Tuesday, April 23, 2013

hexing around

I've been hesitant to join any bees this year, for obvious reasons, but I can never resist joining in with the 4x5  bee gang!  I can't even count how many rounds I've participated in (maybe this is the 6th?) and I can say I have never once been disappointed with the blocks I've received.

4x5 bee hive 2 test block

This round, I decided to jump in with the hexy hive, meaning just as it sounds, each block must incorporate hexagons in some form.  I had initially planned on machine piecing small hexagons cut with my Accuquilt GO!  but ultimately decided against it.  After some pinterest-ing for inspiration, I started doodling, and came up with this star in a hexagon shape that I was able to turn into a paper piecing pattern.  I finally bit the bullet and ordered EQ 7, so I'm hoping to be able to turn this into a computer generated paper piecing pattern, instead of my chicken scratch on the backs of old pieces of scrapbook paper.  Anyone that has tips for EQ 7, they would be much appreciated!

4x5 Hexy Hive
For Becky

I had to dig deep, as Becky requested navy blue, kelly green and aqua.  The aqua, I have covered.  There is so much aqua in my stash its almost a little ridiculous, the same goes for lime-y greens, but kelly green?  and navy?  Those are few and far between.  I dug out my pearl bracelets though, and found just the colors I was looking for.

4x5 bee hexy hive
for Cathy

I love these colors to pieces, I dug through and pulled out some Oval Elements and Pearl Bracelets for this blue, blue, and more blue block.

4x5 bee hexy hive
for Michelle

Michelle requested purple, black and grey.  The grey I've got covered, but purple and black are also colors I'm lacking in my stash.  I did come up with a black Comma barcode print, and a purple print from Bespoken by Pat Bravo for AGF.

4x5 Bee Hexy Hive
for Caryn

So I don't like to play quilty favorites, but its going to take all my will power to not hoard this block and keep it all for myself.  Caryn asked for rainbow colors in spectrum order and white.  And really, what is better than purdy rainbow prints, and text prints??

4x5 Bee Hexy Hive
for Sarah

Sarah asked for lime green, aqua and grey.  I played with all sorts of prints, but when I saw how well Color Me Retro and Simply Color played together, I was sold.  Paired with some fun paper clips, and I called these blocks finished.

Hopefully my bee mates are as happy as I am with these blocks, and be on the lookout for the paper piecing templates, if I can figure out how to do it!

26 comments:

  1. Wow, Jessica, I love all the blocks. This is a great one.

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  2. Wow, those blocks are amazing...great job.

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  3. What a great pattern!! I've been debating whether to get eq7... Looks like I should just bite the bullet ;)

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  4. This block is just gorgeous. Nice work.

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  5. This is a great block Jess! I can see this being a big winner with your bee buddies! All the colour combinations are gorgeous!

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  6. Great choice, and love the fabric combos

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  7. All of these blocks look amazing!

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  8. Wonderful. I like the pattern. If you like to share I'd be happy. If not it's okay. I like to be more creative and see what fabric or inspirations lead me to. I'd love to try out this block 'though. I like every block but I like most the last one. Funny.

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  9. oh my gosh, these blocks are just gorgeous, love all your fabric combos! Love them all, but I think my total favourite is the rainbow on the text background.

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  10. Your blocks are sooooo pretty! I love how you made each color combination!

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  11. Jessica these blocks are awesome! I just recently purchase EQ7, so no real tips yet, but loving it so far. Good luck!
    Amanda

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  14. These are fantastic Jess. I'm so excited to get mine! sorry for the color stretch for you! :)

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  16. I LOVE this block, and I'm always in the Paper Pieced hives. I might have to create something based on this in TouchDraw - my go to app for quilt designing.

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  21. Love these so much!!! Great job Jess and I would be super interested in a pp tutorial on these beautiful blocks!

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  22. Beautiful blocks! I have to say, the rainbow with text background is my favorite as well. Great job.

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