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Surrounded by Scraps

Another Bee, Another Block

Linda Nussbaum

May is my month to host the Falu circle of the Simply Solids Modern Bee.

When I first signed up for the bee I was intrigued, but unsure what I would want to request for my own quilt. Then I saw this quilt in progress, by {thriftomancer} on Flickr. (she has since finished the quilt top which can be found in her blog, I Like String. I've actually included both shots in my inspiration mosaic for next month.)

 sample photos of quilts and blocks made by other quilters. Click this photo to see the link in my Flickr photostream with the source links attached.

sample photos of quilts and blocks made by other quilters. Click this photo to see the link in my Flickr photostream with the source links attached.

There is no question that I am a fan of the quarter log cabin block. I've made several from a more limited palette, using a pattern in Judy Hopkins' book Big 'n Easy: Supersized Quilts for Queen Beds.

But this one already has a totally different feel to it! And I am excited to see what the other bee-mates add to the mix!

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This bee offers a couple of different approaches the "Queen Bee" may use on her month. One may send out fabric to the other people in the circle, thus keeping a cohesive palette in one's quilt; OR one may ask the other bee mates to work from their own stashes, in which case you have no control over color selection, and the block size is limited to 12 1/2" square.

And I am so behind door #2! Only one of the many online bees that I have participated in over the last few years has NOT been a stash-based bee. And it's not that I have a problem investing in the fabrics for my quilts (as many can attest!) but part of my enjoyment from these online bees is getting a taste of the other folks' tastes.

So to the members of Simply Solids Falu, bring on your quarter log cabin blocks! As scrappy wild or sedate as suits you. They'll all be beautiful and find a place in this quilt-to-be!