Oh, I just can’t wait to be Queen!!
I know, I was already queen in January but I’m in – are you ready for this- four (four!) quilting bees this year. I know, I have a problem!
Anyway, I’m May Queen for Stash Bee, Hive 4! I’ve selected Converging Corners as my quilt block. The rest of this post will be directed to my hive members but feel free to check it out and look into the great tutorial I’ve linked!
Here’s a link to a tutorial on how to do this block from Film in the Fridge. When I first began quilting a few years ago I was very much drawn to a few converging corners quilts. I’ve always wanted to make one and have never managed to get around to it! I decided to use this bee as a chance to get a good start on one!
I’m requesting a wee bit of a change, mostly in block size, for my bee block but also allowing quite a few adaptations to make this a teensy bit more improv. Following the instructions from the link, I would like a block that measures 16″ instead of 12.5″. I’ll discuss the adaptations when I get to sample blocks and such. This tutorial is excellent though and gives great instructions on constructing this block!
I’ve also put together a pinterest inspiration board with lots of fun pictures to get you all in the color mood for this block! I adore making pinterest inspiration boards! I would like the background fabric to be a low volume print in either white or cream. Fun fact – last year I selected colors in the orange family and purple family as colors to build in my stash. They were sadly underrepresented in my stash and while remedying that, I fell in love with these colors individually and now love how nicely they play together!
Here is my fabric pull. First the colors! I cannot think of any shade of purple that would not work for this. My range varies from pastel lavender to a dark, royal purple with everything plum and purple in between! I would like for the corals and peaches to not veer too far into the primary orange category but I know those are colors that people see differently. I promise, if you think it looks nice I will love it! I’d rather the grays (which are optional and need to be used sparingly) to be in the light to mid range. I do not want it to appear black at all. I’m good with prints and/or solids for the colored bits of this quilt!
Block one –
I used a combination of wider and skinnier logs to frame the block. I added a tiny sliver of gray in with my purple logs. On this block I framed a coral square (2.5 inches) with a 1″ purple frame. This is not necessary and I’ll have other centers to show you other options in a bit. I just wanted you to know you could play around with the centers as far as design and size! I would like all coral/peach strips to be in one corner and all purple (with occasional gray) in the opposite corner. Logs can vary from 1″ all the way up to 3″. Center blocks can be any size you like – just make sure you leave enough room to have some logs with colors in the corner!
Block two –
You can see I began with a much larger, single fabric square in the center. I believe it was 8″. I also used larger logs for the strips so this block went together much faster than the others. Totally feel free to do this if you are pressed for time or making more than one block and want to do a quick one!
Block three –
Here’s another single fabric square but it is medium sized. I believe it is 3.5″. I make a larger, low volume first row around it and a mix of smaller, larger logs with the colored ends. I also used some solids in the colored section on this block.
Block four –
For this block I totally skipped the colored center! See? These blocks can be as complicated or simple as you choose!
Block five –
For this block, I pieced a purple and a peach square for the center. I also added a tiny bit of gray in with the purple. I did two low volume rings around the center instead of one.
Obviously, you can see I’m good with a myriad of variations. If you want to make me a fun center, in my chosen colors, go for it. If you’d rather start with a charm square (or smaller, or larger!) of a single fabric, that is fine. If you want to skip out on a colored center all together, be my guest! I am looking forward to a variety of individual blocks that inspire you! Also, if it’s easier for you to send the block a little big, I’m happy to trim it down myself!
And so you see how these are coming together, here is a picture of all the blocks I have so far.
Thank you so much for helping me make this lovely quilt! I’m very much looking forward to your lovely blocks!