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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Proceed With Caution: Highly Contagious Block Alert! - My March Bee Block



 So when my NYC Mod Quilt Guild March Queen Bee Carole asked us to create a Scrappy Trip Around The World block my immediate thought was "On no not that block again, I'm so sick of seeing it on the Quilternet and I can't believe I'm now going to be making and then posting about it!".  

Anyway, Carole must have read my mind because guess what the next sentence in her instructions said ...  
"I hope you aren't too tired of seeing them up all over the blogosphere."

Ooops!!!

So here goes and I do apologise firstly for offending anyone who has already made/posted about this block and secondly to anyone feeling the same way as I do for boring you with 'that block' again - though if you're anything like me you've already jumped out of this post on your Google Reader and on to the next - don't worry there's no hard feelings on my part if you're about to do just that ;)

Then again, if you're interested in making this block for yourself then Carole pointed us at a great instruction link:
Bonnie K Hunter - Quiltville's Quips & Snips - Take A Scrappy Trip Around The World

Carole supplied us with one 16" x 2.5" strip of fabric for the block and we were to use our own stash for the other 5 strips.
Here's the 6 strips - Carole's is the bottom floral which I have placed slightly apart from my 5 choices. 


I've chosen 2 Kona Solids, Joel Dewberry's Cool Stream palette - Modern Meadow Acorn Chain for Free Spirit, Kaffe Fassett Rustic Floral and Kaffe Fassett Spot. 


The block was surprisingly easy to make using the same technique that I used for my Modern Bargello block as part of my Something NEW Sampler Quilt.



!!! READER BEWARE !!!

The finished block was quite shockingly a huge hit in our home, we all agreed that it has turned out great.  There was even a slight murmuring of desire for a whole quilt of it - oh my goodness me, I can't believe I've even typed that let alone expressed that impulse aloud with my daughter in the comfort of our apartment.  Now I understand why there's a glut of this quilt all over Blogland - obviously this must be a commonly experienced side effect for anyone coming into contact with this highly contagious block!!!


And you can click this link to see all of my NYC Mod Quilt Guild Bee Blocks and Challenge Blocks/Quilts.





 
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Related Posts:
NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild: March Bee Block For Carole - A Scrappy Trip Around The World

Related Pinterest Boards:
Quilty - Scrappy Trip Around The World
Quilty - My Bee Blocks

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24 comments:

  1. Ha ha! The contagion has got you too!

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  2. Errrr - I have to confess - I've made just one block too. I used it as a sort of
    Leader/Ender while stitching the borders on Easy Street - just to see how esay it was and how it turned out of course! Now I don't know whether to do a whole quilt... or not...

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  3. Resist! Resist! Resist!!! Don't be a victim to this contagion! :)

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  4. You're right everyone's making it, and those who aren't want to, me included! I love the fabrics in your block, it's so pretty and I think it would make a fabulous quilt for your family to snuggle under ;-) Looks like you've got your work cut out!! xx

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    1. I'm going to try to hold off a bit longer yet, you know I've got so much else on right now, I mustn't start this quilt too! We loved the fabrics together though, all pulled from the stash and would never have bought them to use together - it was Carole's original strip that determined the choices :)

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  5. I have resisted so far.....but think I may want to try it too.

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    1. Don't do it Mina - if you've managed to avoid it so far then start running quickly in the opposite direction! :)

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  6. Lovely Chrissie - lets see the whole quilt soon!!!!

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    1. Thanks Lin - I'm pushing it down to the bottom of my 'want to' list but we'll see how long it is before it rears it's head again!!!

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  7. LOL another hole you got sucked into! You gotta be more careful with what things you think you're tired of... I know I will make that quilt one day when I'll have enough scraps!:) your colors are stunning, btw!!!!

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    1. Stop me now Kati - keep messaging me 'Don't Do It'. I'll never set up my Etsy Shop if I carry on this way!!! :)

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  8. Resistance is futile! I made one, then 35 more for quilt top (waiting to be quilted) ... then sample for another one in thirties repros, then mini ones for needle case covers ... so easy and satisfying. And I love all the ones on Instagram/Flickr/blogs ... it seems to work in any style/colour combo!

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    1. Oh no, there's just no escaping it. I can't believe all the versions you've made, I'd love to see them, do you blog about them? :)

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  9. it is an irresistible pattern. I maintain that it's not my fault that I'm making one.

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    1. I just popped by your blog and had a look Ruth and I love the colours you're using. You're absolutely right though - it really isn't your fault ;)

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  10. Oh yes-- I just started a queen size quilt of those blocks. One block down, 71 to go! I might be ready for the 12 Step Program by the time I'm done.

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    1. I love the thought of needing the 12 Step Programme, the numbers certainly aren't stacked in your favour right now - I like to get past the 1/2 way mark so I know it's all downhill. I popped by your blog to take a look and you're making yours with shirts - I really wish I hadn't seen that as I've got lots of fabric left over from my late Dad's shirts and suddenly this seems like a really great idea! I think it's time I went to bed and maybe tomorrow I'll have forgotten all about it ;)

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  11. I LOVE the colors you used in your block! You are so right about it being a contagious block! I was tired of them after seeing them on Instagram after a few weeks and then I thought "Well, I might as well try one!"...and well, once you start it is really hard to stop! :D

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    1. So hard Taryn. I've sent this block off to Carole now so I'm hoping it's spell will wear off now it's left our apartment! Mmmmm, not it's quite that simple to get over it! :)

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  12. Have seen lots of these blocks and not been tempted but yours is so lovely Chrissie I can see exactly why the thought of a whole quilt of them came unbidden to your mind!

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    1. That's so kind of you to say, I really am going to try to be strong on this one though and at least work through some other projects first! :)

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