Sunday, November 22, 2015

Country Beehive

Until now, I have been pretty much sticking to the script on Lynette Anderson's 2015 BOM, My Country House. But for Month 9, Lynette's design for the beehive has two flowers on the same stem, very close to the right edge of the block. Since I am using thick wool felt for those flowers, I would have had to sew them on after joining the block if I kept to the design.

So, I used the same elements in a different layout:


The beehive fabric is the same as the house fabric in the centre block. I thought it would be interesting to echo the same layout as the house block, using the flowers the same as the trees:


However, if you think about the perspective in the beehive block, with the stems behind the horizon, suddenly they look about twelve feet tall. Truthfully, they are reminding me of the Martians in the original War of the Worlds movie:


At around 0:36 you'll see the resemblance!

But, I'm not doing it again. I think once the block is sewn into the whole quilt, and not standing alone, it will be less obvious.

Plus, I'm really happy with how cute the bee is:


I have a few more bees cut out, to scatter around the rest of the quilt. So, on I go! The last three applique blocks are all nearly done, with a just a few embroidered details left. They will make a nice break from the heavy sewing with Allietare!

It is a long time since I linked up with Slow Sunday Stitching, so it will be fun to see what they are all up to over there. Check it out to see for yourself!

And, how do you like my changes to my blog layout? Now it's a little wider, the text is larger, and there's room for bigger photos. Of course, I changed the header photo too. If it's a problem for anyone, please let me know!

21 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I really have been enjoying this project so far. :D

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  2. I love the beehive block. I really didn't notice how giant the flowers seem until you said it....and now that I see it, it's a bit fun!

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  3. I didn't think the flowers were odd until you pointed them out. I really think that block is beautiful and you would never know that is the same fabric as the house.

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  4. Love the blog layout!
    The bee is adorable :)
    Happy to see you are joining in on the Quiltville mystery!

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  5. I like the flowers over the bee hive. They remind me of large sunflowers, which would be bigger than the hives. I love your header picture!

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  6. Cute blocks--I love those chubby, fluffy sheep!

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  7. Love the sheep, I take it that is all hand appliqué? I'll have to watch that movie again, I listened to the book recently, it's much different that the movie.

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  8. These are so cute, I love the bees

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  9. You're right the bee is very cute!!

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  10. Your blocks are sooooo cute. Great work!!!

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  11. oh so cute, love the bee block, looking to the flowers by the perspective of the bees they are just perfec.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  12. I love the beehive!! It *cracked* me up that you saw the aliens from The War on the Worlds in the flowers! Haha!! :)

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  13. I chuckled over your War of the Worlds comment. Martians indeed! :) I do like the perspective that you used.
    Thanks for sharing your cute block!--Terry

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    1. LOL, thanks, Terry! This really isn't a very serious quilt. But, the little stories in each block have been unexpectedly fun!

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  14. I like your new look block - it works well for me. I also like your giant alien flowers - in fact even the thought that you might have a Day of the Triffids moment in an otherwise very sweet quilt appeals to me!

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  15. so so looking forward to seeing this quilt completed and the flowers work well. Like the new layout of the blog too

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  16. Looking good. I think the big flowers with the bee hive are fine. It's a fantasy sort of world anyway. Applique is very nice. I am hankering to start a new one myself. Southwest theme and I plan to use Cherrywood fabrics for the most part. However there are three UFOs that I really like and which require no shopping. Ready to finish. Trying to pare down for Allietare on Friday.

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  17. I like the block with the sheep. Delightful.

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