Love Circle members created Sunset Stripe Blocks for July’s round of the do. good Stitches charity quilt bee. The sky’s a bit cloudy and gloomy here today, but I’ve had fun working with warm summery sunset colors this morning.


Our instructions were to make blocks either 4.5″, 8.5″, or 12.5″ square using parallel stripes in varying widths no larger than 1″ finished with a solid, neutral background (khaki, taupe, linen, etc.)

Once upon a time, I thought Kona Parchment was the best thing since sliced bread.  I had oodles of it, and I’m so relieved that this was all I can find.  I’m sure a half yard or fat quarter will pop up, misfiled in my chaotic stashing system, but for now, I’m glad to see this last bit put to good use.

I often mention that bee blocks are miniature design challenges for me. I thought a lot about repetition and variation as I assembled these blocks. Should I repeat this color? Should I leave that color out of this block? How much should I vary the width of the stripes? I don’t have textbook answers for these things because I mostly go by instinct, but I thought I’d share my thoughts (or thoughtsicles as Ara Jane calls them!) in case you’re wondering.

Anyway, these were super simple, and I can’t wait to see what Ara Jane, this month’s quilter, will do with them!


  1. Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

    I love the stripes of color we have been getting here at sunset recently. I think your blocks do a great job of capturing that flare moment when the sky is striped in color. There are no right answers, and lots of “happy little trees” as Bob Ross would say. 🙂

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