For the second block of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild Scrappy Bee 3×6 round two, I decided upon a small wonky quasar. I call it a quasar because it’s not quite a star. Scroll down for the sizes of the pieces needed to make a 12.5″ unfinished (12″ finished) block, and to read how a 3×6 bee is organized. There are seven blocks for month two. Click here to see the month one blocks.
Nikki requested blocks using only solid fabrics in any color.
Mary requested blocks using a purple batik focus fabric
she provided, along with other purple, blue and green fabrics.
Lesley requested blocks using low volume fabrics.
Nikki is making a Quilt of Valor quilt and requested
blocks using only green and gray fabrics.
I’m making a quilt using an Aboriginal fabric as a focus fabric.
The bee blocks will be solid black, blue, gray and white,
to be set on point along with the Aboriginal fabric.
Toni requested blocks using orange and cream fabrics.
Somewhere between making a cup of tea and answering
the door I jumbled up Toni’s blocks. I rather dig how it
turned out, so Toni gets to decide if she wants to keep it
as is or if she wants me to make it a quasar. Either way
I’m going to keep this particular design in my back pocket.
Elizabeth requested all wonky star blocks using
Kona Snow she provided as the background fabric.
How to make the wonky quasar blocks
I created this diagram as the basis for the blocks I made. To learn how to make the points, refer to the Silly BooDilly wonky star tutorial.
How a 3×6 bee is organized
Each member of the six-person bee lets the group know her color preference. She may, or may not, provide a focus fabric for her blocks. Each month, each person makes a total of six blocks of her choice: one for each person in the bee, including herself, using her beemates’ color preferences or fabric provided. At the end of three months, each person will have made a total of 18 blocks, and have 18 blocks of her own (15 provided by her beemates). Most likely it will yield a sampler quilt, because each person gets to decide upon the block pattern she makes for everyone else. Clear as mud? In the coming months I’ll continue to post pictures of the blocks I make, as well as those I receive, which should help clarify any confusion.
In the Kansas City bee, we build in an extra month, so the bee lasts four months instead of three to allow for life to get in the way of sewing. Also, some of us choose to make an extra block each month for a Quilt of Valor. I really dig this this type of bee because it’s a short-term commitment with a sizable and creative yield.