Monthly Archives: March 2014

KC Scrappy Bee 3×6 round two, month three

For the third block of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild Scrappy Bee 3×6 round two, I decided upon the “Boxed In” block by Faith Jones from the book “Modern Blocks.” It turned out an inch larger all the way around than the required size, but it can be easily trimmed down. Scroll down to read how a 3×6 bee is organized. There are seven blocks for month three. Click here to see the month two blocks.


Toni requested blocks using orange and cream fabrics.


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.


Elizabeth requested all wonky star blocks using
Kona Snow she provided as the background fabric.

Nikki requested blocks using only solid fabrics in any color. Photo pending

Nikki is making a Quilt of Valor quilt and requested
blocks using only green and gray fabrics. Photo pending

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. Photo pending

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.

KC Scrappy Bee and Lovely Linen Bee blocks for Nikki

I’m so happy to be helping Nikki with a spiderweb quilt for her son. Nikki requested this block for two bees we are in together: KC Scrappy Bee and the Lovely Linen Bee. She provided us with the linen foundation, and asked that we used warm colors from our scraps. Best of all, she provided us with a great tutorial (linked below).

Strips sewn on one side of each foundation.

Strips sewn on one side of each foundation.

Strips sewn on one side of each foundation.

Strips sewn and foundations trimmed.

Nikki made this quilt in cool colors previously, and you can make your own following this excellent and detailed tutorial.