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I posted my sunny Dresden plate bee-block a while ago, but as I was looking at the pile of scraps and getting ready to send them back, I decided I wasn’t done with them.  I’m just a little behind in posting pictures of the 2nd one.

improv snowball quilt block for fresh modern bee II

After the precise, traditional piecing of the Dresden, I wanted something modern and improvised. So I went totally different and cut strips and a fussy cut, and made a scrappy-looking little snowball block.

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Sunny yellow dresden for this month’s bee: perfect contrast to a cold, snow-y month. (The local TV station just announced we’d set a new snow-fall record for January. The meteorologist sounded a little too happy/excited about that, especially since we’re starting February with another foot of snow. Ok, weather-whine done, moving on)

yellow dresden plate block for fresh modern bee

 

The request this month was for something circle-ish, and since I’ve just decided that I really like making Dresden Plates, I knew just what to do. Well, actually, I thought about coming up with something new and different, but I’d been wanting to make a yellow Dresden anyways, so those thoughts didn’t last long.  Instead I made a little yellow plate (it’s 6-ish inches across) and set it off center on my square of linen.

 

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Sorry! I won’t get into it, but life has completely taken over my, well, life and kept me completely away from blog, flickr, even my sewing machine.

fresh modern bee pinwheel quilt block

I finally managed to get everything under control enough to get this month’s pinwheel bee-blocks sewn and mailed.

pinwheel quilt block for fresh modern bee

And love how they turned out – you know I love my white backgrounds, but these look great with the gray. I’ve been thinking about gray and blue, but the pink-orange-gray combination really caught my eye, and had me digging through my own stash..

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Finally got a few minutes to sew, and made some progress on my bee.

Here are the fabrics:solids and balck and white dots fabric for fresh modern bee 2

Quilt Happie gave us  lots of freedom with the blocks – rectangles that used all of the fabrics and blocks that had  “a modern Improv, scrappy kind of feel”

I decided to play with different sizes of slightly wonky log cabins:

modern log cabins block for fresh modern bee ii

(Which was lots of fun, by the way)

detail log cabin blocks for fresh modern bee

Here are some of the other blocks for this round:

1. Blocks for Jessica, 2. Blocks for Jessica, 3. Blocks for Jessica, 4. FMB2 Blocks for Jessica - September, 5. FMB2 Blocks for Jessica - September, 6. September block for Fresh Modern Bee II, 7. FMB II - September 2010, 8. FMB2 Blocks for Jessica - September, 9. can't stop, 10. Fresh Modern Bee 2 for QuiltHappie, 11. jessica - september, 12. Jessica's rainbow (fresh modern bee 2)

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I doubt I’m alone in this, but I’ve been thinking about solids alot lately. My “Daydreaming” quilt – inspired by City Quilts –  still needs to be quilted – but I’ve been doodling more solids quilt ideas on envelop backs and the like. And, then, look what landed in my mail box for my Fresh Modern Bee II – some gorgeous colors and some black and white dots.

folded solid cottons and black and white polka dot fabrics for fresh modern bee II

And, did you know there’s a group on flickr that’s all solid quilts ? Here are a few inspiring examples:

mosaic of modern quilts with solid fabric

(Click through to flickr for the links to individual photos)

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After my battle to complete the first quarter of this block, I finally got the whole thing done.

union jack paperpieced block for fresh modern bee II

I’m celebrating – these took some real focus and energy for some precise piecing, but will look great all together.

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After work on Friday, when my brain was ready for the weekend, was clearly not the time to sit down to paper piece a very precise Union Jack for this month’s bee.  Paper piecing messes with my brain anyways, so I shouldn’t have been surprised.

paper pieced union jack quilt block for fresh modern bee

This is me, with the first quadrant of the flag/block, ripping out a seam for the fourth time. Astute observers will note that it’s only the third seam of the block.  A cutting error, a placement error, not accounting properly for a seam allowance, grabbing the wrong  sized strip, and an alignment error can do that. My paper backing is going to be well-perforated for easy removal on this quadrant.

I should say, while this definitely a precise, detail oriented block, Lynn sent templates, and a nicely detailed tutorial. This is not the block’s fault, it was my tired brain’s fault. Besides, they’re going to look great (and I envy countries that have such aesthetically pleasing flags – all those lines of symmetry!)

paper pieced union jack flag quilt block for fresh modern bee

In the end, I completed one quadrant, declared victory and went to have a glass of wine.

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