Monday, 17 September 2012
I decided to get stuck in to my waiting Bee blocks. One for September and the other is for October so I’m ahead of the game!
First is for Jodie – an American themed Stripey lonestar.
You can find the instructions and tutorial for it here. If you dare. I’m not going to lie – not my favourite block in the world to make. Pretty safe to say I won’t be making another! But it does look effective when done. I think it’s a good choice for a Bee block because who could be arsed making 12 of these for themselves?!
I did make the white squares a little bigger than the instructions (5” and 4” rather than 4.5 and 3 3/8”. Then I trimmed them down to size before I joined each section together. That made it much easier to put the block together, and make sure it was the right size when finished.
The second block was a paper pieced one for Denise. Fun! It’s a Mariner’s Compass (pattern here) which finishes as a round block. I haven’t made a round block before I don’t think!
The centre is a bit skewiff (no idea how to spell it, but you get what I mean). as you join each section to each other, rather than joining in quarters and halves like most paper pieced blocks. It does create a bit of bulk in the centre but I don’t think that can be avoided with so many pieces and seams!
Denise asked for four prints in one colour – I went with red. Used some of my newly aquired fabrics – loving them! Teeny deer from Oh Deer, fab flowers from Apple of my Eye, a bit of swirl from Ruby and some dots from Essential Dots.
Other than that, I have been working on a top secret project for a blog hop coming up next month. Can’t wait to share that - I am having a lot of fun with it! But for the rest of today, I think sewing will go on hold. I caved and bought Lego Batman 2 for Mr 5 (mainly because I am sick of playing the demo over and over – I need new storylines and scenes, people!). I have a feeling the neighbours will be hearing a lot of “Get back on my screen! Bring Robin over here, I’m dying! J! Help help, the Joker’s after me!”. Ah fun. I may regret this purchase but surely it will create good mummy-son memories for him, right?!