A Bee in my Bonnet

Last night I got the proverbial bee in my bonnet and made this 12½” quilt block:

I’ve been wanting to make a test block since spotting Jenifer Gaston’s Churning Stars quilt in her book Primitive Style: Folk-Art Quilts and Other Finery (Martingale Press, 2015):

I’ve always liked the classic Churn Dash block and I love seeing it in the center of a Sawtooth Star block. I could see making an entire quilt using Jenifer Gaston’s charming design. In fact, I have a collection of indigo and cheddar prints that would be perfect for such a quilt.

For now, though, I am sticking with one block because it’s destined to be one of the front/back panels on my next quilter’s tote, namely the Junior Billie Bag.

See how well the new block goes with the star block I made the other day?

Not content to stop after making the block, I added the sashing strips that will make both blocks the correct size for the front/back panels of the Junior Billie Bag:

It’s going to be striking, isn’t it?!




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6 Responses to A Bee in my Bonnet

  1. Vickie Rooks says:

    These two blocks are stunning. Cheddar and blue would be a great color combination for a churndash quilt.

  2. Jenny Hansford says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Dawn! I love it.

  3. Jo Ann Janes says:

    How charming, it is hard to move away from traditional. I love what you have done.

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks, JoAnn! I do love to experiment with contemporary (and occasionally modern) quilting but traditional quilting really has my heart.

  4. Colleen says:

    Another beauty! Those blues, whites, and black would make a stunning full size quilt.

  5. Diane says:

    Oh Nubs! This is exquisite. I really love the blue/black/white color palette. So crisp and so wonderful. Great choice!

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