Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July Queen Bee - Modern Stitching Bee

This month is my month to be Queen Bee for the Modern Stitching Bees and this block, or should I say "that block" is my choice for the Bees to get busy with.

Some months ago, I came across "That Block"  (yes, that's what it's called) and I haven't been able to get it out of my head.  Mary from Molly Flanders Makerie has written a great tutorial for the block and has kindly allowed me to reference it for the purposes of the Bee this month.  (MS Bees please note that I am upscaling the block a little as Mary's will produce a 10.5" block.  I will list all adjusted measurements on the flickr discussion thread.)

Sort of similar to the Spider's Web block, it builds layers of strips around a central star shape (generally pieced in a solid).  However, using the quarter square unit as the base, rather than the quarter triangle a la Spider's Web, sets the star off-point and results in a different secondary pattern when the blocks are repeated.

I think it's this secondary diamond pattern that makes me have a personal preference for this block.  I love it and can't wait to see even more of them all laid out and repeating!   So what better way to get a deliciously summery scrappy quilt of "That blocks" than to farm out the work to the beautiful bees of your hive?!

So, ladies, I hope you won't hate me for the strippy piecing but this is what I would really love from you for July.  All of the specific details, adjusted measurements and handy hints from my experience of making up the blocks are posted on the flickr thread in our group.  Any other questions, just shout!

Thank you in advance for making these up for me.  Mwah!


  1. You're going to have a gorgeous quilt!! Love that block!

  2. very much like the look of this block, especially when a few are put together

  3. Love that block and the secondary diamond pattern-very clever.
    Hope your Summer is going well.

  4. this really will be stunning

  5. Oh I love this That Block. Great idea to scale it up too.


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