Quilting Bees 2016

A few days ago I sewed my last bee block for 2016. I participated in both The Bee Hive and Stash Bee in order to increase my piecing skills and to connect with other quilters who share my passion. Below I have photos of all the blocks I’ve sewn and the tutorials for each block underneath the photo. They are in reverse order from the last block I sewed in December to the first blocks I sewed in January. In the interest of full-disclosure, I did not actually sew the April ’16 Hidden Gems block. The queen bee, Linda Seltser, helped me out as I was experiencing debilitating shoulder pain at that time that resulted in severe sleep deprivation, and I just didn’t have it in me to sew that complicated paper-pieced block. A few months of PT and a couple cortisone injections, and I feel so much better. I have been able to sew two easier paper-pieced blocks, Wanta Fanta, and the Busy block.

I know for me (and hopefully for others) it will be useful to have this post available to reference because there are a few of these blocks I would like to sew enough of to make a quilt. I particularly like that all the Bee Hive blocks were designed to create a secondary pattern when sewn together, and they won’t require any sashing. I was the queen bee for both of my online bees in August, and am especially excited  to sew the 21 Quatrefoil blocks in teal, navy, lime, and low volume fabrics that  I received from my Bee Hive and Stash Bee hivemates (plus 2 example blocks I sewed and 2 surprise blocks from Sarah Goer) to make a 5 x 5 block quilt sometime in 2017.

December

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Alpine Block Tutorial

November

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Busy Block Nov ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Busy Block Tutorial

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Plus Blocks Nov ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Charming Plus Block Tutorial

October

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Homebase Block Oct ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Homebase Block Tutorial

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Which Way Block Oct ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in My Blood

Which Way Block Tutorial

September

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Jagged Little Pill Block Sept ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Jagged Little Pill Block Tutorial

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Modern HST Block Sept ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Modern Half Square Triangle Block Tutorial

August

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Quatrefoil Block for The Bee Hive & Stash Bee Aug ’16 by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Quatrefoil Block Tutorial

July

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Jagged Little Pill Block July ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Jagged Little Pill Block Tutorial

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X and +(Cross) Block July ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

X and + (Cross) Block Tutorial

June

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Tic Tac Toe Block Jun ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Tic Tac Toe Block

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Umbrella Block Jun’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Umbrella Block Tutorial

May

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Wanta Fanta Block May ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Wanta Fanta Block

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Greek Cross Block May ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Greek Cross Block

April

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Hidden Gems Block (Material cut using templates by Mary Ringer, block paper-pieced by Linda Seltser), Apr ’16 for The Bee Hive

Hidden Gems Block

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Modern Pinwheel Block April ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is in my Blood

Modern Pinwheel Block Tutorial

March

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Wanta Fanta Block March ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Wanta Fanta Block

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Scrappy Block Cross March ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Scrappy Block Cross

February

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Spinwheel Block Feb’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Spinwheel Block Tutorial

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Carpenter Star Block Feb ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Carpenter Star Block

January

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Quatrefoil Block Jan ’16 for The Bee Hive by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Quatrefoil Block

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Scrappy Diamond Block Jan ’16 for Stash Bee by Mary Ringer@Quilting is my Blood

Scrappy Diamond Block

I will be taking 2017 off from participating in online quilting bees. I have several projects planned that I want to dedicate my time to, but I will continue to follow Stash Bee posts and certainly will be checking out Instagram posts from the immensely talented quilters I’ve gotten to know online this year whose work continually inspires me.

Linking up to Quilter in the Closet: Building Blocks Tuesday and Cooking Up Quilts: Main Crush Monday.

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4 Responses to Quilting Bees 2016

  1. Lovely blocks and I love that you included the links to all the tutorials as well. I can understand taking a break – I am also taking a break from the Stash Bee and going to do something a bit different.

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