Sentimental Journey: Bee Blocks for the Mid-Century Modern Bee, part II

Carlas Quilt-smaller

I’m back to the Sentimental Journey–a round-up of all the bee blocks I’ve made, and the quilts or collections where my blocks ended up.  Carla, of Grace and Favour, inspired by Jen Kingwell’s Green Tea and Sweet Beans, asked us all for a sampler block with a texty background.

MCM4 quilt square

Here’s mine.  Of course, I loved this quilt so much, I copied it for January 2015–now I have one too.

Carla Feathers

Another year, Carla dreamed up this terrific tutorial for making an arrow, and she combined it with a couple of other blocks, some neutral backgrounds to make this quilt.

MCM May 2014

Here was mine.  This was fun because I was able to use a lot of stash fabrics and it still looks interesting and modern-ish.

MCM5 Feather BlockA feather block, this time for Susan of PatchworknPlay, from *this tutorial* by Anna Maria Horner.   Susan sent us the greige background fabric, and asked us for the two-color combo shown above.

Susan's Feathers

She ended up having some feathers in different sizes (probably because of some printer scaling not set to 100%), but I loved the way she set them all on the diagonal, making this beautiful quilt.

MCM July Bee Block

Inspired by a quilt she saw on Pinterest, one round Susan asked us for brightly colored solids with black background; above is my block.  It took me forever to get her my signature block (I really miss my mind when it wanders) but she waited for me and added it to the back.  Here is the front of her gorgeous quilt:

SusanS Amish Quilt

MCM Block June 2014

Linda of Flourishing Palms asked us for strip-pieced diamonds.  The tricky part is to get the strips going the right way (trust me on this).

Lindas block signature

She also asked us for pink and green “bar” blocks, which she has now used to complete her “Strawberry Fizz and Lime Pop” quilt.

Linda_2quilt

Linda_1quiltdetailA gifted domestic-machine quilter, she has now started to quilt it.  These photos are taken from IG, so aren’t that great, but click on the link to her quilt name and see many more!

MCM August Bee Block

Mary of Molly Flanders asked us for this set of triangles (above) as well as this set of blocks (below), but is planning on making a larger quilt using both, so doesn’t have a grouping to share.

Dec MCM Bee Blocks_2

MCM Aug Block 2 MCM Aug Block 1

These two fun pink Cross-X blocks were for Mary, of Mary on Lake Pulaski.  She turned our blocks into this quilt:

Kolb Cross X

Kolb Union Jacks

And this is her collection of the Union Jack blocks she asked us to make for her.  I won’t tell you where mine is, because even though I ripped it out three times, I still don’t think it was very good.  It looks fine in this grouping, though, proving there is strength in numbers, even if the numbers are quilt blocks.

Deister Block

The final set of blocks and quilts are for Anne Deister, of SpringLeaf Studios.  I loved making Anne’s blocks because I always felt as if I were in on a big secret, as she is a pattern designer and we were helping her figure out, and pattern test, her designs.  So here’s one set of blocks, above, which turned into the quilt top below:

Deister Matrix scrappy

Deister Mtrix2 blogWhich she then refined, and made up in her stash, turning out this beauty, above. She calls it Matrix, and it should be released soon (she gave me permission to post these photos).  It was easy to make, and fun to see the finished product.

2014 MCM October

And then this block turned into this terrific quilt:

Deister tumble flat

Anne calls this Tumble, and again, the pattern should be released soon.  We’ll probably do a blog hop/giveaway, so I’ll keep you posted.

Deister tumbler bedroomShe has an artist’s eye for staging her quilts.  I love this photo.

So that’s it for the originals.  We have had some leave our group, and some newbies join us, which I have written about as I’ve made their blocks.  It’s been a rewarding experience working with all these women!

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14 thoughts on “Sentimental Journey: Bee Blocks for the Mid-Century Modern Bee, part II

  1. What a great re-cap! I loved every quilt – finished or in process. Goes to show what a community of like-minded quilters can accomplish, right?!

  2. Safety in numbers- what a fun way of looking at it! There is such variety and skill involved in all these quilts, that contemplating the next one is always a bit stressful! Can hardly wait til my next turn!

  3. What fun it is to see how all of these blocks have come together into quilts. I have loved some of them that I have followed along the way, but the “new to me” ones are fabulous too. I loved each one. That is a great group of quilting talent.

  4. Elizabeth, thank you for sharing all of our projects like this…so much fun! I hope that all of the newbies follow your blog as they will find your recaps so inspirational. Maybe you could put a link tho them on the MCM blog and flickr so that no one misses out!

  5. What a fabulous line up! Aren’t we clever : ) I don’t remember seeing Mary’s quilt, but it turned out great. Looking forward to this months blocks too

  6. Can you tell I’ve been out of town? Thanks so much for pulling these MCM posts together. I love seeing all the quilts in one place (or two) and I love the friendships and connections I’ve made by belonging to the group. I appreciate the challenges of making new blocks even when I’m frustrated with the time consuming ones like this month’s. All the MCM members are wonderful!!! Thanks for the nice words too. I always appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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