August 2, 2010

August Bee Blocks

Yesterday I felt like I had a million deadlines looming over me. I needed to make six blocks for the 3x6 Bee, my August blocks for wooly mama for Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese, and finish my doll quilt for the DQS9. I've got a lot of work left on my doll quilt, so I really wanted to get the bee blocks off my plate so I could focus on my doll quilt for the rest of August. wooly mama is in both the 3x6 Bee and Bee (A Little Bit) Japanese with me, so I thought I'd finish her August queen bee blocks + make her 3x6 block so I could mail them off into the sunset together. I didn't have time to get to the 3x6 block, but I finished the two August bee blocks.

I was really excited to work on these blocks because 1) she picked really adorable fabrics (have I ever mentioned how much I love polka dots?), and 2) the design is one of the most original quilt ideas I've ever seen. It's a squares-within-squares/rectangles-within-rectangles design. The idea is that no two blocks are exactly alike. You make 12.5 x 12.5 inch blocks made up of log cabin style squares and rectangles of all different when you're finished, the entire quilt looks like an improvised mashup of all these different little squares and rectangles. But it doesn't look chaotic at all because the shapes are made with the same fabrics, so that pulls the entire thing together. It's oddly random-yet-cohesive looking. I love it!!! (and will have to eventually make one for myself) You can see a finished example here.

It was fun designing the blocks because I had a lot of freedom. I simply drew an outline of a 12.5" block on graph paper and started filling it in with random squares...kinda like a fun "block puzzle"...just make the pieces all fit within the outside area!

Anywho, here are my blocks. Please excuse the crappy pictures because I took them on my dining room table at 10 pm.
Block 1

Block 2
I wanted take this block one step further by embedding squares within the squares...note the tiny log cabin blocks at each corner of the giant log cabin square. I thought it might have a cool effect once all the blocks are put together.

Both blocks together
P.S. I really need a new pencil. I've worn the eraser down to the metal, but I don't have the heart to throw the whole pencil away because of it...I should go buy some of those old school cap-on erasers. Do they even make those anymore? Am I the only person left on this Earth that doesn't use mechanical pencils? (I hate them...I prefer the feel & smell of a nice wooden pencil)


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