Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Scrapbeelicious December Bee Blocks for Nicole

Another month has rolled around and it's December! Wow! I can't believe how fast this year has flown by! It's Nicole's (Modern Handcraft) turn to be queen in the Scrapbeelicious Bee. She decided to be festive and have us make her some Christmas blocks. Now, I don't actually own one single piece of holiday fabric. It's just not something I'm into. I guess I just haven't found the "right" Christmas fabric or whatever. I rather use reds & greens from my stash rather than Santa and Reindeer prints.

Nicole wanted lots of embellishments on her blocks. I thought a gingerbread man was a no brainer! I used Ric Rac, Buttons, Ribbon & machine applique. I wanted to incorporate some hand stitch work so I decided on a "Letter to Santa" idea for the second block. the grey background reminded me of snowflakes. This is the first time I've actually ever stitched anything other than quilting lines. The letters and little postage stamp were all a first...hence the imperfection...Ha! We'll just pretend it's kid writing on the envelope. And the blue snowflake fabric for the stamp? I totally took advantage of the free 1" of fabric at Joanns. Hahaha! I tried to pick the print I would get the most out of with 1 inch. The snowflakes were the winner! I normally don't use Joann's fabrics for bees but I just wasn't willing to drive to my LQS to pay top dollar for even an 1/8 of a yard for a Christmas print I'll need to fussy cut and most likely never use again.

Of course, like an idiot, I cut my background blocks at 12" and not 12.5". Ugh! I had to improvise with the red border. The red will end up being 1/4" after all her blocks are sewn together! Yikes! I hope they turn out ok...just a little peek-a-boo of color I guess.

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Scrapbeelicious December Bee Blocks for Nicole


Scrapbeelicious December Bee Blocks for Nicole

Scrapbeelicious December Bee Blocks for NicoleScrapbeelicious December Bee Blocks for Nicole

Scrapbeelicious December Bee Blocks for Nicole



23 comments:

  1. Great blocks. I think the pop of colour the red will add will be lovely.

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  2. Stinking cute!!! Love all the little details:)

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  3. She's going to love it! I think the 1/4 inch stripe around the edge will be really cool actually.

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  4. Love the gingerbread man!!! beautiful detail!

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  5. I love your fabric choices. If you hadn't told on yourself, we would have thought the Christmas pop of red was deliberate. When my brother became grandpa to twins, I made quilts for them. I didn't want to leave out big sis (I crocheted her a blanket when she was born), so I made a tote for her. I intended to but an I on it for her initial. Well when I sewed it together, I turned the block, because the batting was wonky on the top and I shifted it to the side and it turned the "I" to the side. I didn't even look at it until everything was put together except the stitching of the opening of the tote. So, I put stitched it shut, put a button on it and called it a bow. I told my brother only and he said no one said a word about it and he didn't either. They all seemed to appreciate the handmade gift and that I had remembered big sis, too. I try to remember the older sibling with something because I know (s)he feels left out with the fuss over the new addition to the family and even if they are old enough to understand, the older sibling(s) still feel left out.

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  6. The envelope was a genius idea! Great job!

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  7. Very nice! I love the gingerbread man!

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  8. Very cute ideas - so each month you pick a theme and make blocks for each other? Fun!

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  9. Great fabric choice for the Gingerbread Man, both blocks look fab :D

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  10. Oh I just love these so so so much! Thank you friend, cannot wait to put this quilt together.....and P.S. you are FAST!

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  11. These are so darn cute!! I would have never know that you've never embroidered before because it looks great!

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  12. These blocks are so fantastic! you hand detail on the letter are really special. I know she is going to LOVE them!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  13. That letter block is very cute! Stamped, processed, and everything. Very cool.

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  14. Love the gingerbread man. I could do a whole quilt with him.

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  15. They both turned out really cute.

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  16. Fantastic blocks! Well done! I love the gingerbread man - a motif I used on a stocking for my nephew - so cute! http://jenscraftwork.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/christmas-stocking-for-fergus.html

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  17. A holiday themed quilt is on my bucket list. Happy mistakes make for nice surprises - the sliver of red will pull out the color in the block and be great.

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  18. A really nice block! Greetings from the North Pole, almost.
    Turid in Norway

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  19. Love the stitching! You did a great job. Hope you're feeling great :) - Kate

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  20. Amazing post! So great:)

    http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de/

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