Monday, November 15, 2010

Alissa's tapestry-inspired block

I had a lot of fun making this block for you, Alissa! I wrote a bit about it on my blog today. Hope you like it. I really can't wait to see how your quilt turns out.

Bee Imaginative | October

Thursday, November 11, 2010

for alissa

I was pretty literal with my interpretation on this one.  hope you like it, it's on it's way.
it's not quite 12 inches wide (I think it's 9in), I hope you can add a strip to the side.

Monday, October 25, 2010

For Alissa!

Had lots of fun with this one, Alissa. Thanks so much!

Block measures 12.5" x 19"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bee - hind!

Sorry to be a late bee member. No good excuse, just late.
Here you go, Kate. It's on the way.

Heading to you too, Elizabeth!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Catching up!

So it's about time that I catch up here ... not in making the blocks, because I've managed not to fall behind ... but getting over here to blog about the blocks in a timely manner seems to have fallen to the wayside. Sorry about that! The bright side is that I can write a post with not one but THREE pictures of blocks for my talented group members!

Here are two July blocks for Ryan, who sent out a selection of red & aqua fabrics and asked for asterisk blocks:

{Bee} Imaginative for Ryan

Here's the block I made for Kate back in August. Kate asked for 15.5" square-in-square blocks that she is going to cut into quarters, and rearrange everyone's blocks into wonky bento box blocks:

{Bee} Imaginative | August

And, most recently, I made this block for Elizabeth, whose month was September and requested blocks made with wonky, improv piecing:

{Bee} Imaginative | September

Now, onto October and Alissa's block!

For Alissa

Finally getting caught up with my block swap sewing:

Bee Imaginative

I hope I've interpreted the inspiration image and style appropriately! 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

For Elizabeth

Finally getting onto sewing my swap blocks, and ...

Bee Imaginative 002

after much procrastination, this block was fun and easy to piece.    Thanks Elizabeth, I hope you like it.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I can't believe how time flies. It's already time for me to send out my fabrics!
Bee Imaginative Fabric
I have chopped 'em up and they are being mailed out tomorrow.

For my month, I'd like you to make a block inspired by these wall hangings:
Woven wall hanging by Eve Gulick - you can read a bit more about her here.

Please use this as the general idea and inspiration, but feel free to put your own spin on it as you see fit! I'd like for you to make a long rectangle – like one of the wall hangings in the photo.

How long you make it is up to you, but it should be 12 ½” wide. Please just make one block – I’d rather one longer rectangle than two shorter ones…

Please use the Kona Coal as the background fabric. Hopefully you have enough but if you don’t, I can add outside borders once I get the block back - just let me know where to add the Coal if needed.

Lastly, if you could stick to the fabrics I’ve sent that would be great. 

Thanks so much everyone - I can't wait to see the blocks you make!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Caught up!

For Kate:


For Elizabeth:


Hope you like 'em!  I'll get these in the mail in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ryan, jacquie & kate

i got a bit behind on bee blocks for a moment there...
but i'm all caught up!

for jacquie

i decided to go simple clean & fresh for her requested rectangle

for ryan
one 12" wonky block
and one 6" non-wonky block
{i added the remix red & white argyle for you}

for kate
one giant mostly blue block

i look forward to seeing what they all look like chopped up!

i hope you all like your blocks
sorry again for being late!
they all went in the mail back to you yesterday!


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Square in a Square block for Kate

Bee Imaginative - August 2010

Easy piecing, gorgeous fabrics, and beautiful colors! 

I love the idea of a Bento Box quilt pieced from swap blocks, and look forward to seeing the finished quilt.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

More Asterisks for Ryan

Couldn't resist making the small 3.5 inch blocks - fun (and not as intimidating as they look)!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

August Blocks

For August, I am sending out a variety of blue kona solids, kona ash, kona white, and Liberty and AMH voile.
I would love for you to do a type of bento box block.

I have linked to Ashley's tutorial ( but this is for a guide only.
 Please feel free to make any type of 'squares in squares' block (15.5" square) but just bear in mind that once they come back to me I will be cutting them into 4's and reassembling. No wonky please.

Bento's I love:

Any questions, give me a shout. Will most likely be getting the fabric out at the end of this week.

Thanks x Kate

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Modern Rectangle

{Bee} Imaginative block for Jacquie

Jacquie asked for rectangular blocks with a modern feel, the bigger the better. Well, here's a reeeaaalllly tall & skinny block for you, Jacquie! It's not at all what I had planned in my head, but my very first cut was a mistake and ruined all of my plans, so I did what you always advocate: I improvised! Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Can't wait to see how it looks in your final quilt!

More Rectangles for Jaquie

I tried not to over think these blocks, but I did.

In the end I kept it simple, and instead just enjoyed the fabric play ( I love the graphic Ikea print!).

 Thanks Jacquie, I hope you like these blocks.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

For Jacquie!

For Jacquie

I felt like with the large scale print, simple was the way to go. Hope you like it Jacquie!


Jacquie requested rectangle blocks.

Looking forward to seeing your quilt top!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

hello modern blocks!!!

this past couple months i've been a busy girl with modern blocks!! first up was Amanda's flying geese!

and then i finished up Jacquie's urban block too!!

enjoy ladies!! ;)
xo, Heather

Thursday, June 10, 2010

scale for amanda

i liked the challenge this month...
but i didn't want to do the usual & make all the blocks the same size...
so i made one giant goose
two medium geese
and 8 little geese
i hope you like it!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Amanda's geese

Bee Imaginative | May

I recently completed and sent Amanda's flying geese block. Now, I've swapped with Amanda before so I know I shouldn't have been surprised ... but dang, can this woman put together some amazing fabric combinations. When it comes to an eye for color and design, some people just have it. Amanda has it for sure.

Anyhow, once I finished ogling and fondling her selection of fabrics, I had to decide on a design. When it comes to flying geese, I really only know how to make one size -- 4.5" x 2.5" -- so that was a given. I have a "go to" brick-style block for when I want to make something simple but effective (see an example here), so I started there. I decided to use the little square spots to highlight some fussy cutting, and I was excited to use some of my new quilt market purchases (the Far Far Away 2 moons and a vintage feedsack print) in the block.

Hope you like it, Amanda ... I think your final quilt is going to be amazing.

Caught up!

Drunk love for Ashley:


These were so much fun to make.

Drunk Love2

And RIGHT in my comfort zone!

Drunk Love3

Less in my comfort zone?? Flying geese! But I dove in a paper pieced this:


Templates were from here.

There was an attempt at a second block but it was not a success... at all... so I'm throwing in a couple of random extra geese for you Amanda. Maybe for the back or something?


Can't wait to get June's fabric!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

June is Almost Here!

I kept telling myself all during the month of May, June is my month, and low and behold it slipped up on me. I'm sorry I'm a bit late getting this out to you, but the packages will be in the mail first thing Tuesday morning. You'll be receiving three fabrics, one Ikea graphic print and two solids. One is a soft blue and the other is kona charcoal.
Instructions for the block:
Size: I'd like the blocks to be rectangular. You decide on the size, but I'd like you to go larger rather than smaller due to the scale of the print.
Use of stash: I'd like you to keep with the three fabrics I sent.
Thread: Something neutral is good.
General Theme: I'm leaving it up to you. I hope this isn't too open ended for everyone. I'd love the quilt to be modern, graphic and non traditional when it's done. Whatever you make will be great!
Embellishments: Not this time.
Number of blocks: One is great, if you want to do more, go for it!
Fabrics: If you have a significant amount of the print left, send it back. It's all I have and you never know what might show up on the back.
If you need more direction, let me know, but I think you all will create great blocks!

Friday, May 28, 2010

ashley and amanda!!

This is a two in one since I was behind on last month. I was busy as a bee doing bee blocks. :)

Flying Geese block for Amanda.

Denyse Schmidt, Drunk Love block for Ashley. I'm so sorry these are so late!!

Little toesies slipped in on this one.

Hope you like your block girls. They were lots of fun to make!! :)