I got behind with Bee Blocks over the summer so I am trying to do a little catch up. First for Leila, her theme in Cocorico was 'A woman's Work'. I had a lovely pattern by Kumiko Fujita that came from a Japanese magazine- possibly Patchwork Tsuchin. The stove and the casserole seemed a good fit for her theme.
Leila asked for either blocks 6 1/2" square or any size- this is a bit of both, 6 1/2 x 7 1/2". I slightly misjudged the right side of the black strip but by the time I realised it was already cut and sewn.
In Ringo Pie, many months ago, Tamiko asked for blocks on a Magnum PI theme, an imaginative idea and one that is producing some great work and a strong sense of humour.
This block started off with a free paper piecing Hawaiian Shirt pattern by Linda Worland at Paper Panache. I did a little tweaking- added the back collar, added a Y seam and used freezer paper template method rather than sewing through paper. I made the pocket as I would a real one and the same with the collar pieces. The trunks owe a debt to Penny and the pants/undies she made for Monica in the Travelling Quilts bee. I drew out the shape, the stripes were pieced first, then the shape was cut out and the strips are bias pieces of white fabric. After extensive research of Tom Selleck in trunks, these seemed to be the most distinctive for Magnum PI. This block cracks me up. If I could have pieced a tiny moustache and sunnies, I would have!