Catching Up With My Honeys, Part 1

Honey Pot Bee blocks, that is! I confess, last month’s RSC17 “colour” being mixed-colour prints threw me a bit. How was I going to make that work with my Kona Graphite blocks? I dithered over it a lot, but without actually bothering to look at the options I had. Eventually, I hit the craft room and pulled out the relevant basket and Tula Pink’s Chipper stripes leapt out and sat on my face, dragging some snappy coordinating chevrons with them. Sold!

Thus, my version of Audrey’s Stripey Stripe block came to be! This was a really nice easy block to tick off the list. Looks good with all the rest, too. I may add some sashing at a later date, but for now I’ll leave that decision until I’ve made all the blocks I’m going to.

You can see that I’ve also completed a 2017 block by Patty of Elm Street Quilts for this set, with Kona Graphite as the background and four different Shimmer 2 metallic prints for the numbers. I like it – visible but understated, you can see it but it doesn’t drag attention from the actual blocks. When I realised that it finished at the same width as Molli’s #SewRoyal block, well! The two just had to be joined together.

I have a second copy printed out to go with the light-background blocks I’ve made (which I have mentally started to refer to as “Picnic in the Park”), it’s on my to-do list!

Lastly, for now, here is my version of the Starry Sky block designed by Kylie of A Persevering Mom chosen by Kitty of Night Quilter.

As you can see, I had fun with this one! When I downloaded the pattern and saw that one option finished at 2-1/2″ and another finished at 12″, my mind started whirling. Would, I wondered, the smallest block tuck into the centre of the largest? I printed and measured and…. YES! It TOTALLY would! I dug out my most starry scraps and made up four of the small version first, then assembled four of the largest version (with some slight modifications – I really don’t like paper-piecing large rectilinear shapes that I can rotary cut perfectly well and with arguably less waste) and put the whole lot together. For the most part, the blocks joined pretty well, though I did need to unpick and realign the small centre blocks once. Unfortunately I didn’t have nearly enough of the gold stars on cream fabric for all the blocks (I only just about had enough for two), so I substituted in some gold squiggles. I briefly considered mixing up both backgrounds in each block, but then decided that that would be far more distracting than two blocks of each background type. I think I was right.

I’m pretty happy with how it sits with the other Picnic blocks, too. 🙂

I’m currently working on the remaining Honey Pot Bee blocks (plus maybe a couple of unscheduled extras because I like ’em and it’s MY quilt, dammit!), hope to share them soon. 🙂

5 thoughts on “Catching Up With My Honeys, Part 1”

  1. Love ALL your blocks! The gray is a perfect background, and those stripes are delightful. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Karen! I’m making good progress on the other blocks, hoping to share them soon. 🙂

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. This is the most fantastic thing ever! Everything you’ve made is gorgeous and all your hard work is going to pay off so much. Would you mind if I share and link to your Starry Sky block on my blog? (If so, please email me! I’ll try to check back, though). You just so happened to choose the colors I’ve imagined for the sister block, Moon Shine and I love it!

    1. Hi Kylie! Of course, please do! Thanks for asking. 🙂 I really enjoyed making your Starry Sky pattern – I still have the print-outs for four of the 6″ version and I think I might make it up as a little quilt to donate to Project Linus – the local organiser always needs little quilts for premie babies. I would love to have a go at your Moon Shine block, too – is it available yet? 😀

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