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.

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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.

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

3 Comments

  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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