embroider-bee blocks

As most of my embroider-bee blocks have arrived at their destinations, I thought I’d share some pics. These were a lot of fun to put together, although I learnt (and this is really something I should know by now) that I’m truly terrible with long deadlines. I left these waaaay to late and ended up missing the deadline by a week.

Anyway, here they are. First up, a flowery block in red and aqua for Colette. Pattern from A Rainbow of Stitches.

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A woodland themed block in red and aqua for Briana. Pattern also from A Rainbow of Stitches.

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A district map of Paris for Susan complete with a little Eiffel Tower and numbered districts. Pattern from, wait for it… A Rainbow of Stitches!

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And finally a Christmas themed block for Jessica. Pattern from… here!

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The way embroider-bee works is that everyone gets the fabric colour choices and embroidery themes from the other people in the bee. You then make one block for each person, in fabric of their colour choice, including embroidery according to their theme.

I hadn’t thought that fabric would be tricky, but it was. There’s one LQS nearby and they tend to specialise in moda florals, which didn’t really fit the bill. There’s also another store but they have the entire range of Amy Butler’s Love and very little else. As a result, the fabric choices were basically done by picking the only fabric in the specified colour, with some of the blocks using the same fabric. This was kinda stressful as I really felt like I wasn’t picking fabrics for the person, just picking anything that would work.

But they’re done, and everyone who’s had theirs seems to like them, which is a big relief!!

I would totally recommend A Rainbow of Stitches for anyone looking for embroidery inspiration. It’s got loads of super cute embroidery patterns and is fun just to flick through!

Bee block blitz

Well that was a bit of an extended bloggy break! Ah well, sheer lack of time has put a stop to crafty endeavours recently!

I am now totally behind on my bee blocks. I have Bee Europa blocks from July and September to make, plus the October fabric will arrive soon. However, I did find time to finish up my embroider-bee blocks and I only missed the deadline by a week, which is pretty impressive right now. They’re now on the way to their owners, so here are some sneak-peek pics…

So now I just need to catch up with my Bee Europa blocks, make a baby quilt for my cousin’s new baby and make a pressie for a friend’s new baby. I’d better get to it…!

There are 101 things I should be doing…

… and this is not one of them…

Ok I might be exaggerating a tad on the 101 things, but I should definitely not be working on this! I should be doing my Bee Europa blocks, or my embroider-bee blocks, or working on my Baby Jane quilt. But no. I’m crocheting.

I’m attempting a mini granny stripe blanket a la Attic 24‘s one (if you haven’t seen her blog, it’s well worth a visit for total crochet inspiration). This blanket caught my eye and when Anna announced she was making one, I had to join in the fun.

I wasn’t intending on starting this right now, but the other night at crafty club I went and forget the patterns for my embroider-bee blocks, doh! So as I’d brought my wool to show Anna, I decided to start the blanket instead.

So far things are going ok, although it’s turning out somewhat curly. And the wool is kinda squeaky because it’s acrylic (I hadn’t noticed that until Anna pointed it out and now it’s all I can hear – thanks Anna :)).

And as for bee blocks – well I’m totally, absolutely, 100% going to have a big blitz at the weekend…!


I’ve joined another bee! Well I am all caught up with Bee Europa, so how badly wrong can things go if I join another one?!

embroider-bee is a 3×4 bee so 5 to a group, with 3 months to make 1 block for each of the other people in the group and the blocks must contain embroidery, which I can’t wait to try more of. I’m a little nervous given that I haven’t done huge amounts of embroidery, but there are other newbies in the group, so I think it’s going to be fun!

A couple of the others in the group did an inspiration mosaic, so I thought I’d do one too…

1. susans flowers, 2. whipped spiderweb, 3. Bloomin’ Marvellous 8, 4. Cherry Blossom, 5. “Violets” Dish Towel, 6. daises, 7. Chartreuse Cherries pattern, 8. Heart Doodle – closeup (embroidery), 9. zinnia tea towel – finished!, 10. flowers!, 11. Cute Cupcake, 12. simple red

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