Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Busy Bee

Summer is a family time for us and therefore my sewing tends to taper off to almost non-existent. I just don't seem to get the time in my fabric lair that I get during the school year.  However, there's no rest for a busy bee member, so this week I was making my two August blocks.

First up, a really fun improv piece for Leanne in the Free Bee. Leanne asked for a small colour composition surrounded by chunky neutrals. She encouraged us to piece the coloured section in our own style, or use fabric that was 'us'. That pink Kaffe is my all time fav print (this week), so that's the one I chose to begin my composition.  I think Leanne's quilt is going to be a fav, too!

Free Bee August for Leanne 15.5"

The second block I had been putting off, because for some reason I have a little attitude going on about foundation piecing. I used to love it, and actually did many complicated tiny patterns years ago when I was still working at the LQS. I even use a great freezer paper method whereby you don' have to sew through, and then pick off, any paper. Finally I took a deep breath, put my big girl panties on and got busy. Here's Brioni's star block for the Stash Trad bee.

Brioni's August block for Stash Trad by Poppyprint

This quilt is going to be stunning with all of the bright scrappy stars that are appearing in the flickr pool!

Now, to complete my Winterkist project for the upcoming holiday issue of Fat Quarterly magazine. There will be yo-yos!!

17 comments:

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I love the improv block..very fun. Would like to see all the blocks together.
And the star is stunning!! Great job!

Flying Blind... said...

Those are a pair of awesome blocks there missus!

carol said...

Awesome blocks there, sweetie! Now go enjoy the rest of your summer before school starts!

Patchwork and Play said...

Your star is stunning! Was the process too painful?

Holly said...

I love both of these blocks, your bee members are lucky!

Katie B. said...

Excellent work! I have yet to begin my August blocks. I'm a bee failure.

Katy Cameron said...

Both blocks look great :o) Thankfully I'm queen in one bee, and having a month off in another this month!

Elsa said...

Love both blocks ~ especially the star.

PinkGranny said...

Good looking blocks. I spied these first on Flickr and have to tell you the star is my favorite because it is so precise and pleasing to look at. You are such a talented person Krista and you are using your gifts. Way to go!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your improv block is fabulous!!

felicity said...

I'm SO envious of how gorgeous both of those bee quilts are going to be (bee? ha ha i'm so punny).

My Lone starburst got put in the mail bin today.

audrey said...

Ohmigoodness, those bee blocks are LOVELY. I heart the neutral block with that pop of color. That will be such a fun quilt! And the foundation pieced star is great too! :)

Leanne said...

I love that block you made for me, I am going to have the best quilt. And the star is beautiful too.

Shari said...

Both blocks are very appealing. The star is amazing.

Charise said...

Love your blocks. The improv one is beautiful!!

Amira Ameruddin said...

Both blocks are stunning! Neat job!

Blueberry Park said...

that made me laugh a lot with the addition of this week's favourite fabric! And Leanne sure is lucky to have this block ;-)