Monday, 25 May 2015

Rainbow Sticks another Big Bee Block

Its my turn again for Cherish Do good stitches. I am a little excited I get to design a new block.  {not really a new block I dont think there is any such thing} But a new big and colourful block for me and a I loved how our last quilt turned out. Thanks Ladies. All the quilts we create for our chosen charities are on flickr here and more on the Do good stitches Group origins here.
The premise of the group is for 12 stitchers and quilters to all do a block or 2 dependant on size,  send it to a quilter and then once quilted off it goes to a charity of choice. I know its sounds simple but I really don’t want to negate the work all of us put into our creations.
I’m sure if your reading this you may be as addicted to quilting as I am. You may have made as many quilts as your house can contain and still need to sew. Well this helps us out and we get to try new blocks each month and get rid of our plentiful stash or scraps and help a charity that is near and dear to our heart.
Plus we make more friends, who has enough of them? Some of the quilters I have met through my hobby are some of the closest friends I have.
Today I have a really simple block and you may have made a lot of these before.
Please remember this is to make 1 Block 20″ square finished. 20.5″ unfinished.
Fabric Requirements for one block
Rainbow Solids –  always check your scraps you will be surprised at what you find.
Red and yellow and pink and green purple and orange and blue did you sing it?
Tip cut a little longer length and cut down when they are all joined
  • 7 strips 20.5″ x 1 3/4″
  • 7 Strips 11 3/4″ x 3 3/8″
if you are making more then 1 block just cut width of fabrics its so simple to make 2 blocks at once
I always use a 1/4″ seam allowance and try and sew from top end then from the bottom end to prevent the fabric from bowing.

I said it was simple didn’t I? Sew these in no particular colour order.

and these

Then sew them together

Tada……..  really wasnt that hard was it?
Just put the block together row by row using normal piecing techniques for example nesting seams where possible, quilt and bind as desired.
This is a mock up of the quilt it is expected to be about 62″ x 82″ a lap or single bed size.

Another simple Big Bee block perfect for a community quilt. I’m really looking forward to getting these blocks in the mail and seeing them all  come together all the different shades of rainbow.

Have fun! 

Edited to show off our finished quilt!

This quilt has been donated to Jackie @


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