Sunday, April 15, 2012

Honey Bees, Granny Squares and Simple Patchwork

Hope you all are having a restful Sunday. I wanted to pop in and show you the finished 6 inch Honey Bee block for the hand pieced quilt along. Isn't it adorable?! I am sure it is my absolute favorite of the whole bunch!!

I only have 5 more Granny Squares to make for this quilt and then I'll add the sashing. I was going to make matching Granny Square quilts for my girls using what I had left of my Sweet fabric (Urbans Chicks) and some other cute soft pinks and aquas but my oldest said she would rather have this one. So I'm debating on making the other one now or using that fabric for a simple patchwork quilt.

Well with the Granny Squares quilt top nearly finished I let myself make a couple of patchwork squares using what I have of Bliss, Ruby and Vintage Modern (Bonnie and Camille). You can see some of my seams don't line up so nice (especially one spot on the aqua block) because I had to fudge it a little. My bliss patches were 2 1/4 in. and the rest were 2.5in. So I moved my needle over to give me a bigger seam allowance and catch just a hair more than 1/8 of an inch on those Bliss patches, if that makes sense. I was going to mix all of the colors (pink, aqua, red, grey and green) in each block but I know me and I would spend way too much time fretting over placement and then it's more stress than fun so I went with one color per block and love it!
Did you get any sewing time in this weekend? What are you planning on sewing this week? I'd like to work on some Farmer's Wife blocks. I find I work on 3 or 4 of them then take a long break.  Then I really start itching to make some, make 3 or 4 and take another long break. It's a pattern I am happy with :)

linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
and  JAQS Studio for Made by Me Wednesdays.

38 comments:

Toni said...

I can see why that Honey Bee block is your favorite! So cute! And your Grannies and patchwork blocks look great, too. Fun Fabrics!

SnuggleBunnie said...

That looks amazing. You did an awesome job. Your grannies looks amazzzing.

Katie said...

I can't believe I waited until the very last block to join in! I guess late to the party is better than skipping it entirely :-)

Kylie said...

I love that Honey Bee block! It's so sweet! Your Bonnie and Camille patches are beautiful and you already know how I feel about your grannys!! x

Missy Shay said...

The Honey Bee Block turned out great!

Katie said...

The Honey Bee is so cute! I cut out my pieces for the second block, so I'm getting there, slowly but surely. :)

Deborah said...

I just love everything you make! And that Honey Bee is something else! Too cute!

Barb said...

Love your honey bees and squares!

Jacque. said...

The Honey Bee block is so dang cute! Especially with the fabrics you used. Your granny square is looking awesome! Your talk of placement of color made me laugh...that's exactly how I would be with the blocks...hahaha. Everything you do is wonderful.

Andrea said...

beautiful block!!

Cindy~ Heart and Sew Inspirations said...

SEW love your Honey Bee block! Reminds me of your adorable sweet birds! Your granny squares are great with the multi colors, really inspiring! I think I could handle that pattern, geesh, I just need to stop working so I can sew more :) Haha, I too, fret too much over color and design placement even when I did my black and white blocks. Teensy bit type A, Lol

diane said...

I love the soft, cozy feel of all your blocks, but that honey bee block is beautiful

vintage grey said...

I love your Honey Bee block!! So sweet!! Your granny squares quilt is beautiful!! I made my first granny square block today!! I'll post it tomorrow!! It is not as nearly good as yours!! Your patchwork is so perfect!! ;) xo Heather

Elizabeth said...

Love your blog! Very clear and colorful.....
greeting from the Netherlands,
Elizabeth

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely blocks! I always found doing 2 or 3 FW blocks at a time more than enough to cope with! And I only made 48!! I hope to work on my pickle dish this week!

cauchy09 said...

i am so in love with your Honey Bee block!

Michelle said...

Absolutely love the Granny Squares quilt.
The checked blocks are great , I so love Bonnie and Camille's fabrics....

Deanna said...

Are you going to do Farmer's wife by hand as well? I tried two blocks on machine and got two widely different sizes. I'm not in a hurry with this one so I may switch to hand. Going to make it 'white chocolate'.

Margaret said...

I am leaving for a quilt retreat this weekend so I have been digging in my room for projects to take. In doing that I have found a large number of unfinished things so decided that some of them just need to be done. So, I finished a swirly skirt for me, two scrap bag pin cushions, a notebook cover, the rest of the blocks for a disappearing nine patch, my doll swap quilt and started step three of the festival mystery quilt. I now am getting ready to cut and mark my next hand sewing blocks. As I look at this, it is no wonder I watched ten movies on Netflix over the weekend.

Cindy said...

Fantastic!

heather said...

Your granny square quilt is so cute. I'm going to have to make one of those.

VickiT said...

That looks just beautiful. I've been seeing more and more of the granny squares and really do like them myself.

Jeanette said...

So beautiful! I love your granny squares- I'm a little jealous- I still only have 3 squares finished!!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Hi Deanna-
No, I'll probably machine sew all of my Farmer's Wife blocks. Since I started them that way and my 1/4 inch seam for machine and hand stitching aren't compatible :)White Chocolate sounds yummy :)
Thanks-
Erin

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Thanks Heather! You should. They are fun :)

amandajean said...

you have so many beautiful projects going on! i'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite! although i must say,that little honey bee block is pretty special.

Samantha Jayne said...

I love those granny squares, so cute!
SamanthaJayne x

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Oye! That honey bee block is just darling and I am smitten with your Granny Squares. I feel myself weakening. They are hard to resist and as far as patchwork goes, well, I don't think you can ever go wrong with it. I'm always drawn to it.

Richard Healey said...

Love the granny's I just finished the first of 2 granny square quilts I am making.

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Sewn With Grace said...

The honey bee block is darling and I LOVE the quilt. So fresh and cheerful. I'm working on t-shirt quilt orders for graduation season. Can't wait to be done so I can work on my own pieces. :)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

Thanks!!

~Jess said...

I'm really liking the granny square quilts...I never did the quilt-along. I'm hoping this fall perhaps I can get sometime on one.

Kerri said...

i just adore your honey bee block!! so pretty!! that is going to be one gorgeous quilt, all hand pieced...wow!!

your granny squares are beautiful!! can't wait to see it all put together!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Oh my gosh that block is gorgeous!! I love the grannies too :)

Cassie said...

Your granny squares are just beautiful! And your hand pieced block is pretty incredible :)

Robin Correa said...

I'm working on a large granny squares quilt too. You're is just beautiful!

Tabatha said...

I am so in lurve with that Honey Bee block, wouldn't it be adorable with a little bee print fabric?!

crazymountainquilter said...

what a sweet patch, thanks for sharing it with us.

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