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:

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

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

Quilter Kathy said...

Your block is adorable! Love your colours!

Cathy said...

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

Jacquelynne Steves said...

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

Danny said...

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

maria elena said...

I love the fuzzy cut flower!!

Gina C said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Cheryl Walker said...

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

Gina C said...

Working now! Yea!

MissPat said...

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

Lisa said...

Lisa LaMie, I just love your colors.

Unknown said...

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

Anonymous said...

NEAT BLOCK! THANKS!
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barbara woods said...

beautiful, just like all the things you make, hugs

Sherill said...

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

Deb said...

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

Sue D said...

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

Pam said...

Looks wonderful

Roseann Hampton said...

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

Karen said...

Love, love your fussy cut flower! Very cute!

Unknown said...

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

Beth said...

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. :)

Oceanpeg said...

Love the fabrics that you used on your block.

Sarah said...

Very pretty block, makes a nice little wall hanging.

sunrise4501 said...

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

Susan L. said...

I love your fabric choices!

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Vicki in MN said...

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

Sharon Aurora said...

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

JANET said...

Very cute quilt!

Brenda said...

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

BarefootThunder said...

wonderful flower. thanks for sharing

Needlegram said...

Adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

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

kupton52 said...

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

Cindy Shelley said...

Beautiful block.

Machelle said...

Your version is so stinking cute!!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

Your little wall quilt is beautiful. Love those colors.

Sharon said...

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

Kim said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Laura said...

Love the change you made and your beautiful blanket stitch.

Linda C said...

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

Judy1522 said...

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

Unknown said...

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!

Unknown said...

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!

chele said...

Such bright, fun colors. You have me rethinking.

Wendy said...

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

Unknown said...

Love the fabric colors you chose. Fun project!

seamstress manana said...

I love the colors used in your block!

Judyk2310 said...

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.

Lana said...

So much fun to see everything everyone is doing

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