Monday, August 6, 2018

~ Block One ~ Save the Bees ~ GIVEAWAY

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***


 Yeah!  It's finally here!  The first block of the Save the Bee's Free Block of the month.  If your just hearing of this block of the month and would like to join in the fun, you can find all the details by CLICKING HERE.  After joining in the fun and getting your first free block you can share your creations in the Sew Quilty Friends Facebook Group.



As soon as I heard the theme of this years BOM I knew it was for me.  My husband is a beekeeper and I've said for years a bee quilt was on my bucket list of quilts to make.
Instead of  making the blocks into a quilt I decided to use the blocks to make wall hangings for the studio.  


In true Lea Anne style these blocks will be made with Lakehouse Drygoods fabrics.  Over the years I've collected a fairly large stash of the discontinued fabrics.  In the block 1 pattern it called for adding stitches to each petal.  By fussy cutting the hearts on the outer petals and the stripes on the inner petals I gave the petals the whimsical look without doing any stitching.   


In order to get my hearts to fit inside each petal the patter had to be altered just a tiny bit.  The image below shows how I made two templates from the original pattern.  The templates were made from 3 layers of freezer paper.  For more information about how to make freezer paper templates CLICK HERE


Normally I would use the freezer paper templates for turned edge applique.  But these blocks will be made using raw edge applique so the templates made tracing onto Heat N Bond Lite a little bit easier.  They also were used to trace the shape around the hearts before cutting them out of the fabric.


In the original pattern all the petals are not uniform.  So my flower head ended up a little larger than the pattern.  It's not noticeable until I layer the pattern on top of my block.  Below shows the difference in size.


For the half square triangles in the border of the block I decided to use some scrap flippy corners left over from another quilt.  You can see the quilt here.  The blue basket sets beside my sewing machine.  When making a quilt with Flippy corners I sew an extra diagonal line to make a bonus HST.  No scraps!  See how to make the bonus HST's here


They needed a little trimming down. 


A true quarter inch binding was made for the the binding.  I like the look of a smaller binding on a small quilt.  However I did have a bit of trouble getting it to the right size.  You can read about it here and download an print a free double fold binding chart.


The backing fabric is a scrap from a previous project.  


I love how this little wall hanging turned out using nothing but scraps! OOPS...the background fabric was a new fat quarter.


Another alteration to the pattern was using a striped fabric for the Bee body instead of  the little bitty applique or stitching the stripes.


All machine stitching, no hand work at all except for sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.


I think the whimsical flower is my favorite part of this block.  


So let's get to the fun stuff...The GIVEAWAYS!  Each blogger in the blog hop will be giving away a copy of The Splendid Sampler book courtesy of Martingale.

  Make sure you visit each featured blog for more chances to win.  The list bloggers below.

Podunk Pretties you are here

To enter for the giveaway here at Podunk Pretties follow the directions below.  Giveaway will end 8/12/2018

~ Lea Anne ~
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53 comments:

  1. Beautiful block Lea Anne, your machine applique is always so neat!

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  2. Your block is adorable! Love your colours!

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  3. Love your block so much! You always have fantastic fabric choices!

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  4. Wow! The fussy cutting is fabulous! Love it!!

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  5. Goodness, very ambitious with fabulous results...just love it!

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  6. Love the colors - those are my favorites! Having trouble entering - says that all the fields need to be entered, including the URL

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  7. It won't let me submit my info. It says all fields must be filled in. I do not have a URL.

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  8. SUper cute , and love your color choice used on this darling block. Thank you again for giving us all a chance to win, and for this fun hop.
    Hugs
    Cheryl

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  9. I'll just be following along. Applique is not my thing. Your flower is sweet.

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  10. Lisa LaMie, I just love your colors.

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  11. Love your block!!! Those colors are bee-utiful:)

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  12. NEAT BLOCK! THANKS!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  13. beautiful, just like all the things you make, hugs

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  14. Love the ideas you shared in your block! So cute!

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  15. Oh the colors of this block are so bright and cheerful.

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  16. I like the changes you made--thanks for all the tips.

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  17. I just love the colors you chose! This is my favorite one!

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  18. Love, love your fussy cut flower! Very cute!

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  19. Your black is great! I like the way you tell us how you did it, so we can try something like it.

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  20. I love your fabric choice for the bee's body! I just used bits of that fabric in scrappy four-patch quilt. I'm not sure why I always get excited when I recognize "my" fabric in someone else's quilt, but I sure do. :)

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  21. Love the fabrics that you used on your block.

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  22. Very pretty block, makes a nice little wall hanging.

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  23. Your block is so cute. I think I am going to make more than one.

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  24. What an adorable little quilt! I just signed up to get my free block.

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  25. That is so cute how you did your flower. And I love the fabric you chose for the bee.

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  26. This is so cute! I love the fussy cut flower! Brenda from The Quilting Nook.

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  27. wonderful flower. thanks for sharing

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  28. I'm Starting today!!!! Love this special quilt. I'm making three of them for gifts.

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  29. Your block is adorable...I love how you fussy cut the flower petals...so cute it made me smile!

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  30. Your version is so stinking cute!!

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  31. Your little wall quilt is beautiful. Love those colors.

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  32. Seeing so many of these cute blocks....yours is adorable!

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  33. your machine applique is so perfect...do you share any tips on this? thanks for the chance to win :0) and Happy Sewing!

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  34. New to your blog site.. Really love the clear instructions and great tips. Thanks.

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  35. Love the change you made and your beautiful blanket stitch.

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  36. Boy, did this turn out pretty with your slight changes in size and the lovely fabrics! Well done.

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  37. I always love to see how you have made your blocks because you really do make them your own.

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  38. I am already follow you on Instagram @podunkpretties. Your page is absolutely incredible! I love all of your patterns and fabrics they are so pretty! You're super fantastic!

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  39. I am already follow you on Instagram @podunkpretties. Your page is absolutely incredible! I love all of your patterns and fabrics they are so pretty! You're super fantastic!

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  40. Such bright, fun colors. You have me rethinking.

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  41. Love your colours. Very cheerful.New to your site too!

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  42. Love the fabric colors you chose. Fun project!

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  43. I love the colors used in your block!

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  44. Love your block and I just signed up to do be part of this. You are very inspiring!! The colors are so you and I love them.

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  45. So much fun to see everything everyone is doing

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