At the beginning of the Modern 4x5 Bee, before we got partners, before we pulled fabric, we each put together an inspiration mosaic of our favorite blocks. A little something to get the creative juices flowing. Here are some of my favorite blocks that have been made by others. You can click on the links below the picture to see each block on flickr.
tutorial: scrappy stars, 2. Scrappy Plus Block--Do good Stitches, 3. do. Good Stitches - June, 4. Pillow Talk Swap 4, 5. pillow talk swap received!, 6. favorite colors, 7. DQS10 full frontal, 8. www.flickr.com/photos/caribousmom/5849987922/in/gallery-l..., 9. Bee Mental Blocks, 10. WIP: Christmas Quilt, 11. Blythe-Size Bee - Wonky Stars for Pippa, 12. 3x6 bee block - process post
After I pulled the fabric for my Modern 4x5 Bee buddies, I got stuck. There were so many fabrics I wanted to use and it's hard to fit them all into a 12" block. I knew I wanted something scrappy. Inspiration struck while I was sitting at Starbucks, drinking an Iced Vanilla Latte, helping my five year old with his homework and waiting to pick up my three year old from Preschool. There are worse ways to spend an afternoon. ; ) In the spirit of sharing my process I will show you my messy sketch.
I like this block because I can use lots of different prints, there is a lot of movement and interest within the block, and I love the crisp, chunky, cross/plus/x, in the middle as a resting place. Since I don't have buckets of coordinated scraps I am making scraps one strip at a time from yardage. I know there are some of you laughing your heads off right now. Making scraps? Lady, are you crazy?!!?
I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow, I'm headed to one of my favorite local quilt shows at the Alden Lane Nursery in Livermore. This year's featured artists are Rob Appell and Verna Mosquera. They hang all the quilts from their huge Oak trees. It is so beautiful!!