Monday, August 6, 2012

Building Blocks Tuesday

I've decided to rename my Tuesday posts, at least for now "Building Block Tuesdays".  I will have to make a new button soon.  Since I am participating in so many Bee's and quilt alongs right now, it seems fitting that I have a special place for all these blocks I am making.  So, here they are for this week:

Here is block 9 for Quilting Gallery's Beginner's Quilt-Along. Another block with HST's!

It's hard to believe it, but I am actually starting to go outside the group of fabrics I set aside for this project.  I was hoping to use up all the scraps of Joann's fabrics from my stash of pinks, and I have made a serious dent in them!  I may have to resort to pulling out yardage at some point!  Not to shabby!

Check out what the other participants blocks look like at the flickr group site.  

Also, here are the first blocks I've completed for the "How Far Will You Go? Quilt Along".  This one is called "Oh Susanna" and we had to make two.

I must admit more than once I caught my self singing "Oh, Susanna!, oh don't you cry for me, cause I come from Louisiana with a banjo on my knee...."  Mind you that is the only part of the song I know.

And finally, my block for June for the Star of Africa Bee from Confessions of a Fabraholic  I first heard about the Star of Africa Bee from my friend, Tina, at Holy Scrap!.  It sounded like the coolest bee ever - a small group, comprised of people all over the world, and you have to make blocks representative of "where" you come from while still staying within the desires of the queen bee for the month.  "Where" you come from is loosely defined.  It can be your country, your province, your town.  Your choice.  I loved the idea!  But the bee was full.....until recently!!!  They needed a substitute and I was MORE than willing!  I jumped at the chance!

The Queen Bee for the month of June wanted warm colors.  When I think of "warm", I think of orange, and yellow.  The first thing orange that came to me that represented the U.S., was Arches National Park in Utah, more specifically, the Delicate Arch.  It is very orange!  I set about to do some research and discovered that it is one of the most photographed landmarks in America.  The trouble with most of the photographs is that they contrast the orange of the arch with a magnificently blue sky.  So drawing from various photos, I think my block ended up more "cool" than "warm.  But I like it nonetheless, and I hope the queen bee does too.

The July colors are even harder - PINK!  I am really going to have to rack my brain this week to come up with something for the new queen bee in pink!  I am leaning heavily toward cherry blossoms at the moment, I just don't know whether to set them in Washington, D.C. or Northern Michigan.  Maybe by next week we will all know!

Until then!

I am linking up with Plum and June's Let's Get Acquainted Monday Link Up too!


Beginner’s Quilt-Along
How Far Will You Go? QAL

Plum and June


  1. The Utah block is amazing! You are so good at designing your own blocks, like the beach ball for example. Your piecing is looking great. Beautiful choices of fabrics, I especially like the first blue one.

  2. Beautiful piecing, especially the Utah block, Jen. I'm sure the recipient will love it! Love your fabric choices on those QAL blocks too! =)

  3. Nice, Nice blocks. - And you know the Utah one is too cool for words!!!


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