I was thrilled when Jan of Daisy Janie asked me to participate in her Bee Block Blog Hop to celebrate the release of her New Leaf line of fabrics. I am a real fan of her fabrics. She has put a lot of thought and research into her organic fabrics and has written some great articles on the impact of organic versus non organic.
Did you know that each yard of organic fabric from Daisy Janie has prevented 1/3 of a pound of toxic fertilizers and pesticides from being used to grow cotton? That's almost 5 pounds per bolt.
The cotton in Daisy Janie fabrics is also harvested, processed, printed, and finished without the use of toxic silicone waxes, chlorine bleach, harsh petroleum scours, azo dyes, formadehyde or heavy metals.
All that and she still comes out with fabrics with beautiful rich colors like these.
Now, about the blog hop - There are fourteen participants in the blog hop. Each participant has made a 12 inch block from these fabrics and mailed them back to Jan who will be making a quilt. You can read more in Jan's blog post - there's also a chance to win a bundle of fabric so if you want to enter you'll need to read about the particulars on that.
The block I made is called Grandmother's Favorite. It's a traditional one but these fabrics really give it a new look.
Below are directions to make the 12 inch finished version of the block.
Lay out all of the pieces as shown below.
Now, you can start sewing it all together. First, sew the corner halfsquare triangles together into squares.
Next, sew the center side sections together, starting with the two triangles in the center as shown below.
Next, add one of the other small triangles.
Then add the other small triangle.
Then add the larger triangles as shown below.
Now the block is in sections that can be sewn together like a nine patch. It's almost finished!
This was the point in the process that I realized I had the block arranged wrong. I needed to switch the corner blocks around. It would work this way but I like the look below much more.
Tues, 1/15 - Lynn Harris, The Little Red Hen - that's me.
Wed, 1/16 - Candy Glendening, Candied Fabrics
Thurs, 1/17 - Holly DeGroot, Bijou Lovely
Fri, 1/18 - Melanie Thornton, Melanie Dramatic
Mon, 1/21 - Emily Cier, Carolina Patchworks
Tues, 1/22 - Rachael Gander, Imagine Gnats
Wed, 1/23 - Maureen Cracknell, Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Thurs, 1/24 - Leanne, She Can Quilt
Fri, 1/25 - Cindy Wiens, Live a Colorful Life
Mon 1/28 - Cheryl Arkison, Dining Room Empire
Tues, 1/29 - Jacquie Gering, Tallgrass Prairie Studio
Wed, 1/30 - Shanna Bailey, Fiber of All Sorts
Thurs, 1/31 - Katy Jones, Monkey Do