Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ Triple Block Updates

Not Your Mama's Bee

This week is Spring Break in our school district. I thought it would be an appropriate week to catch everyone up on our Not Your Mama’s Bee quilt blocks. I continue to have fun (and frustration) helping my kids sew their monthly bee blocks.

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For my son’s month, he requested some improv blocks. His inspiration was this Sunshine Quilt on the Deux Petites Souris Quilting with Intention blog. These blocks look possibly inspired by some of Denyse Schmidt’s patterns. He requested blue fabric, white background, and pops of orange.

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After the improv blocks, the bee jumped into pattern following. Lee’s daughter requested flowers from Michelle Engel Benskoif’s Amsterdam Quilt. If anyone thinks following a pattern with kids is easier than winging it, you think wrong. Haha 🙂 It probably would have been easier if I had made this block before. They were a bit impatient as I was reading the pattern to figure out the next steps. But we were successful and the kids really enjoyed planning out the color and placements of fabrics.

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Our latest bee blocks were for Jemellia’s daughter. We had more fun with improvisation, using bright solids and black background fabric. These blocks are from Nydia Kehnle’s Framework quilt pattern. In my son’s words, “this block is AWESOME!”

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As usual, the design phase was their favorite.

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I think this one exhausted my daughter. She sews pretty much independently, but that means there is more seam ripping than when I used to help her. She gets frustrated faster when things aren’t going smoothly – and it was just *one of those days* where the fabric was sliding and she was accidentally pulling the thread from the needle before starting. We persevered though! And I think the blocks turned out great!

A Fall Mini and Bee Blocks

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My Fall Mini Quilt is complete. Thank you so much for your advice on the quilting. I ended up just keeping the quilting in one direction. I love how it looks draped on my sewing room couch, and I’m happy to have had a little project to work on last week as I prepped for my daughter’s birthday this weekend.

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I cut my squares 3″ x 3″ for this quilt and placed them on point. All the prints except one yellow are from Leah Duncan’s fabric lines. The solid is an Essex linen (very easy to work with!).

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My kids and I also wrapped up their September bee blocks for Not Your Mama’s Bee. Yes, I somehow manage to spend hours at the sewing machine with that crazy character up there. 🙂

This month we sewed blocks for Jen’s daughter. She requested string blocks from Ashley’s tutorial, using navy, aqua, lime and purple. I think we nailed it! (My son’s block looks smaller but that’s just an optical illusion. They are both 12″.)

I’m very excited for next week. I’m going to be making a quilt and writing a pattern for a quilt along that will be appearing on BERNINA’s blog We All Sew sometime near the end of the month. I’ll give sneak peeks along the way!

Back to School and August Bee Blocks

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The kids are officially back in school. I promise my blog isn’t going to turn into only pictures of my children, but we did stitch up our August Not Your Mama’s Bee quilt blocks in the days before going back. The last two months, I’ve found it a bit challenging to help both kids make their blocks at the same time. I still do the ironing and rotary cutting…and my son needs a bit of help with the machine. So this time we worked on two different days.

This month we made blocks for Angela’s daughter. She requested simple blocks of 16 squares, cut 4″ x 4″, and featuring Heather Ross prints and other fabrics that were pink, blue, yellow and purple.

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I mentioned before that my daughter is getting pretty self sufficient on my BERNINA 440QE. You can see her set up in the above photo. The only thing she needs is a couple books under the foot pedal! We did our sewing on a Saturday morning, and it was pretty wonderful. I sewed next to her, finishing up my Picnic Point quilt top. She made her block. I think this was the first time we sewed side-by-side like this. It was such a great memory.

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My son had fun picking fabrics (as usual) but was less interested when it came to waiting for mommy to cut the fabrics and iron the seams. 🙂

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I learned this month that sewing a long straight seam is harder for beginners than several short seams. It was a lesson in patience (and seam ripping) when we tried to have a consistent seam allowance the entire way down the block.

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We also ditched him sitting in my lap, and I had him stand at the machine and push the foot pedal while I stood behind him and helped guide his hands. Still getting the hang of it!

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I’m now enjoying a bit of quiet while they are gone for the day…and my mind is full of ideas as to how to spend the next nine months until another summer vacation!

Not Your Mama’s Bee ~ July

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July was the second month for my kid’s Not Your Mama’s Bee. If you happened to miss June’s post, a group of friends have put together a quilting bee for our kids! We have ages 5 to 9, boys and girls. And I think the parents are learning as much as the kids.

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This month happened to be my daughter’s month to request blocks. Recently we have been talking about giving her bedroom a little makeover. I decorated it back when she was 2, and although I think it still works great for an 8 year old, she is ready for a change. I can’t really argue too much with her, as I change things here and there all the time.

She really likes the idea of a navy, pink, turquoise and gold room, so she requested Star Quilt Blocks of any size in those colors. She made a wonky star herself, and my 6 year old son made a sawtooth star. Not sure I’d recommend making flying geese with a 6 year old again, but we survived! 🙂

The kids are doing great with the sewing machines. I have my daughter using my BERNINA 440QE and she can now pretty much sew independently on it. My son is sewing with my help on my BERNINA Ambassador machine (the 750QE). He loves to push the thread cutting button when we are done stitching. This month I started letting him push the foot pedal, but I still help guide his hands as he guides the fabric. To say he’s accident prone would be an understatement! Much to their dismay, I am still keeping the speed turned way down on both machines.

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So far she’s received 9 of her blocks. Above you’ll see the 6 we had back when we took the photos. She is talking about doing a random layout with blocks of solids/prints mixed in. (Similar to my Starfall Quilt).

And now we are already into August, and ready to sew a new block for a new friend!