Bee Blocks for May: Angles and Arrows

May 2014 ABL block

Debbie, from the Always Bee Learning Bee, asked us to make giant triangles, following this tutorial from The Modern Quilt Guild.  It was pretty straight forward, but I measured three times before cutting once, just to make sure I was on target.

100 Days Modern Quilting

It was from their series of 100 Days of Modern Quilting, which had all sorts of ideas for blocks and quilts as well as inspirational posts.  On those nights you are tired, but don’t want to sew, you may want to browse through their links.

Different VariationsABL blockThen I played around with them, trying out different arrangements before I sent them off.

MCM May 2014Carla asked for an arrow block because she loved *this quilt*, and wants to make her own.  She has a great tutorial on her blog *here* in case arrows are in your future.  This prompted me to look up Longfellow’s poem, which I present to you in all its glory.  Go and find a song in the heart of a friend today.

The Arrow and the Song
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.




8 thoughts on “Bee Blocks for May: Angles and Arrows

  1. I have really enjoyed seeing progress on Carla’s arrows. I can’t wait to see her finished quilt. Nice long triangles too!

  2. I first read your title as: Bee Blocks for Maya Angelou. I must need more sleep. That would go along with this literary post, don’t you think?

  3. I remember hearing that poem parodied in Rocky and Bowinkle cartoons as a lad. Oh I wish that I had realized what wonderful verse and sentiment Longfellow had produced! Thank you!

  4. I’m glad to know now how that poem really ends. Makes me wonder if I could use it with my ESL students. I like the pairing you did, Elizabeth, of the quilt progress and the poem. The botanical garden near us now regularly has large posters on easels located on the grounds. You can read a poem and walk in beauty – pretty great combination.

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