Decisions. Decisions.

by Nicole

Remember this lovely pile of fabrics from the Joy collection that John (A.K.A. Quilt Dad) was nice enough to donate to my guild? I’ve decided to use it for We Bee Modern Too to make a Christmas quilt. August is my month to be Queen Bee and this is the perfect opportunity for me to get a jump start on Christmas sewing.

There are so many great blocks in Modern Blocks, how can I pick just one?!? I narrowed the 99 blocks to 4 and started stitching them up to see which one I like the most.

I started with Four Acres, a modern reinterpretation of the Log Cabin block.

Bee Audition_block1

And then I made Stargazing, which is three wonky stars in one block.

Bee Audition_block2

Then I tried Parisian Star, a basic wonky star.

Bee Audition_block3

My last block was Front and Center. I changed it a little bit by rearranging the center so that the HSTs formed V’s.

Bee Audition_block 4

I like them all, but since I only get to pick one block, I decided to go with Stargazing. I like the versatility of the block. Depending on which direction you put the block, it looks different, which will be fun to play with once I put all the blocks together.

Bee Audition_4blocks

Now, I just need to get my packets of fabric off to my bee members!

Here is my bee block for July. Karen asked for Pebble Beach in blues, grays, greens, and aquas.

We Bee Modern_July

I’ve also been plugging away at my Children at Play quilt. I’ve outlined the stars and have started to work on the FMQ.


I’m taking my time with this quilt and am really happy with how it is shaping up!


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Gertie Pye July 25, 2012 - 11:31 am

I love the Four Acres block – I have never been a fan of the traditional log cabin for some reason, but this reinvented one is lovely! Great colours too x

kat nicholas July 25, 2012 - 11:47 am

Good choice! That's the block Iwould have chosen as well. It will make a great Christmas quilt. See you soon! -Kat from the shop

Annabella July 25, 2012 - 11:52 am

Excited to get the fabric and make the stargazing block – it is on my shortlist. I love your pebbles block too – lovely fabric.

Paige July 25, 2012 - 12:01 pm

I'm a sucker for anything log cabin so I love Four Acres. Your stars will look great all grouped together. Very Christmasy!

M-R July 25, 2012 - 1:34 pm

I love those blocks in the Christmas fabrics. Great idea, Nicole!

Debbie July 25, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Agreed – those stars look awesome in Christmas fabric! I'll be making that block for one of my bee-mates next month too!

Annie July 25, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Love your choice of the stargazing block but I love both star blocks mixed together too. This will be such a beautiful quilt!

it's d'Joy,One Creation July 25, 2012 - 3:22 pm

I love the Stargazing with the three wonky stars in one block .. Will you be sharing this block in a tutorial

Valerie July 25, 2012 - 4:13 pm

You've been busy! I am in a bee using that modern blocks book as well. I also narrowed it down to four blocks and let my bee members choose any of those four. I like what came back to me! Yours is going to look awesome in the fabrics from John/Kate. I still haven't gotten back to that project yet…

Kelly July 25, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Love the stars!

Heidi Staples July 25, 2012 - 5:46 pm

I love Stargazing too — great choice!

Katy Cameron July 25, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Great choice! I have a friend that chose that for her bee, and the end result is amazing!

Your Children At Play is going to look fabulous :o)

Cherie July 25, 2012 - 8:37 pm

What awesome prints! loving the block patterns you made.
The block looks so fun with those circles.
Glad to see you still working on the quilt. I really should invest in some of those prints =D

Lisa Ann July 25, 2012 - 11:01 pm

The Children at Play quilt looks nice…can't wait to see it finished! Good for you getting a head start on Christmas sewing…I should do the same…your blocks are pretty and inspiring.

CitricSugar July 25, 2012 - 11:51 pm

They're all beautiful but I think I would have picked Stargazing, too.

Your pebbles block looks gorgeous.

creativedawn July 26, 2012 - 4:07 am

Oh wow! I like them all as well and star gazer is my favorite! I like the circles block…blue, blue is good. Lol!


Megan July 26, 2012 - 7:26 am

What lovely blocks – I think stargazing is a perfect choice. I am really looking forward to seeing Children at Play all finished!

Carla July 26, 2012 - 8:26 pm

Fun, fun, fun!!

Colleen July 26, 2012 - 9:54 pm

Your Christmas quilt will be absolutely stunning!

piece peace July 27, 2012 - 1:52 pm

I love all of your blocks!

Carrie P. July 29, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Love your Christmas blocks.

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