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.

Not Your Mama's Bee

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.

Not Your Mama's Bee

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.

Not Your Mama's Bee

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!”

Not Your Mama's Bee

As usual, the design phase was their favorite.

Not Your Mama's Bee

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!



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    March 29, 2016

    It’s great that you are having your kids learn how to sew. I have a 13 year old grandson coming for a week long visit this summer and I’d love to have him learn to sew but I haven’t a clue what project to do that would keep his interest and be completed in a week. Any ideas out there?

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      March 29, 2016

      When my boys were 10 and 12, they wanted boxers. We spent an afternoon sewing them. They also made gift bags galore. Both of them now own a sewing machine and use it for sewing and/or hemming curtains and making minor repairs. Pyjamas, pillows, are all great ideas. But if you are a quilter, why not have him learn to sew 4 patches, working with you to complete a quilt for himself?

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      Alice in WV

      March 29, 2016

      Pillowcases are a great starting project.

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    March 29, 2016

    Wow! Your children’s blocks are great, especially the last ones with black – very modern. They’re good!!

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    March 29, 2016

    Your children will be grateful for having learned the skill of sewing. It is becoming a lost art in the younger generation. Good Job MOM….

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    March 29, 2016

    Why not have him pick 2-3 colors he likes and use them as the focus colors, then throw in a lot of scrappy fabrics. He could make a quilt top in a week, you could sandwich it and quilt it for him. There’s a ton of strip pieced, fast patterns out there, he should like one of them.

    If not a quilt, how about camping stuff, or whatever sport or hobby he’s into. How about a backpack..

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    March 29, 2016

    Beautiful blocks! Despite the effort, what you’re doing with your kids here is SO cool!! Good for you.

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    March 29, 2016

    Inspirational and honest!

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    March 29, 2016

    Great job! My daughter loves to sew as well, but it does take a lot of patience. She’s 5 now, but has sewed off and on since she was 3.

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    March 29, 2016

    My son (7) just made his first quilt and now wants to do more. I love this idea of a quilt block a month. It may be hard to hold him to one a month – and a year before it is finished!

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    Betsy Muir

    March 29, 2016

    Kudos to you! Funny how improv is so easy for kids, yet difficult for adults! These two will definitely thank you one day–plus, they get to be “famous” on your blog. How fun is that!

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    March 29, 2016

    Well done, you two! Each time you make new blocks they are even more complicated than the last ones 🙂

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    March 29, 2016

    I love the Sock Monkey photo – a Rockford favorite mascot — and your kids’ projects. Wonderful for their creativity and ours.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    March 30, 2016

    I love this! Your kids are great. Good job Mom!

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    Little Quiltsong

    March 30, 2016

    I think what you are doing with your children is wonderful. Persevering, Patience 🙂 and teaching sewing techniques at such a young age. Great Job to all of you!

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    March 31, 2016

    Those are all lovely blocks so congrats to all three of you!

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    March 31, 2016

    Great work kids!!


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