Monday, 17 April 2017

Oh Happy Mail

     It's my turn this month as Queen Bee for Stash Bee Hive 4 and the Happy Mail has started to arrive.   Here are my first arrivals which came last Friday.  Aren't they awesome!



     I decided to use one of my designs from the 30 quilt designs challenge I did with Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon, for my block.  This was one of my first designs and it is based on a flag from Canada's history, the Carignan Saliere flag.



    I'm using my blocks to  make a quilt for my niece and I chose my palette based on a woven blanket she has.  It's an off white with blue lines running through it and little pops of red.  My plan is to make the quilt primarily with blues, greys and low volumes with a bit of red here and there.  Here are my sample blocks.  



     It's a pretty simple block to make, essentially combining a pinwheel with a plus sign.  My blocks finish at 12 1/2 inches so I made my 1/2 square triangles at 5 1/2".  The two shorter pieces of the plus sign where 2 1/2" by 5 1/2 " and the longer piece of the plus sign is 2 1/2" by 12 1/2".  I've been thinking  about arrangements with this pattern and there just might be another quilt top in the making.



        I've been planning this quilt for my niece for some time and I have tons of blue and grey fabrics to fill in the spaces between the reds. My daughter was home for Easter and she gave a thumbs up on the blocks so far.

      Being queen bee for the month is so much fun.  I'm sitting back enjoying the good weather and watching my beautiful blocks arrive.  Linking with Beth of Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday which is held on Tuesday this week because of the New Blogger Blog Hop.   Are you following along?  It's always so much fun to meet new bloggers through the hop.  I'm also going to link up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

14 comments:

  1. I've been in fabric swaps but never a block bee. That must be so much fun to have a lot of the work done for you.

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  2. Pinwheel and plus sign--love your block design! And those blocks you've gotten so far are so cute!

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  3. What a fun block! I love it and the color theme you are going for. It's really going to be a pretty quilt!

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  4. What a wonderful plan for your bee blocks, Lisa, and I especially love that the block is your own design. I look forward to seeing the other blocks you receive and make!

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  5. I love a good pop of red in a quilt and it will be prefect with the grays and blues. Being that quilt is made from your own original design will make the quilt even more special for your niece.

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  6. Fun and pretty blocks. Love the colours!

    -Soma

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  7. I think it's wonderful you are using your own design for your month as Queen. Receiving all the different blocks will be sooooo fun! I'm looking forward to seeing this one put together Lisa! Thanks for linking up to MCM. :)

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  8. I really like how your plus signs make a lattice over the pinwheels. Given there's less interesting mail in our boxes these days than in bygone years (effect of internet?), getting quilty mail should be a highlight of your day!

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  9. It's a lovely block Lisa, and great that you have designed your own. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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  10. These blocks look fabulous! What a great design! Your niece is going to love this...

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  11. I'm off to check the blog hop now, and I love these blocks and how they will come together. Good to get the thumbs up from the daughter.

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  12. Yes, they are awesome but also so neatly done!!! I am sure you will make a lovely quilt :-)

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  13. Isn't it so much fun getting mail throughout the month! I really love the striped print that was used in the block in the top photo. Your design is going to make a great quilt.

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  14. I like these blocks a lot - clever design, classic colours. It will be a great quilt.

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