Happy Monday Sweet Bee Lovers! I'm super excited to share my Block 2 of the Save the Bees BOM. Once again my fabrics are from my scrap box of Lakehouse Drygoods.
This month I thought I would try something a little different with the stitching. It's not a drastic change but it is out of my comfort zone a little bit. On block 1, I used gray thread to stitch down and outline the bee. The rest of block 1 I tried to match the thread to the fabric.
But this month I decided to use a darker thread for ALL the applique instead of being so matchy-matchy. The thread I choose for the flower and leaves isn't quite as bold as the gray around the bee but it is darker and stands out a bit more than my usual style.
It really makes the leaves and stems stand out. All of my stitches are machine stitched. A tear away sticky stabilizer was used on the back to reduce puckering. If you don't have stabilizer you can use newspaper, tissue paper or copy paper. If you have a little quilt basting spray it helps to hold in place but not necessary.
Now for a word of caution. Even though I know how to make half rectangles, I still made a biggie mistake. I had the music blaring, just singing and stitching not paying attention and as soon as I made that first cut it hit me...UGG...I stitched them wrong....BOO-HOO-HOO. Well at least it was only one cut, I picked out the stitches on the rest.
If your just finding out about this BOM and would like to join you can find all the information you need to get started over at Jacquelynne's blog by clicking here. Your blocks can be share on social media using #SaveTheBeesQuilt and #SaveTheBeesBOM You can also join and share them in the Jacquelynne's Facebook Group here.
The prize for September will be a copy of the Carpenter's Apprentice pattern courtesy of EvaPaige Quilt Designs and Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers courtesy of New Leaf Stitches.
Make sure you visit all the bloggers for block inspiration and to enter the giveaway on each blog. That's right you have multiple chances to win this awesome giveaway! GOOD LUCK! Open to everyone from everywhere! Giveaway ends September 9th 10 A.M. EDT
To enter the giveaway on this blog. All you need to do is click on the blue button at the end of this post that says "Add Your Link". It will look like this but smaller.
Leaving a comment in the comments section of this post will not enter you in the giveaway but you can still comment!
~ Lea Anne ~
Cute block Lea Anne and as always.....your applique is so beautiful!ReplyDelete
I'm loving the colors you chose. I don't have a lot of this style in my stash, but it is definitely bright and cheerful.ReplyDelete
I love the colors you have chosen, so chic!! Thank you for sharing!!ReplyDelete
I think the grey stitching for the bee works wellReplyDelete
Your thread choices for the applique look great!ReplyDelete
couldn't get the link to work but love your blockReplyDelete
So pretty Lea Anne! I admire how your applique stitches are so flat and even!ReplyDelete
I really like your fabric choice for block 2 and the contrasting thread in the appliqué.ReplyDelete
Your new block is just adorable with your choice of fun fabrics and applique expertise.ReplyDelete
Love the fabrics in your beautiful block! Great job!ReplyDelete
Awesome block! Love your fabric choices!ReplyDelete
love your site!ReplyDelete
I love the fabrics you used, beautiful stitching.ReplyDelete
I really like the fabrics you are using. Great stitching!ReplyDelete
I love your color choices. You block makes me smile!ReplyDelete
Beautiful Block. I love the contrast colors for outlining the applicates.ReplyDelete
Tus bloques son preciosos. Muy bien explicado. Un saludoReplyDelete
Love the way your work is on the block it so Awesome!!!ReplyDelete
Your block is beautiful I love your blanket stitch on your appliqueReplyDelete
Your work is amazing.ReplyDelete