Well I’ve been working on a number of sewing projects and have at least my bee blocks to show you…and a sneak peak at my pillow. I’m not going to tell you about the things that I don’t have finished yet with upcoming deadlines…
First off, I finished Ulrike’s blocks for Bee Modern Too. She gave us the inspiration of this picture:
Isn’t that fun?! So the idea was to create blocks of a certain height but any length inspired by both the colors and linear feel of the legos. And we could add in some shades of those colors in solids (which of course I did! LOL) and she sent some accent colors to add some punch here or there.
Block #1. Definitely my favorite of the two. I was inspired by a number of bordered blocks, quilts and pillows I’ve seen around. I did this in an improv manner…only measuring the white border to be consistent. Therefore it took me a lot longer than I thought…I really should have just sat down and designed it first. But I just wanted to get sewing.
Block #2 was also put together in an improv way but this time I wasn’t trying to keep any white borders consistent. So it really was much easier. But I think that it works well with the other block.
The fun thing about a bee when you are given freedom like this is that you get to see how everyone interprets the same theme. So far we’re all pretty different. But everything blends so nicely!
Then for Ravishing in Red, Amy sent us precut fabric and a specific pattern to follow…so we’re all making the same block. But I think that this block is one of my new favorites! I love how you get an on point diamond.
In typical me fashion, I still managed to use my seam ripper entirely more than necessary. I should know by now not to work on two blocks at once. In theory that should be just fine, but my brain couldn’t handle it lately. LOL.
Then I went to work on Lynne’s block for Busy Bees. She’s made a plethora of hand sewn hexagon blocks and asked us all to make a block to go with those. But we could do whatever we wanted as long as the final block was a large hexagon.
Again, inspired by some other blocks that I have seen on flickr that I knew Lynne loved, I set to work drafting my pattern. It took me a while to figure out how draw a hexagon. I feel like I should know that with my math background, but at least once I looked it up I understood. LOL. So it took one night to draft up the pattern and I was finally pleased with it. Then I began to put it together. I knew it would be paper pieced, but I didn’t realize that I would end up with partial seams. At least that is the only way that I could make it.
But here is the result..and it’s definitely worth the trouble. 😉
I’m trying to figure out if there is an easier way to piece it so I can share, but I can’t tell yet. LOL. Oh and if there are any math geeks out there like me, you might enjoy that this block is fractals! I didn’t even realize when I was drafting it, but when I started making it I realized that I had created a fractal! Don’t make fun of me for how happy that makes me. Because it seriously does make me happy to design and create fractals. Yup. I love math. It’s okay…you can still love me.
I only made one, but here’s another shot of the block.
And I’ve also been working on my pillow for the pillow talk swap. I have the center completed. Tell me what you think. 😉
Still debating what to do with the rest. Too many ideas! Agh. Give me suggestions people so I don’t have to make up my own mind. LOL.
And now I need to get to work on that mug rug. You know…the really easy one with alice. (how do you roll your eyes online?)