Monday, August 11, 2014

Global Scrap Bee - August Edition!

Well, I've been replaced! Now that July is over, I'm no longer Queen Bee. My bee-mate and sister Square, Q-D, has replaced me. Her request for the month is the Urban Chicken block from Wombat Quilts. Hard to believe she didn't pick something paper pieced!  In terms of colour, she requested bright vibrant colours. Of course, I was given a little nudge...
 Sadly for Q-D, I didn't have enough of either of these fabrics left in my stash to make the initial 3½ by 14½ inch strip required for the block. I went with these instead...
To make this block, I had to do something new to me... sew my strips into a tube. This technique always made me nervous, but it worked out perfectly. I made the tube, then sliced it up and detached it at different points to get my strips of coloured squares.
The Urban Chicken block even leaves room for a little improv - these triangles are supposed to be wonky!
I really worked at getting the seams on my squares to match up perfectly. I even channeled Q-D and used pins (though not in this pic!)
 And here it is all finished... lovin' how those Domino Dots and Pearl Bracelet look!
I enjoyed making it so much that I decided to whip up another one... and Q-D made me two blocks when I was Queen Bee, so it's only fair. I know one of these prints isn't as dark in value as it should be to make the block just right, but Q-D's been a little hooked on Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics lately, so I couldn't resist working some in!
It's hard to believe there's just one month left in this bee... and then I'll be bee-less. I've been toying with the idea of starting one of my own... anyone interested? I was thinking perhaps of a Kona bee...


I'm linking up with Anything Goes Monday @ Stitch by Stitch!


  1. Your blocks are lovely pops of color! How awesome to work in some Botanics in the second block for Q-D. :)

  2. I love that block. It was my choice a long time ago when I was QB; I still have to make the additional blocks to turn it into a single bed sized quilt. So fun to play with various shade and colors!

  3. I love the improv triangles! And I love the idea of a bee even more. Count me in if you go ahead with the idea!

  4. Love those aquas, and what a cute block. I did a ton of wonky flying geese in a Buggy Barn quilt I made years ago. Fun stuff! Not improv though.

  5. Oooooo. A Kona bee is such a good idea!

  6. Beautiful blocks :) The idea scares me and intrigues me at the same time so I'd be interested :)

  7. They look great. I'd be interested in a bee.

  8. I've not seen the improve triangles before. I love the effect.

  9. I love the urban chickens – here and at Wombat Quilts! It is a fun bee block.

  10. I LOVE THEM!!!!! Thank you. :-)


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