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I am a Queen!

Hi guys. I am participating in a Hive, which is a Block Bee, and February is my month to be Queen. This means I get to pick a block, and all my Worker Bees will make one and send it to me. Then each month I will make a block for the next Queen. Hooray! This is going to be a lot of fun. If you’re going to Quilt Con in Savannah, bring your block in person instead of mailing! I hope to see you.

I chose a 17″ semicolon block. I drew it out on graph paper. I realise it was supposed to be 16.5″ or smaller, but the math just didn’t work otherwise, and I didn’t want to make you guys work with tiny pieces.

Here is a step by step tutorial for my Bees, or to make your own.

The only guidelines I am asking for my bee blocks-

  1. Any gray background
  2. Any scrappy happy colorway
  3. No brown 😉
  4. Feel free to go really scrappy, as long as you stay within a color family. All pinks, all blues, all greens, all yellows, etc.  I wish I had used more variety in my test block. I am so looking forward to seeing the variety I will get back.

Here we go!

 

Fabric Requirements and Cutting instructions-

You will need the following:

  • Two- 2″ solid background squares
  • Ten- 2″ scrappy squares in your chosen colorway
  • Three- 2″ x 5″  background rectangles
  • Twelve- 2″ half square triangle units using background and your scrappy colorway  (I’m leaving the method up to you, use your favourite one and trim them to 2″)
  • Two- 6.5″ x 17″ background rectangles

*Please note that most of these measurements do NOT have a .5″ included. That’s for a reason. The math works. If it says 2″.. cut it 2″ NOT 2.5″

 

Block Construction-

We start with a pile of pieces. I used an Easy Angle Ruler to cut my triangles from 2″ strips. Use whichever method you prefer, and trim them to 2″.

 

First we make our half square triangle units. I am sewing this block on my Kenmore, because I like the accuracy of this quarter inch foot, and the machine was already on the table. Hey, I’m lazy. I pressed the seams open in this area to reduce bulk.

 

Here we have all our units and are ready to lay out the block.

 

 

Here is how it all goes together, with everything in its proper place, all triangle points facing the correct direction.

 

I chain pieced the center portions, and left the threads connected. instead of clipping them apart so that I won’t get anything flipped the wrong direction in the next few steps. I call this “webbing” a block.

 

Almost done! After you have constructed those center portions of the semicolon, sew them into a vertical row with the small rectangles. From this point forward, I pressed the seams wherever they needed to go to reduce bulk.

 

Finally. attach the large rectangles to either side, and give it a final press.

 

I am so excited to put these together! Thanks for playing along!

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Philipa Core wrote:

    thankyou for posting the tutorial. I might just have to make myself one. I didn’t join in any of the bees for this year. Was a bit snowed under at the time but am going to enjoy seeing all the blocks come together over the year.

    Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm | Permalink