April's Queen Bee Block

Now that April has arrived, I can post that it's my month to be Queen Bee of the Gridster Bee (#gridsterbee) group. Being a member of this group has been so fun. The group changed it's name to Gridster Bee in 2017. Prior to that it was the Mid-Century Modern Bee. I joined the MCM Bee in 2016. There are 12 of us from various regions of the United States. I enjoy the anticipation of each month's Queen Bee revealing her block choice. We don't if she'll choose a traditional or modern block, or designed an original block that might become a written pattern!

I chose a traditional block this month. It is a scrappy red, white and blue Friendship Star with 4-Patches in each corner. I am pretty sure I had seen it as a free pattern on Pat Sloan's website, but I didn't bookmark it and can't find it now. I re-drafted it from a 9" block to a 12" block.

I already received some blocks from some very speedy Gridster members. Thank you, Elizabeth, Linda, Allison and Kelley.

That got the plan rolling for a queen size quilt setting. I want to use fabric from my stash. The setting I am toying with looks like this, which I designed in Electric Quilt.

I'll be making a few star blocks and lots of blue and white patches to fill in the quilt. I look forward to the completed quilt sometime this summer!

I leave you with a little peek of Spring from outside my door.

From afar it's more like Autumn.

A closer looks reveals grape hyacinths and snowdrops popping up.

A crocus stretching after a long winter hibernation

And a few more open

And the not-so-shy chickadees are always around the feeder. I wish the goldfinches and nuthatches weren't so cautious of me.


Needled Mom said...

I love that setting for your blocks. I can hardly wait to see them all together.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Love the setting for your bee blocks. It will be lovely in those reds and blues. The reference to the Mid Century Bee made me smile as that bee was such a key to my making online friends. I've fallen off the blog wagon the last 2 years and miss the interaction. Good for all of your to keep going with the new bee.

OPQuilt said...

Your quilt will be wonderful, and it's fun to see the blocks rolling in already.
It was a treat also to see the signs of spring in your yard. We've had such a good time with our wildflowers this year, so it's lovely to see them in other parts of the country. Thanks for a lovely post!