I joined an online bee for the first time this year, and it’s been a terrific experience. Making 1 block a month for a bee member has not been too taxing! I’ve enjoyed making blocks I wouldn’t normally tackle, and learned to paper-piece along the way. I think organization has been important in keeping it all flowing, and Erin @ Sew At Home Mommy has done a wonderful job.
It’s now my turn to choose the block for my bee members. I was playing with different ideas last week, and finally settled on a Confetti block (inspired by Megan’s Party of Twelve quilt from Block Party — The Modern Quilting Bee). This block is improvisationally pieced, and I’ll provide some simple guidelines here.
Start with 6 to 14 scraps cut into square or rectangular shapes of varying size. For the bee I am asking member to stash-bust their solids, but this block is ideal for using small bits of your favourite prints.
Take the background fabric (I’m using Kona Aqua, which I’ll be sending out to all the members) and cut several strips varying in width from 1″ to 3″. Use the background strips to frame each scrap rectangle — you don’t need to add the same width on all sides. You can see what my scraps looked like when I finished this step (above).
At this point your goal is to build a 12.5″ block from all the bits. This part is like a jigsaw puzzle as you try to make everything fit—I found it helpful to lay out my confetti scraps on my 12.5″ square ruler. Use more background strips to join the little bits together. Aim for a 13 or 13.5″ block so you can trim it down to 12.5″ when you’re finished. Take care that the colored squares are at least 1/2″ from the edges — this way they won’t get caught in the seam allowance when I join the blocks together.
And that’s it — I hope you have fun and enjoy the process!