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Sunday 12 April 2015

February's Bee Block - NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild

Quite late making my February Bee Block for Queen Bee Ariana, haven't done any sewing for 5 weeks due to travelling and health issues but with several deadlines looming this was an easy project to get me gently back into sitting at the sewing machine.

Ariana provided the fabric - not 100% sure but I'd guess they're peppered cottons, I love the texture and softness.

The brief was to make a square within a square - the inner square to be abstract or geometric and any size while the outer square must take the overall block size to 9.5".

This is my finished block - initially I wanted to just do the tiny 9 patch surrounded with the outer square but, having created it using 3.4" strips which produce tiny 1/4" squares, there just wasn't enough of the outer fabric to complete the block :( .  As you can see I added more sections to the 9 patch to create a larger centre square which enabled me to achieve a 9.5" finished block.

See just how tiny those squares are compared to a US dime and a British penny.  You can also see how the fabric distorts given it's weave and softness.

Fingers crossed Ariana likes it.

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  1. I like how you altered the inner square and overall it is a wonderful block. Plus her color choice was very nice. I hope your trip was great and whatever health issues are on the mend.

  2. The added stripes look great! It makes this block even more special and unique!

  3. Wow, those are some tiny little strips. So lovely though. Thanks for linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday!

  4. This is a really great block. I love the contrasts in colours.

  5. A great block Chris and those fabrics look delicious. xx

  6. I love that! Especially the color combination - perfect! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up over at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend :)

  7. Another great block, I love the colours in this.

  8. The centre block really makes the quilt pop. Lovely colours

  9. I love the combination of colours.

  10. Gorgeous, loving those colours! Creative Blessings, Tracy x


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