Four years ago, Cindy and I sat at this computer and designed this logo for a bee she was starting. She brilliantly gathered up a coterie of quilters, all over the age of 50, and I helped her with the spreadsheet, organization, and the design. Some members have come and gone, but as I am one of the original members, and since 2016 is our last year together, I thought I’d do a wrap-up of blocks and quilts.
January 2016 was my month and I asked for blocks to make the above quilt, titled Riverside Sawtooth.
February was Cindy’s turn, and she asked us all to make little books.
I chose ballerinas because I knew this was headed to make a quilt for her granddaughter.
The quilt is like a library of books!
March was Linda K. we were ready for some bright colors.
She asked for 4″ churn dash blocks in fun colors, with a few “oopses” in the construction of the blocks to make it interesting. I switched around some of the corner blocks and substituted in another block of color.
These are all the blocks, arranged up on her design wall. Those colors just pop!
Stephanie had April and was interested in having us make blocks representative of the windows at her daughter’s school.
The idea was to make a raffle quilt to benefit the school, but it was sold before the raffle could be held, so I’m hoping she keeps the blocks we sent her and makes a quilt for her daughter.
They do look like multi-paned windows, sparkling in the light. She sent us Paintbrush Studio Fabrics to use, and I have to say again how much I love those solids!
Once again, in May, we made churn dash blocks at the request of Carla F. but with a twist: they could be subdivided up inside the 12″ square requirement to add interest.
I made one jumbo block. She asked for something skewed as well, so I made two sides skinnier.
This is quite an array of sizes and shapes, and should be an interesting quilt, or a good start to something fun.
Rene kept it simple and fun for us in June, asking for Raspberry Kiss blocks (tutorial found *here*).
The collection is here. Rene is one of the quilters involved with the Pulse Heart quilts, and she has been incredibly busy this year helping with that project. Click *here* to see them delivering the quilts to the first reconsiders on the scene. It’s a really sweet video with all those quilts. Rene is about 2:44 if you want to see her in action.
Sherri, in July, asked us for scrappy Log Cabin blocks to add to a quilt she’d already started. I don’t have a picture of all the blocks, but I’m sure it will be terrific.
Here’s a screen shot of some of the other blocks that our group made for her.
Mary, for August, found a quilt she liked on the Robert Kaufman website, called Woven Pattern, and wanted us to make blocks in the color of the beach: sea and sand.
She laid them out on the floor at my request, and I really love those colors!
Mary K. is a star-lover and always has great blocks for us to try. September’s Confetti Star block was no exception and the free pattern can be found *here.*
Isn’t this a great layout of stars? We made each other signature blocks, and you can see them laid out in the lower right corner. And yes, there are 12 of us in this bee; sometimes we have forgotten to send them along. She asked us to make the signature blocks two-toned, rather than just out of one fabric. [Here’s a post with another one of Mary’s choices for stars, also including a free pattern.]
Roaring into October found us making B’s and E’s for Anne’s choice.
She asked us to do one in a color we wanted to and the rest in “barely there” sort of colors, but with enough contrast to distinguish them from the background.
I can hardly wait to see wait Anne’s imagination conjures up from these letters.
Fittingly for November, Nancy asked us to make these leafless trees, in sky color and green.
Lastly, for December Elizabeth R. asked for us to make blocks out of Anna Maria Horner fabrics in the blocks we requested.
Since my choice (the Riverside Sawtooth block) doesn’t look good unless there are four of them, she gave me permission to make something different, so I enlarged a Chuck Nohara block and made her two.
Here’s the composite (so far–people are still sending in their blocks). But while it’s stunning, and makes me want to make a quilt only out of AMH fabrics, some of the genius is in seeing how different the blocks are from the originals:
Nancy’s tree blocks become transcendent in this new fabric.
And Stephanie’s window-pane triangles completely change character in the different fabrics. There’s a great lesson for us all to learn–sometimes we don’t have to change our blocks or patterns, but instead think outside the box on our fabrics.
Other wrap-ups are found here and here. Our blog is here, and since we all know whatever we put up on the internet stays until someone takes it down, you can find many of our blocks up there on the blog.
So, thank you all, to the Mid-Century Moderns. It’s been fun!