Improv Line Bee Blocks

Last month, Chris gave us the open-ended invitation to play with line in our improv blocks for her. Straight lines and how they intersect, or how they don't. She asked for black background (I used Kona Black) and as many colors as we like (at least two) for our lines, preferably brights.

My lines all vary between 1/8" and 1/2" in width. I really enjoy the look and process of piecing a skinny 1/8" strip. So I started with that.

This first one is about 12" x 12" with 1/8" strips in three colors. Technically the lines intersect somewhere to the lower left outside of the block. This block accidentally has 90's neon laser photo backdrop vibes for me.

My second block is 8" x 8" and more precise with two 1/2" strips intersecting in the center of the block.

My last block is about 7" x 6" and I thought of the branches on a plant or the veins on a leaf.

Thanks for visiting!

10 thoughts on “Improv Line Bee Blocks

  1. Nancy

    Good Morning Sarah!
    These are as interesting as ever! Always surprising me.
    I have a question. Some time ago I shared with you that I have suffered a vision loss (70%) in my right eye. I am trying very hard to figure out how to keep sewing. I have a magnifier now that is attached to the acrylic extender under my machine. I also have a wonderful tubular light on a stand behind the machine bed and a floor lamp that bends to the left of the machine. So you can see that the space is well illuminated. I still struggle right at the spot where the needle goes up and down. All that is to ask how do you stitch such straight lines?

    1. sarah

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      Good morning, Nancy. It sounds like you have some great adaptations for your sewing. I have a 1/4" foot that I use for piecing. It has a vertical guide on the side that the fabric butts up next to. And I take care not to push or pull the fabric and let the feed dogs do the work.


    Yes, I was wondering about those straight skinny lines! I can never do anything straight, I too have the quarter inch foot, I suppose I do not pay attention to the push of the fabric, I will work on that. Well done Sarah!


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