds.
I love the cheerful aqua of this block for Helen.
I raided my bright scraps for this block.
Christina liked the Japanese print, so I included it.
No contrast problems with red!
Chelsea asked for colours that included teal, peach and navy.
This could be a star or a cross.
I think I used Margaret Rolfe’s pattern, enlarged.
My book says this is called a morning star, and it is a neat 12-inch finished block.
We were asked to embroider our names on our blocks. No hiding from bad workmanship!
She encouraged us to mix up the lights and darks in the centre.
I started in my scrap box, but I did not have enough bright scraps and had to raid my stash too.
This way of making hunter’s star blocks with half-square triangles looks daunting at first, but comes together surprisingly well.
I used some Bonnie and Camille but other fabrics too to achieve the scrappy, bright look I think Shari is aiming for.
Once again, I rummaged through my scrap basket. All these bee blocks are keeping my scraps well tamed.
Elgar’s block was for a birthday surprise.
For this block, I started with the geometric print and chose fabrics that coordinated.
I am not in Hive 2. I gate crashed!
This block is one I have long wanted to try.
I found the pattern for this block in an old issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting, volume 22, number 7. It is ‘Kyoto’ by Neil Chisholm.
If it works in teal, why not in red and tan?