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I’ve decided to try paper piecing. I’ve been simultaneously captivated by and afraid of this block since I first saw it on another blog. I never would have tried it accept I’m slightly more afraid of piecing circles😉
This month’s task for Bee Modern was to make “hug” blocks and “kiss” blocks and I ended up using triangles for both.
The “kiss” took some finessing but I’ve made zig zags before so I wasn’t totally out of my element.
Originally I was going to simply applique rings onto a solid block but I didn’t have a piece of fabric large enough to serve as the base for the block so I decided to go ahead and give paper piecing a shot.
It took me three tries to get one finished block. I kept underestimating the size of fabric needed for each section in a vain attempt to prevent fabric waste. After that I made sure to cut extra large pieces, I wasted more fabric but I saved my own sanity. Ideally I would have used the same solid for the entire background but I didn’t have enough (even before my multiple messups) so I made do with what I had and it ended up much more of a collage then I intended. I still like it and I’m quite proud of my accomplishment!
This block and I don’t quite get along… It definitely needs some more ironing but I’m calling it a day. The task for December was to make a kiss block and a hug block. I love the saturated reds and purples, although I would never have the guts to try them myself.
I knew I wanted to make the “X” from triangles in a zig zag formation but I had trouble getting from concept to execution. I like the end result but I was too worn out to attempt the hug block. Maybe next weekend…
So I moved, disappeared from blogging, fell behind on my quilting bees, didn’t get birthday presents done on time and the list goes on and on. And why pray tell did this happen? Because when it comes to moving and then unpacking I’m a little (okay a lot) OCD (obsessive, compulsive). I usually unpack within days of moving, maybe a week or two at most get all the photos on the walls etc. But this move has defeated me… We moved from a 1,500 square foot house with a 500 square foot basement into an 800 square foot apartment. Trying to make everything fit and be functional is like a 1,000 piece puzzle where all the pieces look alike.
I’m still not done and don’t know when I will be… but I knew I needed to get over it and get some other stuff done. Last weekend I set up my sewing space, such as it is for now. I ran out of time to actually getting any sewing done so that was my goal for today.
It isn’t very pretty but nothing in our apartment is very pretty right now, but I’ll have to deal with all that when I figure out how to get everything to fit!
In the meantime it’s functional and I was able to catch up on all of my quilting bee blocks and it only took seven hours to do it.
These were the first blocks I did and they are simply squares within squares. I figured I should warm up on something simple since I haven’t sewn since early September.
Next up were these wonky stars. I adore these stars and the gorgeous fabric that I got to use on them.
While I was on a star kick I knocked out my Snip Sew Send block for September (and yes I’m hanging my head in shame as I type this). I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I got the fabric but I thought I would be able to get this done immediately after I moved. Needless to say that didn’t happen…
The last blocks of the day were for Bee Modern October. They are going to be part of a baby quilt and I adore the muted blue, greens, and greys.
It took all day and I still didn’t the binding made and sewn on for a birthday quilt that should have been gifted in August but I should be able to get that done tomorrow. I feel great getting all this done and look forward to getting them out of my hands and into the mail first thing Monday morning!
I’ve been a slacker… well not exactly. I’ve been feeling really overwhelmed by the idea of moving and having to pack everything up and move it ourselves to a new and much smaller apartment. On top of that I’ve been traveling more for work and feeling much less inspired.
So two stacks of fabric have sat rather forlorn looking on my tabletop amongst a sea of cardboard boxes. At first I was simply going to pack them up and finish them later. But that meant finishing them a month or two late! I think that’s a bit much so today feeling guilty and inspired I finally knocked them out. I only made one block for each lady, while I would have liked to do more, that’s all I had in me.
Now I just need to bind one last quilt and I can pack the sewing machine up in it’s cardboard box.
I spent about ten hours this weekend working on my Bee Modern quilt and I still have so much to do! Saturday I squared up and trimmed down all the blocks and Sunday I spent 8 hours drawing, cutting and attaching four 12.5 in by 2 in strips to each side of all of my blocks.
I started to attach the blue strips but only made it through two rows before I called it quits on Sunday.
I’m hoping to get all the rows completed by the end of this week and possibly the sashing between the rows. To make this queen sized I’m going to have to add a really wide border design but I haven’t decided what that will be yet….
One of the perks of starting a quilting bee is getting to have your blocks created first. The downside is that you are then expected to turn around and turn them into a quilt first.
Here are almost all of the blocks laid out (I’m still missing one) and I have to say this was really hard to photograph! I ended up laying them out on the kitchen floor and then standing on the dining room table. The picture isn’t fabulous but you get the idea.
You can see better pictures of the individual blocks here.
My plan is to square these up and start sashing them. I’m going to border each with 2 inches of white and 6 inches of blue to tone down the overall look a bit. I’m also being a slacker and trying to make it into a larger quilt without making too many more blocks🙂