Thursday, October 20, 2016

Sharing Bee Blocks - the Bacon Connection

Bacon Inspired

I want to connect here more often, recently I have let other priorities and the ease of instagram get in the way of sharing my work on the blog and I hope to change that. So for a while I am going to share what I am working on now and also catch up here with things that I missed blogging about.

These are my blocks made for Debbie in Bee Sewcial for July. In this bee, the queen bee gives an inspiring prompt, as specific or general as she likes, and we make what we want. The only restriction is that the blocks are made with solids only, no prints. It is really the best bee ever and I am so glad to have started it with my friend Stephanie.

Debbie asked for bacon inspired blocks - I learned this spring that fancy places sometimes refer to bacon as pork belly, which is not my favourite image. Debbie shared an inspiring pinboard with us and suggested some possible colours.

This first block is a fairly obvious interpretation of bacon in the package. I wanted to include some skinny strips. It is 12.5" on one side and longer on the other.

Bacon Inspired

This is my sizzling bacon inspired block. Again 12.5" on one side and longer on the other. Both blocks also include both cotton and cotton/linen blend fabrics.

Bacon Inspired Blocks

I have to say that I had a lot more fun than I expected thinking about and planning these bacon inspired blocks. It is unusual for me to be visually inspired by ready to cook/eat proteins - as opposed to vegetables or fruits or live animals - but clearly I was just not seeing the possibilities.

You can see where Debbie is going with this quilt in her post here. It is going to be an amazing quilt.




Debbie said...

haha. Glad you are seeing more possibilities now. ;-) Love your blocks, and really need to get back to this quilt!! Glad to see you in this space...

SarahZ said...

Mmmmmm, bacon! What a fun prompt :)

Sarah said...

What a great bee for making you think out of the normal boxes by such interesting prompts. Debbie's quilt looks way better than one wold first imagine when the phrase "bacon quilt" is uttered. I know exactly what you mean about blogging. I have missed my blog too and know full well the handiness of IG, especially when time is restricted. Hope you find the time you need to share more here.

Nicky said...

In awe of your bee - I should really work in solids only more often.

Jayne said...

I hope you do post more often here! I'm always inspired by you. The ease of IG can be addicting. There are times when a good in depth post on the blog is needed!

FlourishingPalms said...

I'm terribly impressed by the blocks you've made, and by the wonderful concept of your bee. I didn't know it was solids-only, but that makes it even better! I really enjoy seeing how each of you meets a challenge, and I'm envious of your capabilities related to improv. Improv is a difficult concept/technique to master when you've been a traditional quilter for more than 25. Happily, I've "gone to the bright side" now, and so am very much appreciating what you all do. And yes, we must keep blogging! I do, and though I don't often get lots of comments, I know people are reading it.