Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bees and Bags

Log Cabins for Emily

It seems like a good day to catch up on showing off my bee blocks from the last couple of months in my two bees. The log cabins were for Emily who blogs at Strawberry Patch in the Modern Stitching Bee. Every time I make a log cabin block I want to drop everything and make log cabin quilts, it is still one of my favourite blocks.

Windmill block for Stephanie

The Windmill block is from the 99 Modern Blocks Book and this block was designed by Lynne at Lily's Quilts. These were for Stephanie who blogs at Spontaneous Threads in Always Bee Learning.

Windmill block for Stephanie

Stephanie asked us to leave the quadrants apart, I am not sure what layout she is planning.

Belle Wave Block for Michonne

The Belle Waves Blocks - free pattern here -  were for Michonne in Always Bee Learning. I love the soft colours she picked for this quilt.

Belle Wave Block for Michonne

The peachy pinks and the greens look so pretty together.

Scrappy Low Volume Star for Jennie

These Scrappy Low Volume Stars are for Jennie who blogs at Clover and Violet, for the Modern Stitching Bee and I have to get them in the mail tomorrow. Jennie has a tutorial for this block here.

Scrappy Low Volume Star for Jennie

This block went together so fast, I used some of the low volume charms I had from a swap so it was even faster.

Gift Bag

I have been making gift bags too. I used Jeni's Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern, which is here and her free tutorial for one of the sizes is here. This one used some Heather Ross fabrics (I forget the name of these cuties) with some Posy by Aneela Hooey inside.

Gift Bag

I warn you, this pattern is so easy and the resulting bags are so lovely.  I will be making a lot more.

Gift Bag

I love those Anna Maria Horner feathers on linen and there is an Amy Butler print inside.

Gift Bag

This last one used Aspen Forest (by Basic Grey) snowpeople with some Grunge aqua  and was for the gift bag swap at my Modern Quilt Guild.

By the way, I registered for the Modern Quilt Guild's Nashville Sew Down in April, and I am very excited to be going - we get to go to Anna Maria Horner's house, seriously we do. And I will get to take a class from her, and some other amazing modern quilters too.

One last thing, I don't often confess to fabric purchases, but last night I saw this Downton Abbey bundle at the Fat Quarter Shop after seeing it posted here by Rita at Red Pepper Quilts, and I remembered this 20% off at the Fat Quarter Shop discount coupon at Fat Quarterly, and well, the bundle is on the way. Yup, a half yard of all 37 prints.

I will be shovelling more snow today, the storm has passed it seems, but not without leaving more snow last night. The snow, together with the return of the winter dark nights - we have sunset at 4:33 p.m. today - has made it clear that winter is here to stay. At least it is pretty.

Best,

Leanne

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27 comments:

  1. Wow you are in a lot of bees. All your blocks are beautiful. Jenny bag is so sweet and simple. I never on up to fabric purchases. Well almost never. Have a nice Sunday

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  2. Wow, you have been busy, love the bee blocks, and those drawstring bags are perfect, I was just looking at the tutorial for them last night, and planning to make a few, glad to hear they are easy :o)

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  3. Gorgeous blocks and bags and boo for the snow. At least you Canadians are better at dealing with it than us Brits ;-)

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  4. Lovely blocks and bags. You have really finished a lot.

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  5. So many wonderfully different blocks. Love the bags and think they would be perfect for swag bags at our next retreat - especially if they are as easy as you say!

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  6. Gorgeous bee blocks and the string bags are really lovely! So much better than packing in paper!

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  7. Love all your bee blocks, especially the log cabins ;-)
    Rx

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  8. I do love all your bee blocks :-) The bags are supercute too!

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  9. Wow - you have been busy. All so gorgeous. And 37 half yards of fabric - how much fun is that?! Can't wait to see what you do with it all

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  10. Lovely bee blocks. I really need to get going on this month's. And very cool about Nashville(!) and the fabric bundle. Good for you!! RE: Jeni's bags - they are the greatest. I made one this weekend too. I especially love your feather one!

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  11. Snow, Anna Maria Horner's house and 37 1/2yd cuts - you live on another planet to me!!

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  12. I do like that windmill but it makes me groan as I count all those seams. eek! Nice work. We have snow and I also am feeling the need to lay in supplies! ;)

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  13. Love those bags, especially the snowman. I won one from Hadley last year and use it loads

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  14. Leanne, love those bags (and am now on the hunt for some of that Aspen Forest snowman fabric!). And I had to laugh at your Downton Abbey downfall - I stopped just short of doing the same thing! At first I thought "ok, fine, love, love the series, but do I really need the fabric?!" and once Rita posted the entire array I fell like a rock - so gorgeous!

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  15. Amazing blocks L! We are supposed to be getting snow this week, but I'm pretty sure it won't be anything like what you get!! Jxo

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  16. Wonderful bee blocks. I especially love the log cabins. Maybe I'll see you at the Sew Down -- I'm local and hope to grab a spot volunteering!

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  17. Great block. You scored on the fabric. I have made a number of those bags. They are addicting. I even taught my 10 year old grandson how to make them. He has already made two to keep his lego's in. I am not enjoying the fact that it is getting dark so early. Dark when I go to work and dark when I come home.

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  18. Gorgeous blocks Leanne and I love the different colour choices. Thanks for sharing. Marie

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  19. Wow, congrats on getting into Sew Down Nashville - I tried, but it sold out so fast.

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  20. Fabulous blocks! I especially love that little strip of bicycle fabric in the left log cabin block... So cute!

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  21. You have no idea how jealous I am of you...Downton Abbey fabrics and Sew Down Nashville! GAH! You will have such a great time, I just know it!

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  22. You have been so busy leanne - some lovely blocks there and such pretty gift bags too.
    Keep warm.x

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  23. Loving both blocks and bags, especially the feather bag :o)

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  25. I've got to say, Jennies blocks are my favourite, I can imagine a really awesome quilt at the end. We shall be joining you in having snow very soon I think, a sky full of slush landed on my car as I was driving to work which was quite treacherous. Think you will get a lot lot more than us though ;)

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  26. Just watched the layer cake tutorial yesterday, as I get the FatQuaterShop newsletter, definitely want to try this pattern, even though I have been quilting for a very long time. Sometimes, making quilts should just be about the fun and not the duration of making a quilt. Ordering from the FQS on black friday and cyber monday can be a big money saver, tried it last year, after a friend found a treasure deal the year before. Would love to win this one!

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