21 October 2014

building blocks tuesday

I've been wanting to link up to Jen's Building Blocks Tuesday for ages but weeks keep going by so quickly ! but today I'm jumping in with a rundown of the Aussie Modern Instabee blocks that I've done this year.

These are blocks from the Modern Bee book by Lindsay Conner.  When the book came out earlier in the year there was much excitement over on instagram to start a bee based on the blocks in the book.   After a few days there were quite a few bees started in the USA and then the girls in Australia decided to join the party - I think there are 6 or 7 Aussie bees now - maybe more !!

I'm in Hive 4 with 11 other Aussie girls and we started making blocks in March and will go onto next February.

My first block was for Jess who requested the Stacked Windmills block in soft blues and beige - being colours way outside of my box I was a bit concerned if I'd actually have any in my stash but I found a few fabrics and put together the block. After my initial hesitation, I thought the colours played really well together.

April's block was for Hayley who liked Cordelia's Garden and asked for scrappy flowers and a low volume background - I notice quite a few of the other girls are requesting low volumes so I needed to add a few to my stash !

The May blocks were for Kathy - she is doing a little boy's quilt and asked for orange, blue, and white Ziggy Stardust blocks - while the star is a little fiddly the finished block looks fabulous - it reminds me of a ribbon wrapped present.

Khristina asked for Bluebells Cabin blocks for June and as it was for a little girl my large pink and pretty stash was very handy.  I really love these blocks !

September was Lianne's month and she requested Trellis Crossroads blocks in scrappy colours with low volume backgrounds - this was another fun block to make !

if you're on instagram - use the hashtag #moderninstabee2014 or #aussiemoderninstabee to check out all the fab blocks that have been made this year !

Linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday

Quilter in the Closet


  1. Leanne, all your blocks are lovely. I especially like the Ziggy Stardust blocks - I haven't seen those before. Thanks for linking up to Building Blocks Tuesday this week! I can't wait to see what you do next.

  2. You're right the stardust blocks do look like wrapped presents. No one in our bee picked that block so I haven't made one yet, but I'm tempted now to make a whole gift wrapped quilt. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Gorgeous blocks, particularly the stardust blocks!

  4. I like the way your bee gives you a chance to make such a variety of fun blocks.


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