My month in the 99 Bee


My month has finally arrived!  I’m the last one in this bee.  This has been my favorite bee of 2012, and I’m so excited that it’s finally my turn.  These are the blocks I chose to have everyone make.  Forgive the poor lighting.  I took the picture at night.

I mainly chose this design first because I love the block, and second because there’s no way I would attempt to make twenty-four of these babies on my own.  Check out all those tiny seams.  This is a paper pieced pattern, and paper-piecing is a fairly newly acquired skill for me.  In fact, I had only tried a simple string block before this bee, but several of the others chose paper-pieced blocks, so I got quite a bit of practice.  To my surprise, it’s not nearly as hard as it looks.  In fact, my two blocks only took about three hours total to finish both.  I expected more time and more difficulty from them.

I sent fabric for my fellow bee members to complete two blocks, but only one is required, so we’ll see how many I get back.  I did two for everyone else, but not everyone’s blocks were this intricate.  Either way, I’m thrilled to have the help and can’t wait to start receiving them in the mail.

I’m hoping it turns into a nice quilt.  After I got the blocks pieced, I thought the scrappiness of the fabrics might make them look too busy, and I’m still a bit concerned about that, but I already had everything cut and packaged, so I just went with it and am hoping for the best once they’re all put together in a quilt.


  1. I LOVE this block, can you tell me the name of it or where I could get the pattern..
    All of your creations are wonderful and give lots of inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing

    • It’s called “Windmill,” and it’s in the book, 99 Modern Blocks. It’s one of my favorites from the book, but there are several other blocks in the book that I love– great value for about $15 from amazon.

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